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Overview Extensively researched, "The Jonah Factor" reveals 13 spiritual steps to finding the job of a lifetime.
Publishers Description Extensively researched, The Jonah Factor provides a step-by-step approach to helping Christians discern what jobs, careers, and volunteer activities will provide the delight and fulfillment God intends. This unique and proven thirteen-step process utilizes a combination of spiritual discernment, an inventory of talents and abilities, and partnership with a church or congregation that culminates in a carefully considered leap of faith.This book will be featured during the July 2006 online discussion. During the month participants and the author will post questions, comments, background and new observations. Posts can be made via the Web, or completely via e-mail. Sign up for these online discussions: www.lutherlink.org/books.
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Very Relevant Dec 12, 2006
I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this book because, unlike most of the book's audience, I am currently a college student struggling with God's call for my life. This book exceeded all of my expectations!
The Jonah Factor put me in touch with the realities of the workplace in which I will soon be entering, yet gave me hope that, through following Klodt's "13 Spiritual Steps" I will be able to discern my vocation. Additionally, in Klodt's chapter "For the Less Traditional Career" he specifically addresses college students. This section is right on target.
"Unfortunately many college students only follow the money, looking at which careers pay well or offers security, instead of pursuing a career where their gifts and abilities match their true 'calling.'" (Excerpt from The Jonah Factor)
From my experience as a college student, this is exactly true. Colleges are much more concerned with connecting students to high paying jobs than aiding students in finding their true purpose. While this may not necessarily be a bad thing, Klodt recognizes that colleges often miss the mark in preparing students spiritually for life after college. This book showed me that, while ego-gratification is attractive, I will only experience true fulfillment in the job that God has designed me for--regardless of salary.
I found the thirteen steps very practical and easy to follow. They follow biblical instruction and even quote passages from the Bible to support Klodt's claims. Through utilizing these steps, I am well on my way to finding the job to which God has called me.
I did not, however, find Klodt's "About Me" section distracting or disturbing in any way. Rather, I found it refreshing that somebody with a high status job was willing to leave his company to follow God's call. It's this sort of "leap of faith" that society frowns upon, yet God calls us to. Additionally, Klodt doesn't rely solely on his experience in a well-respected corporation. He includes numerous statistics, passages from the Bible and real-world experiences from people of a large variety of demographics.
All in all, The Jonah Factor entirely changed my perspective on work and vocation.
A Library Read Only Nov 30, 2006
I've been reading Ed's devotional emails for a year or so. I liked his writings and looked forward to reading a longer work on some subject he felt comfortable discussing: from a theological, and experiential standpoint. I wanted to love this book. But . . . this book was hugely disappointing. While it has some good exercises and questions, they're standard in this genre. It's basic flaw is that it's out of touch with the of reality US workers lives. But that isn't so surprising once you read the "About the Author" section.
He's living in town where the average house: $700K+. He's worked for a Fortune 500 company in an upper-echelon job. His wife -- college-educated daughter of a famous and financially successful Entertainment Industry figure -- stays home raising the kids for 15 years. She doesn't need to work. The 27-year marriage has produced 2 kids (boy and girl). They attend a private Christian school. The entire family is active in the same denominational church for 16 year.
It's a great life, but not a average one. Perhaps 1% of the country fit's his stats. But he uses his own life (endlessly) as an example. Anyone you might call a statistically average worker, leading a statistically average lifestyle, Christian or otherwise, doesn't appear in this book. There is no mention of anyone working a minimum wage job, being a single parent, having little education, etc, etc, . . . .
It's basically a cobbled-together Christianized "find your giftings/dream job" book, built around the story of Jonah. It's mostly about the author, and others of his own background - affluent, with high-status jobs, living in a wealthy community. "Taking a leap of faith" happens with the safety net of 401Ks, a large house with equity, a college degree, a supportive mainstream church, an educated spouse . . . It's just not about average working people, their undownsizable real lives, or how to make a real change despite these things.
While he does discuss statistical trends that are happening in the US, these are clearly abstracts. Not things he or people he knows experienced. He talks about senior citizens needing to work longer, just to make ends meet, but then goes on to discuss affluent seniors wandering around the golf course. The book is full of "this is the statistic reality" but "this is the kind of people I know." This disjointed style tends to undermine the entire book. He doesn't seem to to know anyone living through the very real categories he attempts to discuss and help.
It's this disconnection between experience and reality that's really tragic. This book could have been a really good book about the sacredness of work and vocation. It could have been a Bible study about rediscovering God's voice in your life, related to your work. It could have been a tool to aid in the process of getting from hearing the voice to walking on the water. But it's none of those things. It wants to be helpful, but it can't really ever get over the hurdle that it's out of touch.
I'm not trying to be mean here, I'm just trying to be honest. It's all been said, and better, in other books, by more statistically average authors who are more thorough researchers, more sensitive to diverse modern social and economic issues, and simply put have more diverse experiences of life, God, work, and transitioning. This book comes across as yet another man, with yet another plan, shaking every tree to make it happen, even in following God into a new calling. It has some good points, but so few that I can't recommend buying it. Maybe as a library read. But not more than that. And too, readers will have to accept that much of the thought and questions posed express a very "male oriented" outlook.
For a Christian book on discerning vocation: `Windows of the Soul' [Ken Gire]. Great writing, many examples, and by someone with "real" life experience. If you just want to transition in your life, you'd be better off reading `Visioning: 10 steps to designing the life of your dreams' (Lucia Capacchione). It presents a wide cross-section lives and of examples of changed lives that really is inspiring. If you just are trying to figure out what God is saying: `Experiencing God' (H. Blackaby & C. King) and `Surprised by the Voice of God' (Jack Deere) will get you there. Sensitive, inspiring, and very real. All these books are at this site for the same price as `The Jonah Factor.'
Out of the Belly of the Great Fish Jul 26, 2006
Here are two questions for you: What job were you put here to do? Are you doing it? If you answered "I don't know" to the first and the second, or "No" to the second, you need to read this book. Like Jonah (yes, the same guy who spent three days in the belly of a great fish), Ed Klodt resisted God's calling to do something other than his lofty job with a Fortune 500 firm. Thankfully for the rest of us, Klodt learned a lot during his years of resistance - - and in this well-thought-out, engagingly written book, he shares what he learned and how we too can benefit from saying "yes" to doing what God calls us to do. This is an action plan for "finding the job of a lifetime." I read it in a single sitting, but it's a book I'll return to often because of its keen insights and encouraging words. You can change your job - - and your life. And this book can help you do it.
Great book for those considering a job change Jul 9, 2006
I really enjoyed reading this book, especially as I am in the process of a job transition. The first part of the book set out the need to be in the job God is calling you to and the second part clearly spelled out how one can discern that. I thought the book had a number of good ideas I hadn't previously considered as I start into the job transition process (for example, test your ideas and talents in a church setting or build a team of consultants). I also thought the questions at the end of each section were helpful in spurring introspection- they help one to participate more fully in what the book is communicating.
The Jonah Factor-help for young adults Jun 19, 2006
I enjoy Ed Klodt's "Digging Deeper" spiritual guidance on a daily basis and could not wait for his book, The Jonah Factor, to come out. As a mother of three 20ish year olds who are in college preparing themselves for the world, the book couldn't have come at a better time! Because they no longer have enforceable summer reading lists, I am using it as fodder at the dinner table. We are having some great discussions! My only request for Mr. Klodt is to publish a parent guide for the parenting of young adults--a difficult age regarding materialism, money, and their rejection of formal religion. Please help...ASAP!