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An excellent book: a perceptive combination of spiritual wisdom, psychological insight, and biblical passion.--Marcus Borg, author of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and The Heart of Christianity Offers a pathway to our authentic homeplace within the ecology of life.--Sharon Daloz Parks, author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams

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John Neafsey is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in the department of theology, Loyola University Chicago. His work was supported by the Lilly Endowment's Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation.
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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; 60564th edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570756457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570756450
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There have been times when I have done something, something new and maybe a bit risky, and it just felt right. And I wish I had more moments like that. Yet, how often have we found ourselves in careers, educational programs, relationships and it has not felt right at all. So how do we really know what is really right for our lives and what is not?

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.
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For a the last ten years or so, the Lilly Foundation has spent millions of dollars in grants to universities and individuals to promote research and activity to determine how religious oriented youth, who in years past responded in relatively large numbers to the call of a vocation to the priesthood and religious life, are now responding to a personal vocation in both secular and church spheres of life. Lilly is interested in knowing what is replacing the so-called religious vocation of the past.
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.
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Looking for God

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.
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Neafsey explores personal vocation through the frameworks of spirituality and psychology. His discussion is as thorough as anything I've read elsewhere. Powerful quotes from Black Elk to Zen Buddhism abound, bolstering his viewpoints and helping maintain reader interest. The extensive notes section in the back is helpful for further exploration.

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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