Explore Your Vocation through Summer Reading

Library-BooksLooking for a good read this summer? Why not take some time to explore your vocation. Here is a list of selected books that we have recommended to our community of faith. What would you add to the list?

All of these books are available from Bryon Borger at Hearts and Minds Books.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Tim Keller, Non-Fiction)

In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it? With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work.

Jayber Crow (Wendell Barry, Fiction)

After the flood of 1937, Jayber becomes the barber of the small community of Port William, Kentucky. From behind that barber chair he lives out the questions that drove him from seminary and begins to accept the gifts of community that enclose his answers. The chair gives him a perfect perch from which to listen, to talk, and to see, as life spends itself all around. In this novel full of remarkable characters, he tells his story that becomes the story of his town and its transcendent membership.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (Sarah Young, devotional)

After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand. The result: daily readings written from Jesus’ point of view (thus the title Jesus Calling), designed to draw readers into His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Parker Palmer, Non-Fiction)

With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker Palmer invites readers to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.

Missional Mom (Helen Lee, Non-Fiction)

This book affirms Christian mothers who desire to not only build their homes in a Christ-like way, but also engage the world with their skills, abilities, and interests. Without minimizing the importance of a woman’s role in her home, this book encourages mothers to pay attention to the stirrings God has planted within them to extend their influence throughout their world.

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Os Guiness, Non-Fiction)

Why am I here? What is God’s call in my life? How do I fit God’s call with my own individuality? How should God’s calling affect my career, my plans for the future, my concepts of success? According to Guinness, “No idea short of God’s call can ground and fulfill the truest human desire for purpose and fulfillment.”

Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning  (Richard Stearns, Non-Fiction)

Stearns, CEO of World Vision, takes readers on a journey to rediscover the critical mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives. Why are we here, what is our purpose, and where do we fit in the bigger story that God is writing? How should our faith affect our careers, our money, our families, and our lives? And why does it matter? We will find our deepest purpose only when we discover the unique role God created for us to play in his unfolding story.

Why Work (Dorothy Sayers, Non-Fiction)

The daughter of an Anglican priest, Oxford-educated, and the contemporary of such literary luminaries as G.K. Chesterton and Agatha Christie, Sayers was well versed in theology and the arts. Believing that Christians lacked a Biblical perspective on work, Sayers wrote this classic essay in 1945.

 Work Matters  (Tom Nelson, Non-Fiction)

Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Tom Nelson outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world. Discover a new perspective on work that will transform your workday and make the majority of your waking hours matter, not only now, but for eternity.

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