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Heaven's Calling: A Memoir of One Soul's Steep Ascent Paperback – International Edition, September 1, 2008

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Leanne Payne was called out of brokenness into union with Christ, and her nearly fifty-year journey with God has been an adventure of healing, grace, and truth--and of the accompanying spiritual battles. She has spent her life proclaiming the freeing message that Christ lives in us, and offers the ministry of Jesus especially to those suffering from the effects of past sins and woundedness, self-rejection, and long-standing addictions.

By exposing her own life, complete with its triumphs and failures, Mrs. Payne brings extraordinary clarity and understanding on a surprisingly large range of subjects, including gender identity, sexual neurosis, gnosticism, false prophecy, transference, healing prayer, incarnational reality, and sacramental worship.

Complete with a full color sixteen-page photo insert, her story illustrates how one soul, listening to and obeying the Lord, can revel in the abundant life that is available to us all.|Leanne Payne was founder and president of Pastoral Care Ministries and the author of many articles and books, including Real Presence, Restoring the Christian Soul, and Listening Prayer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"In this book a great soldier for Christ, wearing the armor of the ages, allows us to see God's faithful dealings with a soul given to Him, and her tender and intelligent responses to heaven's call. How it all works out is a thing of beauty and alarm. You'll need to linger over it, and return again and again, for it to grow you in the power of resurrection life for the spiritual battle which is our age."--Dallas Willard, author, The Divine Conspiracy

"A provocative and moving spiritual autobiography that vividly portrays the ongoing struggle of a person of faith toward wholeness and healing. It poignantly shows how the author has been mightily used by the Spirit of God to spearhead a ministry of renewal and celebration."--Dr. Donald G. Bloesch, author, Essentials of Evangelical Theology

"I am delighted to recommend this fascinating account of an unusually interesting life. This is more than an autobiography, however. Indeed, the details of the author's life--told with great color and conviction--serve as the opportunities to insert deeper reflections on the significance of God's blessing on her life and ministry."--Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, editor, Touchstone, and author, Christ in the Psalms

"What we have here is the courageous, candid, and intense witness of a woman whose experience of God has asked, quite simply, everything from her. In chapter after chapter, readers will see what wholehearted obedience to God may cost His servant. It is an extraordinary tale."--Thomas Howard, author and retired English professor

"Each path to heaven is unique. Leanne Payne's account of her journey to date relates a steep and often lonely path, full of rare terrors and beauties. Reading this rich, eye-opening memoir of pilgrimage, one cannot but be grateful for the bravery and frankness of the walker, not to mention the faithful persistence of her Guide. A story of dead ends, rabbit trails, giddy ridges, and spectacular summits, Heaven's Calling quickens and encourages one's own steps along the way."--Michael Ward, author, Planet Narnia, and chaplain, Peterhouse, Cambridge --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801071992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801071997
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,601,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gabrielle Gregory on August 3, 2010
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Having read three books of Leanne's, I decided I wanted to read her autobiography. What a treat. The only other autobiography that has thrilled me as much is Agnes Sanford, Sealed Orders. Agnes is featured in this book of Leanne's. In fact Agnes took note of Leanne after she wrote her first book, Real Presence, and invited Leanne to visit and that account is given. What a a real treat to read and re- read this author. All her books are so rich with truth and insight that one could read them many times and still glean new revelation.
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Leanne Payne's recollections of her past, and her reflective thoughts are rich and so rewarding to readers. I have thoroughly enjoyed knowing more about her and have gained much by reading her thoughts.
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I first became aware of Leanne Payne about 20 years ago when I had an interest in the fusion of evangelical Christianity, sacramental Christianity, and the healing ministry. This autobiography, while not a spellbinder, provides many insights into how Payne came to be the person she now is.

In my view, Payne is one of a small number of Christian ministers who "speak with authority." By "speaking with authority" I mean three things: first of all, her message is firmly grounded in the teachings and doctrines of traditional, orthodox Christianity; secondly, her ministry actually changes lives and seems to invoke the workings of the Holy Spirit in a tangible way; thirdly, her ministry addresses the issues of the day without compromise or apology.

One of Payne's overriding concerns - possibly stemming from the early death of her father - is the question of gender, both male and female, but primarily the crisis of masculinity in the modern world. Many years ago, Payne foresaw the rise of the "gay rights" movement, and perceived its grave threat to biblical Christianity. Today's headlines remind us how far this movement has "progressed" and how seriously it has infiltrated Christianity. Payne's answer to this and other contemporary issues is that Christians can no longer afford to compromise with "the spirit of the times," and that to continue to do so will leave the salt without its savor. And contrary to what you read in the newspaper, Payne claims that homosexuality can indeed be healed. This alone makes her a "public enemy" for much of the secular intelligentsia.
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I have read all of LeAnne's books,some of them several times. I also had the privilege of meeting her at a small gathering in New Jersey where I think I was really the only one there who realized how much God was using this precious women to help set his children free. Please if you have a chance read all of her books. You will not be disappointed.
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Leanne Payne is one of my favorite authors, and so I was delighted when I recently discovered her autobiography, written just a few years ago. Though it reiterated some of the stories of her life with which I was familiar from her other writings, it filled in some gaps and gave me a better overview of who she was as a person. I also gained some new insights and seemed to have highlighted half the book!
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It was a very well written book, engaging and interesting as well as hopeful. I found Leanne Payne's life very interesting. I know her personally and there was so much I didn't know about her life. She is a remarkable woman and determine and full of faith.
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Leanne Payne is one of the greatest blessings to the Body of Christ! Rev 12:11 says "They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony." Here is Leanne's testimony, and what a glorious story it is.
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By Read Right on December 25, 2008
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This is an excellent autobiography of a godly woman. I have read most of her other books on healing. She is truly a humble servant of God and a great example for all followers of Christ.
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