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 vocationsor callsfrom 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 seriousand logicalobjections 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 callin Old Testament days and nowis 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.
|Publisher:||Church Publishing, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
Table of Contents
|A Personal Note||1|
|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|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Did not read it myself