The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling
Random House Publishing Group, 2013 M02 6 - 352 pages
“[An] acute and powerful vision . . . offers a renaissance of humane values.”—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Plato called it “daimon,” the Romans “genius,” the Christians “guardian angel”; today we use such terms as “heart,” “spirit,” and “soul.” While philosophers and psychologists from Plato to Jung have studied and debated the fundamental essence of our individuality, our modern culture refuses to accept that a unique soul guides each of us from birth, shaping the course of our lives. In this extraordinary bestseller, James Hillman presents a brilliant vision of our selves, and an exciting approach to the mystery at the center of every life that asks, “What is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?”
Drawing on the biographies of figures such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mohandas K. Gandhi, Hillman argues that character is fate, that there is more to each individual than can be explained by genetics and environment. The result is a reasoned and powerful road map to understanding our true nature and discovering an eye-opening array of choices—from the way we raise our children to our career paths to our social and personal commitments to achieving excellence in our time.
Praise for The Soul’s Code
“Champions a glorious sort of rugged individualism that, with the help of an inner daimon (or guardian angel), can triumph against all odds.”—The Washington Post Book World
“[A] brilliant, absorbing work . . . Hillman dares us to believe that we are each meant to be here, that we are needed by the world around us.”—Publishers Weekly
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Permission credits are located on this page. ISBN 978-0-399-18014-9 Ebook ISBN 978-0-307-82844-6 randomhousebooks.com Cover design: Victoria Allen Cover photograph: Shutterstock v3.1_r2 EPIGRAPHS IN LIEU OF A PREFACE ... genius can be.
genius can be bounded in a nutshell and yet embrace the whole fullness of life. —Thomas Mann If life has a base that it stands upon ... then my [life] without a doubt stands upon this memory. It is of lying half asleep, half awake, ...
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolutions End I wish that you know all that I think about Genius and the Heart. —John Keats, Letters Is that what they call a vocation, what you do with joy as if you had fire in your heart, the devil in your ...
The Romans named it your genius; the Greeks, your daimon; and the Christians your guardian angel. The Romantics, like Keats, said the call came from the heart, and Michelangelo's intuitive eye saw an image in the ...
The Roman genius was not a moralist. It “knew everything about the individual's future and controlled his fate,” yet “this deity held no moral sanction over the individual; he [sic] was merely an agent of personal luck or fortune.
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THE SOUL'S CODE: In Search of Character and CallingUser Review - Kirkus
What set of factors most influence the course of an individual human life? Nature? Nurture? The choices a person makes, including one's intimate relationships? Or is it the complex interplay of all of ... Read full review
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Hillman has written ten books, but he is best known as the inspiration for Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. Now, for this book on finding one's personal calling, he's getting a big print run himself. Read full review