Calling & Destiny Discovery Tools for Christian Life Purpose

A Listmania! list by Tony Stoltzfus, Master Coach & Trainer. Coach22.com "Tony Stoltzfus" (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
The list author says: "What are the books that can best help you actually figure out what you were made to do in life? Here's a list from the several dozen on my shelves.

I'm into practical self-discovery guides that include exercises and examples over books that offer general platitudes about living on purpose or recycled advice on positive thinking. I also value biblical thinking--like insights about how to live for heaven instead of simply for temporal rewards, or on seeing calling as about incarnating Christ first, and then expressing that incarnation through a mission (most purpose works focus on the doing part of purpose and overlook being). A biblical view of purpose also finds meaning in all of life--suffering and loss as well as success and victory---and leverages ever experience toward a life of great love and generous service. Since many people find their sense of calling through life's difficulties, the truly excellent books on purpose treat that area as well.

Many of the most popular books in this genre are very general--they talk about purpose in life in the sense of implementing a set of general principles, but don't help you find your unique, individual purpose. You won't find most of them in this list because they aren't practical enough to move a fairly mature believer forward.

So if you want some practical handles for discovering what you were made to do and be, plus some titles that explore other facets of purpose in an exemplary way, here's my list"
Living the Life You Were Meant to Live
1.  Living the Life You Were Meant to Live by Tom Paterson
The list author says:
  "One of the better practical purpose discovery books. Unfortunately, it is out of print, although you can still get it used. This book includes some excellent reflection exercises and models as well as generally very good text on purpose concepts."
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A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook: Calling and Destiny Discovery Tools for Christian Life Coaching
2.  A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook: Calling and Destiny Discovery Tools for Christian Life Coaching by Tony Stoltzfus
The list author says:
  "My own entry in the Purpose genre includes over 60 in-depth discovery exercises in a four-part purpose model covering Design, Passion, Preparation (life experience) and Calling . It also explores advanced concepts like life messages, defining calling as incarnation as well as mission, and how calling can be birthed in suffering. For the biggest set of self-discovery tools, choose this title."
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Becoming a Coaching Leader: The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions
3.  Becoming a Coaching Leader: The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions by Daniel Harkavy
The list author says:
  "This is a book for leaders about finding your purpose in helping others live theirs, from a top Christian business coach. However, it also includes some powerful purpose-discovery tools (plus more you can download from the web) for creating an overall life strategy. Excellent choice for business owners and leaders."
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The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work
4.  The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work by Richard J. Leider
The list author says:
  "Richard Leider has a number of good books on purpose targeted at the general population. Fairly practical, but not necessarily from a biblical perspective."
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The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good
5.  The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good by Peter S. Temes
The list author says:
  "This is not so much a guide to discovering your purpose as a philosophical look at the whole idea of purpose. I include it here because it makes a powerful, erudite argument for a life of service over a life of accumulation. I especially like his concept that doing good to others expands your world, while looking out for number 1 contracts it."
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What's Your God Language?: Connecting with God through Your Unique Spiritual Temperament (Nine Spiritual Temperaments--How Knowing Yours Can Help You)
6.  What's Your God Language?: Connecting with God through Your Unique Spiritual Temperament (Nine Spiritual Temperaments--How Knowing Yours Can Help You) by Myra Perrine
The list author says:
  "Our connection with God is the most important things about us. This book will help you learn how you are uniquely wired to know & love God in ways that are life-giving & purposeful."
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Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work
7.  Type Talk: The 16 Personality Types That Determine How We Live, Love, and Work by Otto Kroeger
The list author says:
  "Anyone who sets out to find their life purpose should spend time focusing on their innate design--and that's the realm of personality type. This is the best of the introductory Myers-Briggs book. Becoming proficent in a personality system is virtually essential to maximizing you life contribution."
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The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
8.  The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
The list author says:
  "The best-selling book in this genre provides a well-grounded look at one’s generic purpose within the body of Christ. The book’s strength is Warren’s solidly biblical take on purpose from an evangelical perspective. It's weakness is that it never really addresses the idea of unique, individual purpose in any depth. If you've read this and want more, try one of the first four books on this list."
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It's Not About Me Personal Guidebook
9.  It's Not About Me Personal Guidebook by Max Lucado
The list author says:
  "The personal guidebook edition of this book by Lucado includes exercises for reflecting on the concepts presented in the book. Although some of the questions are of the "fill in the blank after you read" variety, some really make you think. However, A Leader's Life Purpose Workbook or Living the Life You Were Meant to Live are better choices."
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Tony Stoltzfus, Master Coach & Trainer. Coach22.com "Tony Stoltzfus" (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
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