A Review of The Art of Work by Jeff Goins


What can I say about this book? Probably not as much as I would like to. Not because it is a bad book, by no means. It is because my short term memory is pretty much shot. What I can tell you is that this is a very inspiring book filled with stories of failure that turns to triumph. While Amazon says that the book comes in at 240 pages that is after you take in to account the appendices and such. the main meat of the book is roughly 190 pages.

There are seven chapters along with an introduction and conclusion that tie the book together nicely. Goins in his trademark style has written a very conversational book. It does not stagnate at any point while reading it. He draws you and makes you care about these people whom he is writing about. The over arching theme of the book is “what looks like failure is ultimately what brings you success.”

All of his main stories in this book center around at least one main character (or couple), and the tragedy or disheartening circumstances that lead to their ultimate realization of what they are meant to be. He uses the word calling to emphasize what he is going after. Throughout the book Jeff Goins challenges what we understand that word to be and teaches us that it is so much more than what the world has told us it is supposed to be. In his introduction he defines calling as “that thing that you can’t not do…”(page xx)

Have you ever stopped to think of your calling in such way that it is the thing you can’t not do? This is profound to me. And the rest of the book is full of little nuggets of greatness just like this. Think about it this is only the introduction to the rest of the work.

Of the books I have read over the last few months this has to be by far one of the best. It embraces failure not to sulk on it but to learn from it, not take your identity from it but to learn to live inspite of it. I really do love this book, which I don’t say often or lightly. It is full of great insight and even more quotable quotes than I ever imagined.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has ever wondered what they are supposed to do with their lives. It is not a guarantee to get you where you want to go, but it will encourage you to keep going even when you don’t know which way to go. It will help you to learn to pivot when something goes wrong. Above all else it helps you to see that not everything is bad and teaches you how to redeem your past and move into the future.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and balanced review. I was in no way obligated to give it a good review.

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