Quarter-Life Calling By Paul Sohn – Book Review
How It Changed My Perspective On Life
A book meant for twenty-year-olds changed my entire perspective on life. Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been on a quest to better myself and others. I am all about self-improvement and changing our mindsets. As a Christian, I have always believed that life is better with God but I haven’t always practiced it. Then I heard about Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties (<— referral link) and I felt led to read it even though I am not in my twenties.
I am 37 (turning 38 in October). So, why would I read a book that is meant for twenty-year-olds? Because my daughter is 19 and she is turning 20 in October. My daughter is an amazing young lady. She has always loved and served the Lord with all her heart. She has been on several mission trips and participated in events our church held to serve our local community.
In her Senior year of high school, she was accepted into one of the best culinary schools in the Nation! The Art Institute of America. She was all set to attend college in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Becoming a baker is all she talked about for years.
When the time came I packed my bags and moved to Florida. She was going to meet me down there later. It wasn’t until after my move that we found out her loans wasn’t enough to cover housing. It was like her entire world came crashing down around her. Both I and her dad grew angry because we both offered to move to Fort Lauderdale so she would have a place to stay ( I was staying in Lakeland) but she refused our offers.
I just didn’t understand how she could just give up on her dream like that. Then one day she said something that shook me. She said “Mom, I never said I wanted to move to Florida. That was your dream.” I had to think about it and you know she was right. Not one time did she ever say she wanted to move and never once said she wanted to attend AIU in Florida. I was the one that suggested it, made the call, I even wrote her entry essay.
I only wanted the best for her. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter what we as parents want for our children. What matters is what God wants. After reading Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties (<— referral link) I realized that God may have another path for her, possibly one she isn’t even aware of yet. Even though I am 37 years old the book had an impact on me as well.
I have searched and searched for something to fill time and emptiness in my life. I found my calling just a little over a year ago but I seemed to struggle with what God wanted me to do with it. I dabbled here and there but never truly understood what it was I was supposed to do. If you are NOT in your twenties it is okay because this book will still have an impact on you. I highly suggest reading it, believer or not.
My daughters birthday is coming up and I have decided the best thing I can give her is a copy of this book. Now, whether she reads it or not I can not control but I can control the fact that this book gets into her hands. Maybe she will read it right away or maybe she will set it aside and read it in a couple years. Either way, I believe that when she reads it, it will be the right time.
If you have a teenager in high school or a child in college then I highly recommend this book (click one of my referral links above). If you’re in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, or even 60’s or 70’s and you feel like there is something more to life that you just aren’t grasping then I suggest reading the book Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties.
I am in my late 30’s and this book has taught me so much that I am now reading it for the second time this week! It made me realize things like my calling is not about me nor is it about how much money I can make fulfilling my calling. I believe those two things alone are why I felt such emptiness. I was chasing the money instead of serving with a stewards heart.
Quarter-life or Mid-life Calling?
Through this book, my relationship with Jesus kind of did a 360 for the better. For those who don’t know me personally, I quit my full-time job back in February. I felt led to quit and trusted God even though I had no idea how I would pay the bills with a lesser paying job if I went back to merchandising. I did what I felt led to do and in May I was blessed with a part-time job that offered a full-time pay.
When I accepted the job I made it very clear that I didn’t want to work every Sunday because of church. Here it is going into October and I have worked every single Sunday since I started. At first, I thought why would God lead me to a job that would take me away from church? I even went as far as thinking maybe I made a mistake.
Truth be told God works in mysterious ways. I now know in my heart that I am on God’s path to fulfilling my God-Given Dream and He has much more planned for me than I ever thought possible. Yes, my job took me away from church, however, if I wasn’t for working this job I would have never learned about the book Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties (purchase through my referral links above) through a podcasts that I listen to while driving from store to store.
I now look at the world differently. Life has a whole new meaning. I am now pursuing my God-Given Dream with a Purpose. A book that I have been attempting to write for many years is now being written. Turns out all those other times wasn’t the right time.
For years I have felt this calling to be a motivational speaker which is ironic since I am super shy and extremely quiet. I used to think why would I want to do such a thing? How is that even possible?
Turns out it wasn’t me who wanted to be a speaker it was God. For years now He has been preparing me through all my sins, heartaches, trials, and failures to be a testimony to others.
I have had a vision of standing on a stage for many years. Again I could not grasp why I was having this vision. I now know that vision of me standing on a stage is actually a church stage, many church stages.
Church stages where God will lead me to share my testimony with others like single moms and dads who feel like God isn’t listening. Or maybe they feel like the world is against them.
I used to be in those places and when you feel like no one understands it makes life that much harder. I can remember praying for someone to understand, someone who could relate, someone who knew what it was like to be a single mom.
Looking back I was that person. God was just in the process of preparing me so I couldn’t see it at the time. Get your own copy of (referral link —>) Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties and find your Quarter / Mid-Life Calling.
I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you and my daughter!
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