A hidden wholeness The journey toward an undivided life

Parker J. Palmer

Book - 2004

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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass 2004.
Main Author
Parker J. Palmer (-)
1st ed
Item Description
"Welcoming the soul and weaving community in a wounded world".
Physical Description
xiii, 208 p.
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Gratitudes
  • Prelude: The Blizzard of the World
  • I. Images of Integrity: Living "Divided No More"
  • II. Across the Great Divide: Rejoining Soul and Role
  • III. Explorations in True Self: Intimations of the Soul
  • IV. Being Alone Together: A Community of Solitudes
  • V. Preparing for the Journey: Creating Circles of Trust
  • VI. The Truth Told Slant: The Power of Metaphor
  • VII. Deep Speaks to Deep: Learning to Speak and Listen
  • VIII. Living the Questions: Experiments with Truth
  • IX. On Laughter and Silence: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows
  • X. The Third Way: Nonviolence in Everyday Life
  • Notes
  • The Author
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Palmer (The Courage to Teach) seeks to help us "rejoin soul and role," so that individuals and communities can be healed from the ravages of consumerism, injustice and violence. No small task, yet in classic Palmer style, this mission is fleshed out with stories, poems, personal confessions and a plan-concrete steps for creating "circles of trust" where honest, open sharing allows each person's "inner teacher" to show up. (Ground rules: "no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.") Palmer's concern is that too many people have "divided lives," with personal values that don't match what they are asked to do in the world to succeed. He argues that "the soul is real and powerful" and is "safe only in relationships with certain qualities," ones that "protect, border and salute" the time it takes to hear our "inner teacher." Never na?ve, Palmer warns that these "circles of trust" are not management tools that organizations can force on employees for some grand motive, such as crisis control or increased productivity. They are the opposite of quick fixes-places where we sit and wait for our souls to tell the truth. This book is a treasure-an inspiring, useful blueprint for building safe places where people can commit to "act in every situation in ways that honor the soul." 50,000 first printing. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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