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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Os Guinness Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781418591588
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The Call continues to stand as a classic, reflective work on life’s purpose. Best-selling author Os Guinness goes beyond our surface understanding of God’s call and addresses the fact that God has a specific calling for our individual lives. Why am I here? What is God’s call in my life? How do I fit God’s call with my own individuality? How should God’s calling affect my career, my plans for the future, my concepts of success? Guinness now helps the reader discover answers to these questions, and more, through a corresponding workbook - perfect for individual or group study. According to Guinness, “No idea short of God’s call can ground and fulfill the truest human desire for purpose and fulfillment.” With tens of thousands of readers to date, The Call is for all who desire a purposeful, intentional life of faith.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/20/2014

    " Maybe not the most intellectual book Guiness has written, but definitely my favorite. Every chapter resonated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/10/2014

    " A good beginners introduction to the intellectual case for Christ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Murphy | 2/4/2014

    " A fair book, "The Call" starts off very confusing. I could not tell for several chapters if it was aimed at Christians or heathens. Finally, I it became clear it was for Christians, but the same schizophrenic quality continued in other ways. Guinness has lots of good cautions and summons for believers in the modern world, but it didn't need to be a book. If you read it, start in chapter 5 and stop at 22. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Tilden | 2/3/2014

    " I was surprising impressed. the subtitle just seemed so trite, but the text is always relevant and often profound. I kept waiting for him to define 'calling', but then I realized that we was doing just that all along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/2/2014

    " Very powerful, insightful book. Os Guiness is a brilliant scholar, and in this book he combines his knowledge of the Scriptures, history, and literature to paint a tremendous picture of what it looks like for women and men to recognize and live out the call of God in their lives. No simple formulas here - just honest, deliberate, journeying into who God has made us to be. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 1/27/2014

    " The prime call is to be transformed into the image of Christ. Any other calling on one's life is secondary. Guinness emphasizes this throughout and the message is compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 1/11/2014

    " I've got a few quibbles, but overall this does a great job of presenting some key principles that will be very useful in helping you think more Christianly about the world (less "what to think" than "how to think"). We usually try to have a few extra on hand to give as graduation presents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 1/10/2014

    " The book should have been shorter, because 6 or 7 of the last 8 chapters were really not worth it. Otherwise it has some good thoughts and comments about living under God's call. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce A. | 12/30/2013

    " Excellent! I have given away many copies of this book. The various quotes from Winston Churchill so piqued my curiosity that I read Martin Gilbert's biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suz | 12/28/2013

    " This is a really really good book! Go read it! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Hall | 12/19/2013

    " This is a wonderful book about listening and following Gods call in your life. Very compelling, made me want to strive for Gods best in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Griffiths | 11/27/2013

    " very thought provoking, Dr. Guinness clarifies what the call to ministry is--that "the call" is not just for the clergy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/25/2013

    " An engaging work, which examines many areas of everyday life through the lens of Scripture.The author is very well studied and has the ability to tie loose connections together using a variety of stories, quotes, and analogies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/15/2013

    " read a few chapters of this... got bored. it's pretty good though... just lost interest. so there's my useless review. your welcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor Samuel | 7/22/2013

    " It's a mind-blasting and heart-stirring book which covers most aspects of Christian calling. However, it might be a bit unreadable for those who are not familiar with Western literature. Still, it's a must re-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollie | 7/15/2013

    " This is an excellent discussion of calling and purpose that helps to bring sanity and balance to modern thinking about the push toward finding our purpose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rach | 5/18/2013

    " I read this without realizing until the end that I was supposed to read it as a daily devotional rather than a cohesive book. This might have accounted for some of my frustration in the rather "haphazard" way it was written. If taken as an inspirational, it accomplishes its task. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/1/2013

    " This one probably also suffers from the timing of when I read it--right after my daughter was born. I don't really remember anything about it, but that's probably not the book's fault. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Schwarz | 1/27/2013

    " One of the most influential books I have ever read, definitely changed my life. Please read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 4/19/2012

    " Can be a tough read, but challenging and thought provoking. Give it a chance and get all the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veelashae | 2/25/2012

    " The writing went over my head a few times, however the overall concept was grasped. The exercises were reflective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Mason | 9/27/2011

    " Guinness is a fine writer. Great use of illustrations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 8/17/2011

    " This was given to me.. perhaps i will revisit it again sometime, but it centrally relies upon the reader having a particular faith. That is the reason alone that it gets 1 star. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 7/25/2011

    " I worked on this so long.. I loved the beginning, but later- from the middle to the end of the book, it just felt tedious and I struggled to get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/7/2011

    " A good book overall. I found it interesting that the author takes the time to establish the concept of a Divine Caller rarer than using the term God right off. It was very apologetic a la C.S. Lewis at first. Some chapters were a little slow but the were worth getting through in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Schwarz | 5/16/2011

    " One of the most influential books I have ever read, definitely changed my life. Please read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/1/2011

    " An engaging work, which examines many areas of everyday life through the lens of Scripture.The author is very well studied and has the ability to tie loose connections together using a variety of stories, quotes, and analogies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/28/2010

    " This book changed my life! A must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb | 9/11/2010

    " Read for Sunday school prep. Left me less than pleased. The best part was really the study guide section in the back and the suggested scriptures to read for group discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 7/11/2010

    " Marvelous discussion group of 16 women with Marlene moderating. 3 chaps a week for awhile. Great sharing! This week is the last....

    Very good job of explaining discipleship & walking the Journey as a pilgrim in today's world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 2/26/2010

    " I remember LOVING it at the time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 5/10/2009

    " The book should have been shorter, because 6 or 7 of the last 8 chapters were really not worth it. Otherwise it has some good thoughts and comments about living under God's call. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 4/20/2009

    " Long, and not too helpful for me. Intended for unbelievers I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 2/2/2009

    " Excellent! I have given away many copies of this book. The various quotes from Winston Churchill so piqued my curiosity that I read Martin Gilbert's biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rach | 1/28/2009

    " I read this without realizing until the end that I was supposed to read it as a daily devotional rather than a cohesive book. This might have accounted for some of my frustration in the rather "haphazard" way it was written. If taken as an inspirational, it accomplishes its task. "

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About the Author
Author Os Guinness

Os Guinness, DPhil, is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Renaissance, The Global Public Square, A Free People’s Suicide, Unspeakable, The Call, Time for Truth, and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he has addressed audiences worldwide from the British House of Commons and the US Congress to the St. Petersburg Parliament. He has been a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the lead drafter of the Williamsburg Charter, celebrating the First Amendment, and has also been senior fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he drafted the Charter for Religious Freedom. He also coauthored the public school curriculum Living with Our Deepest Differences. He has had a lifelong passion to make sense of our extraordinary modern world and to serve as liaison between the worlds of scholarship and ordinary life, helping each to understand the other, particularly when advanced modern life touches on the profound issues of faith.