Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion

Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion Review

Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do, from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay

In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. These stories were collected over the past two years as part of a national outreach campaign, a first for StoryCorps, and most have never been published or broadcast until now.

We meet a man from the barreros of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who volunteers to help former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives. 

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

Title:Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion

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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    If you love StoryCorps, you will love this as its condensed versions of some of the stories told to them over the years, dealing with various elements of work and calling.My favorites are the bridgete...

  • Cheri

    Last month I read my first StoryCorps book, Listening is an Act of Love, and I couldn’t help but be affected by all of those stories. The stories in Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work are sim...

  • Tamara

    I cannot get enough of these compilations. They make me fall back in love with humanity every single time. ...

  • Marie Corbitt

    What a fantastic book! Full of people's life stories. I love reading them and feeling inspired. StoryCorps for the win again!...

  • Jeri Rowe

    I had read Dave Isay's "Listening Is An Act of Love" a few years back during my days as a newspaper columnist, and I got much out of that book. So, with my new gig as a senior writer at a local univer...

  • Mark Joyce

    With the worst of America on grotesque display on an almost daily basis at the moment, it’s refreshing to read something that showcases some of that country’s best characteristics. In addition to ...

  • Michelle

    "...an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness."Everyone has a story to tell, and I love hearing/reading them. I'm a fan of StoryCorps, and this collection of stories...

  • Patricia

    An interesting and inspirational book for all. I think the range of jobs presented and the ways people came to them would be especially useful reading for those who are trying to decide on their next ...

  • Laura

    A collection of StoryCorps interviews with people who share what they do (or have done) for a living. Many tell how they fell into the profession, others tell stories about how someone whose life they...

  • Rachel

    Wonderfully inspirational collection of essays. I'm really looking forward to my book club discussion of this one. ...