As the phrase suggests, “emerging adults” (20-32-year-olds) are in a transitional time that researchers suggest is more complex and challenging than at any other time in human history. In this 10th anniversary revision of an earlier work, Parks, a veteran explorer of young adult development, focuses on the important role that mentors can play in helping these individuals navigate the journey to maturity. With chapters on becoming at home in the universe, belonging, and vocation, Parks conveys her message largely through story. Of particular interest to congregations is the “Coda” section, which discusses the importance of mentoring in non-academic settings, including congregations. While not a simple read nor a handy how-to book, Big Questions provides insights and practical wisdom that can enrich the experience of emerging adults and the congregations who care about them. A skilled leader could create a small group study based on Parks’ material.
Curated by Marie F. Fleming