“Having reached the major milestone of graduation means that you have what it takes to set a goal, the commitment to bring it to fruition, and the ability to continue to achieve. All you need is a little help determining what will work best for you and how to attain it,” Denise Fawcett Facey writes in the introduction to her book, “Congratulations, Graduate … Now What?: Help in Figuring Out Your Future.
This one hundred and eighty page paperback specifically targets new high school graduates trying to decide on what to do next in their lives. After an introduction, nine chapters cover the topic. Scripture references are quoted from the New International Version of the Holy Bible. No acknowledgments, author’s notes or biography, or index are at the end of the book.
After the introduction congratulating the reader for graduating, each chapter begins with a short Bible verse. Focusing on topics of knowing who you are, owing your present life, defining success, rejecting limitations, defying stereotypes, being open to change, keeping integrity, trusting God, and having fun, they begin with a personal story of a graduate dealing with an issue. Bullet point paragraphs correlate the subject to the reader and conclude with ten fill-in-the-blank lined reflection questions.
With the concept of determining strengths, talents, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and importance, the reader can take responsibility for his or her life. Establishing a strong work ethic, accepting mistakes, and determining what one wants will help measure success. When one realizes the sky is the limit and does not feel limited in setting a goal, the person can feel worthy while learning changes are acceptable.
Including a chapter on integrity, there is a cost to surrendering it so one should understand character counts, especially if one knows what they stand for when a crisis arises. But most importantly, by having a personal relationship with God and trusting Him by living a life He has planned, one can be happy.
Adding a call to eternal salvation, the key point of the idealistic book is that as one grows up, mistakes will be made, but always trusting in God can be pivotal in how one approaches adulthood.
With a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology, the author is an award-winning educator that counsels and motivates students to plan and achieve their goals.
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