Back to Work!: Create New Opportunities in the Wake of Job Loss [NOOK Book]


Since the current recession began in December 2007, the American economy has lost a staggering total of 6.5 million jobs. The unemployment rate is hovering near 10% for the first time in over a quarter-century. And still, each month, several hundred-thousand more people are losing their jobs. It seems as if words like "hope"
and "opportunity" have gone the way of our economy.

For many people, the very idea of unemployment (not to mention the ...

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Since the current recession began in December 2007, the American economy has lost a staggering total of 6.5 million jobs. The unemployment rate is hovering near 10% for the first time in over a quarter-century. And still, each month, several hundred-thousand more people are losing their jobs. It seems as if words like "hope"
and "opportunity" have gone the way of our economy.

For many people, the very idea of unemployment (not to mention the reality of it) is a life-changing trauma at the top of their stress list, disrupting their lives and marriages, and even attacking their sense of self-worth. For others, this unenviable circumstance might well be a blessing in disguise-marking the start of a new career path or even self-employment.
It all depends on how it's handled. Back to Work! is a short, easy-to-read book that will help you cope with the emotional and spiritual effects of job loss,
from an author who has been there. Three times.

In Back to Work!
Stephen Adams speaks from experience as he helps you get from wherever you are now-to your next career. This little book is full of illustrations from Stephen's own life and the lives of other successful career remodelers.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"Stephen Adams has written a book that could be a life-saver for thousands and an encouragement for millions. In a time when six months means 3 million lost jobs, a book on how to "treat unemployment as a job," is beyond timely, it is crucial. . . Many times over the past year I have sat down with a friend who has lost his or her job, and those who had adopted the right attitude were much farther along in their job search or career change. The key tools to finding not just a new job but the right job are all here in Back to Work!, and written by a man who has lived through two such transitions and who writes from experience and from faith."

Hugh Hewitt
-Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host and New York Times Bestselling Author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575675756
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

STEPHEN ADAMS is a longtime journalist and the author of five books--three fiction and two nonfiction. Steve has also worked as governmental affairs director for a major public relations firm, he has served as editor of a denominational magazine,
and associate editor of a public policy magazine. His writing and reporting have taken him to more than 30 countries, including Israel and other parts of the Middle
East. Steve is now owner of Insight Communications & Technology, LLC, and he also serves as an Associate Pastor of a small church in Colorado Springs.
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Table of Contents


1. The Job Squeeze

2. Disposable People

3. Starting Over

4. The Wave of Change

5. At the Core

6. The Journey of Self-Discovery

7. Overcoming Rejection

8. Survival and Self-Marketing

9. Work Outside the Box

10. The Ultimate Mission

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Life doesn't end when you lose your job...

    When I came across this book, I expected a book with a lot of How-to's. I expected it to be mostly about finding a new job. It is actually mostly a book about coping with unemployment. This book is very readable and interesting. The crux of it is how to cope and realize that your job is not who you are, but to remember that our identity is in Christ. After tackling that issue, the author does tackle how to start finding a new job by telling the story of a hypothetical case study of a guy named Jerry. It was interesting to me that many of the things he recommended doing are the questions and ideas I have posed to friends looking for jobs over the years.

    Part of me felt very bleak after reading this book. It portrayed the reality of finding a new job as very difficult today. That was discouraging at first. But, the author desires people to be realistic and honest about tackling the task ahead of them. So often in our culture we do romanticize things. People quit jobs because it's "just not what they want to be doing" rather than being thankful for the jobs they have. By not having our heads in the clouds, I think the point is that we will better be able to cope with the challenges along the way to finding a new job--we'll be expecting them.

    One thing I'm not entirely sure that I agreed with in his book was that he encouraged a lot of self-employment. But, Mr. Adams does talk a lot about the difficulties and struggles of being self-employed. I think that a lot of the reason people today want to be self employed is a struggle in our hearts with being under the authority of others. We don't want to have to follow anyone else's rules or directions--it's part of our sinful nature. Ultimately, though, we are all under authority--God's authority. That was the one heart issue that I wish he had addressed.

    The greatest strength of this book are in pointing people to the Lord as they walk through the process of unemployment and finding a new job--which brings me to an important point. Yes, this is a Christian book.

    The second greatest strength of this book is that is a very personal book for the author. He himself has had to go through several career changes and times of unemployment. What he is writing about is very real and honest from his heart and his own experience. He is not writing as one who looks from the outside in--He is inside. He's been there, done that. Also, he is older--in his mid 50s, I believe. Many people, my mother included, face the prospect of being unemployed at an older age. I know unemployment is a lot harder to cope with and handle as we age. 13 years ago, Mr. Adams wrote a book entitled Reinventing your Career, which is now out of print. He shares in this book from his experiences since that book was written--including 2 job losses and giving a try at self-employment.

    Obviously, if one is unemployed, then finances are tight, and people in this position won't likely be buying books. So, who would I recommend this book to? I would recommend it to family and friends who know someone who is unemployed or to church families. Put this book in your church library or out on the book table at service. Give it to a friend or family member as a way to encourage them.

    A few last notes...
    I would have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5 if I could have, but Barnes and Noble doesn't allow half stars...
    Also, I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for review.

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