Heaven's Calling: A Memoir of One Soul's Steep Ascent

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"In this book a great soldier for Christ, wearing the armor of the ages, allows us to see God's faithful dealings with a soul given to Him, and her tender and intelligent responses to heaven's call. How it all works out is a thing of beauty and alarm. You'll need to linger over it, and return again and again, for it to grow you in the power of resurrection life for the spiritual battle which is our age."--Dallas Willard, author, The Divine ...
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"In this book a great soldier for Christ, wearing the armor of the ages, allows us to see God's faithful dealings with a soul given to Him, and her tender and intelligent responses to heaven's call. How it all works out is a thing of beauty and alarm. You'll need to linger over it, and return again and again, for it to grow you in the power of resurrection life for the spiritual battle which is our age."--Dallas Willard, author, The Divine Conspiracy

"A provocative and moving spiritual autobiography that vividly portrays the ongoing struggle of a person of faith toward wholeness and healing. It poignantly shows how the author has been mightily used by the Spirit of God to spearhead a ministry of renewal and celebration."--Dr. Donald G. Bloesch, author, Essentials of Evangelical Theology

"I am delighted to recommend this fascinating account of an unusually interesting life. This is more than an autobiography, however. Indeed, the details of the author's life--told with great color and conviction--serve as the opportunities to insert deeper reflections on the significance of God's blessing on her life and ministry."--Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, editor, Touchstone, and author, Christ in the Psalms

"What we have here is the courageous, candid, and intense witness of a woman whose experience of God has asked, quite simply, everything from her. In chapter after chapter, readers will see what wholehearted obedience to God may cost His servant. It is an extraordinary tale."--Thomas Howard, author and retired English professor

"Each path to heaven is unique. Leanne Payne's account of her journey to date relates a steep and often lonely path, full of rare terrors and beauties. Reading this rich, eye-opening memoir of pilgrimage, one cannot but be grateful for the bravery and frankness of the walker, not to mention the faithful persistence of her Guide. A story of dead ends, rabbit trails, giddy ridges, and spectacular summits, Heaven's Calling quickens and encourages one's own steps along the way."--Michael Ward, author, Planet Narnia, and chaplain, Peterhouse, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801013126
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 642,926
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leanne Payne is founder and president of Pastoral Care Ministries and has been active in the ministry of healing prayer for more than forty years. She is the author of many articles and books, including Real Presence, Restoring the Christian Soul, and Listening Prayer. Payne lives in Wheaton, Illinois.
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Table of Contents


Preface     9
1932-1958
Hard Times     13
God, Our Source and Being     19
My All-Time Heroine, Mother     25
A Home Brings Us Together Again     31
Grandma     35
The Influence of My Extended Family     43
The Fateful Move     57
The Remedial Path     69
1958-1965
Home to the Father     79
The Lighted Path: "The Spirit and the Gifts Are Ours"     91
Learning Lessons through Spiritual Battle     99
Foundational Lessons     109
The Unthinkable Looms: Time to Leave Home?     125
Life at Wheaton Academy     133
The Birthplace of Renewal     143
1965-1976
Choosing a Goal     159
The Joy of Academe     171
Modern Myth with Professor Kilby     189
Revival!     199
"In the Night My Heart Instructs Me"     211
1976-
The Search for Home     223
Beauty and Truth in the Midst of Spiritual Battle     237
An Abundance of Seeds to Sow     249
The Year at Yale     263
Interlude-Henri Nouwen     273
Joy in the Midst of Incorporation     279
"For Sucha Time as This"     291
Jubilation!     299
Acknowledgments     313
Notes     315
Index     325
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