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Ears to Hear: Recognizing and Responding to God's Call

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The word “vocation” may conjure up images of clergy in black suits, bishops in pointed hats, and monks in long robes. But they’re not the only ones with vocations—or calls—from God. Lay people, too, are called to serve God, and in this book, Edward S. Little invites us to recognize – and respond – to our own unique vocations.

Ears to Hear takes readers on a journey through the Old Testament, showing the way God called ordinary people to service, and drawing parallels for ...

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Overview

The word “vocation” may conjure up images of clergy in black suits, bishops in pointed hats, and monks in long robes. But they’re not the only ones with vocations—or calls—from God. Lay people, too, are called to serve God, and in this book, Edward S. Little invites us to recognize – and respond – to our own unique vocations.

Ears to Hear takes readers on a journey through the Old Testament, showing the way God called ordinary people to service, and drawing parallels for ordinary people in the twenty-first century. The story of Abraham, who was called away from his homeland with no clear destination, exemplifies the insecurity of modern-day readers who may be called to abandon the security of their homes or their jobs to do God’s will. The story of Moses, who was armed with a list of serious—and logical—objections to God’s call, is a lesson for contemporary readers faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to their vocations. In each of these stories, Little shows that God’s call—in Old Testament days and now—is always accompanied with more than enough grace to answer it.

Each chapter concludes with a set of discussion questions, making this an ideal book not only for individuals discerning God’s call, but also for parish study groups.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819219398
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 1,448,803
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Personal Note
Prologue
1 Called to Insecurity: Abraham 10
2 God's Persistent Call: Jacob 20
3 Objections to God's Call: Moses 29
4 God's Call to Ordinary People: Bezalel and Oholiab 38
5 The Fear of God's Call: Joshua 47
6 Called by a Community: Deborah 56
7 God's Call and Our Self-Image: Gideon 64
8 Called by God, Called by a Mentor: Samuel 73
9 An Unlikely Call: David 82
10 Call Forwarding: Elijah and Elisha 91
11 Called in Brokenness: Hosea 100
12 God's Intrusive Call: Amos 109
13 Called in Holiness: Isaiah 117
14 When a Call Becomes a Burden: Jeremiah 126
15 Restoring a Lost Call: Zerubbabel 135
16 Called by Circumstances: Esther 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Not only does the book introduce the challenges each biblical pe

    Not only does the book introduce the challenges each biblical personage experienced in responding to God's call, but modern day examples are drawn upon to show how their stories are relevant to us today. Then, the reader is given suggestions on how to address the challenge in their own lives. This book is ideal for the individual who is considering discernment, for example, in preparing to work with a discernment committee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Bought as gift to another person who asked for it!

    Did not read it myself

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