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What’s your view of the future?

27 Jan

FuturevilleBook Review: Futureville: Discover your purpose for today by reimagining tomorrow, by Skye Jethani

What we believe about the future determines how we live today. This is the premise of Skye Jethani’s latest book, Futureville: Discover your purpose for today by reimagining tomorrow.

The author presents the view that our concept of the future gives us not only a sense of hope, but more importantly, a sense of purpose. “How we invest our lives, the work we pursue, and the goals we strive toward are inexorably linked to what we believe about tomorrow.”

In the first half of the book, the author presents the view that most people subscribe to one of two views about the future—evolution or evacuation. Evolution offers hope in the human ability to improve the world. This leaves us with a purpose of transforming the world into “Futureville.” Evacuation finds its hope in escape. Since the world will be destroyed, one’s only hope is in being snatched away by God before the hammer falls.

Jethani offers a third viewpoint, that of resurrection. “Rather than evolution or evacuation, through the incarnation God took on flesh and entered the wilderness of the world, and there he started to cultivate order, beauty, and abundance that could be experienced in the present.”

In the second half of the book, the author explains how the concept of resurrection changes how we approach our vocation and daily calling, as well as how we can partner with  God to create order, beauty, and abundance in the world, and ultimately enjoy a greater and truer sense of hope. In addition to being thought provoking, the author includes examples of people who are putting these principles into practice in their daily lives. It helps to move the ideas from conceptual to reality.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Books, Theology

 

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