Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Every indicator on the dashboard was red, a little iconographic arrow flashing in yellow. The books that used to console me were empty, or page after page of disconnected garbage like Borges proverbial 'Book of Sand.'
The pastor ...more
I will buy this book, and I will read it again, and I will take at least ten minutes for each page.
The thing about Palmer's writing is not that it is lofty or erudite or accompanied by some hidden soundtrack of thunderous drums and resonant string s ...more
Though his book was given to me at an Episcopal group for underemployed recession- ...more
at a certain point in life, those of us who have not found perfect satisfaction with life start asking Big Questions: what am i here for? how can i find my purpose, since my dissatisfaction is evidence that heretofore i have not? what can i know with certainty about choosing a new path to set my feet upon?
this is not the same question as: what job should i be doing? vocation and bill-payi ...more
It's hard for me to rate this book, because I feel like I was told to go about it in a wrong sort of fashion. It was the first book assigned for my senior seminar in English--a class designed to help us figure out what to do with an English Major.
The Prof assigned this book to be read in a week, and told the class (more than once), that it could be "easily read in a sitting." About 30-40 pages into the book, I realized that that was not the best way to go about a ...more
Interesting reading about his lifepath and seeing some struggles similar to my own. His honesty in describing his vocational path is refreshing.
"We arrive in this world with birthrights- then we spend the first half of our lives abandoning them or letting others disabuse us of them. As young people, we are surrounded by expectations that may have little to do with who we really are, expectations help by people who are not trying to discern our selfhood but to fit ...more
It's a wonderful book to read wherever you might be in your process around vocation - it's especially good when you are in a transitional mode, or just deeply conflicted about what direction to go in.
It is short, and doesn't go very deep, but that's really OK. It's also deeply personal, but it is good to hear from ...more
"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."
"Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling the who I am. I must listen for the truths and val ...more
Having just read Matthew Hedstrom's "The Rise of Liberal Religion", I was a bit more sensitive to Palmer and his book than I would otherwise have been. Some portions of "Let Your Life Speak" reminded me of books featured in Hedstrom's tome. For instance, Parker J. Palmer, a Quaker, spends much of the book helping us understand the "true self," which reminded me of the influence of psychology on the thinking of liberal Protestantism du ...more
Second time reading. This little book speaks to me. (Ha!) Among the questions that Palmer prompts for me - what is my native way of being in the world?
Not your conventional take on vocation and calling. Palmer speaks of our "original giftedness" & our "birthright gifts," our potential and our limitations. “Our created natures make us like organisms in an ecosystem: there are some roles and relationships in which we thrive and others in which we die.” (p.44)
“The God I know does not ask us t...more
In the first chapter are these words, "Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life tell me who I am." Palmer struck me in my gut. For many years I ha ...more