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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849944376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849944376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

OS GUINNESS is the author of numerous books, including Long Journey Home, Rising to the Call and Time for Truth, and is also a speaker of international renown. Born in China and educated in England, he is a graduate of Oxford University. Dr. Guinness has lived in the United States since 1984 and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. He resides in McLean, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

These vignettes are well done, and very interesting.
Jack Pepper
I highly recommend this book to anyone that having trouble in understanding the Call of God over their life.
William R. Santana
I can honestly say that my life is very different as a result of reading this book.
Amy Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Some earlier reviews commented on the difficulty of the book's writing style. Personally, I found it to be mentally and spiritually challenging! I am concerned about how our hurried society has dictated not only how we live, but also how we think. God has given us a brain - we must use it!
Admittingly, the book is profound. However, when read devotionally ( a chapter a day like "My Utmost For His Highest"), the reader is encouraged to think about what was read and how to apply the chapter to everyday living.
I personally thought some of Guinness' better points were:
1. Be devoted to Jesus instead of your service to Jesus.
2. Be inner-directed by God than other-directed by the
opinions of others (what God thinks matters most!).
3. God calls us to a life of faith.
4. Deliberate spend time in solitude with God.
5. Glorify God in the ordinary things of life.
6. A sense of calling keeps us focused when modern-day
life threatens to tear us apart.
7. Taking God's call seriously means we will pay the
price of being abused and treated as fools by those
who do not understand.
All in all, an excellent read! To use the old saying: "be ready to put on your thinking cap" when reading this one!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael Batley (gooch@ecentral.com) on January 21, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
If you are looking for a "how-to" book you might be disappointed. Instead, Os Guiness gives us something much deeper, and so much better. He gives us the "Why" of The Call.
Approaching his subject with the important understanding that all Christians are called by God to serve Him and the Body in some special way Guiness uses stories like a great mural to show how others in Christianity and outside have answered a "call" in their life and found meaning, purpose, joy and left their indelible mark on history.
What I appreciated so much about the wonderfully written book is that Guiness uses story not only to put call in history but to call us to greater things. The book is not "dumbed down" to the modern reader like so many other Christian books, but instead he woos the reader to do the work of thoughtful reading and consideration.
The book is laid out so that each chapter is a complete thought and should be digested one a day with questions at the end of each chapter to ponder.
This book will be especially helpful for people at crossroads of life, career or at important life stages. Thank you Os!!!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Os Guinness does an excellent job weaving examples of individual lives and truth in such a way that the reader not only understands God's call to Himself, but longs to sense and live it. My own copy is dog-eared, underlined and annotated with Scriptural references which obviously served as the springboard for his principles. He spurred me to read more Christian biographies, examine my commitments in light of God's call and look at the world from God's perspective. I was truly saddened to reach the end.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Nyman on December 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Call" is one of the first books I've read by Os Guinness, and it was well worth it. He poses some interesting and provocative topics, all related to what our purpose in life could be. This is not an easy task, but he poses the question by introducing each chapter with lives of such historical figures as Yehudi Menuhin, Francis of Assisi, Picasso, Andrew Carnegie, and others.
There are 26 chapters in this book, and the author recommends reading a chapter a day. Of course, if you choose to read more than a chapter a day, you can get a little overload on the thinking process. And this is a Thinking Book. The second half of each chapter then applies the truths to which Mr. Guinness is referring to the Christian's walk with Christ. He refers to those who follow Christ not as "Christian," but "Followers of the Way," which I found to be incredibly refreshing.
Again, this is not easy reading, but overall, he credits many people with his premise, which is also biblical, and his references to Oswald Chambers' work is also refreshing. There is a study guide in the back to follow each chapter, and of special interest is the "Entrepreneurs of Life" at the very end of the book.
A splendid read, indeed, and well worth recommending at the highest level!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
More than any book I have read on the subject, The Call recognizes the radical nature of Christianity and challenges and inspires readers to not settle for anything less. Mr. Guinness' main influences in thinking and writing on the subject are Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Oswald Chambers, and so this book could also have been titled "The Cost of Discipleship" or "My Utmost for His Highest".
This book does not give trite how-to's on what it means to be a follower of Christ, but rather examines the Biblical mandate to surrender ourselves to God's call in all aspects of our lives: in everything we do, in all that we own, and in who we are, all the time.
Mr. Guinness has obviously spent years thinking about and studying this subject (including prayerfully considering his own call), so the book is written on a very personal level. Mr. Guinness also peppers each chapter with relevant life stories from historical, literary and artistic figures to illustrate his points and show in what ways "the rubber meets the road".
Finally, I appreciate his suggestion to read the book as a devotional - one chapter a day, instead of huge chunks at a time. This ensures enough time for the reader to reflect on the profound points made in each chapter.
When I finished reading this book, I decided I need to read it every few years. This book should be a classic!
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OS GUINNESS (DPhil, Oxford University) is an author and social critic. Born in China, he was educated in England at the Universities of London and Oxford. He moved to the United States in 1984, and has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of both the Williamsburg Charter and the Global Carter of Conscience, as well as the founder of the Trinity Forum. He has written more than 25 books, including The Call, The American Hour, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, The Case for Civility, A Free People's Suicide, and his latest: The Global Public Square. He lives with his wife Jenny in McLean, Virginia..

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