LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: LISTENING FOR THE VOICE OF VOCATION by Parker J. Palmer

WHY I LIKE IT
Summer 2016 Read. I don't agree with everything Palmer says in this book; I think, perhaps, we have different theological leanings. But there are some gems in this book that, when undergirded with a strong reformational theology and approached with a discerning mind, have been life-giving for me.
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The old Quaker adage, "Let your life speak," spoke to author Parker J. Palmer when he was in his early 30s. It summoned him to a higher purpose, so he decided that henceforth he would live a nobler life. "I lined up the most elevated ideals I could find and set out to achieve them," he writes. "The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque.... I had simply found a 'noble' way of living a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart."

Thirty years later, Palmer now understands that learning to let his life speak means "living the life that wants to live in me." It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. There are no how-to formulas in this extremely unpretentious and well-written book, just fireside wisdom from an elder who is willing to share his mistakes and stories as he learned to live a life worth speaking about. --Gail Hudson

With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.
Book Specifications
Release date: 0000-00-00
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication date: 1999-09-10
Label: Jossey-Bass
Pages: 128
Edition: 1
ASIN: 0787947350
ISBN: 0787947350
Height: 680
Length: 500
Weight: 42
Width: 60
Product Group: Book