God has called you--first to himself, to know and follow him but also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being.
This second call, to a defining purpose or mission in life, is often termed a vocation,
from the Latin root meaning "calling." And while it has implications for your work or occupation, it also reaches wider. It includes your giftedness, your weakness, your life in community, what you do day to day. In this book, Gordon Smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with him.
- What is my calling?
- How do I live it out in the midst of difficult relationships or moral challenges?
- Will my vocation change as I enter a new stage of life?
- As I cope with competing needs and demands, how can I craft a balanced, ordered way of living?
- Where do I find the courage to follow God's call?
Smith addresses these questions and many more, pointing the way in this book toward freedom--and toward emotional and spiritual maturity. If you long to hear and follow God's call to you, here is the book that can get you started.
Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of many books, including , , , , and .
"Smith simplifies the process of sound vocational decision-making. . . . Smith's text is thoroughly engaging as he deals with one of life's most important issues."
" Courage & Calling guides readers on the fulfilling journey toward self-discovery. Smith opens by acknowledging that Christians realize God has called them first to Himself--to know and follow Him--but he wonders how many learn that God has also called them to a specific purpose--a particular reason for being--and he invites readers to discover their vocation by listening to God and becoming coworkers with Him. . . . Helps readers locate their giftings and define their callings, enabling them to fulfill their God-given destiny. It's recommended reading for anyone grappling with their place in life, but it's likely to appeal especially to graduates and young professionals and could also be used as a resource by educators and guidance counselors."
"Smith, a Regent College dean, targets 20-somethings with a blueprint for identifying their specific calling (a vocation unique to each person), which he differentiates from the general call to salvation and an immediate call to daily tasks. Smith provides a theological foundation for identifying vocation. Then he focuses on vocational excellence, which is achieved through courage, wisdom, moral integrity, gratitude, humility, and patience. Recommended to those seeking vocational guidance in early adulthood or during a midlife re-evaluation. It's also a valuable resource for educators, counselors, and pastors."