- Jesus’ opinions were never His parents’ opinions. In respect to Jesus staying behind at the temple, it is interesting to note that here that this is not a case of disobedience on the part of Jesus. Disobedience to one’s parents is not, and should not be seen as, the beginnings of autonomy. Jesus was simply doing what His Father in heaven wanted Him to do (55).
- Jesus’ pressure was never peer pressure. Whether pressure from culture, pressure from finances, pressures from relationships, or the pressures of facing mortality, not one single human will live their day without facing stressors of some sort (57).
- Jesus’ convictions came from His confidence in God. We are given glimpses of an objective moral law, which operates independently of whatever anyone believes about it.
- Jesus autonomy came from His dependence on God. In questioning our parents, we know that they are imperfect. In questioning their beliefs, we are open to the possibility that not only are we wrong but that they are wrong, because our parents will fail us at times, no matter how hard they try (60).
This book, full of practical wisdom, is an incredible resource for a small group of young adults. The topics include (but are not limited to) mortality, marriage, and money. That being said, I have a very difficult time empathizing with the younger generations (including my own). So many emerging adults are living at home longer, switching jobs more often, going to school for more years, etc. I hear complaints of not knowing what to do, where to be able to do it, or if they should even do it for any serious length of time. Every generation as it’s fair share of challenges. Think about the students who had to walk through the Great Depression or the Vietnam Draft? Though I wish Jeremy Stephens would have validated this “crisis” a bit less, I do appreciate his willingness to meet his audience where they are at and love them enough to share harder teachings.
Book Description: 20-somethings in “quarter-life crisis” can find purpose in the struggle, through history’s greatest 30-something – Jesus. His guidance on autonomy, career, relationships, finances, and your own mortality provide hope and direction to keep the emergency from becoming a disaster.
Author Biography: Jeremy Stephens was born outside of Atlanta, Georgia in 1982 and has been living there ever since. He currently works as a counselor with homeless families in Atlanta. He has a wife and daughter that keep him busier and happier than anything else. When he isn’t working on his next book, he enjoys binge-watching bad television and running. If you see him on the street without a coffee or a burrito in his hand, feel free to give him a coffee or a burrito.