Ears to Hear

Ears to Hear

by Edward S. Little


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Ears to Hear by Edward S. Little

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819219398
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2003
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 471,748
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

A Personal Note1
1Called to Insecurity: Abraham10
2God's Persistent Call: Jacob20
3Objections to God's Call: Moses29
4God's Call to Ordinary People: Bezalel and Oholiab38
5The Fear of God's Call: Joshua47
6Called by a Community: Deborah56
7God's Call and Our Self-Image: Gideon64
8Called by God, Called by a Mentor: Samuel73
9An Unlikely Call: David82
10Call Forwarding: Elijah and Elisha91
11Called in Brokenness: Hosea100
12God's Intrusive Call: Amos109
13Called in Holiness: Isaiah117
14When a Call Becomes a Burden: Jeremiah126
15Restoring a Lost Call: Zerubbabel135
16Called by Circumstances: Esther145

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not read it myself