In Wrecked, Jeff Goins addresses his own personal challenges with restlessness, as many teenagers deal with in the U.S. He opens with the discussion in broader strokes, referring to the common occurrence where boys delay becoming a man and continue to be boys well into their late 20's and 30's.
Jeff admits in his own life to being wrecked through taking on challenges that involve fear, feeling pain, and ultimately failure. He begins engaging with the homeless in his city and eventually around the world, and through this process he comes to understand the true meaning of passion as ‘sacrifice’ and compassion as ‘sacrifice-with’. As he uncovers this he understands that passion is closely linked to community and accountability.
Jeff comes full circle in ‘finding himself’ and along the way explains his process through a Biblical worldview and suggests several ways to develop our boys and girls into men and women without the restless years. Did you know that teenager was not even a term before the 70's? And, even today, there is not this wandering generality of a teen outside of the western world, no doubt spurred on by popular culture in the onslaught of music, movies, and television. He studies the basics of the Jewish rite of passage in learning about the slow transition from dependence to independence. Through all of this, Jeff determines we need to work strategically on living our own story instead of simply observing other stories we view through these lenses. And Jeff lands on ways to pursue sacrificing yourself in small ways in order to better yourself.
I listened to the audiobook, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life, and would highly recommend it or in book form.