Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Echo Within by Robert Benson



Summary:

The Echo Within is a profoundly affecting, honest look at the myriad ways we are drawn into our life’s best work.
Written out of his own lifelong search for and response to the calling voice of God, Robert Benson recounts his discovery of the meaning of vocation, work, and purpose through the ups and downs inherent in family life, professional choice, and spiritual experience. With clarity and insight, and in the elegant prose for which he is known, he gently invites and encourages readers to find such deep truths for their lives as well. In particular, he illuminates the way for readers to explore:

· ways to sense the Holy in our pursuits, both in the pursuits themselves and within ourselves.
· how to fall into our vocation and chart a course toward it at the same time.
· how to love the work we do, and the process of doing it.

For anyone beginning a new career or sensing a needed change in their life or wrestling with a transition suddenly thrust upon them, Robert Benson delivers wisdom, humor, and heart in what he’s learned about listening for The Echo Within—and how it can help us discover our calling.

I am still reading The Echo Within...but so far, I have really enjoyed it. I love Mr. Benson's way with words!! On page 49 Benson says, "Your vocation is not only about the work you do with your hands and your heart and your mind; it is about what shapes the work, about the person you become in and around that work as well. Vocation is also about the things that shape the work before the worker even begins to work." He touches on things that are real and that I have experienced with God's call in my life.

I think this would be a great book for a young person who has no idea where God's leading him or for someone of any age who just needs to understand how to hear the voice of God more clearly. This book is available through Amazon.com and Christianbook.com.

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