The Calling

Based on True Events in the Extraordinary Life of an Extraordinary Indiana Pastor

by Chuck McFall



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/28/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 372
ISBN : 9781973618324
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 372
ISBN : 9781973618331
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 372
ISBN : 9781973618348

About the Book

Like the fictional Forrest Gump, my father, Dr. Merrill B. McFall—in his real life—encountered many people who inspired him and whose lives he inspired in return. Some were well known—names like John F. Kennedy, John Dillinger, Louie Zamperini (subject of the book and movie Unbroken), Ross Lockridge Jr. (author of the great American novel Raintree County), Methodist bishop Richard Raines, psychologist B. F. Skinner, sexologist Alfred Kinsey (of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University), Herman Wells (past president of Indiana University), and the Honorable Lee Hamilton (former congressman and Medal of Freedom recipient from President Barack Obama), among others.

This is a book about the human triumph of finding redemption through God's healing grace. It is based on the promise of the abundant Christian life, all fueled by the power of faith and channeled through one minister's devotion to his flock and to his beloved congregation.

The book begins at my father's visitation service after his death. It is structured as a series of flashback memories recounted as people kneel beside his open casket. These are inspirational stories, rich with examples of this unique minister's influence on each person's life. Every chapter ends by extracting the insights my father gained from these experiences, summarized in the key points of a sermon, drawn from each episode.

It is written in the hope that people of faith—and those just seeking spiritual guidance—can gain insights for improving their own lives, based on the moving examples of how others have done so in theirs.

But above all, this is the story of one man's calling to the ministry. It recounts his resistance to the gravitational pull of that calling—a summons that eventually drew him into its divine orbit and changed his life and the lives of those he encountered forever.

About the Author

Chuck McFall, grew up in the church, the son of a Methodist minister. He also served as a Lay Pastor of two rural churches while earning his MBA at Indiana University. In his business career, he has been a marketing executive, an entrepreneur—owning two different companies—and, finally, President and CEO of his own marketing consulting firm. In addition, he served as adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also authored a by-lined column on product development and product marketing, published in the Bank Administration Institute’s monthly newsletter, titled “Products, Markets and Technology”. Through his consulting practice he has consulted with over 50 client companies in the US, and all over the world. He is recognized for his accomplishments in the Worldwide Edition of Who’s Who for CEO’s, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.