The Call (Paperback)

Discovering Why You Are Here

By Oriah

HarperOne, 9780061116698, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/19/2003)

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The Call exhorts us to heed the voice inside us, calling us to discover and to live fully our true selves and our heart's desires - finding our own unique calling, not in the expectations of others and in the outside world, but deep within ourselves.

I have heard it all my life
A voice calling a name I recognized as myown.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-belliedwhisper.
Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up my love. Youare walking asleep.
There's no safety in that!

The Call, like Oriah's previous books, starts with an evocative, richly textured prose poem. In it, Oriah challenges readers to discard what they know of themselves as seen through other people and the world around them, and to delve deep into their own selves to find who they truly are. She persuades the reader that there is nothing as essential as what you believe yourself to be, and that it's not necessary to search for meaning in other people and the world's agendas; just be confident of your own distinct gifts, challenges and dreams.

About the Author

Oriah is the author of the inspirational prose poem and international bestselling book The Invitation as well as the bestsellers The Dance and The Call. Her writing sets forth in detail how we can follow the thread of our heart's longing into a life of meaning and purpose. Her latest book, What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul, explores creativity as a way of accessing and cultivating a spiritually rich life. Oriah is the mother of two grown sons. She lives with her husband, Jeff, several hours north of Toronto in a home surrounded by forest stillness.

Praise For The Call: Discovering Why You Are Here

“Fiercely, corageously, honestly, The Call reaches down to the tender heart of what it means to be human.”
— Roger Housden, author of 10 Poems to Change Your Life and 10 Poems to Open Your Heart

“This book will answer many prayers and cure our absence of light.”
— Daniel Ladinsky, best-selling author of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz

“The Call is a gift of healing and renewal. Enjoy it!”
— John O'Donohue, author of international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes