Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person

Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person

by Luke Burgis


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"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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947792678
Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 501,753
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Luke Burgis is an entrepreneur and investor whose unique perspective on business stems from diverse experiences working on Wall Street, founding companies in Silicon Valley, and studying classical philosophy, theology, and literature.

He worked in corporate finance and venture capital in New York and Hong Kong before starting his first business in 2005. After launching several successful businesses at a young age, Luke began to contemplate the deeper purpose of entrepreneurship. His journey brought him to the intersection of faith and human flourishing, which transformed the way that he thought about business. His person-centered approach to economics and entrepreneurship has contributed to award-winning company cultures and innovation.

Luke is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where he is spearheading new ventures in education, leading student programming and partnerships with local businesses, and teaching in the Busch School of Business.

Luke is recognized for his “spiritual entrepreneurship” as the co-founder of ActivPrayer, a fitness company that provides coaching and training programs based on spiritual principles; and Inscape, an organization that trains mentors to help young people discover and live out their callings.

He is co-author of the book Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person based on his work with Dr. Joshua Miller at Inscape.

His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, America Magazine, and Forbes, among others. He holds degrees from the Stern School of Business at New York University and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

Luke lives in Washington, DC and travels often (Italy is his favorite). He spends his free time exploring new food worlds, reading voraciously, trying to understand the blockchain, and making excuses for not snowboarding as often as he’d like. He blogs on Medium and at lukeburgis.com."

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction 1

The Story of Stories 3

Listening to Lives 6

The Way of Each Person 8

Unrepeatable Love 11

Chapter 1 Knowing Our Culture 15

Liquid Modernity 16

A Culture of Calculation 19

The Poker Game of Discernment 21

The Gift That Opens 22

A Culture of Disincarnation 25

Grasping Snowflakes 28

Learning from Nature 29

A Culture of Conformity 31

#ConformToMe 33

Forces of Conformity 35

The Anti-Rebel 38

Toward a Culture of Vocation 41

Chapter 2 Our Unique Motivational Design 45

Awakening to Motivational Design 48

Tell Me Your Story 51

The Achievement Story 54

Where Does This Approach Come From? 56

Two Stories: Benton & Rachel 58

Benton Parker 58

Rachel Michaud 60

The Nature of Motivational Design 63

The Pattern Is Irresistible 64

The Pattern Is Insatiable 65

The Pattern Is Enduring 66

The Pattern Is Good 67

The Pattern Is Ordered toward Love 70

The Primordial Vocation 72

Chapter 3 Personal Vocation 75

The Circular Movement of Vocation 79

A Brief History of Vocation 86

Creation 87

Confusion 88

Convergence 95

The Common Elements of Every Christian Vocation 98

Call to Authentic Love 100

Personal Union with Christ 100

Unique Meaning 102

Integration 103

The Freedom to Love: A Promise 104

The Last Word 106

'Till the End 108

Chapter 4 Mentoring with Empathy 111

Getting to Know Mentees 111

Empathy 115

Closed, Leading, and Open-Ended Questions 118

Closed Questions 119

Leading Questions 120

Open-Ended Questions 121

The Power of the Achievement Story 122

What If Mentees Don't Have Any Achievement Stories? 127

The Good Fruit of Drawing Out Achievement Stories 129

Empathic Listening 131

Basic Elements of Empathic Listening 133

Chapter 5 A Culture of Vocation 141

Education 146

The Five Elements of a Vocational Culture 153

Personal Encounter 153

Language 157

A Culture of Wonder: The Antidote to a Culture of Calculation 161

A Culture of Incarnation: The Antidote to a Culture of Disincarnation 164

A Culture of Creativity: The Antidote to a Culture of Conformity 167

Active Love 169

Chapter 6 Keys for Guiding Effective Discernment 173

1 Teach Personal Vocation 174

Teaching through Language 175

2 Help Mentees Find Their Own Way of Discernment 178

3 Explore Connection between Talents and Motivational Design 181

4 Expose Them to Need, Orient Them to Service 185

5 Help Them Secure Wise, Attentive Mentors 187

Marks of the Wise, Attentive Mentor 188

Finding Strong Mentors 190

6 Cultivate Prayerful Silence and Listening 192

7 Awaken Them to Self-Creative Freedom 196

Chapter 7 Mission: The Outward Thrust of Vocation 201

Vocation and Mission 205

Universal Mission 207

Particular Missions 208

Preparation 209

Focus 211

Action-Oriented 212

Missionary Disciples 214

A Mission Year 217

Mission Territory 219

Epilogue: A Prayer for Personal Vocation 223

The Fisherman's Prayer 227

Prayer for Embracing Personal Vocation 229

Appendix I About Inscape and Co-Founders Luke Burgis Joshua Miller 231

Appendix II Training Resources 235

Appendix III Additional Resources on Personal Vocation 237

What People are Saying About This

Most Rev., Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey - James F. Checchio

"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.’"

Entrepreneur and author of The Pope and the CEO - Andreas Widmer

"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!"

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Robert Barron

"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."

Saint John's University School of Theology and Semi - Kathleen A. Cahalan

"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."

Author of The Grace of Yes - Lisa M. Hendey

"Pick up this book to help others, but be prepared to rediscover the blessing of your own story too!"

—Msgr., University of St. Thomas, Minnesota - Martin Schlag

"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."

Author, Personal Vocation, and other works - Russell Shaw

"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."

Most Rev., OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia - Charles J. Chaput

"Beautifully written, compellingly personal, and a treasure to read."

Co-Founder, The Ciocca Center for Principled Entrep - Bob Keith

"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."

Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of - Petroc Willey

"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."

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