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Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

The strengths of Cross’ book reside in its inclusion of biblical, theological and historical overviews concerning the development of the concept of vocation. Although similar material is available in other resources, Cross’ discussions are valuable in their attempt to relate these overviews to the Pentecostal conversation and theology regarding vocation. The text’s conclusive points, stated as steps to students and other readers, that “may assist the readers in shaping some structure to assist Christians in addressing the important issues of calling” (p. 105). From the perspective of the author’s stated purpose, the text provides, for those scholars and students engaged in more comprehensive studies of vocation, and vocation in Pentecostal context in particular, a beginning study that serves to open a broader and deeper discussion primarily for the Lee University context, as well as for others of the Pentecostal tradition in both church and academy.

Reviewed by Mara Lief Crabtree

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Category: Fall 2008, Ministry, Pneuma Review

About the Author: Mara Lief Crabtree, D.Min. (Wesley Theological Seminary), MPS (Loyola University, New Orleans), MA (Regent University), is Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Women’s Studies at Regent University School of Divinity. Ordained in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, she serves as a Tidewater Chapter Chaplain and Region II US Representative for Virginia Chapters in the International Order of St. Luke. Faculty page. Faculty blog.

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