Next Steps from the Spiritual Life Assessment
As we seek to stay rooted in Christ, we are focusing on four roots of health: formation, leadership, mission, and care. The following are suggested resources to help you cultivate stewardship in your life.
- Courage and Calling (Revised & Expanded Edition) by Gordon T. Smith
God calls us first to Himself, to know and follow Him, and also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being. This second call or "vocation" has implications not only for our work or occupation, but also includes our giftedness, our weaknesses, our life in community and what we do day to day. In this book Gordon Smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with Him.
- Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte
For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life's work--or find out what their life's work is--this book can help navigate the way.
- "The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters" by Peter Block
People keep asking 'How?' as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful award-winning book, Block shows that many standard solutions and improvement efforts, reinforced by most of the literature, keep people paralyzed. Here he places the "how to" craze in perspective and teaches individuals, workers, and managers ways to act on what they know. This in turn allows them to reclaim their freedom and capacity to create the kind of world they want to live in.
- Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition by Brian J. Mahan
Brian Mahan considers the question of how it is possible to create a meaningful spiritual life while living in a culture that measures us by what we have rather than who we are.
- Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job by Dennis Bakke
Bakke tells how he helped create a company where every decision made at the top was lamented as a lost chance to delegate responsibility--and where all employees were encouraged to take the 'game-winning shot,' even when it wasn't a slam-dunk. Perhaps Bakke's most radical stand was his struggle to break the stranglehold of "creating shareholder value" on the corporate mind-set and replace it with more timeless values: integrity, fairness, social responsibility, and a sense of fun.
- A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielecke
A veteran theologian and minister offers his wise counsel...on the difficulties of practicing theology in a church often skeptical of theological pursuit.
- Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness by Eugene Peterson
Using the Jonah story as a narrative structure, Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers.
- In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
"[this book] will help you make sense of your past. You'll begin to connect the dots to see clearly how God has been preparing you for future opportunities."