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Tough Times: What to do while you are waiting (and praying) for a job (A Daysman Collection) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 7, 2014
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Wally Metts has been watching college students for a long time—almost 35 years as a professor and more recently as a pastor. He has watched them not get jobs, and he has watched them not stay faithful. But he has also seen them shine, lighting the path to justice and peace for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God.
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As a recent college graduate (2009), my generation is entering a world of limited economic opportunity and a church that's saturated in everything but the gospel. This book helps us to grow up and live meaningful lives.
How? By showing us the issues we're dealing with from the perspective of the cross. This book isn't about how to find a job or join the right church, but it's about how our faith calls us to respond to those struggles.
Well written, nicely researched, and I'm sure you'll come away with a renewed hope.
The title of the book was misleading. When the thesis the book “Tough Times” being addressed is “What to do while you are waiting (and praying) for a job,” you'd expect some practicalities or action steps. I waited through the read for Metts' blog post about this, but instead of steps or what we could do while waiting (and praying) for a job, he critiqued what was wrong with our generation and how we (twenty somethings) have been raised to believe lies about ourselves and our world. These are all good things to know and very thought-provoking, but not the reason I was excited to read the book.
Don't misread- this book was great, as long as you know ahead of time it may not be what you're expecting. It's a fast read, but will leave you with just as much to think about as you read. If you're looking for answers, you won't find them in this book (and yes, that's part of the point). If you're looking to better understand who the twenty somethings are and why they are struggling to find jobs post-college, Metts will formulate the words you have been probably trying to form in your mind. He is straight and to the point in the best way possible. This is not academic, but it is real (which, Metts points out, is what the twenty somethings actually want).
The language of the book makes it a pleasant read. More than that, though, the author uses the language to make the reader stop and consider important matters.
Yes, there are plenty of generalities in the book – but they're good ones. They're ones that need to be said and considered.
In particular, the chapter on rebellion among my generation (20-somethings) hits hard on a topic we need to hear. It deals with the problem of thoughtlessness towards others, which is a real epidemic among people my age. This kind of thoughtlessness shows up in things like the "maybe" button on Facebook events. Hitting that button doesn't help the event organizer, and everybody knows it. But nobody cares. Dr. Metts addresses issues like those. I'm glad he does.