Launch Your Life (A Guide to Growing Up for the Almost Grown Up) by Kenny Silva is...well, the subtitle pretty much explains what it is :). There are five main sections: Identity, Career, Finances, Home, and Growth. The author starts with explaining that we need to find our identity in Christ. This reminds me of what my mom tells me and it's an important reminder for everyone. He then talks about dealing with changing relationships/friendships, dealing with fear, and dealing with failure. In the career section, there are tips for networking, interviewing, negotiating, and writing a good resume. In the finances section, he covers saving, giving, and budgeting. I was inspired to put together a sample budget for when I someday have a steady income. This section also made me think about how it'll be wise to start investing in retirement once I have a regular job...the sooner, the better. In the home section, the author helps readers decide whether buying a home or renting is right for them and how to go about doing either one. The last section is about personal and spiritual growth. While those in their twenties should probably already know most of the stuff in this book, it's nice that there is an easy-to-read guide written by a Christian which they can refer to :).
~I received this book from Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze for free in exchange for my honest review.
I recently had the chance to read "Launch Your Life A Guide to Growing Up for the Almost Grown Up" by Kenny Silva through a service at Blogging for Books that offers people free books in return for an honest review, whether positive or negative.
I really enjoyed this little book. As someone who struggles with getting it all together, and someone who also is a visual person, list maker, has-to-have-right-in-front-of-me type person, the format of this book makes a lot of sense. It's meant to be used, not just read once and then put up. It has pages for taking notes, writing down your thoughts, making lists, places to put business cards, and then has elastic around it to hold it closed so everything wont fall out.
He writes about everything, from dealing with, loving and respecting your parents, to moving out, finding an an apartment, when and if to buy a house, relationships, finding a church, and how to find and keep the job you love- among other things. He included Biblical lessons and verses also.
He don't try to sugar count anything and in between showing you how to do things, he tells the stories of when and how he failed- like being an ungodly relationship, or being offered a job but not negotiating a salary. He is honest, funny, brutal, and makes everything tie together nicely.