This month not only marks the one year anniversary of the Inklings Series, but also the month when Tolkien and Lewis first meet (May 11th if you’re curious), so I made myself wait to post this review in this month! It seemed fitting :).
Called is the heart-breaking, humorous, and refreshingly honest account of one twenty-something’s adventure of learning what it means to be called by God-an adventure that took him to England, C. S. Lewis’s house, and back again–and why it was only in the reality of his worst nightmare that he learned what it means to be called.
What is it like to be ”called” by God for a particular purpose? What can you learn for your own life of faith from such a calling?
Through a series of personal anecdotes, illuminating conversations, and candid reflections, Called brings you face-to-face not only with the world of C. S. Lewis, but also with the very real peaks and valleys of pursuing a calling. Seeking to reclaim the uniquely Christian sense of calling, Pemberton shows that God’s call cannot be reduced to one’s dreams, skills, or passions, vividly and powerfully illustrating how Christ turns ideas of failure and success on their head. Called will encourage you to realize God has entered into your story, calling out to you anew each day with the words, ”Follow me,” leaving you to ask, Will I be obedient to the calling set before me?
There’s a quote, well two actually, in The Magician’s Nephew which speak of Narnia coming to life – causing the witnesses to feel alive (you can find them here or here). One reason I love those quotes is because it makes the readers come alive and they stir your soul. This is what this book did for me. What an incredible breath of fresh air.
“I want to make beautiful things.”
It’s an incredible read. It’s so honest, it’s real and hits you right smack dab in the middle of your heart. There are so many times (like right now in my life) where I wonder if I’m pursuing the right path. I know God gave me certain passions and talents, but what (much like Ryan went through) if I’m wrong? What if I missed something. This book is a beautiful reminder and one I so perfectly needed. Like this quote. Y’all.
“Lewis used his hands and pen to create worlds for others to enter, or to think through their faith. I think that’s what we are all meant to do, all we can do, with the gifts we have been given, be they experiences or talents. Those gifts are waiting to be used to touch others’ lives, as we patiently listen for and obediently follow the direction to which God is calling us. Because that’s what you do with your gifts, you give them away.”
I need to share one more quote (there’s so many good ones!)
I think sometimes that’s a sign of the Lord’s work in our lives, those unexplainable moments when things turn out completely different than we would have thought, when the current of life moves us in a new, unexpected direction, and we cannot believe how well it fits. I think that can be a sign of God’s patient, intentional hands molding our hearts. Those moments when you can say, I would not be doing this, I would not be here now, were I left to my own devices. But here I am, and it feels right, somehow.
Plus, the stories of Oxford, his awesome experiences with people who knew Lewis and fellow students – it was truly an adventure of a read. No matter where you are at in life, I definitely recommend this book!
What’s a recent book (fiction or nonfiction) that touched you deeply?
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)