In her new devotional, Emily Owen takes an in-depth look at what it means to be ‘called’ by God. Calling cards used to be a way for visitors to notify their hosts that they had visited; as the title alludes, God also calls to us, wants to be close to us, and makes sure that we are aware of his presence in our lives. Faith is a dialogue.
Each chapter is centred on a different Biblical character, and focuses on a time when God called to them. Taken from both the Old Testament and the New, this provides a holistic overview of God’s nurturing love for us. The human reactions of those who were called are also discussed, showing the nature of what it is to be called by God.
Every chapter ends with a calling card, which both ties into the theme of the chapter and beckons to the reader. They are presented as a single word, as follows;
2. Hold on
6. Grow closer
7. Glorify me
8. I’m rebuilding you
10. Call me
God’s voice can be heard throughout the book, and the interactive style of these calls adds to that impression.
As well as citing Scripture, Emily draws on her own personal experience to explore the theme of the chapter. She also provides imaginative insights into the characters’ stories, making them relatable by writing in the first person. Engaging questions to the reader invite introspection on how God interacts with us personally, and useful prayers guide our reflection.