So I’ve been writing a second book! This one will be on career discernment and wanted to take the temperature of my readers here.

The book will be aimed at people making career decisions: college students, second career people, vocation discerners and even those who hire these people. If you’re one of these folks I want to ask you three questions. No comments are out of bounds.

1) If you were to buy a book like this…what would make you want to purchase it?
2) What information in these kinds of books do you most look for and what do you ignore or skip over?
3) What gives these types of books credibility in you mind?

Any assistance you can give me is much appreciated.

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  1. Mike, I’m delighted to know you’re tackling this. To answer your questions:

    1. There are no fewer than 50 zillion books out there about discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious. Zzzzzzz. I’d buy your book if it talked about discerning a vocation to serving the church as a lay professional. The Catholic Church in general does a fairly shoddy job of supporting lay professionals, and I’d love to see greater resources available to all of us to support those who feel called to ministry but not to celibacy.

    2. I’d be looking for resources that speak to working as a lay professional working among priests, but also supporting a staff. How do I bring my staff into the life of the community? How do I create an atmosphere that’s more than just a 9-5 job?

    3. In your case, the credibility is you. You are a lay professional working in the roles I’ve described, and I believe you can articulate the challenges and joys in a way that will resonate with so many of us.

  2. Sounds like a great book. I will say the parts I skim over are the case studies – or the bits when the author talks about so and so’s experience and not their own. Probably this is more apt to be in self help or health books. I think your idea to include career as a discernment is great. In terms of credibility – I check bibliographies and footnotes and what they say and any links they offer. If there are links – I want to know that those links come from a legit source. Look forward to your book!

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