From Publishers Weekly
Smith (academic dean of Regent College, British Columbia, and author of Listening to God in Times of Choice) simplifies the process of sound vocational decision-making. Smith explains that God has given every person three expressions of vocation: the general call to follow Jesus as a Christian, the specific call that is each individual's mission to the world and the immediate call that includes the duties and tasks for which we are presently responsible. In Part One ("Taking a Sober Look at Yourself"), Smith raises four questions to ensure vocational integrity: What are my gifts/abilities? What is my heart's desire? Where do I most connect with the needs of the world? What is my unique personality? This section evaluates our suitability for our chosen vocations. Using Jesus' promise of an easy yoke and a light burden, Smith writes that our vocation can be an easy yoke if it is fitted around our character, strengths, potential and personality. Part Two ("To Be All that You Are Called to Be") illustrates the necessity of developing courage and character, expanding our capacity to learn throughout our lives, facing hardships with maturity, working effectively within organizations and developing a life balanced between solitude and community. Smith's text is thoroughly engaging as he deals with one of life's most important issues. (Jan.)
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Courage & Calling
guides readers on the fulfilling journey toward self-discovery. Smith opens by acknowledging that Christians realize God has called them first to Himself--to know and follow Him--but he wonders how many learn that God has also called them to a specific purpose--a particular reason for being--and he invites readers to discover their vocation by listening to God and becoming coworkers with Him. . . . Helps readers locate their giftings and define their callings, enabling them to fulfill their God-given destiny. It's recommended reading for anyone grappling with their place in life, but it's likely to appeal especially to graduates and young professionals and could also be used as a resource by educators and guidance counselors. -- Christian Retailing, Jan. 20, 2000
Smith, a Regent College dean, targets 20-somethings with a blueprint for identifying their specific calling (a vocation unique to each person), which he differentiates from the general call to salvation and an immediate call to daily tasks. Smith provides a theological foundation for identifying vocation. Then he focuses on vocational excellence, which is achieved through courage, wisdom, moral integrity, gratitude, humility, and patience. Recommended to those seeking vocational guidance in early adulthood or during a midlife re-evaluation. It's also a valuable resource for educators, counselors, and pastors. -- CBA Marketplace, February 2000