How to Live a Life of Significance
“How to” books are a dime a dozen, but very few ever even come close to getting it right when it comes to what makes for a life that is genuinely and truly significant. In his new book, The Calling: Live a Life of Significance, Kurt Senske has hit a home run as he walks the reader through a workbook approach to taking a look at life and understanding how God guide us to the choices that give our lives significance. I am going to be talking to you more about this book, and yes, pestering you pastors to make this book part of a parish study program.
Every Lutheran should, no, I’ll be even more bold about it, every Lutheran must read this book and work through it. As Dr. Senke notes in the book, living out our calling from God is not for the faint of heart. Life a life of significance requires a person to take a path that many may not understand, that the world may sneer at, and may result in sacrifices, both personally and professionally, as we speak the truth. It is not easy, but it is worthwhile. Please visit Kurt Senke’s web site and take a look around. The book is very accessible, beautifully written and designed, in such a way as to allow plenty of room for personal note taking and reflections. It is only $16.99 and I strongly encourage you to buy it and use it, both personally, and throughout your congregation. Here’s a sampler from the book.
This book is designed to educate readers on one’s vocation and what that means in terms of living out our life in our various and overlapping vocational arenas – family, professional, community, and congregational. Throughout the book, what the true meaning of “success” is for a Christian is examined to help the reader discover and live out the life that God uniquely created for them.
The Calling: Live a Life of Significance
*Identify and avoid common mistakes
*Establish eight strategies for living a life of significance
*Set and attain goals
*Diminish your ego to enhance your ability to serve
*Lead a life of simplicity
*Care for yourself so that you are able to care for others
Dr. Kurt Senske serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS), as Chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America. He holds a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, a BS in Business Administration from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in International Relations from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
I invite you to watch two video that President Matthew Harrison made about this book.