A Hidden Wholeness

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What to expect

A Hidden Wholeness is a thoughtful and heartfelt examination of the sources and consequences of the alienation we feel when our inner and outer lives become divorced from each other, when external forces pressure us to depart from our soul’s true yearnings. The book lifts up the problem of the “divided life,” diagnoses its sources, assesses its personal and social costs, and offers a model of community that will help people live with greater integrity and wholeness.

As he did for vocation in Let Your Life Speak and for inner lives of teachers in The Courage to Teach, bestselling author and teacher Parker J. Palmer speaks to the heart of our yearning for integrity, authenticity, and wholeness in a fractured world.For over a decade, the principles and practices in this book have been proven on the ground—by parents and educators, clergy and politicians, community organizers and corporate executives, physicians and attorneys, and many others who seek to rejoin soul and role in their private and public lives.

Critics 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…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.’”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “Living a life in which one’s private values and beliefs are disconnected from one’s public life creates tensions that extend beyond the self into the various communities one is part of. Palmer believes that through solitude and community, particularly through the use of a Quaker technique, the circle of trust, we can find our souls and strengthen our personal and work communities. Stefan Rudnicki draws the listener in with his quietly intense tone, which enhances the down-to-earth message of the book. He provides contrast in pace and tone between the descriptions of underlying principles and the anecdotes and passages of self-reflection.”


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