Advocate’s new ‘call stories’ book hopes to inspire those considering a call to ministry

The newest book from the Advocate Press hopes to inspire men and women considering a call to ministry, whether pastoral or other ministry.

Called By God: 30 Inspiring Call Stories from South Carolina United Methodists” features tales from pastors and a few other church leaders revealing how they were nudged, called, urged or otherwise invited into the ministry—and how they ultimately said “yes.”

Edited by Jessica Brodie, the book contains stories from 30 men and women of different ages, races and genders. Sometimes their stories are humorous; others are rooted in tragedy.

“Our hope is these stories of God at work in the lives of ordinary people will inspire you and help you consider your own call to serve God,” Brodie said.

“Called By God” is the fifth book published by the small publishing branch of the Advocate; it started in late 2017 and hopes to glorify God through faith-based book-length material.

The book contains call stories from the following: The Rev. Darlene Kelley, the Rev. Yu Fong Chong, Dr. Anthony Hodge, the Rev. Cynthia Muncie, the Rev. Angela Ford Nelson, Dr. Mark E. Thompson, the Rev. Jane Jenkins, the Rev. Carleathea M. Benson, the Rev. David Graham, the Rev. Meredith Dark, the Rev. Amiri B. Hooker, the Rev. Wayne Major, the Rev. Narcie Jeter, the Rev. Weston Pendergrass, the Rev. Hillary Taylor, the Rev. Marvin Ira Lare, the Rev. Alice L. Deal, the Rev. DeVere Williams, the Rev. Linda B. Dunn, the Rev. Daniel Eplee, the Rev. Katherine Haselden Crimm, the Rev. Randall Haase, the Rev. Michael Goldston, the Rev. James McDowell, the Rev. Robbie V. Hall, Debbie Watford, the Rev. James Rush, the Rev. Scottie Bramlett, the Rev. Michael Walker and LaSandra S. Grimsley.

“Called by God” is available as a paperback ($12) and eBook ($5).

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