Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential, By Gordon T. Smith

Courage and Calling

Embracing Your God-Given Potential

Revised and Expanded Edition

by Gordon T. Smith

Courage and Calling
  • Length: 269 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: May 31, 2011
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3554
  • ISBN: 9780830835546

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God calls us first to himself, to know and follow him, and also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being. This second call or "vocation" has implications not only for our work or occupation, but also includes our giftedness, our weaknesses, our life in community and what we do day to day. In this book Gordon Smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with him.

  • What is my calling?
  • How do I live it out in the midst of difficult relationships or moral challenges?
  • Will my vocation change as I enter a new stage of life?
  • With competing needs and demands, how can I craft a balanced way of living?

Smith addresses these questions and many more in the pages of this book. This new edition has been revised and updated throughout with two expanded chapters and a new chapter on four specific areas of calling.

Here is rich insight for all who long for the ears to hear and the courage to follow God's call.

"Smith simplifies the process of sound vocational decision-making. . . . Smith's text is thoroughly engaging as he deals with one of life's most important issues."

Publishers Weekly

"I wish I had this book in my hands when I was in college, and I hope many Christians use this book to evaluate what God is calling them to do in their life vocation."

Larry W. Lyon, Themelios 37.1

"This is an encouraging read for nurses who may be weary and wondering how we can keep going. The reading is easy and the steps are light, not burdensome."

Journal of Christian Nursing, Vol. 30, No. 1


1 Stewards of Our Lives
Navigating Change with Grace and Courage

2 The Meaning of Our Work
A Theological Vision for Engaging Our World

3 Seeking Congruence
The Character of Vocational Integrity

4 Chapters in Our Lives
Vocation and the Stages of an Adult Life

5 As Unto the Lord
The Pursuit of Excellence, Truth, Diligence and Generosity

6 Thinking Vocationally
Wisdom for the Road

7 Four Callings
Business, the Arts, Education and Religious Leadership

8 Courage and Character
Turning from the Fear That So Easily Entangles Us

9 The Capacity for Continuous Learning
The Way We Stay Alive and Engaged

10 The Cross We Bear
Difficulty and Emotional Maturity

11 Working with and Within Organizations
Leveraging Our Work with the Work of Others

12 The Ordered Life
Between Solitude and Community



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Gordon T. Smith

Gordon T. Smith is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and a teaching fellow at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of many books, including Institutional Intelligence, Called to Be Saints, and Your Calling Here and Now.