How to Ruin Your Life By 30: Just Follow These 9 Easy Steps!  -     By: Steve Farrar
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Moody Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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Everyone has an internal alarm clock that goes off when we're about to make a bad decision. Some spend their entire 20's hitting the snooze button. In How to Ruin Your Life By 30, Steve Farrar delivers a jolting wake-up call to help navigate these treacherous waters. Based on talks to university students, Farrar, in his forthright, no-nonsense style, helps young adults fix their mistakes before they make them---and also shows how to recover from poor choices before it's too late.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 0.38 (inches)
ISBN: 080240619X
ISBN-13: 9780802406194

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Publisher's Description

Don’t snooze through your 20s.

Most of us have an internal alarm clock that goes off when we’re about to make a bad decision. Yet some of us spend our 20s hitting the snooze button.

Steve Farrar urges you to wake up so you don’t ruin your life by 30.

Although the book title and chapter titles are ironic and humorous, the wisdom contained in this book is not to be taken lightly. Steve invites you to take seriously the choices you make in your 20s and learn from the mistakes of others rather than making your own. Steve also helps you recover from poor choices made in the past and make better ones in the future.

So if you really want to ruin your life by 30, don’t read this book. Just keep hitting that snooze button.

[Most of the text in his book originally appeared in How to Ruin Your Life by 40, copyright 2006 by Steve Farrar.]

Author Bio

STEVE FARRAR (California State, Western Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the founder and chairman of Men¿s Leadership Ministries and a speaker for these and other conferences and events around the country, including Promise Keepers. Steve is the author of King Me, How to Ruin Your Life by Forty, Point Man, and God Built. The Farrars have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

Editorial Reviews

"If you've screwed up in one or more areas of your life (and let's face it, guys, who hasn't?), or you want to try to avoid making the big life-shattering mistakes,  then How to Ruin Your Life by 30 is the book for you - whether you're 13, 30, 47 (that's me!), or any age. Word of advice, friends: If you see Steve Farrar's name on the cover, as they say in Britain, it's a "dead cert" you want to read it - and pass it on to a son, grandson, nephew, or any young man whose life is important to you." Reviewed by Bruce Armstrong, Net Galley April 6, 2012

"How To Ruin Your Life by 30: Nine Surprisingly Everyday Mistakes You Might Be Making Right Now by Steve Farrar is a great gift for high school and college graduates. It gives advice about life and common sense issues since everyone isn't born with common sense. The main lesson that I learned from this book is that the decisions and choices that you make now affect your life later on. This was a short, quick read brimming with wisdom and an encouraging message." Reviewed by T Simmons, Net Galley April 13, 2014

"I enjoyed the book and I wish that I had had it when I was in my early 20's.  Luckily I didn't ruin my life with too many bad choices." Reviewed by Breanna Parker, Net Galley April 15, 2012

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  1. Purvis, MS
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read for Anyone Under 30!
    February 19, 2014
    Amanda Cain
    Purvis, MS
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With a title such as How to Ruin Your Life By 30, and a cover featuring a man with his head in a blender, I just couldn't pass up this book by Steve Farrar.

    As a twenty-something, I was intrigued. What mistakes might I be making right now that could potentially ruin my life in less than a decade? Quite a frightening thought!

    Broken down into nine, easy-to-read, and informative chapters, Farrar walks readers through some of the bad decisions that people in their twenties are prone to make, yet are terribly destructive.

    Covering topics as diverse as irresponsibility, isolation, and sex outside of marriage, Farrar gives fatherly wisdom, rooted in Scripture, and laced with touching stories from throughout history.

    I was completely captivated by the amusing, yet deep lessons found in How to Ruin Your Life by 30, and read the entire book in one night. Don't worry, it isn't a hefty volume- rather an approachable 135 pages!

    As a Christian twenty-something, I believe How to Ruin Your Life by 30 is one of the most insightful and encouraging books I have ever read, and I came away inspired to live my life fully, purposefully, wisely.

    I would highly recommend How to Ruin Your Life by 30, especially for young people in their late teens and twenties. I would give the book an "A".

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 .
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Speaks to Motives
    June 18, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How to Ruin Your Life by 30

    By Steve Farrar

    "Do drugs, don't listen to your parents, and party ‘til the Residence Assistant comes knocking." This was what I expected as I picked up the simple red-covered book. However, to my delight, the book gives the deeper level to the mistakes most 20-somethings make in a seemingly short decade.

    I found the advice speaking to motives and what desires lie behind actions people regret in earlier decades. Since it took me beyond the proverbial list of "dos and don'ts," I found the advice refreshing. As I gear up for my 30th birthday in six months, I have a short time to recover. Yet I know the lessons learned will infiltrate the future decades I (hope) I have remaining.

    I think it's appropriate for any age to read, but especially those entering a new phase of life.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  3. Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Advice for Twenty-somethings and older
    March 30, 2012
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How to Ruin Your Life by 30

    Steve Farrar ©2012

    Moody Publishers

    ISBN 978-0-8024-0619-4 (e-book)

    Nine concepts plus Notes

    Steve Farrar invites young people to think deeply about their lives and the critical decisions they make. For example, don't overlook the fact that every cause has an affect—that is, your choices have consequences for you and for others, maybe for centuries.

    The choices made during the years between twenty and thirty will make or break a person later on. However, it seems many young people's future perceptions of themselves is based on the solid evidence of nothing.

    This author advises readers in their twenties to learn how and decide, while that decision is still in their power, to start strong, so that they can finish life strongly at seventy or eighty. Realize that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Farrar shows that often only one out of ten men will actually finish the race of life strong. He asks, "Where do so many folks go wrong?" and in this book answers the questions wisely.

    But if a reader already has some false starts, know that God loves to redeem failures. He is willing to give a new start in life.

    Farrar fills his chapters with important questions and helpful illustrations. An easy book to read that challenges readers to seek wise, clear thinking.
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