Book: A Restless Age
Do your twenties feel restless? You’re not the first young adult to feel this way.
Saint Augustine describes the same struggle in his Confessions, the most-read spiritual memoir in history. He experimented with different religious options, tried to break destructive habits, struggled to find the right friends, experienced a devastating breakup, and nearly burned out in his career—all before his thirty-second birthday. He spent his twenties looking for rest in all the wrong places.
In A Restless Age, Austin Gohn wades through Augustine’s Confessions to show us how the five searches of young adulthood—answers, habits, belonging, love, and work—are actually searches for rest. “Our heart is restless,” Augustine writes, “until it finds rest in you.” Most of us spend our twenties looking for rest, but God is inviting you to spend your twenties living from rest.
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“The One Thing I Tell Moms of Wayward Children” (The Gospel Coalition)
Imagine a mom who would move into the dorm at her son’s college. That’s Monica. She followed Augustine as he moved around the Roman Empire, and sure enough, Augustine was often looking for ways to run away from her. Yet even as she nearly became the patron saint of helicopter parents, she did something I wish every parent of young adults would do.
“Me, My Mom, and Beth Moore” (Fathom Mag)
I decided to read my mom’s Beth Moore workbook from beginning to end, over the course of three nights after my eleven-month-old went to sleep. I was hesitant, of course, because it felt like I was trespassing into two worlds where I didn’t belong.
“The Patron Saint of Young Adulthood” (Fathom Mag)
As I read Confessions for the second time, I remember thinking, Augustine sounds like he could be someone in my young adults ministry. This ancient book, written sixteen-hundred years before the burst in neuroscientific research about young adulthood, felt more relevant than any of the books written about that age bracket in the past decade. And as I neared the end of my second reading, I didn’t just feel like I was reading about the young adults in my church. I felt like I was reading about myself.
“The Prayer Book and the Non-Denominational Pastor” (Covenant, The Living Church)
All I knew about the Anglicans was what Wikipedia had told me on the day before I applied. All I knew about the Book of Common Prayer was that John Bunyan wanted nothing to do with it and spent 12 years in prison as a result. And here I was, surrounded by Anglicans, worshiping with a book that the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress refused to use, because it was an Anglican seminary, not a non-denominational one, that paid for my education.
“Unity in an Age of Division” (Gospel-Centered Discipleship)
Our church felt more divided than ever, and we wanted to do something that could heal the disunity before the cement dried. We announced an upcoming “Unity Forum” and invited anyone with feelings—any feelings—to attend. It seemed like a good idea.