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Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer
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Apr 06, 2008

bookshelves: vocation-course, journal-keeping-and-the-inner-life

This book appeared at exactly the right time in my life. I needed to be reminded that in times of vocational loss, "all we need to do is stop pounding on the door that just closed, turn around -- which puts the door behind us -- and welcome the largeness of life that now lies open to our souls" (54). Palmer's musings on lessons we can learn from failure and depression -- and on the need to be attentive to our shadow -- are important correctives to our cultural tendency to look only to the positive. As part of the Wider Quaker Fellowship, I appreciate Palmer's gentle incorporation of Friends' wisdom.

My students have been divided about this book. Perhaps half have found it whiny and repetitive; the other half note that Palmer has shifted their perspective on vocation in crucial ways. Both they and I wish for a paperback version of this small gem.

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