9780787949341

The Active Life A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring

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  • ISBN13:

    9780787949341

  • ISBN10:

    0787949345

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-08-04
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Summary

The Active Life is Parker J. Palmer's deep and graceful exploration of a spirituality for the busy, sometimes frenetic lives many of us lead. Telling evocative stories from a variety of religious traditions, including Taoist, Jewish, and Christian, Palmer shows that the spiritual life does not mean abandoning the world but engaging it more deeply through life-giving action. He celebrates both the problems and potentials of the active life, revealing how much they have to teach us about ourselves, the world, and God.

Author Biography

PARKER J. PALMER Writer, teacher, and activist, Parker J. Palmer is senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named as one of the thirty most influential leaders in American higher education. Author of such widely praised books as The Courage to Teach and To Know As We Are Known, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Religious Society of FriAnds (Quaker) and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Preface (1999) xi
Spirituality in Action: On Being Fully Alive
1(14)
Action and Contemplation: A Living Paradox
15(20)
``Active Life'': The Shadow Side
35(20)
``The Woodcarver'': A Model for Right Action
55(24)
``The Angel'': Action, Failure, and Suffering
79(20)
``Jesus in the Desert'': The Temptations of Action
99(22)
``Loaves and Fishes'': Acts of Scarcity or Abundance
121(18)
``Threatened with Resurrection'': Acts of Death or New Life
139(20)
Notes 159(2)
About the Author 161

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