Punch fear in the face.
Do work that matters.
Those are the subtitles to Jon Acuff’s newest book Start. And this book most definitely delivers those messages. Whether you are a student trying to figure out what the next step is, a stay-at-home mom figuring out how to best serve your family, a fifty-year-old back in the job market, or just desiring to live to your fullest potential this book is for you. In fact, I would recommend this book to everyone. It’s just that good.
Acuff invites you into his own personal journey of taking the steps necessary to get to where he is in his dream job. He vulnerably shares his story, failures and triumphs. He writes in a personable and humorous way. He gives practical applications and plenty of real life stories from people.
At one time, even just a generation ago, there was a very distinct path people followed in their careers.
In your 20s you were in the period of learning.
In your 30s you were in the period of editing.
In your 40s you were in the period of mastering.
In your 50s you were in the period of harvesting.
In your 60s you were in the period of guiding.
People went to school, picked a field of work, stuck with a certain company for their working life, and then retired.
But things have changed. Factors like the internet, social media, fleeting idea of retirement, and a new generation’s desire to be significant have completely changed what it takes and looks like to be successful. So now, those five stages (learning, editing, mastering, harvesting, guiding) can be applied to any age.
The words of Acuff really do apply to all sorts of walks of life. He will challenge you, inspire you, encourage you and cause you to investigate your own passions, desires, fears. If you allow his words to sink in, you will be a better person for it.
Read Start. It really is more than just a book. It is a movement. God truly is using Acuff to build His kingdom and encourage disciples to embrace the abundant life God offers. This book can change your life!
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.