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Publisher's Summary

A Hidden Wholeness is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of sources and consequences of the alienation we feel when our inner and outer lives become divorced from each other, when external forces pressure us to depart from our soul's true yearnings.

The book lifts up the problem of the "divided life", diagnoses its sources, assesses its personal and social costs, and offers a model of community that will help people live with greater integrity and wholeness.

As he did for vocation in Let Your Life Speak and for the inner lives of teachers in The Courage to Teach, best-selling author and teacher Parker J. Palmer speaks to the heart of our yearning for integrity, authenticity, and wholeness in a fractured world.

Parker J. Palmer holds a Ph.D. from the University of California - Berkeley. He is a founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal, senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education, and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named one of the 30 most influential senior leaders in higher education.

©2004 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Parker J. Palmer's latest book is a gift...a guide for living...compassionate, deeply insightful...heart opening and transforming." ( BookSense)
"This book is a treasure - an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to 'act in every situation in ways that honor the soul.'" ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Charles
  • 08-03-2012

Discover your Real Inner Self

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

A remarkable study on how we disguise our real self. It provides techniques on how to unmask and bring our true selves to the surface. I read this on Kindle and just had to listen again on audible.

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I was not pleased with the person reading the book. The individual seemed to portray a condescending tone. Maybe just my own personal perception and not what others will feel. The book and content are fabulous and very much worth the listen.

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  • Joseph Keating
  • 29-03-2011

Learning about creating group dynamics

As usual Parker Palmer has captured the essence of the concept of working in collaboration with people from all professions. As a teacher I value his ideas a basis for working and interacting with graduate education students who in turn use these same ideas with their high school students. His humble and powerful words play like a video in that one can picture how people are interacting and relating to one another which helps one understand the strategies that can be used to capture the essence of his "Circle of Truth". A must read for anyone interested in learning more about group dynamics.

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  • Joe
  • 29-03-2011

Learning about creating group dynamics

As usual Parker Palmer has captured the essence of the concept of working in collaboration with people from all professions. As a teacher I value his ideas a basis for working and interacting with graduate education students who in turn use these same ideas with their high school students. His humble and powerful words play like a video in that one can picture how people are interacting and relating to one another which helps one understand the strategies that can be used to capture the essence of his "Circle of Truth". A must read for anyone interested in learning more about group dynamics.

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  • Barbara notes on grace
  • 05-04-2018

Great read!

Wonderful exploration of the balancing between the soul and the many roles we carry through your life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2017

A must read for Spiritual Formation.

A wonderful book for this time in history. A wonderful book to share and re-read.

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  • D LEHMAN
  • 06-03-2017

Great insight

The book was extremely helpful in exploring the inner self and why it mostly stays hidden. The author was almost able to resist the temptation to express opinion on issues that divide while giving the tools to allow us to hold them in tension between right and wrong.

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  • lisa
  • 05-02-2017

Important for 2017

I truly thought this was written very recently for what our World is going through during these trying times. Sooooo applicable! Loved it!

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  • Marco
  • 20-01-2017

Unmeasurable words

I'm a fan of Parker J Palmer books. This is one more of his precious declaration on how to be yourself, and how to take tangible steps to create spaces where you can achieve that.
I recommend this book to all my friends and family.

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  • Samantha Yahn
  • 12-08-2016

good book

I liked this book. It brought to light some things in life that needs to be addressed.

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  • SRTulo
  • 26-07-2016

A precious guide to reclaiming wholeness

This book is something of a guidebook for creating reverent spaces where people's souls can come out and be heard and become reintegrated with their hosts.

I've been in a "circle of trust" of sorts (at the CTI Leadership program), and Parker unveils much of the magic that makes such a place/phenomenon possible.

A beautiful and transformative tale told with the voice of a master.

Speaking of voice, I wanted to hear Parker read this book; however, as I got into it, I grew quite fond of Stefan Rudnicki's narration. Really wonderfully on-tone with Parker's writing.