Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God’s calling for their life. Is it primarily about a job or a role? Is it precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry? The truth is actually amazingly profound: What we are supposed to do is what we most want to do. This is a guide for discovering God’s design and destiny for your life. Drawing from over 20 years of experience in ministry, Gary Barkalow shares how you can: live alert and oriented to the voice and choreography of God, discover and interpret the voice of your own story, discern the strategic assault against your calling, and recognize God’s intentional training in your life’s journey. Most of all, you’ll be inspired to let the glory of your life touch the world around you.
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About the Author
Gary Barkalow is the founder and director of The Noble Heart, a ministry with the express purpose of helping men and women find their life in God and their calling in this world. He has served in leadership positions at Ransomed Heart Ministries, Focus on the Family, and Campus Crusade for Christ. Through The Noble Heart, Gary speaks at conferences across the country and around the world. Gary and his wife, Leigh, reside in Colorado Springs with their four children. www.thenobleheart.com
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Weightiness of Your Life 19
Chapter 2 The Mystery of Your Life 37
Chapter 3 Finding Your Orientation 53
Chapter 4 The Glory of Your Life 73
Chapter 5 The Path to Your Glory 91
Chapter 6 The Battle Over Your Calling 103
Chapter 7 Awakening Your Desires 135
Chapter 8 Interpreting Your Desires 157
Chapter 9 Strength to Handle Your Weightiness 175
Chapter 10 Between Desire and Fulfillment 201
Scripture References 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was struggling with envying everyone else's gifts and feeling I wasn't measuring up. Reading this helped be realize how God leads us into our own gifts and how important it is to find what makes us tick so we can fulfill our part in the body of Christ. Great read!
A Christian guide to following your call (or vocation) rather than just doing your job, Gary Barkalow’s It’s Your Call is an easy read, with short simple chapters, lots of memorable phrases, and an open, honest depiction of the author’s own journey through several callings. There are no recipes to finding your purpose (more often referred to by the author as glory), and there are no easy measures offered for the reader to evaluate or choose a path. But there’s plenty of sensible wisdom, together with inspiring Biblical knowledge, and I’m glad I was given the chance to read this book. Reading the book is rather like a series of lectures from the author, with appropriate digressions, personal anecdotes, food for thought, and strong encouragement. For an artist (author, musician, etc), the book offers a convincing sense that pursuing our dreams is God’s desire for us, even if we may not be humanly successful. But there’s also the hint that glory will follow that honest pursuit. My favorite reminder in this book is that God is always interested in me, wherever I am on my journey. My least favorite part lies in the fact that my achievements are so small compared to the author's… and that I lack influential connections. This probably tells you more about me than the author or the book. Perhaps it means I need to put into action more of the ideas in the book, paying better attention to my relationship with God. Disclosure: A friend loaned me the book because she likes it so much.
I have not finished this book yet but I have read enough to know it is hard to put down. It is also thought prevocing and fast moving. So far a great read
Product Description Discover God's calling for your life ... Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God's calling for their life. Is it primarily about a job or a role? It is precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry? The truth is actually amazingly profound: What we are supposed to do is what we most want to do. This is a guide for discovering God's design and destiny for your life. Drawing from over 20 years of experience in ministry, Gary Barkalow shares how you can: Live alert and oriented to the voice and choreography of God. Discover and interpret the voice of your own story. Discern the strategic assault against your calling. Recognize God's intentional training in your life's journey. Most of all, you'll be inspired to let the glory of your life touch the world around you. over 20 years study on the part of the author. He calls you into the study with the likes of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Oswald Chambers, Dallas Willard and many others. But don't come in expecting to "get it all" in 10 minutes. Come in with your journal in hand, a cup of your favorite beverage, and the understanding that you are going to be here awhile. Because you have been invited to join in a conversation that has been going on since creation. A conversation about life, and living. And that conversation requires commitment; but the rewards will be worth the investment.
It's Your Call by Gary Barkalow is the perfect antidote to every personality test and guide you've ever read. Barkalow writes about his personal quest to determine his calling from God and in the course of this book helps reader to shed the traditional views of a calling. I was thoroughly stunned by this incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking guide to help readers figure out their purpose in life. I kept a pen and notebook by my side while reading this book. It's filled with so many motivational and inspiring quotes by famous theologians like C.S. Lewis and Victor Frankl, as well as ideas from the author as well. Barkalow disavows the idea that our calling can be our career, role as spouse or parent, or job within the church. He wants readers to dig much deeper and figure out what it is that brings them the most joy and brings glory to God. It's not an easy subject, but Barkalow takes a completely new look at this oft-discussed topic. I enjoyed his intelligent writing and as inspired by his leading. It's a great book!