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Called or Collared - An Alternative Approach to Vocation
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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2001
Francis Dewer is an ordained clergyman in the Church of England as well as a trained counsellor.
Although this book is written for individuals who are thinking about ordination in the Church of England, it is potentially extremely helpful for any individual who is trying to fulfil their God-given potential as a human being. Dewer's thesis is that each individual has a "personal call" from God which is unique to that individual. This personal call is distinct from the call to the role of ordinand and may or may not be compatible with the role of a parish minister.
As most of the book is actually devoted to how one can find one's "personal call", the potential audience for this book is much wider than the title suggests. I believe this book could be of great help to Christians contemplating any kind of career change or even possibly for some Christians suffering from depression.
As an amateur theologian with a BA in theology, I would note that this book is written from a firmly "liberal" Christian theological viewpoint. Anyone who believes that their human self is inherently evil will not agree with Dewer's basic presumption that we are all unique creations of God called to fulfil our true potential. I also doubt it would be useful for anyone who did not believe in God.
One of the best, most uplifting books I've read in ages.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2010
I was recommended this book to help with my exploration into a call to ordination. It was very useful and helped me consider things that had not crossed my mind.
It's clearly written and includes quotes and passages written by 'real people' that offer interesting insights.

Well worth buying this book for anyone considering ordination, and a good read for anyone considering the call God has on their lives.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thinking about the Anglican ordained ministry? Then this book is one of those likely to be recommended. I bought it as a package deal with two others (all on my reading list!) but it is proving to be the most readable.

Even if you do decide that wearing a dog collar is not for you this is a useful reflection on a deeper spiritual life and can confirm each of us in our own ministry - lay or ordained.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2009
It gives a very different approach to vocation. A definite must read for anyone exploring vocation.
It really gets you thinking!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2014
I've never had mail delivered on a Sunday before - so when this plopped through the letterbox on Sunday, in response to a spiritual crisis I was going through, even my son said in awe 'It's a sign!' ^_^
Took me 2 days to read - everything else put on 'hold' - and YES it has helped enormously. My entire concept of Christianity and my faith has been transformed, and with it my attitude to life. Fantastic book for all Christians, whether they feel 'called' or not - we are all called to be Christians in the first place, and that's enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have found this book very Useful in my exploration of Calling - I also found it quite moving, as I read the testimonial examples that are used in this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2011
Excellent book amidst the wide choice on booklist of things to read for my Vocation module. Enjoyed the reflective meditative exercises. Dewar writes clearly and simply and makes an interesting read even for those not actively "seeking".
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on 5 May 2013
This is excellent reading for all Christians exploring any kind of vocation. It's honest, insighful and packed with lots of exercises for reflection. The reader is invited to walk with Francis Dewar across the trackless void in the quest of finding their personal calling - a journey fraught with risk, uncertaincy but also liberation to become more fully the person God is calling them to be. I'd also strongly recommend this to Catholics - men and women - who feel called to ordination. God may be calling women to be priests in the Catholic Church in the 'prophetic' sense mentioned in this book - but it is important that the uniqueness of God's personal call is not overlooked in the battle of theological arguments if the person is to remain tru to that calling.
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on 1 August 2015
This book was easy to read and thought-provoking. As I am candidating for the Methodist Diaconate, and this relates more to a calling in the Anglican church, it was not directly useful, but it posed pertinent questions I needed to answer, and so was very helpful in many ways.
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on 29 April 2015
A book about vocation with only the final chapter being about ordination. Worth reading for anyone considering 'call' or helping others in this area. The author takes a functional view of priesthood which I found helpful but is not always held by clergy.
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