Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life
November 2004, Jossey-Bass
This practical and inspirational guide helps Christian men and women of all ages identify and use their God-given gifts to find purpose, direction, and joy in their life and work. Based on their years of counseling and experience, Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck offer action-oriented tools and a proven methodology to help readers develop the decision-making skills they need to discover and live the life that God intended, maximizing the synergies between ministry, work, and spiritual gifts.
Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck (Pasadena, CA) are nationally recognized experts in career counseling, work satisfaction, and productivity. Their Web site, www.ChristianCareerCenter.com, is the most visited Christian career site on the Internet.
PART ONE: CALLED FOR A PURPOSE.
1. In Search of a Calling.
2. Called to Be You.
PART TWO: CREATING YOUR LIFE CALLING MAP.
3. Mapping Your Design.
PART THREE: ENVISIONING YOUR GOD-SIZED CALLING.
4. Picturing Possibilities for Your Life.
5. Toolbox of Strategies for Stretching Your Vision.
6. Toolbox of Strategies for Testing Your Visions.
PART FOUR: MAKING DECISIONS WITHIN THE WILL OF GOD.
7. Partnering with God in Decision Making.
8. Toolbox of Strategies for Making Life Calling Decisions.
PART FIVE: TRANSFORMING VISION INTO ACTION.
9. Planning Your Journey.
10. Toolbox of Strategies for Living Your Calling.
PART SIX: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO LIVING YOUR CALLING.
11. Conquering the “Calling Blockers”.
15. Negative Thinking.
16. Childhood Wounds.
17. Going It Alone.
Epilogue: Seize the Day 239
Appendix A: Live Your Calling Small Group Guide 245
Appendix B: How to Use the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) and the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to Explore Career Options.
Appendix C: Resources for Living Your Calling.
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