Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good by Steven Garber
Foreword Review's 17th Annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist (Religion)
12th Annual Outreach Resource of the Year (Culture)
2015 Christianity Today Award of Merit (Christian Living)
2014 Leadership Journal Best Books for Church Leaders (The Leader's Outer Life)
2014 Book of the Year from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore
Is it possible to know the world and still love the world?
Of all the questions we ask about our calling, this is the most difficult. From marriages to international relations, the more we know, the harder it is to love. We become cynics or stoics, protecting our hearts from the implications of what we know. But what if the vision of vocation can be recoveredallowing us to step into the wounds of the world and for love's sake take up our responsibility for the way the world turns out?
For decades Steve Garber has come alongside a wide range of people as they seek to make sense of the world and their lives. With him we meet leaders from the Tiananmen Square protest who want a good reason to still care about China. We also meet with many ordinary people in ordinary places who long for their lives to matter:
Jonathan who learned he would rather build houses than study historyTodd and Maria who adopted creative schedules so they could parent better and practice medicine D.J. who helped Congress move into the Internet Age Robin who spends her life on behalf of urban justiceHans who makes hamburgers the way they are meant to be madeSusan who built a home business of hand-printing stationary using a letterpress Santiago who works with majority-world nations in need of capital George who has given years to teaching students to learn things that matter mostClaudius and Deirdre whose openhearted home has always been a place for peopleDan who loves Wyoming, the place, its people and its cows
Vocation is when we come to know the world in all its joy and pain and still love it. Vocation is following our calling to seek the welfare of the world we live in. And in helping the world to flourish, strangely, mysteriously, we find that we flourish too. Garber offers a book for everyone everywherefor students, for parents, for those in the arts, in the academy, in public service, in the trades and in commercefor all who want to discover the virtue of vocation.
Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and schools, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness, he is also a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife, Meg, in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Introduction. On Learning to Be Implicated 1. To Know the World and Still Love It? 2. If You Have Eyes, Then See 3. The Landscape of our Lives 4. Knowing Is Doing 5. Come and See 6. Vocation as Implication 7. The Great Temptations 8. Learning to Live Proximately Epilogue. But Are You Happy? Prayer for Vocations Acknowledgments Notes
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