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Publisher's Summary

Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is." Vocation, he writes, comes not from external demands but from listening to the true self, a listening that will always call us into some form of service to others. Though the details of our journey are singular, we draw from it that which is universal. This book is a moving and illuminating guide for anyone who seeks not just a job but a calling and companionship along the way.
©2000 John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A quiet but memorable addition to the inspirational field, this book has the quality of a finely worked homily. The writing displays a gentle wisdom and economy of style that leaves the reader curious for more insight into the author's Quaker philosophy." - ( Publishers Weekly)

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Thank you Parker

Discovered Parker J. Palmer on brainpickings, then heard him on Onbeing. This guy knows something about life.

During a difficult and lonely part of my life I listened to this audio.
It helped. I will listen to this again when I feel the same.

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Exceptional

This book, has stirred and started in me a pilgrimage to be my authentic self.


Sharen ryan thank you from the bottom of my heart

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  • Julia Davis Coffey
  • 30-01-2011

Deep Wisdom in these pages

I've now listened three times. I've learned a remarkable lot about myself in relation to my job and who I am. This is a great book filled with deep insights. If you are dissatisfied about your job and perhaps complaining about the shortcomings of your employer, this book may open up a whole new dimension to what is going on in you. It is one of the most profound spiritual teachings that I have ever had the good fortune to experience. I'm journaling about what I've learned about myself. Palmer guides us to be honest about ourselves in order that we may begin to find freedom from our boogie-men. The narator is great too.

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  • Julee
  • 13-01-2015

Should Be Required Reading. For Humans.

Parker Palmer sheds light onto the shadow in us all which gets a very bad rap in these times. The linking of vocation and self and how it's essential to becoming our true self is quite poetic. Excellent read.

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  • David
  • 21-02-2014

Great take on a purposeful life

His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.

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  • Jide's Mom
  • 12-06-2012

Good for young people, not for mid-life or beyond

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was encouraged by some positive reviews and thought it might be interesting to find out what I *really* should be doing after being in the same career for the last 30 years.... This book is more for younger folks just starting out on a career path. If you're later in life, you've heard all this (IMHO) and you might as well learn to make the best of what you have and build on the parts of your current vocation like best.

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  • David
  • 14-09-2012

A great read/listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this is a solid book for examining the way we live and make life's decisions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let Your Life Speak?

His chapter and perspectives on depression were unique and very insightful.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This guy's amazing. He makes you visualize punctuation!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm not an extreme person. :/

Any additional comments?

This book makes you think about your life and it's direction in a wonderful way.

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  • Yvonne@Windlullaby
  • 14-05-2017

Insightful

Palmer candidly shared his life story, to date. His openness and vulnerability helped engage and provide a connection to the reader/listener. Several tidbits of his shared wisdom struck home and has given this listener much to ponder upon.

The narrator has a pleasant voice and is easy to follow. This book/audible is highly recommended for all who are searching for meaning or purpose to their lives.

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  • JC Lewis
  • 09-07-2015

Wisdom on living life, beating depression

Although this is a book about vocation, Palmer makes a connection between depression and trying to be something other than one's true self. His take is much more nuanced than I can present here, and it is well worth a listen.

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  • RDP
  • 04-06-2012

More depressing than inspiring...

Perhaps because of the tone of the narrator I did not find this story about finding one's vocation especially compelling or helpful.

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  • sana
  • 05-10-2018

Seasons of life!

Great perspectives and a gentle guide to help with the inner stuggle of finding ones way. The author boldly presents his struggles and naked truths that may not only sounds familiar to many of us but also healing in a sense that one may find courage to carve ones way from the within and through the narrow dark paths of life to self discovery.

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  • Ms. Rosa Lin
  • 09-09-2018

Must read for midlife career wisdom contemplations

Was recommended by many sources since four years ago. Should have read this first over many other (very good but not the best/most timely) vocation and calling books. This is helping in my meditation and internal conversations about calling and fit.