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All of us long for a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives. But where does that meaning come from? How do we find our calling in life?

In this short, helpful book Douglas Brouwer offers a personal, spiritual response to the vocational questions that people commonly ask. He links our true purpose to following Jesus' greatest commandment -- love God and love your neighbor -- and points out that we find meaning and purpose by living not for ourselves but for something larger outside ourselves.

Written for seekers of all ages, "What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life?" describes Brouwer's own struggle to come to grips with the concept of vocation, incorporates inspirational stories of people and vocation from throughout his ministry, and includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Whether used for personal reading or small-group study, "What Am I Supposed to Do with My Life?" will encourage many to reflect meaningfully on their lives and vocations.

About the Author

Doulgas J Brower is Pastor of the Firs Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. His other books include Remembering the Faith: What Christians Believe and Beyond I Do.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802829619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802829610
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In January 2014 I became pastor of the International Protestant Church of Zürich and embarked on one of the biggest adventures of my life. It's not that my life had been empty and meaningless before my move to Switzerland; it's that this latest adventure has been rewarding and challenging in ways I could not have imagined.

On my first day at IPC I knew that I had a story to tell, and I talked my publisher into publishing that story. The book is now finished and will be making its way through a lengthy editorial process I do not fully understand. I will keep you posted about publication dates through my blog.

I have been a writer ever since I won second prize in a "prose and poetry" contest in fifth grade and got to read my submission at an all-school assembly. I'm also a pastor, as I mentioned, and over the course of more than 35 years I have served churches in New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. I did my undergraduate work in philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received my master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My older daughter is an associate pastor at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and my younger daughter is a Ph.D. student in health economics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Both of them are married and live too far away.

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In the ever-shrinking shelf space between fundamentalist rant and new-age self-help, Mr. Brouwer's latest book stands out as the blessedly thoughtful work product of an educated mind and a pastor's heart. It will be helpful for readers facing "major" life decisions about colleges, careers, and mid-life changes, but it will also be invigorating for those who find themselves, for the present, on the right path but looking for renewed energy and vision in their lives.
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Solidly grounded in Reformed theology, Douglas J. Brouwer helps readers at every stage of life ask the right questions about the big question, "What am I supposed to do with my life?" He skillfully draws on his own vocational struggles to enlighten his points without making himself the focus. This book is helpful for young adults who are beginning to discern their vocation, but it offers particularly insightful discussion of fulfilling one's vocation at midlife and in retirement. While the focus is on what one does for a living, he helps the reader understand vocation as something that encompasses all of life. Give this book as your next graduation gift, as a retirement gift, or to someone you know who's turning 50. They'll all thank you for it.
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This is a helpful discussion for anyone who is just graduating college, in the middle of a mundane job, or facing retirement. How do we have an integrated life where we work and glorify God? How do we deal with disappointments in our professional careers? Doug confronts these hard questions head-on. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Simply stated: this is a terrific little book with eloquent, evocative, compelling direction and advice. It will be a staple for our campus ministry this fall: the book guides students now as well as gives them a bigger picture of vocation and how the question of vocation will persist into later years.
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