Call Waiting is designed to help older youth understand the nature of call, explore personal giftedness, and identify ways to walk in faithfulness to a unique and unfolding calling. The authors answer critical questions including:
• What is "call?" • What is the relationship between my talents and interests and God's call on my life? • What is the relationship between career and calling?
Drawing on biblical stories of call, their own experiences, and the experiences of adolescents they have known, the authors provide numerous and varied examples of how persons have identified, struggled with, and ultimately fulfilled their callings. Designed for both personal use and group work, Call Waiting provides an appendix for leaders, with outlines for use in weekly gatherings or retreat settings. Each chapter includes reflection questions and journal space to help users engage in a personal journey toward discovering God's call in their lives.
"This is an excellent book to use for individual study or youth group Bible study. The authors define 'the call' and make it applicable to daily life." Precious Times, Spring 2007
"The format of Call Waiting is a useful tool for small group study and may be especially helpful with high school seniors who find themselves in the desert of vocational wandering. Also helpful are the "Reflection Points," one sentence blurbs encapsulating the points of the chapter. The reflection questions also pose interesting, and sometimes probing, discussion points. Finally the Appendix for Leaders, complete with a ready-made retreat outline and additional resources, makes this a must-have vocational resource for youth ministers and leaders, as well as youth, searching for 'calling' advice." Jody Long, Minister of Youth, FBC, Macon, GA, Mercer
Kay Shurden operates a private counseling practice and participates in the Mentors Program in Bibb County, Georgia. She served as a professor in the Education Department at Carson-Newman College, and was a public school teacher in Louisiana and Kentucky. An approved supervisor and clinical member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she holds an Ed. D. degree from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. in English from Louisiana Technical University.
Larry McSwain, an ordained minister, focused on vocational ministry as a teacher for 23 years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and on Christian education as President of Shorter College in Rome, GA. He is currently professor of ethics and leadership at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. His several degrees include a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Rome and Floyd County in Georgia and a member of the Georgia Foundation for Independent Schools.
In 2011, Dr. McSwain won Georgia Author of the Year in the Biography category for his book Loving Beyond Your Theology: The Life and Ministry of Jimmy Raymond Allen. (Mercer University Press)
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