Vocation

Guinness, Os The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life Nashville: W Publishing, 1998
Perhaps the best contemporary treatment of calling and vocation available. Guinness rightly takes calling beyond jobs, personal accomplishments, and self-fulfillment to the very essence of our existence. Not only does Guinness relate calling to individual purpose and meaning, but shows how it is the kind of truth that can change history.

Helm, Paul The Callings: The Gospel in the World Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1987
Once you get past Helm’s extended Calvinist polemic at the beginning, you have a fine exposition of the idea of vocation in the life of a Christian.

Nouwen, Henri The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery New York: Doubleday, 1981
Nouwen, a favorite spiritual writer for millions, spent seven months in a Trappist monastery. Going during a time of vocational unrest, the book is full of insight and learnings about the deepest meanings of vocation as a mixture of work and prayer. Nouwen’s journey will serve many who are also in search of themselves.

Palmer, Parker Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000
Palmer’s work is an answer to a single searching question: “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” Drawing from his Quaker background, Palmer’s answer attempts to “let your life speak.” Palmer rightly notes that vocation does not come from personal will, but through listening.

Perkins, William Treatise on the Vocations or Callings of Men (1603)
Hailed by many as the foundational text for this discussion.

Sherman, Doug and William Hendricks Your Work Matters to God Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1987
One of the best explorations of the interplay of faith and work. Highly readable, extremely practical.

Taylor, Mrs. Howard Borden of Yale '09: The Life That Counts Edinburgh: R & R Clark, 1926

There is nothing quite like the story of William Whiting Borden. Heir to millions, abandoning it all in pursuit of God’s call, dying an early death yet fulfilling his vocation more fully than most...this is a story that all, young and old, should know and take to heart – and to life.

Veith, Gene Edward God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life Wheaton: Crossway, 2002
Veith dives into the simple but profound idea that all that we do is to be done for God’s glory, revealing how the mundane activities of life are “God’s hiding-places.” Veith’s emphasis is not on finding your vocation, but what God does through a calling when it is answered.

Warren, Rick The Purpose Driven Life Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002
This book has taken on a life of its own, and rightly so. It drives the reader into the deepest and most foundational purposes of life, and the importance of fulfilling – and finding fulfillment – in each one. It will take each reader on the most critical journey, that of self-discovery in light of who we are in relation to the living God.

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