Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person
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What if we were able to gain profound insight into the unique design, creative drive, and potential destiny of the people in our lives? The bold promise of this book is that we can.
This ability carries an awesome responsibility: We must all be mentors and midwives to the personal vocations of others.
Unrepeatable is about the urgent need for each of us to cultivate the vocations of others and the steps we should take to do it well.
By smartly weaving evocative stories of those who have radically lived out their callings with practical tools for discernment and mentorship, Luke Burgis and Joshua Miller—who have a combined twenty-five years of experience helping people and organizations discover their purpose—turn staid perceptions of vocation on their head.
Unrepeatable will equip you to:
- Renew your church, school, community, or company by empowering every member to discover, embrace, and fully live out their unique calling
- Confidently teach and mentor young people in critical skills of discernment and decision-making
- Know and be known by others in a deeply personal way through a technique that unlocks and awakens the deepest desires of the heart
As we enter into the stories of others’ lives, we enter into the story of God’s love. There is no greater adventure. Unrepeatable invites you to be a part of it.
About the authors:
Luke Burgis is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America. After a brief career on Wall Street, Luke founded three successful startups in California. He spent several years in seminary formation before fully embracing his vocation as an entrepreneur. Today, Luke is CEO of ActivPrayer, a sports and fitness movement, and Executive Director of Inscape, an organization committed to building a culture of personal vocation. He’s a graduate of New York University and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Joshua Miller, PhD, is the co-founder of Inscape. A leader in the field of narrative-based motivational assessment, for the last eighteen years Joshua has applied his expertise in a variety of applications, including coaching, executive search, and talent management. He helped build The Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he currently serves as personal vocation mentor and mentor trainer for faculty and staff. Joshua earned a doctorate in Philosophy of the Human Person from Duquesne University. Dr. Miller, his wife Brooke, and their six children reside near Steubenville, Ohio.
“Beautifully written, compellingly personal, and a treasure to read.”
—Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
“This spiritually grounded, easy-to-read treatise is a solid piece of research, and yet is still packed throughout with supporting anecdotes that the reader will recognize and appreciate. Eminently practicable, Unrepeatable is for every Christian, especially the teacher, counselor, or spiritual director, who is truly serious about sifting through the cultural morass to find the ‘right’ vocation, rather than just a job.”
—Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
“All we can do is all we can do, but too often, we fail to do enough. Everyone needs to find their own path to enough, and Burgis and Miller are generously shining a light and opening doors.”
—Seth Godin, Author, Linchpin
“Unrepeatable is written in an engaging style that will appeal to young searching hearts. It will also serve vocation directors, mentors, coaches, and all people who are serious about being equipped to accompany young people to ask the right questions on their journey of self-discovery, finding their mission, and ultimately their vocation ‘back to the heart of God.’”
—Most Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey
“Unrepeatable is a call to all of us, personally and as a Church, to become more serious about vocations. . . . St. John Paul II would be proud!”
—Andreas Widmer, Entrepreneur and author of The Pope and the CEO
“Pick up this book to help others, but be prepared to rediscover the blessing of your own story too!”
—Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Grace of Yes
“Unrepeatable is a timely book that outlines a unique process to discover personal vocation based on the wisdom of the Church and encourages all of us to embark on this game-changing journey.”
—Bob Keith, Co-Founder, The Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship
“Luke and Joshua use the power of narrative to tell the story of stories: the story of the happiness that Jesus Christ has brought us. In an amenable style they convey deep thoughts taken from the treasure of Catholic faith. I recommend this book as a guide on your own individual path of vocation.”
—Msgr. Martin Schlag, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
“This is a wonderful and rare book. It communicates beautifully the truth of the depth of the person, the ‘weight of glory’ each person carries. It should be essential reading for all involved in catechesis. The chapters carefully unfold how we can better serve each precious soul, assisting each person to find his or her unique worth and calling within the glorious metanarrative of our heavenly Father’s redemptive ‘plan of the mystery’ in Christ.”
—Petroc Willey, Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Little by little the realization is sinking in among serious Christians that everyone has a vocation—the unique calling that each of us receives from God to play a unique and unrepeatable part in God’s redemptive plan. Unrepeatable will do much good by hastening the spread of a hugely important insight among an ever growing number of people. This book by Luke Burgis and Joshua Miller is clear, practical, and very much to the point. I recommend it highly.”
—Russell Shaw, Author, Personal Vocation: God Calls Everyone by Name, Catholic Laity in the Mission of the Church, and other works
“Unrepeatable is an essential guide for those who seek to discern God’s calling in their lives and to discern how best to call forth God’s calling in others, especially young people searching to find their place in God’s intentions. We can best live out our callings when we first discern God’s unrepeatable creation that is the beauty of each our lives, and then turn toward others and help them discover their amazing unique place in God’s plans and ways.”
—Kathleen A. Cahalan, Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary and author of The Stories We Live: Finding God’s Callings All Around Us