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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875521444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875521442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book that everyone who is currently in the ministry or is considering entering it should read.
Brian Douglas
This is without question the best book other than the Bible that I have read on the subject of the call to the ministry.
Dr. Arthur D. Kemp
It also requires a zeal to redeem the "daily opportunities" the Lord presents us with to prove our gifts to his glory.
Aaron Armstrong

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian Douglas on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is essential for anyone who is even considering entering the ministry. Clowney asserts that the call of God is both distinctive and clear, dispelling the idea so common today that a calling is some emotional feeling: that a person might be called into some unknown service of the Lord, but one cannot be sure. Clowney devalues such an argument. He also describes the calling to the ministry as personal - we bear God's name and He calls us by our own in love - and as an occupation of service. Clowney approaches the whole subject by an entirely different route than most writers in today's church do. He does not write from sentiment or idealism, but rather portrays things as they are, as they are described in the scriptures. This is a book that everyone who is currently in the ministry or is considering entering it should read. The person who does will be given an enlightenment and direction that few other books today offer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nshorb on March 13, 2009
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Too many Christians are asserting that God's calling is an emotional experience or a really strong hunch, a subjective claim that can't be refuted by a fellow Christian. Furthermore, many young people feel the need to figure out exactly what God wants them to do before they act, and they drive themselves into a paralyzed depression in the process. A calling is neither of these.

Clowney takes the mystery out of the idea. What you're gifted in, you're called for, and what you're called for, you're gifted in. Start serving and fellowshipping where you are, and seize the opportunities that come. I greatly appreciated his straight-forward and Biblical approach to the idea of a calling.

I am a 25 year-old who has been considering a call to full-time ministry in recent years. I've been fed a lot of crap about what a "calling" is and how one senses it, none of which has been helpful, but has rather served to confuse and complicate matters. This book is the most helpful, valuable, and sensible piece of guidance I've been given.

It is not an easy read to say the least. Clowney's style is convoluted at times and tough to get through. I ended up reading each chapter twice in a row in order to comprehend and retain everything he was saying.

But the truths he conveys are worth the work, and it's a worthwhile and necessary endeavor before devoting your life to something as crazy as full time ministry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
In attempting to find divine revelation to bolster support for the greatest vocation in the world, clear guidance from other sources is greatly appreciated. Dr. Clowney has done the church another great service in Called to Ministry. A true, Christian calling must come from God himself. On one hand the Lord calls every Christian and on a more narrow level he calls ministers to the gospel. A Christian should never seek the ministry--he should not presume God's call to ministry--if he has not been called by God as a Christian. Clowney notes, "Don't seek the ministry to save your soul...A man cannot earn his salvation by preaching that salvation cannot be earned" (5; a parenthetical citations are from the book). Furthermore, all Christians are to be servants of God in the broadest sense. As a Christian exercises his gifts in the context of the Church, he will--if he is called to ministry--have those gifts confirmed by the corporate body of Christ.

We are called by name by God. Speaking of old testament priests and drawing upon Numbers 6:27 ("So shall they put my name upon them; and I will bless them.") Clowney asks the reader if he indeed has God name upon him (4). At its most basic level Clowney applies this to the ministry of the New Covenant where God writes his name on our hearts. Aside from a few quasi-sentimental Our names, so argues Clowney, have meaning on the heavenly level. We are known by our God-given names. We live in terms of those names. We are known to others by those names.

Not only are we called by name, we are called by name to God's service. God does not give his people a detailed outline of his future dealings with them, but he does give them guidelines, which is all they need to know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2003
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I've read a number of books on this subject in an attempt to discern my own calling. This is the most balanced and biblical I've found yet. It must be read slowly and contemplatively to glean the fruit from it, but it's a short read (~90 pages) so this is no problem time-wise. I highly recommend this book as the single best book I've found in helping anyone concerned about the possibility of a calling on their life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Maldonado on November 16, 2008
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I was recommend this book by the Pastor of our American church. I attend a spanish congregation but in the same building. This is a book that I should have read at the beginning of our seminary program but I didn't get to read it since I joined the seminary program until a later time. I must say this is a definte read for anyone one that is being moved by the Spirit to take part in any type of ministry. The last chapters were the best since the author gave some excellent examples of the calling and how that all plays out in our lives
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