The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life Paperback – 9 Oct 2003
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About the Author
Os Guinness is an author and speaker living in the Washington, D.C., area. Born in China during World War II, Guinness left in 1951, after the Chinese Revolution. A graduate of the University of London and Oxford, Guinness is a former visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including The Call, Invitation to the Classics, and Long Journey Home. A frequent speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Guinness has lectured at many universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Stanford, and has often spoken on Capitol Hill.
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"The trouble is that, as a modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for."
"Escape from a false sense of life-purpose is only liberating if it leads to a true one."
"He never asked men to do what was reasonable. Men can do that for themselves. They can buy and sell, heal and govern. But then out of some deep place comes the command to do what makes no sense at all -- to build a ship on dry land; to sit among the dunghills; to marry a whore; to set their son on the altar of sacrifice. Then, if men have faith, a new thing comes."
"Of course those who heard [Jesus] all had ears; of course they didn't all hear. Being responsible, we will be held responsible one day if not today. ... For while we may debate our freedom to choose, there is no doubt that we are not free NOT to choose."
He provides us with a good definition of Calling. "Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service. (1)"
Why Calling is important and urgent. "The notion of calling, or vocation, is vital to each of us because it touches on the modern search for a basis for individual identity and an understanding of humanness itself. (3)"
Guides on our search for the Call. "Words are the deepest, fullest expression is which God now discloses himself to us, beginning with his calling us. So it is in listening to him, trusting him, and to obeying him when he calls that we "let God be God" in all his awe and majesty. (8)"
How knowing our Calling will transforms ourself and the community we live in. "Calling transforms life so that even the commonplace and menial are invested with the splendor of the ordinary. (22)"
In short, this book is crucial for those who are keen to know their purpose in life.
I highly recommend this book to every Christian. This book will ring true to your heart because it rings true to biblical truth. In an age when there is so much to read that simply does not edify, this book stands at the top of my list of recommended reading!
I can't wait to read it again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deeply thought provoking and soul stirring, whilst at the same time liberating and hope producing. A rich source of concepts to mine furtherPublished 19 months ago by Andrew
At first I bought an abridged version, but then bought this as well, and this is the better book by far. Really inspiring and helps to refocus lifePublished 20 months ago by gurenda
Very good but I was disappointed with the repetition from his book 'rising to the call' about 25%of the book.Published on 8 April 2014 by Lee