Beginning Well

7 Spiritual Practices for the First Year of Almost Anything
Author: Joel Stepanek

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Publication date: February 11, 2022

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Are you starting a new job, retiring, getting married, expanding your family, or making any significant change in your life?

The first year of almost anything new can be both a blessing and a challenge. In Beginning Well, Joel Stepanek, vice president of parish services at Life Teen International, shows how being shaken out of your routine when you start something new can free you to become a better Christian. He offers seven spiritual practices to get you through transitions and help you lay a strong foundation for true happiness.

Stepanek has worked in pastoral ministry and organizational development for more than fifteen years; he understands that life’s transitions are important to spiritual and emotional well-being and provide the chance to see Christ in places you may not have thought to look before. Stepanek will help you refine your thoughts and behavior to more closely align your life to the Gospel as you grow through your first year of almost anything.

In Beginning Well, you will learn how to

  • let go of what you left;
  • use what you’ve already learned;
  • ask, listen, watch, and learn;
  • create routines and rituals to help bridge the old and the new;
  • pause and assess;
  • find a good mentor; and
  • seek and embrace joy.

Stepanek draws on his experience, personal faith, biblical narrative, and Catholic tradition to show you how to grow and thrive as you begin your next big thing.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646801350

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Power-packed.”

    Beginning Well is power-packed with insightful stories, practicality, and Christ-centered encouragement. Joel Stepanek is not just an author; he's also a cheerful, genuine, and knowledgeable guide through a book that is deeply necessary in a world where people must begin again and again.”

    Emily Wilson Hussem
    Catholic YouTuber, speaker, and author

  • “A plan for peace and confidence.”

    “Joel Stepanek has done an immense service in Beginning Well. Offering a combination of professional skills and life experience—illumined by the Catholic faith—Stepanek helps young professionals (or anybody starting something new) navigate transitions in life. Through everything from overcoming imposter syndrome to the necessity of finding a mentor, Stepanek offers a plan for peace and confidence. If you want advice and coaching that combine faith and serious practical know-how, this is the book for you!”

    Andrew D. Swafford
    Associate professor of theology at Benedictine College

  • “A clear and captivating message.”

    “Joel Stepanek gives a clear and captivating message: Beginnings are a gift and knowing the Lord as you pursue new things is the way to succeed. I not only enjoyed this book but I also found it to be a source of inspiration and encouragement. Don’t hesitate to read this book and pass it along. It’s full of good advice, necessary tips, and timeless wisdom.”

    Katie Prejean McGrady
    Host of the Ave Explores podcast and The Katie McGrady Show on SiriusXM

  • “Practical suggestions, spiritual directions, and scriptural applications.”

    “This book could not have been timelier! I am beginning my first year as the Bishop of Duluth and the practical suggestions, spiritual directions, and scriptural applications have been very helpful as I navigate my new beginning. If you are embarking on something new, let Joel Stepanek be your guide and companion. I did and have not looked back!”

    Bishop Daniel J. Felton
    Diocese of Duluth

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