Monday 3 May 2010

Unearthing Your Ten Talents - Dr. Kevin Vost

Unearthing Your Ten Talents
A Thomistic Guide to Spiritual Growth

Through the Virtues and the Gifts

Dr. Kevin Vost
Sophia Institute Press

ISBN 9781933184418

Dr. Kevin Vost's books have been a source of inspiration and personal challenge since I first discovered them a few years ago. His balanced approach to life, of developing body mind and spirit, is encouraging and mirrors my own journey to find wholeness in life. Jesus said "I am come that they may have life and have it to the full," from John 10:10. I believe that full is a balanced life, and Dr. Vost helps a reader to achieve that. In each of his books that I have read from Memorize the Faith to Fit For Eternal Life and now in this new volume Unleashing Your Ten Talents Kevin unlocks truths and then makes them available for those of us on the same journey.

In this book Dr. Vost begins with the Gospel parable of the talents, where some have been buried in the ground, and some, by others, multiplied. What Kevin Vost unearths here is a treasure for those of us who are struggling to live a life of Christian virtue. The ten particular talents that God has given each of us as our own are ours to either bury or to multiply for our good and the good of the Kingdom. The specific talents he exams are:

Part I The Talents of Learning

1. Understanding . . . Understanding.
2. The Science of Science
3. Words of Wisdom

Part II The Talents of Living

4. Forging Fortitude.
5. Tempering Temperance
6. Justifying Justice
7. Practicing Prudence

Part III Talents of Loving

8. Fostering Faith
9. Harnessing Hope
10.Cherishing Charity
Vost opens these 10 talents to us beginning with St. Thomas Aquinas and then with many examples from saints throughout the ages. Vost explains how we discover, understand, and perfect each of our own ten talents. He will help us develop the ability to reason and strengthen our minds. He provides the tools needed to help us shape body, mind and spirit into a more noble structure, grounded in scripture and church history, but prepared to grow and move forward to serve the church and the world. He provides tools to help us develop and to live as we were intended as having been created in the image of God.

This book will help you answer these questions: Do you know what your ten talents are? Do you know what God wants you to do with your life? And to learn how to live and mature in them and their use, Kevin will help take these deep theological and philosophical ideals and present them in such a way that you will be able to apply them. It is another excellent book by an author who uses his talents to help all of us improve.

Books by Dr. Kevin Vost:
Full Range of Motive (2001)
Memorize the Faith! (2006)
Fit For Eternal Life (2007)
From Atheism to Catholicism (2010)
Unearthing Your Ten Talents (2010)
St. Albert the Great (2011)
Tending the Temple (2011)
Three Irish Saints (2012)
Memorize the Reasons! (2013)
One-Minute Aquinas (2014)
Hounds of the Lord (2015)
Seven Deadly Sins (2015)
Memorize the Mass! (2016)
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2016)
The Porch and the Cross (2016)
The Catholic Guide to Loneliness (2017)
The Four Friendships (2018)
How to Think Like Aquinas (2018)
Memorize the Latin Mass! (2018)

Books Contributed to:
Man Up! (2014)

Author profile interview with Dr. Kevin Vost.

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