Quarter-Life Calling: A Book Review

51y5clB7A-L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Paul Sohn has written an excellent book that provides very tangible principles for the Millennial generation that is seeking fulfillment and meaning in life. But don’t be dismissive if you were born before 1980. The sticky parts of this work will resonate with anyone trying to discern their calling in life and how they can best glorify God.

Paul leads out with this statement in the introduction,

Purpose and meaning is an issue that a lot of twenty-somethings grapple with.

He follows with these critical questions:

What does it look like to discover and pursue God’s calling?

What are some tools I can immediately use to better discover my calling?

How can I integrate my faith into my everyday work?

If you want to live in your sweet spot, it’s time to answer them.

Quarter-Life Calling is a treatise on what is core to our lives. Paul homes in on identity, stewardship, and life transitions as a front door to discovering your calling.

In some ways, Paul offers tried and true principles for knowing God’s will for your life. The key concepts will sound familiar. But his application to a unique audience seeking to deal with 21st-century realities brings a freshness that is necessary. Paul lays out five factors that are creating crises in this too busy, too many options, too information-saturated world. Along the way, he offers some practical exercises and provocative reflection questions that will prepare you for important theological and social grounding. A proper assessment and reorientation of life are posed through doctrinal reflection and life journey considerations.Paul places a needed emphasis on “being over doing” as a precursor to vocational calling.

The helpful paradigm of primary, secondary and multiple callings is well defined. This leads to a repudiation of three common myths about calling. The culmination of this part of his work is a careful unpacking of one’s vocational sweet spot by investigating four critical aspects of life. In my mind, this is the strength of his book and what will lead you toward personal clarity.

The final section of Quarter-Life Calling provides an important four-part foundation for the importance of work. Sometimes the Millennial generation is caricatured as lacking a strong work ethic. Whether fair or not, Paul’s ability to articulate some important principles regarding work are healthy for all of God’s children.

Paul has done a masterful job of leading out of his own insights and personal experiences concerning the elusive concept of calling. He has also provided a compendium of wisdom from a variety of thought leaders. This is a worthy read for anyone–the Millennial seeking fulfillment, the person in midlife crisis, the out-of-work person who is asking “why”, the one who is reinventing herself for a second career–or simply the person who needs solid grounding about God’s leading. You will not be disappointed. Click on either link above to grab your copy.

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