Calling is Complex — Review of Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’s House and Back Again

Calling is complex and few have unraveled it as well as Ryan J. Pemberton. Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’s House and Back Again is an impassioned testimony that shows what it means to follow Jesus—it’s inspiring, witty, honest, and brave. Pemberton will help you change your life for the better.

I have known Ryan Pemberton for about three years (give or take). We even now serve on a board of directors together. During that time, I have had some of the best conversations of my life. And it’s that conversational tone that we see in Called. Now you get to experience the incredible insights of one of my best friends. I have about a half a dozen friends who have influenced me more than any other people in the world and Ryan is one of those people. You will see why when you read Called.

This is a memoir and Ryan has truly lived this journey. In addition to Ryan’s journey being a splendid spiritual endeavor, and one we get to join him for, Pemberton also teaches us about C.S. Lewis. We go to Oxford with Pemberton, into Lewis’ home, and back again.

But for all this wonderment and vicarious living, there’s much more here. Pemberton offers insights into calling in general — a topic that my generation especially wrestles with. There is pain here. There is growth. And there is life.

Ryan J. Pemberton is the closest thing to a C.S. Lewis for our generation, yet with his own unique voice.

I have written lots of book reviews and said nice things about lots of books. But I have personally (and publicly) only endorsed two books — meaning wrote an endorsement that I knew would be included in (or on the cover of) the book itself. Called is one of those two books. So, go for it: Read this book. It will change your life for the better. It did mine.


P.S. The only thing I received for this endorsement and review was the opportunity to read this book in its draft stage. I imagine I will probably also get a free print copy, which I will promptly give to someone who should read it. But I would endorse this book either way.

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