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A Sacred Voice Is Calling: Personal Vocation And Social Conscience Paperback – April 30, 2006
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John Neafsey's book is an inspiring journey towards achieving our true vocation in life. In its pages, he recounts wisdom from many traditions including Native American and Christian about how better we can listen to that voice, that sacred voice, that calls us to action, especially action that not only benefits us but also benefits our fellow human beings.
As I read the book I made a vow to spend more time with my God to realize my true vocation. An easy and inspirational read and a book I feel very blessed to have read.
Author John Neafsey, a clinical psychologist at Loyola University of Chicago, was supported by Lilly in writing A Sacred Voice is Calling, in which he explores what it means to find and follow a personal calling.
The subtitle, Personal Vocation and Social Conscience, reveals the uniqueness of Neafsey's approach. He discusses calling in the context of forming a personal conscience with reference to social issues rather than in the context of a particular institution or life style. Issues such as 9/11, the war on terror and the Iraq war are used as examples of situations one could use to sharpen one's conscience and provide opportunities to hear a call. The book should be suggested reading for any person struggling to find meaning in life.
Neafsey has done a marvelous job of bring together examples of persons from Native American Black Elk to Mother Teresa and Thoreau, persons who have heard and followed a special calling and has used numerous quotes which will inspire those who are in a process of discernment.
Being a psychologist, Neafsey makes good use of psychological theory related to the underpinnings of the notion of the true self as a foundation for developing a meaningful and dedicated life.Read more ›
Young adults who are on a God quest, can use this book to help them not only find God but to realize that our call is to serve others. It is about joy in finding fulfillment and in service to others. They will then find God without a doubt.
I have given this book to many of my nieces and nephews, and young adults, who ask for mentoring about their future lives and decisions they need to make. This should be required reading in all our Catholic High Schools and even in higher education.
Neafsey wisely contends that personal vocation should be studied with service in mind. If we approach vocation without a social conscience, a tragic form of narcissism is likely to result. I'm sure I'll read parts of this book again. Nothing between its covers is obtuse; rather, its richness encourages reflection.
--Jack H. Bender, author of Disregarded: Transforming the School and Workplace through Deep Respect and Courage
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I read this book for a class and while it was required, it was a great read that called for some reflection. I felt the last chapters summed up what is needed of us. Read morePublished 2 months ago
An exceptional treatise on the foundational value of vocation seen as a cohesive amalgam of both internal and social integrity.Published 17 months ago by C.L. Grant