As the leader of an evangelical theological seminary that trains men and women as leaders for the church and society, Mark Labberton writes:
People ask many questions about how their lives relate to the world. What are our live in this world about? What are we to make of being human? Why are we here? Is there a reason we are alive, and, if so, how do we know what that is? These questions can be brought on by beauty and joy but also by the daunting facts of our own lives or of the world around us. We look around in doubt, in pain, in suffering. These are human questions asked throughout history by those inside and outside the church.
In these pages you will find an opportunity to explore these questions, and you will be invited into personal reflection and action points as you discover what is stirring within you.
Prologue: A Life Abundant
1 Called to Flourish
2 A lost church in a Lost World
3 The Primary Call
4 Relocating: Where Are We Called?
5 Reorienting: How Are We Called?
6 Refocusing: To Whom and to What Are We Called?
7 The Way of the Beloved
8 The Way of Wisdom
9 The Way of Suffering
10 So, What Does God Call Me to Do?
Epilogue: First Things—Salt and Light
"Too often we settle for a 'calling' that is really just sanctified individualism, paddling in the shallows of the self. This book pursues the deeper questions of flourishing, sacrifice, community and transformation that are the heart of the Christian life.
— Andy Crouch, author of Playing God
"An opportunity to learn at the feet of a seasoned leader who offers insightful stories and practical application to spur us toward life as salt and light in the world."
— Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism
"Called is... a call to repentance. As I read each of the chapters, I cannot but cry out to Jesus: 'Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.'"
— David Zac Niringiye, retired assistant bishop, Church of Uganda
"Mark Labberton is a source of wisdom and deep friendship to me personally.... This is the call that will transform the world as we answer."
— Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission
"A vision for a life well lived in God's presence in the world that God loves."
— Ruth Haley Barton, author of Pursuing God's Will Together