The Week In Books 2008, No. 8

Os Guinness’ book The Call is sub-titled “Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life” but you shouldn’t read it expecting to find a Meyers-Briggs personality test, a spiritual gifts test, and a list of five occupations for which you are supposedly, if inexplicably, best suited (1. Fireman, 2. Ballerina, 3. Astronaut, 4. Ornithologist, and 5. Trash Collector).

Rather, Guinness defines calling as “the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.” His book therefore is a wide-ranging and philosophical exploration of a variety of facets of life, touching on pride, envy, excellence, pleasing God and other topics.

I thoroughly enjoyed Guinness’ writing style, which, to me at least, read like a paper for a humanities class – lots of references and quotations from other thinkers, woven in to the argument with Guinness’ own thoughts. When I was looking for a picture of the book on Amazon I noticed that one of the reviewers found the writing style hard to follow, but I can’t really understand why as it seems fairly straightforward to me. The book is thought-provoking and comprehensive in its dealing with the idea of calling, and I don’t think it suffers for lack of the self-help information you might expect it to contain.

Also Completed But Don’t Care To Give In Depth Reviews For:
Secrets of Fat-free Desserts
by Sandra Woodruff
Secrets of Fat-Free Cookingby Sandra Woodruff
500 More Fat-Free Recipes by Sarah Schlesinger
99% Fat-Free Meals In Under 30 Minutes by Bluestein and Morrissey (this is the one with the nasty brownie recipe)

Currently Reading:
“Men and Women in the Church” by Sarah Sumner (see Amy L, I told you I would get to it eventually!)

The Kids’ Week In Books may be found here.

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