It's Your Call: What Are You Doing Here?  -     By: Gary Barkalow
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David C. Cook / 2010 / Paperback

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A revolutionary guide for discovering, understanding, and pursuing God's purpose for your life! Rejecting the notion that "callings" are reserved only for those in church ministry, Barkalow draws from over 20 years of personal and professional study to encourage you to walk in God's process of revealing, restoring, and releasing the brilliance of your life. 224 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434764397
ISBN-13: 9781434764393
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Discover God’s calling for your life ...

Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God’s calling for their life. Is it primarily about a job or a role? It is precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry?

The truth is actually amazingly profound: What we are supposed to do is what we most want to do.

This is a guide for discovering God’s design and destiny for your life. Drawing from over 20 years of experience in ministry, Gary Barkalow shares how you can:

Live alert and oriented to the voice and choreography of God.
Discover and interpret the voice of your own story.
Discern the strategic assault against your calling.
Recognize God’s intentional training in your life’s journey.

Most of all, you’ll be inspired to let the glory of your life touch the world around you.
 

Author Bio

Gary Barkalow is the founder and director of The Noble Heart, a ministry with the express purpose of helping men and women find their life in God and their calling in this world. He has served in leadership positions at Ransomed Heart Ministries, Focus on the Family, and Campus Crusade for Christ. Through The Noble Heart, Gary speaks at conferences across the country and around the world. Gary and his wife, Leigh, reside in Colorado Springs with their four children. www.thenobleheart.com

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  1. Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding Your Calling
    September 29, 2013
    Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    In a past USA Today survey, they asked people “What would you ask God or some other supreme being if you could ask a question?”. The #1 answer in this survey was “What is my purpose in life?”. The author mentions that it never tells us that information specifically in the Bible, but it does say that God “will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8) and that He “is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him” (Phil 2:13).

    The book can be summarized in these few ideas:
    • God tells us to “ask, seek and knock” but he wants us to do this continually and to stay in an intimate conversation with Him. God gives us enough clarity to keep us encouraged and moving but enough mystery to keep us coming back for more.
    • “Jobs and positions are only access points, not callings, to the people or places that God knows need our glory.”
    • “Your calling in life comes in the form of your strongest desire, your truest preference, and is often initially experienced as your deepest curiosity.”

    I received a free e-copy of this book from David C. Cook in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great encouragement to discover your calling
    December 12, 2010
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Do you know the particular purpose of your life? Do you know who you are, what really gives you fulfillment and your life meaning?
    You are more than you have imagined. “You know you're created to be something, to do something, to contribute something, but it's so hard to figure out what that something is.”
    It is hard to find purpose or place in this world. Barkalow suggests the key is finding your calling (a weighty purpose in life). This book helps you travel that path leading to knowing what you are doing here.
    Barkalow understands that God's calling involves mystery. “Mystery is an invitation to intimacy with God.” You must continue to ask, seek, and knock to find the deep things of God.
    Finding your calling is a journey. Although the calling is within you (it relates to the essence of who you are), it must be developed. This journey of development and discovery is “the overlooked but crucial truth...that we will have to fight for every square inch of our calling.” Barkalow gives a strategy to succeed in the battle.
    Your calling is related to your deepest desire. The author says, “The realization of your calling is the fulfillment of your truest desires.” Not every desire is good, however, and part of the journey is the maturity and experience required to identify the desires God has placed in your hearts. Knowing and living your calling will not come as an epiphany but through a long process of trying and finding. Barkalow quotes Publilius Syrus: “It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.” In the end you will find, “You were created to do what you most want to do.”
    How are we to know when you are living in your calling? “When the world experiences the effect of our lives, then we are walking in our calling.” It will be said you, as it was of David (Acts 13:36), that you served the purposes of God in your generation.
    While the concept of calling is rather personal, this would be a great book for a discipleship study. Unfortunately, there are no study nor discussion questions included in the book.

    This book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group, Inc.

  3. Chad
    Tulsa, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Buy it (or borrow it), and read it (twice).
    November 14, 2010
    Chad
    Tulsa, OK
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I first heard Gary speak in 2001 at a men's retreat in Colorado. I've followed him off & on since then, picking up audio cds or reading his blogs along the way.

