The Anatomy of a Calling

  • by Lissa Rankin
  • Narrated by Erin Moon
  • 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Anatomy of a Calling, Lissa Rankin, MD, makes a simple yet revolutionary claim: 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, Dr. Rankin argues, is one of the cornerstones of living a meaningful, authentic, healthy life.
In clear, engaging prose, Dr. Rankin 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, Dr. Rankin discovers a powerful self-awareness. As she shares her story, she encourages you to find out where you are on your own journey and offers wisdom and inspiration in the form of "Hero's Guideposts" along the way. Dr. Rankin weaves in lessons on trusting intuition, surrendering to love, and learning to see adversity as an opportunity for soul growth.
Much more than a memoir, The Anatomy of a Calling guides you to make a powerful shift in consciousness and reach your highest destiny.


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I have one word for Lissa Rankin: YES

So many of us are hearing our calling to the Divine Feminine, and yet the journey can so often be one of fear, loneliness and confusion. Lissa acknowledges these very human aspects of the path, whilst inspiring you to keep going.

My own journey - from academic researcher and professor to birth doula - has been an exercise in continuously stepping into the mystery, following the whisperings of my heart, and making decisions that can seem risky or even crazy.

What began as a desire to punch everyone in my academic setting, turned out to be the beginnings of a calling. It was the first inklings of a yearning to hold a space of not knowing, rather than "I know it all". Of a yearning to move out of pure head-space into the body and the soul.

Of course, the journey didn't end with starting my new job as a doula. Stepping into the healthcare world as a person who brings love as her main tool, has led to all sorts of challenges. Now I get to work on my own judgments and prejudices, trying to remind myself to have compassion for the healthcare workers I witness every day. I also get to work on my own fear of uncertainty, my judgments of women's bodies, my desire to be a perfectly compassionate being, when actually sometimes I just want to scream. And so on...

So take a deep breath, let Lissa hold your hand, and dive into the mystery of this book. It's a heart warming, life saving story of how we imperfectly walk our path, one crazy-beautiful moment at a time.
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- Laura Paskell-Brown

Distracting voice

Lissa Rankin books have been life changing but bad choice for a voiceover. The narrator sounds like she is trying to hard or something. In any case it takes away from the content. I recommend buying the actual book and not the audiobook.
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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios