"I can't stand my job anymore."
"I feel like I have no direction."
"What should I do with my life?"
Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone. Barna Group finds that 75% of Americans are seeking ways to live more meaningful lives. And among practicing Christians, only 40% have a clear sense of their calling.
But there is a way to find and follow your purpose.
For over twenty years, Bill Hendricks has been helping people of all ages and stages find meaning and direction for their work and for their lives. The key is harnessing the power of human giftedness. Every person has their own unique giftedness—including you! And the best way to discover it is not through a test or gift assessment exercise, but from your own life story. Through this book, find out what you were born to do and the profound difference that insight makes for every area—your work, your relationships, even your spirituality.The Person Called You is a celebration, exploration, and explanation of human giftedness. Bill describes what it is (and isn't), where it comes from, how you can discover your own giftedness, and, most importantly, its potential to transform your life.
Praise for The Person Called You
"Bill Hendricks was instrumental for me in discovering and clarifying my calling during the first quarter of my career. Discovering our purpose in life is one of the most important questions we can ask. Bill helps you practically answer that question with The Person Called You. I highly recommend this book!"
—Brad Lomenick, author, The Catalyst Leader
"Bill's perspective and stories from his own walk with Jesus bring many fresh insights to a problem we all face: how do we know what God is calling us to do?"
—Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church, Texas; coauthor, The Real Win
"Bill Hendricks has spent a lifetime helping people answer three questions: Who am I now? Where do I fit now? and What do I contribute in the next season of my life? He has developed the tools and wisdom required. He is the master of his craft, ushering you into the next season of life's journey."
—Bob Buford, author, Halftime and Drucker & Me
"Finally, somebody who gets it—it IS all about you! You are the only YOU we've got. And if you don't become YOU we're going to miss YOU! In this insightful volume, Bill uses his own giftedness to help you discover yours."
—Reggie McNeal, author, A Work of Heart; missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network
"The Person Called You is the culmination of Bill's best thinking. Reading and applying the message of this book will give you insight into what God had in mind when He created you."
—Randy Frazee, senior minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas, and author, Making Room for Life
"Want to explore what makes you unique and what can drive you in life? What causes giftedness to thrive or fail? How should you think about your gifts and fit at work? How you fit with others in your life? This book will help you discover what can make you an even better YOU for the Father who created you and made you the way you are."
—Dr. Darrell Bock, executive director of cultural engagement, The Hendricks Center; professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
"A valuable, easy-to-understand guide for discovering what in the world you were made for. Bill Hendricks' insight into giftedness has helped me navigate my own life's direction."
—Peggy Wehmeyer, former correspondent, ABC News
"Bill Hendricks is speaking to anyone who slows down to ponder the power found in The Person Called You. He is among the few who both know God intimately and have the ability to help others know themselves."
—Bob Shank, founder/CEO, The Master's Program
"Written in a personal and warm style and filled with numerous practical lessons from history, the Bible, and years of experience with clients, Bill Hendricks has written a balanced and thoughtful book on how to discover our unique giftedness and put it to work in meaningful and fulfilling service to God and others."
—Dr. Gary Cook, president, Dallas Baptist University
"Many people have no meaningful vision for their work. What sort of work should they be doing? What is work all about? Bill Hendricks offers some profound insights into these core questions through this timely book. He's done a real service in showing us how intimately God is involved in who we are and the work we do."
—Andy Mills, entrepreneur and former CEO, Thompson Financial and Professional Publishing Group
"This book is a confidence-builder, not in a hyped-up way, but with solid, practical grounding in a way that will last and grow long after you finish the book. Read The Person Called You to become more comfortable in your own skin, and more understanding of others."
—Dr. Brad Smith, president, Bakke Graduate University
"Defining your own giftedness is many times difficult. Bill Hendricks' step-by-step guide to discovering your giftedness will help you in any area of life to determine how to find your distinctive gifts and purpose, and then how to leverage them to become the best you can be. If you're looking for clarity and purpose, this is the book to read."
