7 Spiritual Practices for the First Year of Almost Anything
by Joel Stepanek
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Pub Date 25 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 18 Feb 2022
Are you starting a new job, retiring, getting married, expanding your family, or making any significant change in your life?
The first year of almost anything new can be both a blessing and a challenge. In Beginning Well, Joel Stepanek, vice president of parish services at Life Teen International, shows how being shaken out of your routine when you start something new can free you to become a better Christian. He offers seven spiritual practices to get you through transitions and help you lay a strong foundation for true happiness.
Stepanek has worked in pastoral ministry and organizational development for more than fifteen years; he understands that life’s transitions are important to spiritual and emotional well-being and provide the chance to see Christ in places you may not have thought to look before. Stepanek will help you refine your thoughts and behavior to more closely align your life to the Gospel as you grow through your first year of almost anything.
In Beginning Well, you will learn how to
· let go of what you left;
· use what you’ve already learned;
· ask, listen, and watch;
· create routines and rituals to help bridge the old and the new;
· pause and assess;
· find a good mentor; and
· seek and embrace joy.
Stepanek draws on his experience, personal faith, biblical narrative, and Catholic tradition to show you how to grow and thrive as you begin your next big thing.
A Note From the Publisher
Stepanek earned a master’s degree in religious education with an emphasis in youth and young adult ministry from Fordham University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
“Power-packed with insightful stories, practicality, and Christ-centered encouragement.”
Emily Wilson Hussem
Popular YouTuber, author, and speaker
“Joel Stepanek offers a plan for peace and confidence as you navigate transitions in life. If you want advice and coaching that combine faith and serious practical know-how, this is the book for you!”
Andrew D. Swafford
Associate professor of theology at Benedictine College
“Joel Stepanek gives a clear and captivating message: Beginnings are a gift and knowing the Lord as you pursue new things is the way to succeed. I found this book to be a great source of inspiration and encouragement.”
Katie Prejean McGrady
Host of the Ave Explores podcast and The Katie McGrady Show on SiriusXM
“This book could not have been timelier! I am beginning my first year as the bishop of Duluth and the practical suggestions, spiritual directions, and scriptural applications have been very helpful as I navigate my new beginning. If you are embarking on something new, let Joel Stepanek be your guide and companion. I did and have not looked back!”
Bishop Daniel J. Felton
Diocese of Duluth
“This joyful book celebrates the art of beginning well; a healthy mix of the right behaviors and attitudes. Filled with relatable stories and practical wisdom, readers are reminded to rely on Jesus in their daily lives and embrace the future with confidence. Life becomes an adventure when we seize each new opportunity with a little discipline and a lot of love!”
Founder and executive director of Young Catholic Professionals
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 8 members
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first time I had read anything by Joel Stepanek, and I will definitely find another of his books to read. I really liked the way he wrote from his own experiences in an entertaining and engaging way. His 7 points were very clear, with a chapter of the book for each one, and he is great communicator. Each chapter included a short example from the Bible, and he explained these in a really effective way. I particularly appreciated his thoughts about how beginnings can be for a good reason or a bad reason (eg starting again after someone has died or you've lost your job). This book is full of accessible wisdom and is very easy to read - I finished it in two days.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The author guides you through the steps to take for any new beginning. I appreciate the way he breaks it down, including practical advice, charming antidotes, and scripture references, helping you to feel confident in whatever new beginning you might face!