Ever wondered why you are here? What exactly is your purpose in the grand scheme of life? Those are questions I have pondered more than once or twice during the years. In fact, there was a period in my 20’s that I was on an all out quest to discover my God given purpose. The issue of purpose and calling has been of great interest to me so when the opportunity came to read Gary Barkalow’s latest book entitled It’s Your Call, I quickly seized the chance.
And, I was not disappointed. By far It’s Your Call is one of the best books I have read regarding calling. It is not your typical how to manual filled with questionnaires and gift analysis tests. Through personal reflections of his life and scripture application, he encourages the reader to move past the confines of tests, job titles, and positions to discover and develop their weightiness. This discovery and development can only take place through paying attention to our lives and intimacy with the Father. He points out that each individual has a glory, splendor, beauty, abundance, brilliance, or weightiness that the world is waiting to experience.
One of the highlights of the book for me was how Gary explained there are four primary ways that the enemy prevents us from operating in our glory. The 4-d strategies include:
- Distance-uses old wounds to push us away from the desires written upon our heart.
- Diminish-causes one to underestimate the value of their weightiness often through comparisons.
- Disdain-leads one to hate the way they use their gifting
- Disqualification-makes one feel unworthy of walking in their calling because of sin or shortcomings.
The book provides a fresh perspective on an age old topic. I would recommend this book to anyone who has taken all the assessment tests but are still searching for purpose.
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of the book by The B&B Media Group for review purposes. Views and opinions expressed are my own.