    I got a copy of it from a friend who sent it to me right after it was published. All I can say is, if you've read any books like Wild at Heart (or even if you haven't), this book is a great guide to living in your desires & deciphering your calling. It was very helpful to me and I'm continuing to refer back to it as I move forward in my journey. The author has a way of bringing up and answering questions that may have only lived in me as a vague feeling until then.

    Also, the author does men's retreats. See the links below to learn more.

  4. David Kortje
    Benton, KS
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Orientation, Clarity and Perspective
    October 27, 2010
    David Kortje
    Benton, KS
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    So what are you doing here?

    If you’re like me, you’re probably not sure, at least not all of the time … OK, not even most of the time. I mean, there are times, moments of clarity when I know what God has called me to, who I am in Him and my place in the story; but if I am honest, those times seem surreal, like a dream. You know, those nighttime visions in which you magically know how to play the guitar or ride that perfect wheelie or sing on key. Then you wake up, so sure how to proceed, only to realize that the once again the fog has settled in and clarity is anything but clear.

    I just finished It’s Your Call – What Are You Doing Here by Gary Barkalow. Man, I wish I had this book a year ago … or twenty years ago for that matter. Calling, especially God’s calling on our lives, is so opposed. Our enemy twists it and contorts our interpretation of it until we are left seriously doubting any purpose for our lives at all aside from the usual paying of taxes and trying to keep our kids out of jail. But like a lighthouse in the midst of that fog, Barkalow offers a clear point of reference to re-orient us to the truth; and that truth is very good news my friends. It is the truth that God has created you, and me, with a unique role to play in this grand adventure that we call life.

    Beyond orientation and clarity of the battle set against you though, Gary also offers something of even greater value: he offers perspective. You see, I know that God has called me, and I know that this calling is opposed, but it is the interpretation of the events that follow that keep coaxing me out of that ‘dream’ and into a ‘consciousness’ that appears more true of who I really am. It’s not, of course. It’s the Matrix, it's ‘the world that has been pulled over our eyes to blind us from the truth’; but it seems so real, so true of who I am.

    In the last chapter of It’s Your Call, Barkalow reminds us that between desire and fulfillment of this call that each of us have, there is a chasm, a time when ‘reality is far more disrupting than dreaming’. That truth alone, spoken by a man who has walked a road that many of us are on as well, is worth the fourteen dollar price tag.

    So what are you doing here? I can’t answer that question for you, but I can tell you that it is much bigger than you have been led to believe. For me, I’m going to keep pursuing the dream. As for you, well like Gary said, it’s your call.

    To the King,

    David

  5. SamWill
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best book on calling I've ever read
    October 21, 2010
    SamWill
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    I just finished “It’s Your Call,” and I found the book refreshing, insightful, and delightfully written. I want to recommend it to all my Christian friends, in fact, to all my friends.

    And I want my church to put this into practice.

    Most religious organizations—and I’ve been a part of many—think mechanically about their members. We, as an organization, have a need and we look for someone to fill it. Scripture, however, offers an organic metaphor for the church’s organization, a body. So, instead asking ourselves “what do we need” we should be asking “why did God bring to us so-and-so—what do they uniquely bring?” And as individuals we need to be asking: what am I called to offer?

    It’s Your Call describes how to find an individual’s “calling” so we can offer the very thing that we can uniquely provide. Our uniqueness—due to history, experience, gifts, gender, etc.—means we have something to offer that no one else in the world has to offer.

    I struggled with the term “your glory.” It seems so, hmm, arrogant or self centered. But the author has a very long section on character development, with a great section on humility. Our calling is the “weightiness” of what we have to offer the world, so I tried calling it “your weightiness.” Apart from reminding me that I need to diet, I realized “weightiness” is simply the real Hebrew meaning of Glory (kaboth), thus I ended up agreeing with the author: there is a Glory (weightiness) that God does indeed have for each of us to offer the world.

    Alas, I hate to agree with authors. It’s more fun to criticize; but he nailed this one.

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