Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good

Author(s): Steven Garber


Is it possible to know the world and still love the world? Of all the questions we ask about our calling, this is the most difficult. From marriages to international relations, the more we know, the harder it is to love. We become cynics or stoics, protecting our hearts from the implications of what we know. But what if the vision of vocation can be recovered allowing us to step into the wounds of the world and for love's sake take up our responsibility for the way the world turns out?

For decades Steve Garber has come alongside a wide range of people as they seek to make sense of the world and their lives. With him we meet leaders from the Tiananmen Square protest who want a good reason to still care about China.

We also meet with many ordinary people in ordinary places who long for their lives to matter:

• Jonathan who learned he would rather build houses than study history

• Todd and Maria who adopted creative schedules so they could parent better and practice medicine

• D.J. who helped Congress move into the Internet Age

• Robin who spends her life on behalf of urban justice Hans who makes hamburgers the way they are meant to be made

• Susan who built a home business of hand-printing stationary using a letterpress Santiago who works with majority-world nations in need of capital

• George who has given years to teaching students to learn things that matter most

• Claudius and Deirdre whose openhearted home has always been a place for people

• Dan who loves Wyoming, the place, its people and its cows Vocation is when we come to know the world in all its joy and pain and still love it.

Vocation is following our calling to seek the welfare of the world we live in. And in helping the world to flourish, strangely, mysteriously, we find that we flourish too.

Garber offers a book for everyone everywhere for students, for parents, for those in the arts, in the academy, in public service, in the trades and in commerce for all who want to discover the virtue of vocation."


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"As I read Visions of Vocation, I felt deeply encouraged to 'know the world and still love it.' This book informed and captivated my mind with its wide range of theological, cultural, literary and personal conversations. But, more than any book I have read in a long time, Visions of Vocation touched my heart. It helped me recover my longing for God's justice. It renewed my commitment to making a difference where God has placed me. It inspired me to live out my own vocation faithfully, trusting God with the results of my labors. How thankful I am for the godly wisdom of Steve Garber, shared so generously in Visions of Vocation."--Mark D. Roberts, executive director of digital media, The High Calling/H. E. Butt Foundation

General Fields

  • : 9780830836666
  • : InterVarsity Press
  • : IVP Books
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Steven Garber
  • : Paperback
  • : 256