March 13, 2013
In the past ten years plus of my life, there are three books that stand out as having an impact on me as I sought God's specific calling for my life (based on Ephesians 2:10). Here they are.
Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer
This is the book that prompted me to go on a self discovery years ago. I had been in my relationship with Christ about eight years, serving in some awesome ways at church, but I sensed something was missing. The Bible was speaking to me in new ways about God and my life, and I felt the need to seek out God's specific plans for my life.
This book is about the author's own journey. As he tells his story it organically challenges you to take a look at your own life. Overall, this book is about the desire to live an authentic life, more congruent with how God specifically created you.
The author has a Quaker background, so if you're offended by someone not believing exactly as you do you may not like it. But it isn't a book about his religion. It is a small book (just a little over 100 pages) but has great depth. It wasn't a book I rushed through and is also one I've gone back and read a few times over.
Your Own Worst Enemy, Breaking the Habit of Adult Under-Achievement, Kenneth W. Christian, PH.D
I had never called myself an underachiever. That wasn't even a word in my vocabulary. But neither was the word achiever. The truth is, I was an underachiever with great potential. This book helped me face my own demons - procrastination and fear, and got me on the right track.
I highly recommend this book if you are someone who starts projects but doesn't finish them. Or if you have things you want to do but never step out and start.
Courage and Calling, Embracing Your God-Given Potential, Gordon T. Smith
This book is packed with depth and goes into the meaning of calling and the courage it takes to live it out.As the author mentions, we have three callings: 1) The general call which is the invitation to follow Jesus Christ. 2) The specific call which is a vocation (calling) that is unique to each person, an individual mission in the world. 3) The immediate call which are the tasks and duties which God calls each person at the present time.
The focus of this book is the specific call God has in the believer's life, how to discover yours and how to live it out.