In Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men, Bob Schultz "applies his engaging homespun wisdom with stories from real life to teach young men (and boys) what it means to be good workers."
"In the education of boys today we've lost the importance of work as a most effective tutor. What is the good of knowing how to read or write if a young man doesn't have the heart to work, to produce, and to create?"
This concept is apparent in the very first chapter, entitled "Art in Your Heart." "God puts His heart into His work" and commands us to do the same. "And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto the LORD." Colossians 3:23. God's creativity is without measure and we can make what would seem like drugery into something colorful and full of life.
Questions at the end of each chapter made for excellent discussion and motivation to put what we learned into action. At the end of the first chapter, my boys were challenged to think of the chores they have to do each day and think of how they could add color to one of them. So, now when my boys are bored with a chore, I ask them how they can put "art in their heart."
God desires a higher standard for our boys. In Created for Work, Bob Schultz inspires boys to act differently — to get their hands dirty, follow directions, think creatively, and respect authority. He inspires young men and offers the tools and encouragement they need to embrace God’s ways and always give an honest day’s work.
We have been reading this for lifeskills and just finished the last chapter today. And honestly, I could read it all over again! So, I am excited to read Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man next.