"I can't stand my job anymore."
"I feel like I have no direction. Like I'm just marking time."
"What is my purpose?"
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar? In the last 70 years, social scientists and churches been trying to help people understand who they are and how they fit with personality tests and spiritual gifts tests – but these only go so far.
Bill Hendricks goes beyond personality types to explore and explain the fullness of human giftedness and the concept of personhood. Using the "Discover Your Design" test, The Person Called You provides a specific, comprehensive, and accurate understanding of the phenomenon of human giftedness from a Biblical perspective. It moves past the limited scope of other gift discovery tests to look at each person's unique God-given designs and motivations. This book helps the reader understand their deep uniqueness as a human being and purpose in life from a variety of angles –work, marriage, parenting, education, and one's relationship with God.
The Person Called You is for anyone who knows they aren't quite where they ought to be – and not quite where they will flourish best – and wants to who they were created to be. It's a presentation of hope – hope that there actually are answers to some of life's most perplexing questions.
Endorsements for The Person Called YOU
Author, The Catalyst Leader; Strategic Advisor, Past President, and Key Visionary for Catalyst
I've experienced firsthand the work of Bill Hendricks. His giftedness assessment and life coaching was instrumental for me in discovering and clarifying my calling in my early 20s, during the first quarter of my career. We're all wired uniquely, and 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!
Author, Halftime and Drucker & Me; Founder, Leadership Network and Halftime, The Organization
In today's world, we live our life in seasons. It is one of the paradoxes of success that the things which worked so well in the last season are seldom the things and behaviors that keep you going in the next. Bill Hendricks has spent a lifetime helping people answer three questions: (1) who am I now? (2) where do I fit now? and (3) 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.
Senior Minister, Oak Hills Church, and Author, Making Room for Life
I worked side by side with Bill Hendricks thirty years ago. Even then his laser focus was on helping people discover their unique design and employ it into daily life for maximum impact and personal satisfaction. The Person Called You is the culmination of his best thinking over these last three decades. Reading and applying the message of this book will give you insight into what God had in mind when he created you and blow wind at your back.
Author, A Work of Heart; Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network
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! Bill Hendricks will help you avoid this tragedy. In this insightful volume, Bill uses his own giftedness to help you discover yours. Now, it's up to YOU!
Former Correspondent, ABC News
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.
Founder/CEO, The Master's Program
The scene of Moses at the burning bush is iconic: two great discoveries were made at that unmarked spot in the wilderness. He found out who God is. And he discovered who he was. Decades of church involvement—and, thousands of good sermons—have helped me know God better, but left me with scant certainty about who I am, and what that means in focusing my life. Bill Hendricks is speaking for the God of the Bush 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 capability to help others know themselves!
Dr. Gary Cook
President, Dallas Baptist University
Written in a very 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. How and when we use that giftedness requires some flexibility and patience, as Hendricks reminds us, and he shows us the importance of respecting the giftedness of others.
Entrepreneur and Former CEO, Thompson Financial and Professional Publishing Group; Vice-Chair, Theology of Work Project; Chairman of the Board and Interim President, King's College, New York; Co-founder, The Mango Fund
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. Bill shows us that through our "giftedness" God has provided us with an amazing, objective basis for finding purpose, and direction in meaningful callings. If you're trying to figure out which way to go in your life and career, I strongly encourage you to read Bill's book. His message on giftedness is truly life-changing.
Dr. Brad Smith
President, Bakke Graduate University
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. Darrell Bock
Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center; Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas, Theological Seminary
The Person Called You is a gift of a book about giftedness. It is for people everywhere. 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 do you fit with others in your life? What about the dark side of knowing your gift? Or Who really owns the gift that is seemingly yours? Then 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.
Monday Morning Insight; Director of New Media & Technology Initiatives, Leadership Network
Defining your own giftedness is many times difficult. Bill Hendricks' insight and step-by-step guide to discovering your giftedness will help you in any area of life—personal, academic, family, ministry, business—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.
Dr. David Fletcher
Founder & Host, XPastor
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?" Bill celebrates that each person is unique and can be significant. That can be significant is the pivot point though—it is our choice to discover our giftedness. Read the pages and learn!
Pastor of Preaching & Vision at Austin Stone Community Church; Co-author, The Real Win
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?
President, The Trinity Forum
The Person Called You is a deeply insightful, conversational, and welcoming guide to discovering one's giftedness, identity, and vocation. Hendricks distills his practical wisdom from years of counseling and coaching to help readers not only identify and realize their own God-given giftedness, but in understanding its significance, impact, and obligations. A wonderful help for those struggling with their own sense of calling and purpose.
Dr. Al Erisman
Executive in Residence & former Director for The Center for Integrity in Business, Seattle Pacific University; Editor, Ethix Magazine
Is there a way to take what you enjoy doing and what you are motivated to do and turn this into a career? Even in an era of globalization and job reduction? Bill Hendricks says yes, but doesn't stop there. His book offers insight into how we might take personal inventory and then match the results to potential career opportunities. A practical, insightful book that should be read, studied, and applied by recent graduates, mid-career people, and even those contemplating retirement. Bill draws on biblical wisdom, years of career counseling, psychological research, and wonderful personal stories to make this a great read with great wisdom. Don't miss it!
President, C.S. Lewis Institute
Bill's book is going to change the world by helping people answer the critical question, "What is the purpose of my life?" 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.
Dr. Mark D. Roberts
Executive Director of Digital Media, The High Calling, H. E. Butt Foundation
I wish I had read The Person Called You when I was twenty. And when I was in my thirties. And when I turned fifty. Yet, now, at fifty-six years of age, I'm grateful to have this book. It has helped me answer a nagging question that just won't go away: What should I do with my life? I love the way Bill Hendricks advises me to address this question. He is wise, humble, open, biblical, and practical. He is relentlessly encouraging yet relentlessly realistic. He does not offer truisms or gimmicks. Rather, focusing on our u