The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling

Written by:
James Hillman
Narrated by:
John Lescault

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2020
10 hours 55 minutes
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.
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I read the book when it first came out and I still have it. I got this audio version because I wanted to read it again but it’s easier to listen during a commute. The narrator is perfect. The book presented by a psychologist gives an alternative opinion to psychology as an explanation of why people are the way they are and why life is the way it is. He says a soul knows it’s purpose before it is born but forgets that purpose and that’s why it is accompanied here with a spirit guide… the guide is sort of nudging a person along, trying to keep them on their path. And the book is an attempt to prove this theory. The most convincing aspect from the author is his repeated reference to a chapter from Platos Republic about the acorn. That a person is born with a predetermined calling to fulfill and a predetermined character so inclined to its own calling.

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