Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book Review: Skye Jethani's Futureville

Most of us are only thinking about the future. It's not about the present, but what we make of our futures. Getting so caught up on the future though has left the present having a lot that doesn't feel substantial though. Jethani goes over what has caused such a future driven mind, and also what has caused the current generation to be so less hopeful about the future than previous. Also advice is given on how to get back focused on the only thing that matters in the future.

Summary: As generation have passed so has our vision of the future. There used to be a positive hope for the future that revolved around the world growing better, but now as young adults have started growing a bit disheartened their views have shifted about the future and what is important. In a generation that has been raised that you're only doing important work if you're in missions, and with the growing obsession over making sure our commitments worthwhile we've become a generation that chooses almost no commitment at all in fear of the wrong one. Jethani wants to encourage readers that their jobs are worthwhile though, and that our future isn't based on the material of the world, but a heavenly home.

Characters: I think Jethani does a great job of mixing in scripture to make the points stronger. I could personally relate to the idea of how art doesn't feel sometimes to have any place in a world where the only way you seem to be encouraged as a Christian is to be overseas in the field somewhere. For those of us who haven't felt called to that, or can't afford it, it makes your current job or even passions seem small in comparison to what others have been called to do. I like how Jethani even uses one verse from the Bible where God chose to encourage people with something creative to uplift their spirits instead of something we would assumed to be food or shelter instead. It shows the importance of other talents or contributions that we may not value.

Writing: While this book has great chapters, and it's laid out to build upon the last, sometimes it was a bit dull reading it. I think the writing wasn't the liveliest. Sometimes I could feel the pop of encouragement, but sometimes the explanations feel as if they are being repeated to you quite often to get the point across. Regardless, there isn't a lot to argue with the book because the author does a good job of making the points strong.

Plot: If you like non-fiction, then this is a good book that also provides motivation. The huge bonus is that it doesn't come off in a motivational speaker tone. It portrays the message of where we should focus our future, and how to feel content with our jobs and lives without sounding fake. The author keeps the book sounding real, and uses Biblical passages to keep it grounded. I like how it also draws out the sources that contributed to our way of thinking lower about ourselves, and becoming more disconnected from our faith because of the pressure we feel toward a future that seems to have stopped being as Jesus focused.

The biggest obstacle for me reading is that the writing is a little dry at times, but it's a well organized book where the author seems to be passionate about her subject and has researched it enough to become a convincing read for the person who is particularly in the their twenties. If those from other generations can relate to the message though.

Rating 8 of 10.

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review.

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