THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE IS NOW by Frank A. Kostyu

THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE IS NOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Let Go--Face a New Direction"" is the title of the first of the 12 inspirational pieces--one for each month--in this book of 120 pages. It will serve as a sample; we begin with an approving nod to Janus (for January) who could look behind and before. To face a new direction, we must walk unencumbered and deal with the past (1 Cot. 13:11 is cited). Personal anecdote and suburban observation are adduced to encourage the young to take responsibility and persuade their parents to let go of the reins. Impractical dreams and bad habits are also part of the baggage to go. Personal relationships, good at one time, can be outgrown and block the new developments that come with a sense of adventure. Here, as throughout, there is a story, in this case of a change of work at age 49. In conclusion, letting go requires faith in one's self and in God, and Habakkuk 3:17-19 is quoted. Then comes a special feature of the book in the shape of eight summary steps--""1. Be willing to change. 2. Realistically evaluate the circumstances,"" etc. on to ""6. Take some form of planned action"" and ""8. Trust in God. He will help,"" etc. Other pieces are ""Discipline--Exercise Your Potential"" and ""Believe--From Last Place to Champs."" As the last indicates, many of the illustrations are from the sports pages. One or two points could be questioned: the difficulties presented by deadening work are not solved by being ""motivated,"" and the young man who beats up people has problems more complicated than common jealousy. But overall Kostyu, a Protestant minister and magazine writer, operates effectively at the level he has chosen.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Seabury