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Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life Paperback – October 18, 2004
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“I heartily recommend Live Your Calling as a guidebook for dreaming the dreams God has created you to pursue and equipping you to fulfill them.”
--Ken Wales, veteran filmmaker; CBS Television series, executive producer, Christy
“An incredibly helpful book for any person who is searching for their calling and the realization of all the, dreams pertaining thereto."
--Dr. Neil Clark Warren, psychologist and founder, eHarmony.com
“This remarkable book will enable every follower of Christ to recognize and respond to God’s calling on his or her life. I commend it heartily and unreservedly.”
--Dr. Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision
“Spiritually astute, sophisticated in its use of vocational assessments, and completely practical.”
--Dana Alexander, director, Office of Life Planning, Westmont College
“This book is a great companion to The Purpose-Driven Life. In practical ways, it helps people discover their “shape” and live their lives in light of their God-given design.”
--Jim Holsclaw, training and development resources, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
“This book offers help for the reader to form a Life Calling Map that can guide them into a greater sense of significance for their lives. I commend it for its practicality, strong theological rootedness, and its psychological soundness."
--Dr. Archibald D. Hart, senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
“This book is exactly what it claims to be. It is a practical guide to finding and fulfilling your mission in life. This is a truly helpful and informative book for searchers and professionals.”
--Dr. Jay Kesler, president emeritus, Taylor University
“What you do with your life deeply impacts you. This work is a gift to those who are searching and to those who help light the way.”
--Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors
“A wonderful book that helps us discover, from a spiritual and natural gifting perspective, God’s unique purpose for our life. Every person needs to know why God made them. This book will help you move toward a greater understanding of this.”
--Os Hillman, president, Marketplace Leaders and the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries
“Here is a superb road map for understanding your potential, finding God’s will, and investing your life productively for Christ. I highly recommend this book.”
--M. Blaine Smith, director, Nehemiah Ministries; author, Knowing God’s Will
“In a world too often marked by transience and a sense of “getting by,” this book presents a challenging alternative. It clarifies the exciting possibilities of understanding your purpose and lays out very practical steps to fulfilling your calling.”
--Robby Richardson, director, Internet Ministries, Gospel Communications International
“The tools and principles in this book can help young adults get their bearings and conquer obstacles.”
--Rebecca Horst, director, CALL Project, Goshen College
“A practical exercise in understanding your unique calling, stretching your God-sized vision, and living it out where God has placed you. These tools help you maximize your effectiveness in your workplace and in every part of your life.”
--Kent Humphreys, president, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International
“The Brennflecks uniquely and strategically provide an interactive process to identify, explore, experience, and confirm our personal giftedness, which enhances our sense of individual destiny and worth, resulting in deep feelings of personal fulfillment.”
--Dr. Gordon E. Kirk, senior pastor, Lake Ave. Church, Pasadena
“I enthusiastically recommend this to anyone questioning the calling of their life. I believe each of us have been gifted by God to lean into the gifts and abilities He has given us. The purpose of your life is out there to be discovered. This book and the tools provided by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck can be a road map to make that discovery. I highly recommend it to you."
--Jon Wallace, president, Azusa Pacific University
“This book reflects sensitive, careful and practical thinking about the nature of God's call. It is the ideal handbook for churches, organizations, and small groups serious about discipleship and helping people find their callings and live their dreams for the kingdom of God. For any one searching for a way to serve and to make a difference in the world this ought to be the next book on your reading list.”
--Philip Carlson, family physician; senior pastor, Bethany Church
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LIVE YOUR CALLING
Praise for Live Your Calling
"I heartily recommend Live Your Calling as a guidebook for dreaming the dreams God has created you to pursue and equipping you to fulfill them."
Ken Wales, veteran filmmaker; executive producer, CBS Television series Christy
"An incredibly helpful book for any person who is searching for their calling and the realization of all the dreams pertaining thereto."
Dr. Neil Clark Warren, psychologist and founder, eHarmony.com
"This remarkable book will enable every follower of Christ to recognize and respond to God's calling on his or her life. I commend it heartily and unreservedly."
Dr. Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision
"Spiritually astute, sophisticated in its use of vocational assessments, and completely practical."
Dana Alexander, director, Office of Life Planning, Westmont College
"This book is a great companion to The Purpose-Driven Life. In practical ways, it helps people discover their 'shape' and live their lives in light of their God-given design."
Jim Holsclaw, training and development resources, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
"This book offers help for the reader to form a Life Calling Map that can guide them into a greater sense of significance for their lives. I commend it for its practicality, strong theological rootedness, and its psychological soundness."
Dr. Archibald D. Hart, senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This book is exactly what it claims to be. It is a practical guide to finding and fulfilling your mission in life. This is a truly helpful and informative book for searchers and professionals."
Dr. Jay Kesler, president emeritus, Taylor University
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This book has many concepts in it --in my opinion way too many. It is loaded with worksheets --I got pretty tired just reviewing it.
Career searches can be made more simple / more doable than this. The variety of tools out there are very helpful (e.g., Strong, or Campbell's or even Meyers/Briggs, et al.) I wish these tools were more God centered. Nevertheless, our unique gifts can be discovered by these tools (none of which give any credence to our Creator)
Even thought the concept is good, the book is pretty muddled.
Snippets of personal stories are sprinkled throughout the text in the relevant sections, where they do a great job of making the authors' counsel feel more tangible and believable. The chapter that deals with obstacles to living one's calling especially benefit from these; it is reassuring to know that even people whose lives are paragons of accomplishment have had to overcome their own fears and doubts. Without these stories, some of the authors' advice and encouragement could well have been seen as divorced from the stark realities of life, and too idealistic, irresponsible even, to be taken seriously. It takes faith and courage to live a life of purpose. It is not only informative to read about how other people have succeeded at living deeply meaningful lives in a world of uncertainty, it is also profoundly inspirational.
The text has a strong Christian focus, almost to the point of divisiveness. It contains numerous examples and pieces of advice that are aimed specifically at Christians, and that require translation and adaptation to suit people of other faiths. I wouldn't recommend the book to atheists, and generally to people who don't have a God-centred belief system, as too much of the book's advice has no parallel in their worldview. Personally, while I have struggled with some sections, I have found that what remained was still enough to offer solid advice on how to discover and live one's life calling, and so deserving of the five-star rating.
What intrigues me about the authors' approach is that it essentially amounts to a bottom-up method for discovering one's life purpose. The authors examine things like skills, interests and personality types to help the reader put together a map with which to discern his life calling. They are also open to the revelational manner in which it is sometimes communicated, and quote a number of such examples in the book, but don't offer advice on how to seek such insights, nor do they look beyond them to uncover a unifying theme of a person's life.
Perhaps as a result of not distinguishing between a life calling and a means of realising it, the book mostly talks about it from the standpoint of a single profession. It my experience, a life calling cuts across professions. While some life callings can be fruitfully pursued within the bounds of a single career, some others require the person to draw on multiple vocations - either by directly integrating them into what might become a new trade, or by engaging in them separately while directing them towards the same goal. Furthermore, while the life calling remains the same, ways to pursue it tend to change over time in response to changing circumstances and deeper understanding brought on by one's own maturation. Equating a life calling to its initial implementation can make it difficult to outgrow that implementation later on.
All of these factors reduce the book's scope to something more narrow than it could ideally have been. Nevertheless, the book offers dependable guidance on one of the central questions of human life, guidance that is sorely needed at this time of turmoil and confusion at not just personal but planetary scale.
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