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The Soul’s Code

In Search of Character and Calling
Written by: James Hillman
Narrated by: John Lescault
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 best seller, 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.

©1996, 2013 James Hillman (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • W Hill
  • 22-02-20

Excellent read

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Well written and plenty interesting information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-20

Could not finish

Did not care for “this book”. Get ready to hear the phrase “this book” a LOT. Do not recommend in the slightest.

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  • rebekah higgins
  • 31-01-20

Not up to the standard of Hillman's usual work

This could have been an essay. Instead, it was a rambling, repetitive piece of something that ignores all science and understanding of cognitive-behavioral research and the impact of trauma to present another forced either/or when it should be explored as a both/and. The acorn theory, or fate, or destiny or character is interesting to add to nature/nurture philosophizing and research, but this acorn theory should have been put in a nutshell, not a tome.