The Anatomy of A Calling

The Anatomy of A Calling

A Doctor's Journey From the Head to the Heart and A Prescription for Finding your Life's Purpose

Book - 2015
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We are all, every single one of us, heroes. We are all on what Joseph Campbell calls "a hero's journey;" we are all on a mission to step into our true nature and fulfill the assignment our souls were sent to Earth to fulfill. Navigating the hero's journey, Lissa Rankin, MD, argues, is one of the cornerstones of living a meaningful, authentic, healthy life.

In clear, engaging prose, Lissa describes her entire spiritual journey for the first time--beginning with what she calls her "perfect storm" of events--and recounts the many transformative experiences that led to a profound awakening of her soul. Through her father's death, her daughter's birth, career victories and failures, and an ongoing struggle to identify as both a doctor and a healer, Lissa discovers a powerful self-awareness.

As she shares her story, she encourages you to find out where you are on your own journey, offering inspiring guideposts and practices along the way. With compelling lessons on trusting intuition, surrendering to love, and learning to see adversity as an opportunity for soul growth, The Anatomy of a Calling invites you to make a powerful shift in consciousness and reach your highest destiny.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2015]
ISBN: 9781623365745
1623365740
Branch Call Number: B RANKIN
Characteristics: xx, 268 pages ; 24 cm

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Aug 04, 2016

I was intrigued by this book as soon as I flipped through a few pages. In the first part of the book, when the author is focusing more on her own story and what helped her, I found myself putting bookmarks in every few pages for interesting ideas or potential resources. The first part of the book was pretty well organized and balanced the author's history with how this applies to the reader on your "hero's journey". About halfway through the book it seemed very unorganized and all over the place. She no longer seemed to be on any sort of path, and definitely not a "hero's journey." I think I'm mostly open to alternative medicine and philosophies, but what she was exploring seemed more and more "out there", and when she started talking about being able to bend spoons with her mind, she lost all credibility with me. The only reason I finished the book is because I was curious to find out what happened in her life. I'm glad she's happier in her life but I cannot see her as someone I want to take advice from. I thought that the book had a lot of self-promotion and that it feels like she tried to write an autobiography and self-help book at the same time, and failed at both.

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