Wednesday, May 19, 2010

JESUS, Career Counselor (Book Review)

JESUS Career Counselor
Written to help readers get, find, and keep the work they love, JESUS, Career Counselor weaves together practical self-help concepts, intriguing stories, relevant statistics, and Bible scriptures. Divided into four sections centered on the four natural giftings or personalities of people, this book explores twelve dreams that God has for each individual -- including rise, risk, roar, renew, regenerate, rejoice, relate, and more. It then instructs readers in how to realize each one of these dreams, no matter their natural inclination.

Most, if not all, of the "find your ideal career" books that I've read in the past included skills assessments and specific recommendations.  JESUS, Career Counselor is different.  While author Laurie Beth Jones doesn't ignore the reader's areas of giftedness, she encourages each reader to consider personality type, mission, and vision, as well.

I appreciate the author's use of biblical principles as the foundation for decision-making.  I felt a bit confused, however, about the personality types, which are based on her book The Four Elements of Success.  I haven't read that book and, although I was able to identify my primary personality type, the references didn't all make sense to me.

JESUS, Career Counselor lays out a process through which you can learn more about yourself and help to discern God's plan for your life.  Through that process, the goal is to find a career path that will be pleasing to God and rewarding for you.  These are certainly good goals, and I think this approach is at least as valid as the skills-assessment approach.  So I would recommend this book, with the suggestion that it would be more valuable if you have first read The Four Elements of Success or taken the Path Elements Profile online.  (If you purchase JESUS, Career Counselor, you'll find that the book includes a coupon code toward purchase of the PEP online.)

Learn more about JESUS, Career Counselor and read the related article "Top Five Rules for Finding Perfect Work" at the FSB Media website.

Disclosure:  I received a review copy of this book at no cost to me.  All opinions are my own.  Amazon links are affiliate links.

2 comments :

  1. Ohhh what a good book I'll have to check that one out. Always looking for some spiritual help.

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