Finding and Following An Authentic Life

Book - 1997
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"Stunning! Wonderful! Levoy writes like a poet. His material is both spiritual and practical. I don't know another book that deals with callings in quite the same way."         --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Prayer Is Good Medicine How do we know if we're following our true callings? How do we sharpen our senses to cut through the distractions of everyday reality and hear the calls that are beckoning us? Callings is a passionate look at the search for authenticity. In a style that is poetic, exuberant, and keenly insightful, Gregg Levoy breathes contemporary life into the ancient topic of callings. He presents an illuminating and ultimately practical inquiry into how we listen and respond to our calls, whether at work or at home, in our relationships or in service. Callings is the first book to examine the many kinds of calls we receive, and the great variety of channels through which they come to us. A calling may be to do something (change careers, go back to school, leave or start a relationship, move to the country, have a child) or to be something (more creative, less judgmental, more loving). You may be called toward or away from something, called to change or renew your commitment to something, or called to return to a place or pursuit in an entirely new way. You may be called toward whatever you have dared and double-dared yourself to do for as long as you can remember. Gregg Levoy draws on the hard-won wisdom and powerful stories of people who have followed their own calls, to show us the many ways to translate a calling into action. While honoring a calling's essential mystery, the book also guides readers to ask and answer the fundamental questions that arise from any calling: How do we recognize it? How do we distinguish the true calls from the siren song? How do we handle our resistance to a call? What happens when we say no? What happens when we say yes? Whether your interest in callings is personal or professional, and whether the calls you hear are great trumpetings or the more common daily summonses to pay attention to your intuition, you will find this beautiful book an inspiration. It is a compassionate guide to discovering your own callings and negotiating the tight passages to personal power and authenticity.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780517705698
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 28, 2017

Agree with both the comments below. It is a lot of words, with personal examples, research and snipets from other authors to drive home the main points. Overall it is an excellent book and provides great fodder to help one find their life purpose and to determine if it's authentic and whether to say yes, no or not now to following that calling.
Highly recommend at least a perusal and if it resonates with you BUY a copy to read over and over and take notes in it!

I put the age suitability at 21+ simply because until someone has some life experiences and exploring of career/calling/purpose, I think this book would be too much to digest. I read it in middle age (48 years old) while going through a major life transition and it's perfect for me.

Sep 26, 2012

I loved this book. Very inspiring and provocative to me.

May 25, 2011

Too many words ... I could not go on after reading a couple dozen pages.
I found what I was looking for in "Let your life speak" by Parker Palmer, also available at EPL.

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Jul 28, 2017

MaitriMeyer thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over


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