Title: The Art of Work
Author: Jeff Goins
Publisher: Nelson Books
“Your calling is not a destination. It is a journey that doesn’t end until you die,” Jeff Goins announces at one of the beginning of one of the chapters in his book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do.
At two hundred and forty pages, this paperback targets those trying to find their calling born as it relates to their vocation. After numerous reviews, author’s notes, and an introduction, the book is divided into three parts, ending with a conclusion, acknowledgments, appendix, notes, and author’s biography.
At the young age of thirty years old, Jeff Goins quit his job to become a full-time writer. Living in Tennessee with his wife and son, he has written three books.
After an introduction proposing purpose and vocation work hand-in-hand, surprising twists and turns help find one’s calling throughout life. By recognizing the seven stages of awareness, apprenticeship, practice, discovery, profession, mastery, and legacy, one can find satisfaction with their work.
Part one is on preparation involving the first three stages. Suggesting to pay attention, mentoring, and practicing, the author references a fifty-eight-year-old widow helping others by writing letters to loved ones, a twenty-three-year-old single woman disowned for not having an abortion, and a college graduate and web developer finding themselves.
The second section covers the next three stages involving action by taking the leap, no longer dreaming but performing, and having a portfolio life. Stories of a family moving to East Africa, a pro golfer turned consultant, and a financial analyst who became a park ranger and then a consultant are included.
The final chapter discusses completion by making an impact on others with a legacy. The author’s journey is evaluated in depth, also mentioning Glenn Holland’s Opus, Stephen King, and others.
Noting the prophet Samuel from the Bible’s Old Testament, also discussed throughout the book are household names like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Susan Boyle, William Hung, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to name a few.
The more important part might be the appendix that summarizes the seven stages with accompanying lessons, seven signs having found a calling, seven next-step exercises, and nine discussion questions.
With little reference to God being ultimately in control, the book does not focus on how the Almighty knows us intimately, guiding our paths for His purpose and reasoning, not ours. With the author being so young, there is plenty more challenges ahead that my alter his calling and purpose like so many others decades older have experienced.
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