Living Vocationally: The Journey of the Called Life (Paperback)
In the thick of modern life, we are tempted to forget what we are doing and why we are doing it. We are busy socializing, building careers, and looking for fun--but what's it all for? The ancient concept of vocation has recently gained popularity as we return to questions about the meaning of life. Almost all religions include the idea that divine purposes should guide our lives; Christianity has particularly accented it. The God who called Israel and sent Jesus has something in mind for us. God's call challenges us, but also opens us to the best sort of life imaginable. In Living Vocationally, the challenge and the joy of the called life is thoroughly explored. Part one considers the benefits of living vocationally, biblical traditions of call, and subsequent Christian understandings. Part two examines why vocation pertains not only to careers, but indeed touches every dimension of our lives and encompasses our full journey through life. Because every person's life includes many callings, some very difficult, part three considers the virtues we need to live the called life well. Living Vocationally demonstrates why to have found a calling is to have found a good way to live.
Paul J. Wadell is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He is the author of Friendship and the Moral Life (1989), The Primacy of Love (1992), Becoming Friends (2002), and Happiness and the Christian Moral Life (2016). Charles R. Pinches is Professor of Theology at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is the author of A Gathering of Memories (2006), Theology and Action (2002), and, with Stanley Hauerwas, Christians Among the Virtues (1997).