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Embracing God's Callings

Summary: Written from an Anabaptist perspective but relevant for any denominational group, Living Faith explains why the primary Christian calling is to be a follower of Jesus Christ and what this entails for vocational life. Perfect for intergenerational settings and ideal for both group and individual study of vocation, the book offers both historical and contemporary insights for discerning passions and pursuing callings.

"Graber Miller calls all Christians to discern their passions, to be followers of Christ in vocations that matter. With the charm of a master story-teller, the vision of a teacher, and the insight of a seasoned scholar, he ranges from Mennonite history to today’s urban and professional Mennonite culture in a way that will inform and challenge lay readers and theologians alike." —Nancy T. Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University and Author, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Religion and Spirituality in Everyday Life

"This is a remarkable book—easy to read and yet profoundly theological, in touch with diverse perspectives and yet persuasively authoritative. I couldn’t recommend it more highly." —Sara Wenger Shenk, President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Living Faith reminds us that the primary agenda of an Anabaptist vocation, whether or not it is lodged in one’s remunerated work, is 'to work at bringing healing and reconciliation in God’s good and groaning world.'" From the Foreword by Valerie Weaver-Zercher, an editor; and Author, Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels

"In nine brief chapters Graber Miller explores central issues related to the Christian concept of calling. Deeply informed by broader Anabaptist history, he deftly engages the nature and challenge of the contemporary world, including specific developments within his own Mennonite tradition. He argues persuasively that the fundamental call of all Christians is to follow Christ in a ministry of healing and reconciliation to a good but suffering world. Among the issues important to all Christians are addressed in this stimulating and provocative book are the notion of vocation, the relationship between our Christian vocation and our call to specific professions, the nature of Christian ministry, and the very nature of Christian discipleship itself. Intelligent and apt study questions concluding each chapter make the book especially useful to adult study groups in churches within and outside of the Anabaptist tradition."— Jim Lewis was Executive Director, the Louisville Institute, and is Author, The Protestant Experience in Gary, Indiana: 1906-1975 and Co-Editor with Jim Wind,  American Congregations

Market: Discussion groups, students, church libraries, pastors, congregational leaders; anyone interested in vocation.

Shelving:  Vocation, calling, application and history of—Anabaptist-Mennonite. Theology—Anabaptist, Mennonite

The Author: Keith Graber Miller, Goshen, Indiana, is professor of Bible, Religion and Philosophy at Goshen College, an ordained minister in Mennonite Church, U.S.A., author or editor of five previous books, and contributor of chapters to more than a dozen other edited volumes. 

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Potential Copublisher: None
Publication date: December 2012
Tentative Pages: 126
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $12.95 US/Can. ISBN 13:  978-1-931038-94-2; ISBN 10: 1-931038-94-5


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