All of us have a yearning to understand where we belong in this world. As Christians, most of us understand from Scripture that God has a purpose for each of us and has gifted us differently. But discovering our unique giftedness and where God calls us to use those gifts eludes so many.
In his new book, Discover Your Calling: The ABC of Vocational Discernment, Soo-Inn Tan provides biblical and down-to-earth support for those who seek to better understand how God is shaping their lives.
Whether you’re a student, entering the workforce, a homemaker, a mid-career worker, or a retiree, discover how God may be preparing you for the continuing challenge and joy of a lifelong walk with Jesus Christ across all aspects of vocation.
Chapter 1: What Is Calling?
Chapter 2: How to Discover My Calling?
Chapter 3: What Is My Primary Ability?
Chapter 4: What Is My Primary Burden?
Chapter 5: What Are My Critical Life Incidents?
Chapter 6: The Practice of Vocation
Putting It All Together
“It would be crazy to throw a poem to a drowning person. But when a person is drowning in meaninglessness this book could be exactly what he or she needs. Everyone is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. Almost everyone struggles with this. Most realize that this is not a once-and-it-is-done-forever event in your life but a lifelong process. Dr. Tan has masterfully provided both theory and practice for this. It is seasoned delightfully with generous personal reflections, quotations, and Scripture. I commend this book to anyone wanting some practical help in making sense of their lives.”
R. Paul Stevens
Chairman, Institute for Marketplace Transformation;
Author of The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work and Ministry in Biblical Perspective; Work Matters; and Taking Your Soul to Work
“This is a book that takes one of humanity’s greatest questions ‘What is my purpose?’ and provides some framing and activities to help each person discover his or her calling. I love that the focus is on the one doing the calling—God; and that it is biblically rich. I also enjoyed the emphasis on discerning one’s vocation in community, a necessary corrective to the oft-quoted: ‘Follow your heart’! Soo-Inn is wise, and a natural teacher, and this book will give you hope at any stage of your life, as you seek to know His will for your unique abilities and passion. Thoroughly recommended!”
Lecturer, speaker, and author of Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God, and Workship 2: How to Flourish at Work
“As a pastor, I’ve been asked how I discovered my calling. I would reply, ‘If I tell you how I found my calling to the pastoral ministry, will you share with me how you found your calling to what you are doing now?’ Could one be called to be a sales agent, a civil servant, or a homemaker? We attach a glamorous mystique to those in the Christian ministry, but is that biblical?
“Tan Soo-Inn helps us understand that calling by God to our vocation in life is for everyone. Though he spells it out in memorisable steps, the path of discovery is not as easy as ABC. Still, the author, drawing upon his personal experience, and the writings and examples of fellow pilgrims, points us in the direction of finding and fulfilling our God-given mission. A must-read book for all who want to finish well.”
David W. F. Wong
Leadership Mentor, Finishing Well Ministries