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The High Calling   By: (1857-1946)

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In "The High Calling" by Charles Monroe Sheldon, readers are introduced to a captivating story filled with thought-provoking themes and inspiring characters. Set in the early 1900s, the novel explores the lives and struggles of individuals who are faced with making difficult choices that ultimately test their faith and commitment to their beliefs.

One of the outstanding aspects of Sheldon's writing is his ability to seamlessly blend compelling storytelling with powerful moral messages. Through the main protagonist, Reverend Henry Maxwell, readers are encouraged to reflect on their own values and actions. Maxwell's unwavering dedication to his calling to serve others becomes a driving force that motivates everyone around him to reevaluate their priorities and strive for a deeper connection with their spiritual beliefs.

The author skillfully delves into various social issues, highlighting the stark contrast between materialism and empathy. Sheldon prompts readers to ponder the role of wealth in society, and whether it corrupts individuals or can be used as a tool for positive change. The characters' interactions and dialogues explore the consequences of selfishness and the impact that acts of selflessness and kindness can have on both individuals and communities.

Furthermore, the narrative is enriched by the diverse cast of characters, each grappling with their own personal battles and transformative journeys. Sheldon expertly portrays the internal struggles, doubts, and triumphs of these individuals, making them relatable and genuinely engaging. From Rachel Winslow, a young woman determined to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, to Jasper Chase, whose once self-centered existence is altered by an unexpected event, each character adds depth and authenticity to the overall narrative.

While the book is firmly rooted in its Christian perspective, its underlying themes of compassion, social responsibility, and the pursuit of a meaningful existence transcend religious boundaries. Sheldon reminds readers that regardless of their beliefs, they have the potential to impact the world and make choices that align with their principles.

However, at times, the pacing of the novel may feel uneven, with certain sections deep in introspective musings and lengthy conversations, causing the overall plot to slow down. Nonetheless, these moments contribute to the book's exploration of important ethical questions, and the impact of these reflections on the characters is ultimately rewarding.

In conclusion, "The High Calling" by Charles Monroe Sheldon captivates readers with its compelling storytelling and insightful exploration of the human condition. Its messages of compassion, selflessness, and the pursuit of a higher purpose make it a rewarding read for those who seek inspiration and motivation in their own lives.

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Copyright, 1911, By George H. Doran Company



The story, "The High Calling," was written at two different periods, in 1909 and 1910, and was read at two different periods, chapter by chapter, to the young people in my church, on successive Sunday evenings. The main purpose of the story is to illustrate the value of the average American family training and the final victory of the spiritual ideals over material or physical attractions. The final outcome of the struggle which Helen Douglas makes between her natural inclination to follow a life of ease and luxury, and the real training which she has received at home, is the picture of what is going on in the best American homes to day. It has been my hope that the story would help many young people to realize the great difference between the finest type of manhood and womanhood, and that which in some cases has grown up on American soil, where the standards have been low and the ideals have been obscured by fashion, by false home training, and by superficial ideas of happiness. In other words, my purpose has been to describe, in the main characters in the book, the manly heroic type of Christian struggle and final victory which realizes the response which the higher nature makes to the call from above... Continue reading book >>

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