Make a living or make a life. Get by or find your calling. This book delves into the deeper questions of vocation, and challenges traditional mindsets surrounding work, play, and what makes a life.
I've read all of Jeff's books. I order them before seeing what they are about because I know they will be good. But when I first started reading this one, I had an uncertain feeling. It wasn't what I expected. I found myself not fully on board with some of the stories he chose as he shared his take on what it means to understand a calling, how to discover and pursue it.
About midway through the book was the writing I've come to know and respect from Jeff. It was targeted toward the creative, artistic type person who needs to see work as more than a means to make money, yet find an ultimate balance with your passion and your family.
I single out "artists" with caution, because I believe everyone is called to a higher purpose than earning a paycheck all their life. I say "artist" types because they've already come to that realization, but aren't certain where or how to go with it. This book lays out a set of ideas they can use for a roadmap in pursuing the art of work.
Overall, I'd love every artist I know to read this book. It will challenge long held beliefs about vocation, and address the opportunities and pitfalls we find in the modern world.
For everyone, I highly recommend Jeff's books, "Wrecked," "You are a Writer," and most especially, "The In-Between."
Work truly is an art and I salute Jeff's fine work.