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, ...
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.
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It was not very engaging, and mostly about his struggle with deep depression. I was hoping to get more out of it for my own journey. I could not relate because I don't suffer from depression.
Sep 27, 2007
VOCATION OF TEACHING
I am a university professor with about 25 years of teaching experience. This is a great book for reflection on the calling to higher education and on career development. It provides a lot of structure to assist you in thinking about what we do and how it affects us and those we teach.
Sep 13, 2007
A Great Read!
Palmer draws upon his life experience as well as the quality time he spends with others to assist the reader in assessing and perhaps changing his choice of vocation. I was encouraged and blessed by what he had to say. I will read it again and recommend this book to all who are not sure about what to do with their lives.
Aug 30, 2007
Very much inspiring. Every teacher should read this book.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-09-27 A gifted academic who formerly combined a college teaching career with community organizing, Palmer took a year's sabbatical to live at the "intentional" Quaker community of Pendle Hill in Pennsylvania. Instead of leaving at year's end, he became the community's dean of studies and remained there for 10 years. Palmer (The Courage to Teach) shares the lessons of his vocational and spiritual journey, discussing his own burnout and intense depression with exceptional candor and clarity. In essays that previously appeared in spiritual or educational journals and have been reworked to fit into this slim volume, he suggests that individuals are most authentic when they follow their natural talents and limitations, as his own story demonstrates. Since hearing one's "calling" requires introspection and self-knowledge (as suggested by the eponymous Quaker expression), Palmer encourages inner work such as journal-writing, meditation and prayer. Recognizing that his philosophy is at odds with popular, essentially American attitudes about self-actualization and following one's dreams, Palmer calls vocation "a gift, not a goal." He deftly illustrates his point with examples from the lives of people he admires, such as Rosa Parks, Annie Dillard and Vaclav Havel. A quiet but memorable addition to the inspirational field, this book has the quality of a finely worked homily. The writing displays a gentle wisdom and economy of style that leaves the reader curious for more insight into the author's Quaker philosophy. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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