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Professor of religion at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Among his other books is Creation, Eschaton, and Ethics.
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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (December 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802801374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802801371
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
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I normally do not believe blurbs on the back of books, but this one lives up to its billing. Stephen J. Pope, of Boston College, says this book "is a model of how to do theological ethics in a way that is both rooted in tradition and highly creative. Schuurman has mastered this topic, and his book will no doubt be regarded as a major reference on this topic for years to come." Philosopher Lee Hardy says this book is "A wise, judicious, and compelling rearticulation of the concept of vocation as an integrated force in the Christian life (back cover)." Unlike other books, which restrict the idea of vocation to paid work or reduce it to "ten steps" for this or that form of success, this book presents the concept of vocation in its richest sense. This book is "must reading" for anyone who wants to think, speak, or write about vocation. It would be a great text for college or seminary courses pertaining to theology or ethics, and also a fine resource for pastors and literate laypersons.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hudnall on December 30, 2006
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I've found many are confused by myths and misconceptions when it comes to a Biblical view of vocation. Douglas Schuurman has brought a light into the mist as he provides a wonderful explanation of the doctrine of vocation and how to live it out in the modern world.

The book has three main outlined themes. First, all aspects of life are holy. Second, duties are to be governed by God's will. Third, officials are God's representatives. Drawing heavily on the writings of Luther and Calvin, he provides diverse views on the subject and articulates clear arguments for his conclusions. Vocation is the best resource I've read on the subject and I would highly recommend it to those considering the topic.
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By Suz on August 25, 2014
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I value this book's broad overview of theological, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on vocation and work. Author makes an argument for the doctrine of vocation (based on Luther and Calvin) taking into consideration some critiques of that doctrine (J Elul, S Hauerwas, and Miroslav Volf) as well as different contemporary social and economic circumstances. Author makes good points and observations about the theological importance of vocation.
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I spent several weeks doing research on the topic of vocation and reading books and articles from a variety of sources. This book proved to be the most formational and helpful for me. Schuermann's wisdom really helped me put into perspective the relationship between work, life, and vocation, as well as how it relates to our theology throughout history.

Great book.
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