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Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life
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Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life


Eerdmans 2015

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Gathering Interest


Young adults often encounter mixed messages about vocation from their families, friends, and churches. On the one hand, they are encouraged to look at their gifts and passions to discern their particular calling. On the other hand, they are told that God may ask something of them that they don’t want to do or aren’t prepared for. The dissonance in these messages has frustrated many.

Seeking to ease that frustration, Doug Koskela carefully distinguishes between “missional calling,” “direct calling,” and “general calling.” Koskela clarifies the relationship between gifts, passions, and vocation even as he offers practical guidance for the process of vocational discernment. This is a book for those who want to use their time, energy, and abilities faithfully as they move with purpose toward the future.

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Key Features

  • Assists Christians in discerning their calling
  • Guides readers toward discernment with solid theological foundations
  • Addresses the question of calling to the missions field


  • What Is My Life About? The Concept of Missional Calling
  • Is That You Lord? The Concept of Direct Calling
  • How Shall I Now Live? The Process of General Calling
  • How Can I Know? The Process of Vocational Discernment
  • Who Is Calling? Getting Your Theological Bearings

Praise for the Print Edition

While reading with an analytical eye, I nonetheless found myself personally drawn into Doug Koskela’s gentle yet pointed observations, remembering myself as a college student and thinking what a tremendous gift it would have been to have this book in front of me. I highly recommend it!

—Stephen W. Rankin, chaplain, Southern Methodist University

Calling and Clarity offers a theologically rich yet personally accessible path toward discernment. . . Doug’s greatest gift to the reader is clearly revealing that the calling is not only from the Father but toward the Father.

—Rick Dunn, pastor, Fellowship Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

Product Details

  • Title: Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life
  • Author: Doug Koskela
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 136
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Discipleship

About Doug Koskela

Doug Koskela is associate professor of theology and associate dean for undergraduate studies at the Seattle Pacific University School of Theology.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition