Book Review: “Life Quest” (Cary Schmidt)
I finished reading “Life Quest“ by Cary Schmidt this afternoon. This book has challenged me in more ways than I have ever been challenged in all my life. While the primary target audiences are teens and college-aged people, without hesitation I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter their age.
Not long before I was given this book, I had been asking myself some serious questions, having some serious doubts, and searching for some serious answers. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that this book hit on every single question I had. And it wasn’t just the author’s opinions and ideas – everything was backed by Scripture and explained in so much detail that there wasn’t even a slight possibility that I could walk away from it confused or misguided.
I kept a highlighter handy because the author asked me to at the beginning of the book. Later, I kept a highlighter handy because there was so much I wanted to mark and have conveniently exposed for when I might skim through the book again on down the road! Chapters 9 through 13 especially hit me hard – I felt like God was using this book to whack me upside the head in almost every area of my Christian life. It was uncomfortable at times, and it was quite heavy at other times – at times I had to close the book mid-chapter so I could have a break, both mentally and emotionally, from the richness of the material. So packed with truth, I wished it not to end, but was thankful for all I had learned when it did come to an end.
I wish this book could be made a requirement for all youth groups and college & career groups in Bible-believing churches across the world. Without a doubt, this book would change young people’s lives – it would change their outlook on life, and change their focus to be one that is set on eternity and living for the Lord.
This book will challenge you, strengthen you, and bless you in innumerable ways. I promise that you will not regret reading this book if you keep your heart and mind open. Allow it to touch your heart, open your eyes, and encourage you to take the path of most resistance – living a life that’s worth living… for God.