—Todd Rhoades, Monday Morning Insight; director of New Media and Technology Initiatives, Leadership Network
"In an eminently readable and provocative work, Bill Hendricks strikes a death blow to the blasé rumors of 'I'm just like everybody else' and 'Do I really have anything special to offer to myself and others with my life?' Read the pages and learn!"
—Dr. David Fletcher, founder and host, XPastor
"The Person Called You is a deeply insightful, conversational, and welcoming guide to discovering one's giftedness, identity, and vocation. A wonderful help for those struggling with their own sense of calling and purpose."
—Cherie Harder, president, The Trinity Forum
"We all want joy and meaning in our life, but too often we stumble around and settle for much less. This book provides a thoughtful, clear process for determining how God made each of us, and how we can best realize God's plan for our life."
—Kerry Knott, president, C.S. Lewis Institute
"Is there a way to take what you enjoy doing and what you are motivated to do and turn this into a career? Bill's book offers insight into how we might take personal inventory and then match the results to potential career opportunities. A practical, insightful book for recent graduates, mid-career people, and even those contemplating retirement."
—Dr. Al Erisman, executive in residence and former director for the Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University; editor, Ethix Magazine
"Focusing on our unique giftedness and our stories of flourishing, Hendricks helps us discover who we are and what God has made us to do. I'm going to have this book on hand when people seek my counsel about what they should do with their lives. I'm grateful to Bill Hendricks for sharing his wisdom in such a readable and compelling way."
—Dr. Mark D. Roberts, executive director of digital media, the High Calling, H. E. Butt Foundation
"The giftedness assessment that Bill offers will assist individuals in understanding how to use their gifts to enhance quality of life for themselves, as well as for others they will influence throughout their lives. It is my hope that women and men will read this book and be compelled to use their gifts to make a difference in their work and their relationships."
—Dr. Becky Paneitz, president and CEO, Inseitz Group; former president, Northwest Arkansas Community College
"Bill Hendricks knows what makes people tick. My family and I have been through his process, as have key executives at my company. This book grows out of decades of real-world experience with everyday people facing some of the most important decisions in their lives. Bill's message about giftedness proved to be a godsend for me. I know it will be for you, as well."
—Robert M. Briggs, president and CEO, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
"This book contains the author's lessons of a lifetime on the important subject of giftedness. It is written with a typical Hendricks flair—it holds your attention, even in our digital age, when attention spans are short. This is one fine book!"
—Dr. David Naugle, professor, Dallas Baptist University; author, Philosophy: A Student's Guide
"Bill explains simply how we can see a clear path to who we are, not what we do. He helps us see our unique wiring, to see ourselves through commonsense lenses. When you see yourself clearly, you'll be surprised how clearly you'll see. And once in focus, you'll see how you can be the person you are meant to be."
—Dr. Michael Easley, teaching pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood, TN; cohost, InContext; former president, Moody Bible Institute
"In The Person Called You. Bill has provided us with a well-researched, biblically grounded, scholarly, yet accessible tool that moves beyond mere diagnostic tests to a genuine theology of vocation. I not only commend this fine volume to the church with great joy, but do so with a prayer that many will read it and apply the wisdom that Bill teaches."
—Dr. Tony Jeffrey, headmaster, Providence Christian School of Texas
"This book is the perfect resource for teachers, counselors, youth workers, and anyone else trying to help others find their path in life. I strongly urge you to buy two copies of this book—one for yourself and the other for someone who is looking to you for guidance and direction."
—Michael Milton, PhD, teaching pastor, Truth in Action Ministries
"We see it all the time. Because of ego or cultural or corporate expectations, people try to be something they aren't, and the results are less than attractive and productive. Bill has hit the nail on the head. When people appreciate their individuality, embrace their giftedness, and humbly leverage it, their level of job satisfaction and service to those around them skyrockets."
—Dr. Tommy Thomas, lead partner, JobFitMatters, Nashville, Tennessee