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.
PARKER J. PALMER is senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education. Author of such widely praised books as The Courage to Teach and To Know As We Are Known, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Religious Society of FriAnds (Quaker) and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. His work speaks deeply to people from many walks of life, including public schools, college and universities, religious institutions, corporations, foundations, and grass-roots organizations. The Leadership Project, a 1998 survey of 10,000 American educators, named him one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education and one of ten key "agenda-setters" of the past decade. Author of six previous books---including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach--his writing has been recognized with eight honorary doctorates and several national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
"Parker Palmer's writing is like a high country stream-clear,vital, honest. If your life seems to be passing you by, or youcannot see the way ahead, immerse yourself in the wisdom of thesepages and allow it to carry you toward a more attentiverelationship with your deeper, truer self." (John S. Mogabgab,editor, Weavings Journal)
"An exuberant and passionate book. I was deeply moved and I cannot,nor do I want to, shake off the haunting questions that it raisesfor me. This book penetrates the soul, and it will definitely stiryou to explore more of your own inner territory. What anextraordinary achievement." (Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The LeadershipChallenge and Encouraging the Heart; chairman, Tom PetersGroup/Learning Systems)
"At a time when our culture is seeking a new language forexpressing the spirit in everyday life, Parker Palmer is ourleading voice of clarity and wisdom. In Let Your Life Speak, Palmercontinues to deepen our ways of understanding the relationshipsbetween the inner life of spirit and the outer life of action."(Rob Lehman, president, The Fetzer Institute)
"In our search for authentic vocation, this book should be thestarting point and deserves a prominent place in every home,school, and college. It is vintage Parker Palmer, providing hisunique insight to the interconnectedness of selfhood and vocationwith eloquence and personal experience." (Doug Orr, president,Warren Wilson College)
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