Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

William C. Placher (editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2927-6

$25

 

Die belangrike tema van roeping is die laaste paar jaar weer voluit op die tafel. Die publikasies van Badcock, Stevens, Volf, Dewar, Fowler en Schuurman is goeie voorbeelde hiervan.

Die boek van Bill Placher sluit hierby aan. Dit is ‘n wonderlike bloemlesing van twintig eeue se wysheid oor roeping en vocation. Die bykans sestig lesings is saam met ‘n aantal belangrike tekste verdeel in vier groot historiese periodes: die Vroeë kerk (100-500nC); die Middeleeue (500-1500 nC); Reformasie en daarna (1500-1800 nC) en die Post-Christelike wêreld (1800-vandag). Placher het ook ‘n goeie inleiding by elke afdeling geskryf.

Al die belangrike tekste oor roeping wat ‘n mens soek, word in die boek gedek. Van Ignatius en Justinus tot by Karl Barth. Met in die middel name soos Augustinus, bernard van Claivaux, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas a Kempis, Luther, Calvyn, Theresa Avila, Perkins, Law, Jonathan Edwards, Wesley, Newman, Bonhoeffer, Merton en vele ander.

‘n Wonderlike boek om proe-proe te lees en diep oor na te dink.

Coenie Burger


What am I going to do with my life? is a question that young people commonly face, while many not-so-young people continue to wonder about finding direction and purpose in their lives. Whether such purpose has to do with what job to take, whether to get married, or how to incorporate religious faith into the texture of their lives, Christians down the centuries have believed that God has plans for them.

This unprecedented anthology gathers select passages on work and vocation from the greatest writers in Christian history. William Placher has written insightful introductions to accompany the selections — an introduction to each of the four main historical sections and a brief introduction to each reading. While the vocational questions faced by Christians have changed through the centuries, this book demonstrates how the distilled wisdom of these saints, preachers, theologians, and teachers remains relevant to Christians today.

This rich resource is to be followed by a companion volume, edited by Mark R. Schwehn and Dorothy C. Bass, featuring texts drawn mainly from fiction, memoir, poetry, and other forms of literature.

 

Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers

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active spiritualityKent Ira Groff

Alban. 1993

ISBN: 1-56699-117-X

Active Spirituality is a practical guidebook for the inquiring layperson seeking a holistic, intelligent look at the spiritual life, and for the pastor or religious professional seeking a systematic framework and spiritual practices to re-ignite the flame of faith. Groff explains what it means to believe and what to do after you say you believe through a unique integration of spirituality and service, heart and mind, and various faith traditions. Explore five spiritual disciplines: community, solitude, learning, service, and vocation.

 

The Sense of the Call

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The Sense of the CallThe Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World

Marva J. Dawn

Eerdmans. 2006

ISBN: 978-0-8028-4459-0

$16

‘n Wonderlike boek wat ons wil help om ons geestelike roeping en passie te verdiep – of te herwin as ons dit dalk iewers langs die pad verloor het. Haar uitgangspunt is dat ‘n mens eers reg vir Christus kan werk as jy geleer het om in Hom te rus. Die vier dele van die boeke sluit hierby aan en gaan oor:

  • rest (om te leer om in Christus te rus),
  • cease (om te leer om nee te sê vir sekere dinge);
  • feasting (oor selfaanvaarding en die ontdekking van gemeenskap) en
  • embracing (om ons roeping op ‘n nuwe manier op te neem).

Coenie Burger


Why is it so hard to serve God these days? Church workers suffer from low morale, while Christians of all stripes struggle to find their way in a culture fixated on sexuality, violence, and wealth. In Keeping the Sabbath Wholly (1989) Marva Dawn introduced the vital Sabbath aspects of resting, ceasing, feasting, and embracing. Now, in The Sense of the Call, she expands these into a way of life for serving God and the Kingdom every single day of the week.
A Sabbath way of life, Dawn asserts, consists of resting in the Kingdom’s grace, ceasing by grace those attitudes and actions that hinder the Kingdom, feasting so as to radiate the grace-full splendor of the Kingdom, and embracing the Kingdom’s gracious purposes. To this end Dawn teaches skills such as learning to rest in prayer, saying no to busyness, enjoying one’s body as God’s temple, and embracing the cost of living as a Christian disciple.

Both frank and compassionate, The Sense of the Call will guide Christian servants into a more restful, joy-full life of trust in God.


Reordered Love, Reordered Lives

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Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness

David K. Naugle

Eerdmans. 2008

ISBN: 978-0-8028-2817-0

$18

If we have a particle of sense, St. Augustine said, we realize that we all want to be happy. What’s more, God actually designed human beings to crave and seek happiness. Why, then, is there so much unhappiness in the world? According to David Naugle, it’s because, in our desperate quest, we’re looking in the wrong places.

Reordered Love, Reordered Lives explores a distinctly Augustinian theme that is supremely relevant for the twenty-first century. Naugle explains that if we love properly — that is, if we love beginning with God and progressing to other humans, ourselves, and the world around us — we will also live properly and, in so doing, will find our own true happiness. Packed with select quotes and references to popular music, literature, and other media — and including provocative questions for discussion — the book presents classic theological ideas in a conversational and edgy fashion. Naugle’s refreshing take is sure to appeal to anyone searching for happiness — which, in the end, is all of us.

 

God Seekers: Twenty Centuries of Christian Spiritualities

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Richard H. Schmidt

Eerdmans. 2008

ISBN: 978-0-8028-2840-8

$22

A fresh, readable introduction to Christian spirituality, God Seekers brings to life thirty-three spiritual masters from throughout Christian history. Through capsule biographies, selected quotations, and questions for reflection, Richard Schmidt presents and explores diverse ways of relating to God. Each chapter personalizes a major stream or movement of Christian spirituality by focusing on a particular key figure.
“While God Seekers may be read with delight or for information . . . it is impossible to engage it for long without being seized as well by the grandeur of the panorama it lays out before us. Here, in living people, in living saints, is the history of the church, the body of Christ as we and our kind have shaped it and are shaping it.”
— Phyllis Tickle (from the foreword)