Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith - Sharon Daloz Parks A difficult book to judge. I'm not quite sure who her audience is. She seems to address those who work with young adults in all areas - college, the workplace, faith communities, and others. But the spiritual/faith language she uses is likely to be off-putting to many of those outside of faith communities. She defines faith in the context of young adult development as 'meaning-making,' which certainly broadens its applicability, but there's a strong spiritual slant.

She uses very academic language, and references many philosophers, theorists, and theologians. It's useful, when reading this book, to be familiar with at least Kant, Hegel, and Piaget. A sample paragraph: "This way of understanding our search for truth recomposes the relationship of the academy to issues of transcendent meaning. The reified boundary between empirical truth and questions of value, meaning, and faith that has characterized (if not tyrannized) the academy is, in principle, dismantled, and the whole of reality becomes the concern of the academy in its commitment to truth. It invites faculty and students to bring the competence of contemporary scholarship to the search for critically composed and worthy forms of faith within a relativized world."

The book is far less practical and more theoretical than something like "On Being a Mentor." I would recommend it to those whose focus is young adult development (campus ministers, those in leadership development positions), rather than those who might work with young people but whose focus is not particularly on their development.