Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy
(Crown Publishing, pb. $14.95)
An excellent read for individuals looking to find a true and authentic path for their lives. With sections on The Call to Attention, Receiving Calls, Invoking Calls, Saying No to Calls, and Saying Yes to Calls, he provides inspiring psychological, spiritual and practical guidance on vocation that is about a life well lived in all aspects of who we are.
A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You are Born to Do by Thomas Moore
(Random House, hb. $24.95)
From the best selling author of Care of the Soul, the author, a former monk and psychotherapist, takes his readers deep into the question, “Why have I been created?”
The quest to find a “life’s work in all its depth and mystery…jobs large/small, long-term, temporary” . . . these all contribute to vocation. “A job is never just a job. It is always connected to a deep and invisible process of finding meaning in life through work.” (from the front cover). This is a book for explorers and questioners, a gift to give yourself.
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer
(Josey-Bass Publishing, hb. $18.95)
“Is the life I am living the life that wants to live in me?” asks the Quaker educator Parker Palmer in this book on vocation. Sharing from his own personal journey and the journeys of others he guides his readers into a deeper exploration of finding the true self that is their birthright. And then he sets them on a course of listening to their lives instead of telling their lives what they want to do. A compassionate and compelling meditation of discovering your path in life.
Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte
(Penguin Putman, pb. $16.00)
“To have a firm persuasion in our work-to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at the same exact time-is one of the great triumphs of human existence.” (quote from the book). This author has introduced poetry and spirituality into corporate business settings as a means of understanding individual and organizational creativity and helping employees and employers deepen connections to their life’s work. It is full of thought-provoking ideas and challenges.
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion by Dawna Markova
(Conari Press, pb. $15.95)
Looking through a lens of “who am I?” rather than “what do I do?” this author looks past the rapid fire social and technological challenges we face and teaches her readers how to navigate their lives from the inside out. “What would it mean to live fully, sensually alive, and passionately, on purpose?” she asks. When we can begin to move from the place of a question such as this, we “are able to offer to the world the gifts that are ours alone to give.”
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