Answer Your Call: Reclaim God's Purpose for Faith, Family, and Work

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Answer Your Call helps Christians discern their purpose from a Catholic perspective?think of it as a Catholic response to The Purpose Driven Life. Building on the premise that every person has a unique set of natural gifts meant to be used in concert with God's supernatural graces, readers will find practical insights on what prevents someone from hearing and responding to God's call, as well as how to reclaim and live their calling in the home, workplace, and community. Answer Your Call goes beyond mere theory,...
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Overview


Answer Your Call helps Christians discern their purpose from a Catholic perspective—think of it as a Catholic response to The Purpose Driven Life. Building on the premise that every person has a unique set of natural gifts meant to be used in concert with God's supernatural graces, readers will find practical insights on what prevents someone from hearing and responding to God's call, as well as how to reclaim and live their calling in the home, workplace, and community. Answer Your Call goes beyond mere theory, using key questions, short quizzes, and practical exercises to help the reader implement the material. You'll learn:
  • What causes us to lose sight of God's presence
  • How we lose touch with our natural gifts
  • The three dimensions of our divine call
  • Understanding discernment in relation to purpose and call
  • How you can plan to implement your call
Interspersed with Scripture and Catechism quotes, as well as wisdom from popes and saints, Answer Your Call will guide you to carry out God's purpose in every dimension of your life.
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Dick and Martha Lyles have served the Catholic Church in a variety of capacities, including hosting a radio program devoted to Catholic business (Dick), and religious education and development on the parish level (Martha). In their first joint publicatio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616365400
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 793,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Dick Lyles is the host of The Catholic Business Hour, a weekly radio program, now in its fourth year, which airs twice weekly on the EWTN global radio network. He is the former CEO of Relevant Radio, a long-time member of Legatus, and in demand as a speaker both for business organizations and Catholic audiences, delivering two to three keynote speeches every month. He is the CEO of Origin Entertainment, which is producing the movies Fatima: Message and Miracle, and Mary, Mother of the Christ. Martha Lyles has had a long career as a religious education director and director of development in her California parish. She is an experienced retreat leader. Dick and Martha live in Poway, California.
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  • Posted March 16, 2013

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    Step by step to reclaiming God¿s purpose In writing Answer Your

    Step by step to reclaiming God’s purpose
    In writing Answer Your Call, authors Dick and Martha Lyles employ many of the gifts that underpin their working lives. Martha has served as both director of religious education and director of development in her parish. Dick’s resume includes CEO duties for Relevant Radio and Origin Entertainment. He also hosts the Catholic Business Hour on EWTN and is a member of Legatus, an organization devoted to integrating business leadership and Catholic religious tradition.

    The theme for Answer Your Call is that sanctity is within the reach of all who discern their personal call by combining their unique natural gifts with God’s grace. The material follows a clear structure and contains examples, diagrams, lists, and other elements that facilitate learning.

    The first half of the book centers on two topics: (1) how we lose sight of God’s presence and (2) how we lose touch with our natural gifts. Part 3, which makes up the second half of the book, is about reconnecting and answering our personal call from God. In the introduction the authors urge readers to resist going straight to the third section in search of a quick fix without benefit of the essential principles.

    As a reviewer, I will compromise—highlights of first half and sneak peak at the how-to section.

    Part 1 explains the role of six elements in causing us to lose sight of God’s presence: lack of recognition, compartmentalization, ego, disappointment, tragedy, and modern knowledge. Part 2 on losing touch with our natural gifts shows the negative influence of significant others; education; path-determinant choices; and stagnation and complacency. A sample path-determinant choice is the lawyer who becomes miserable doing the work she trained for years earlier or the nursing student who decides in his last year of school that he doesn’t want to be a nurse.

    In Part 3, Lyles and Lyles lay out a path for overcoming these and other obstacles. They begin with an examination of three dimensions to the divine call, then suggest ways to embrace our natural gifts and discern our purpose in terms of faith, family, and work. The book closes with guidance on making and implementing a plan to answer our call.

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