Book Review: Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber

One reason I love networking and attending conferences is the fact the you get exposed to people, ideas, and resources that  otherwise would have never come across your path. That is how this book ended up in my hands. I attended Jubilee Professional and everyone in attendance got a copy of this book.

To be honest, I was excited that we got a book, but I was hesitant to read it. I didn’t really know much about the author and the title and cover were not very appealing to me. However, I trusted the people who put on the conference and I decided to give the book a chance knowing that I could always put it down.

As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down.  All other reading was put on hold. This book is a game changer. I recently wrote an entire blog post on the primary challenge Visions of Vocation presents: Knowing what you know about the world, what will you do?

That question will go with me everywhere I go and challenge me in everything I do. This book will challenge for you to take responsibility, for loves sake, for the way the world turns out.


You need to read this book and get that challenge embedded into your heart. The question is, after reading it, what will you do with what you learn?

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Some Key Takeaways:

  • In our own different ways we are responsible, for love’s sake, for the way the world is and ought to be.
  • Can you know the world and still love it? Can you know me and still love me?
  • There are moments when we can do nothing else than cry out against the wrongs of the world. It is just not the way it is supposed to be. Tears matter, and sometimes they are very complex.
  • Good societies anywhere require people who see into the messes and horrors and complexities of human history and decide to enter in for justice’s sake, for mercy’s sake.
  • It’s possible to get all A’s and still flunk life
  • Knowing what you know about the world, what will you do?
  • A mind without a heart is nothing
  • If we lose God in the modern world, then we lose access to these four great ideas – meaning, purpose, responsibility, and accountability.
  • To have knowledge means to have responsibility to means to have care for. If one knows, then one cares; if one does not care; then one does not know.
  • Books are a gift, but they can never teach us to live. We have to see the words made flesh.
  • God is not a passive responder to life and death, and that he does not expect us to be.
  • The teachings of Jesus never disconnected from the tensions of life, from the questions and concerns of real people in the world.
  • Most of life is not lived not globally, but very locally.
  • The way we educate the next generation will affect the way the world turns out
  • Those who know the most, mourn the deepest. Knowing the hurt of life, what are you going to do?
  • To choose to know, and still love, is costly, it was for God and it is for us.
  • God knows us and still loves us
  • It is one thing to know about messes, but it is something else altogether to step into a mess. It is one things to know about things being wrong, but it is something else altogether to decide that I am responsible to make it right.
  • “We do not fall in love and then get married. We get married and then learn what love requires.” -Stanley Hauerwas
  • Walk, first, through the fire, then philosophize

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2 Responses

  1. Shalom! I am very impressed about your ministry. I have worked together in Brazil with Doug Smith, from pasadena,CA, in sharing missiology courses to Brazilam leaders, whie I was a Director pf the School of World Missions , in the late ’84, at Regent University, in Virginia Beach under Pat Robertson CBN ,700 Club, and also in Mexico City. I wonder if you are his relative of Douglas Smith.

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