So I thought that I would share a few books that I have found helpful in my own life and perhaps pique your interest for considering them on your own journey. These book are primary around spirituality though perhaps at a later stage I will share some lists on theology or mission or philosophy or poetry or health. Here is part 2 of 5.

I have never met someone who has read this book and not counted it among their favourites. Parker Palmer is one of those rare kinds of authors. By his own admission (I am paraphrasing cause I can't find the exact quote) he likes to write himself into a corner and then see if he can get himself out. In a world flooded with information, techniques and quick fixes Parker's wisdom  in "Let Your life speak" is more than a breath of fresh air for our stuffy souls.


With quotes like this:

Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what is truly about--quite apart from what I would like it to be about--or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.

That insight is hidden in the word vocation itself, which is rooted in the Latin for "voice." Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue. It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.

and this,
The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions.

and this,

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.

it is not hard to see why this book would find such a treasured place in so many people's journeys. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had the (often menacing and not easily quietened) question rise in their soul "What is my contribution?" Writing this blog has inspired me to go and read through this book again cause i have just remembered what a great piece of writing this is.

Check it out.