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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams : Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams : Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787941710

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Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Published: 2000
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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams : Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0787941710

Sharon Daloz Parks

ISBN13: 978-0787941710
ISBN10: 0787941719
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

The "twenty-something" years of young adulthood are increasingly recognized as critical but puzzling. Building on the foundation she established in her classic work, The Critical Years, Sharon Parks urges thoughtful adults to assume responsibility for providing strategic mentorship during this important decade in life. She reveals also, however, the ways young adults are influenced not only by individual mentors but also by mentoring environments.

Features:

  • Parks explores young adulthood as a unique time for reexamining of faith and belief and invites concerned readers to provide thoughtful mentorship and mentoring environments during these "wilderness years." She draws on her own research and insights from developmental psychology, religion, theology, leadership, and ethics to help professionals, educators, community leaders, and parents understand the underlying developmental patterns of this unique time of life, when one is no longer a youth and yet not quite an adult. She encourages us to recognize the many ways in which we can responsibly serve as guides and mentors to young adults as they search for meaning and faith. Only by making the most of this searching time in a person's life, Parks maintains, can we help young adults discover worthy dreams and foster the kind of citizenship and leadership so clearly needed in the twenty-first century.

Author Bio

Parks, Sharon Daloz : Whidbey Institute

Sharon Daloz Parks is an associate director and member of the faculty at the Whidbey Institute, near Seattle. She has held faculty and senior research positions at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Weston School of Theology. She is coauthor of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World; To Act Justly, Love TAnderly, Walk Humbly; and Can Ethics Be Taught?.

Table of Contents

Young Adulthood in a Changing World: Promise and Vulnerability.
Meaning and Faith.
Becoming at Home in the Universe.
It Matters How We Think.
It All DepAnds . . .
. . . . On Belonging.
Imagination: The Power of Adult Faith.
The Gifts of a Mentoring Environment.
Mentoring Communities: Higher Education: A Community of Imagination o Professional Education and the Professions * The Workplace * Travel * The Natural Environment * Families * Religious Faith Communities.
Culture as Mentor.
Notes.
The Author.
Index.