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Works on Theology and Vocation

Revisiting the Idea of Vocation: Theological Explorations John Haughey, S. J., editor; 2003 The Catholic University of America Press

A collection of theological essays from a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, stemming from Loyola University of Chicago’s participation in the Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation. The volume includes essays written from Jewish and Islamic perspectives.


Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity Charles Taylor; 1992 Harvard University Press         

Taylor defines the modern identity by tracing its genesis, analyzing the writings of such thinkers as Augustine, Descartes, Montaigne, Luther, and others. Far from being a disastrous rejection of rationality, the modern turn inwards has at its heart what Taylor calls the affirmation of ordinary life. He concludes that the modern identity and its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason is far richer in moral sources than its detractors allow.


The Ethics of Authenticity Charles Taylor; 1992 Harvard University Press
        


The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life David F. Ford; 1997 Baker Books         

A book about "coping with multiple overwhelmings, both good and bad" and the way our lives are shaped in the midst of these. Ford, Regius Professor Divinity at the University of Cambridge, examines how religions serve as "resources for coping with being overwhelmed."


The Way of Life: A Theology of Christian Vocation Gary D. Badcock; 1998 Eerdmans         

Badcock develops a constructive theology of Christian vocation where vocation is not about what one does, but who one is.


Also a Mother: Work and Family as Theological Dilemma Bonnie Miller-McLemore; 1994 Abingdon Press         

Takes on the theological complexities of a major struggle in womanhood, that of vocation versus maternity, and suggests that beneath the struggles over gender roles and child care lies a religious crisis of work and love.


Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life Gregg Levoy; 1998 Three Rivers Press         

Levoy describes the myriad ways individuals are directed to follow their authentic true work and provides psychological, spiritual, and practical guidance.


Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World Laurent A. Parks Daloz; 1997 Boston: Beacon Press         

A study that reveals how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments in a changing world.


Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God Given Potential Gordon T. Smith; 1999 InterVarsity Press         

Provides a theological foundation for identifying vocation. Recommended for those seeking vocational guidance in early adulthood or during a midlife re-evaluation.


Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition Brian Mahan; 2002 Jossey-Bass         

"This engaging book invites us to explore the places where our deep gladness and the world’s great hunger might possibly meet. It is about claiming vocation in the spiritual sense of finding a purpose for our lives that is part of the purposes of God. Its special gift lies in helping us examine our personal and cultural inhibitions about claiming our calling." (James W. Fowler, author of Stages of Faith)


How to Find Your Mission in Life Richard N. Bolles; 2001 Ten Speed Press         

An exploration of the spiritual aspects of finding one’s place in the world; originally an appendix to What Color is Your Parachute?


How, Then, Shall We Live? Wayne Muller; 1996 Bantam Books         

Muller asks four questions focused on the beauty and meaning in our daily lives. Throughout the text are stories, contemplations, daily practices, poems, and teachings.


Let Your Life Speak Listening for the Voice of Vocation Parker Palmer; 1999 Jossey-Bass         

Title derived from the Quaker admonition to allow vocation to come from listening to and accepting "true self" rather than from willfulness. Palmer begins a meditation on finding one’s true calling.


Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community Suzanne Farnham; 1991 Morehouse         

Explores the themes of call, discernment, and community as they relate to each other. The book is designed for use in prayer and meditation and as the basis for group discussion.


The Call Os Guinness; 1998 W. Publishing Group         

Far bigger than jobs and accomplishments, and higher than ideas of self-fulfillment, calling does more than give purpose and meaning to lives—it completes God’s plan.


The Fabric of This World: Inquiries into Calling Career Choice and the Design of Human Work, Lee Hardy; 1990 Eerdmans         

Exploration of work from an evangelical perspective, highlighting the Christian concept of vocation as articulated by Luther and Calvin, and including applications for today.


Careers for Good Samaritans and Other Humanitarian Types Marjorie Eberts & Margaret Gisler; 1998 McGraw Hill         

Careers in social services, government, healthcare, religious institutions, voluntary organizations, and similar others offer rewards that go far beyond a paycheck.


Converting Nine to Five: Bringing Spirituality to Your Daily Work John C. Haughey, S. J.; 1995 Crossroad/Herder & Herder         

From a member of the theology faculty at Loyola University of Chicago who has written on topics as wide-ranging and pertinent as the nature of holiness, justice, spirituality and the use of money, personal finance and affluence.


Find Your Calling, Love Your Life: Paths to Your Truest Self in Life and Work Martha I. Finney & Deborah Dasch; 1998 McGraw Hill         

Twenty interviews with one simple objective: find out how people with good jobs went about getting them.


Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future Kenneth Gray; 1999 Corwin         

Discusses the disparity between teen beliefs and aspirations, and the new economic and labor markets they will face as adults; designed as a resource for educators, parents, and employers.


Making a Life, Making a Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and Passion in Business and Life Mark Albion; 2000 Warner Books         

Drawing on interviews with fast-trackers, Albion shares how these men and women found the courage and motivation to re-create successful professional lives guided by passion.


The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time Matthew Fox; 1995 Harper San Francisco         

Arguing that all work should have dignity, Fox envisions a work world in which intellect, heart, and health harmonize to celebrate the whole person.


What Color is Your Parachute? Richard N. Bolles; 2002 Ten Speed Press         

Best-seller for twenty-five years—helps job hunters define their interests, experience, goals, and state of mind, then points them in the direction of a suitable, satisfying and profitable career.


Whistle While You Work R. J. Ledier & D. A. Shapiro; 2001 Berrett-Koehler         

Guide to help people discover and heed their callings, using stories and exercises.


Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America William Sullivan; 1995 HarperCollins         

Historical review of professional life in America and the impact of globalization, technology, and changing work patterns on professionals. The book promotes civic responsibilities for professionals, and commitments to the larger society.


Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits Gilbert C. Meilander; 2000 Notre Dame Press         

This collection offers a comprehensive look at work by different authors.