Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber

Awhile back I read Fabric of Faithfulness by Steven Garber. Many of my friends and colleagues love Garber and his understanding on life and meaning. I, as much as I tried, simply did not connect with Garber’s work. There was little I disagreed with, though I found some of his perspectives about modern culture to be a little outdated, but I would not call that a faulty characteristic.

I picked up Visions of Vocation, hoping to finally see the error of my ways and witness the light my friends and colleagues have seen. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed again.

Again, I am not opposed to Garber’s thoughts or understandings. I simply did not connect with the work. Like his previous work, I felt like the book was outdated I read this book the year it was published. I feel like Garber has a Generation X mentality towards students. He makes several references (again) to the Smashing Pumpkins, a U2 album from 1993 (Zooropa), and studies from the early 1990’s. All of these items still have value to a conversation, but Garber seems to push the notion that most young adults still have this ambiguous, pluralistic, apathy mindset. I have a more optimistic view, though I would admit passionate emerging adults can be somewhat entitled and idle.

I am probably going to receive a lot of flak for this review, but I just could not get myself into the groove of the book. It felt like a really bumpy ride the entire time.

These are the three statements which I think summarize the book that I did like:

Know the world and still love the world.

Know rightly against do rightly.

Living with what is and longing for what will be.