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The Call: Finding and Fulfilling God's Purpose For Your Life Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B077CWJ59W
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson; Expanded, Revised, Anniversary edition (July 3, 2018)
- Publication date : July 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 687 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,933 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a life changing book for me. At the time I first read it, I was needing a new way of thinking about my life. Reading it caused me to take an inventory of my talents, dreams, skills, knowledge and attitudes. Having done that, I lined those beside my vocation and favorite pastimes. That review. mixed with the revelation that Guinness provides brought myself into focus in a way I had never seen myself.I began to appreciate my work as a outgrowth of who I am rather than as just what I did to make money. I began to see my interests and talents away from work in a similar way. Guinness's ideas gave a kind of legitimacy to what I am and like to do because I was permitted to see it all from the point of view of calling.
There are certainly those with special gifts, whether they are writers, musicians, mathemeticians, scientists, or politicians. Because I am not one of those, I never thought of myself as special or unique or particularly important in the affairs of men. Yet, calling is that which brings purpose and direction for life and Guinness helped me see that. Even one with the meager talents and gifts that I have can make a difference in the world when what I have is married to the call that God places on every life, no matter who and where they are.
Guinness starts with the premise that "there is no calling without a caller". Being that I am a Christian, I am happy to start with that beginning and already have a relationship with the Caller. But what Guinness adds to this is all that goes with that call. The call legitimizes your gifts and efforts when they are married to his purpose. Here is a tiny example. As a teenager when I was learning to play guitar and sing a bit, I had the dream that many do of playing in a rock back, having the curtain drawn back, a packed house cheering for the show to begin and playing the first notes of the music. That dream eventually came to be, but in a different form. Instead of playing in a rock band for a thousand screaming teenagers, I played in a 20-piece banjo band for a thousand blue haired ladies and gentlemen. It was no less exciting for me and represented the fulfillment of a dream. I could see how God had planted in me a desire to perform and bring pleasure to people at a certain time of life. That happened to me when I was 25 years old. At the age of 61, I am doing it still today. It is one of the ways that God gifted me and called me into his service. I am not a professional and make no money from it. I do it because it is in me to do. That is what calling is. I will always be grateful to Os Guinness and "The Call" for opening this door of purpose and understanding for me.
I am a 26 year old millennial guy seeking to live a meaningful and dedicated life for the glory of God. The Call was commended to me as a great book uncovering the true nature of calling and rescuing it from the captivity of specificity and exactitude. The commendation was abundantly fulfilled.
The Call has proven to be a rich encouragement and exhortation relevant for all believers. Os Guinness relentlessly and exhaustively exhorts the believer to honor his or her call to live as a child of the King in every way possible. Having never read any works by Os Guinness I was not sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised but not only extremely high readability but also a comprehensive enrichment fueled by his obviously deep cultural and historical knowledge. I would venture to say a good quarter (if not third) of this book is quotation from such greats of the faith as GK Chesterson, Dorothy Sayers, Luther, Calvin, Bonhoeffer, and a very wide range of cultural and historical figures.
Having finished the last fifth of the book in one sitting I find myself both emboldened and empowered by the broad context for fulfilling our call that Guinness puts forth. And by holding up so many examples from the halls of faith, Guinness encourages us that the type of calling he his suggesting has been lived over and over again in history, and many others have seen calling in much the same way he does. This is certainly no new or novel idea, but a rich and fulfilling distillation of Christian thought and life.
Do not expect an exposition so much as a journey through the halls of calling's house. If you're expecting a "how to" on perceiving and fulfilling your specific occupational calling or job you will be disappointed, but this book is all the more for you. That is what I came to it for, but I have walked away with a far greater appreciation for the true calling of our God beyond specific occupational endeavors.
The Call is almost certainly going to become an annual staple for me. I highly recommend it for believers in any stage of life.