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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631467964
ISBN-13: 9781631467967

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Discerning a calling is a messy undertaking. You are already involved in many good things now, even as you are being called to many good things in your future. The good life—good work, good relationships, good citizenship, good faith—is to be enjoyed now and pursued on every horizon. We are living out the Kingdom of God even as we seek it.

Ready or Not is a much-needed resource for young people on exploring the complexity of vocation in empowering, not prescriptive, ways. After exploring four foundational questions for emerging adulthood—Who is God? Who am I? How have I been shaped? What are my contexts?—you will work through interactive chapters covering the contours of adulthood, including: spirituality, family, community, and work.

Explore the full depths of your twenties with bravery and vulnerability! With insight into life skills, personal growth, and spirituality, Ready or Not will set you on a faithful trajectory for a good and meaningful life.

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  1. C. Adams
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review for Tyndale Publishers
    April 14, 2018
    C. Adams
    Quality: 1
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    Meets Expectations: 1
    ***DISCLAIMER***I received a complimentary copy of this book for free from Tyndale House for review purposes.

    Drew Moser and Jess Fankhauser's Ready Or Not: Leaning Into Life In Our Twenties attempts to answer the question, "What are my twenties for, anyway?" (p. xiii). Moser and Fankhauser (who are co-directors of the Vocation In College Project) make the bold claim that the reader won't find another book that will challenge you to lean into this question quite the way this does" (p. xiii). While I am not sure one can literally "lean into" a question, I am sure that the author's goal (to equip one to live one's twenties "with hope, purpose and meaning") is off-mission compared to what the Scriptures say (p. xviii). Early and often, the authors place much emphasis on things such as the "good life" and the "here and now." Unfortunately, they place little to no emphasis on the Great Commission, said Commission involving making disciples of all nations, preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sins in His name (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:36-49).

    As for my opinion of the book, I definitely would not recommend it to anyone. While it should be noted that the authors claim to be "new authors" (p. 201), that does not excuse them from producing a book that shows very little to no discernment, emphasis on sound doctrine, and reverence for Jesus Christ (the Savior of the world, mind you), among other things (1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 1:21; John 1:29). Specifically, the book's narcigesis (p. 20), prooftexting (p. 21), dishonest citation of verses (p. 22 in the case of 2 Peter 3:9), promotion of the unbiblical dream-destiny thingy (pp. 36-37), endorsement of the unbiblical practice of contemplative prayer (p. 73), heretical concept of the Holy Spirit (p. 117) and citation of occultists/false teachers (such as Carl Jung and Eugene Peterson, respectively; pp. 33, 70, 108, 153) are all awful and inexcusable. How this book got the label of "Christian Life/Personal Growth" despite its obvious problems is beyond me. This book does not help me grow at all. Furthermore, given its being off-mission, there is no way this book will help me in my "Christian Life." The only thing this book is good for is research purposes. Aside from that, stay away.
  2. Fylvia
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Young Adults Navigating Life
    April 10, 2018
    Fylvia
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book is meant to help twentysomethings as they figure out life and all that lies ahead of them.

    Had I read this book in my 20s, I'm sure my life would be completely different from what it is today. However, I'm equally sure that my know-it-all younger self would have scoffed at the suggestion of reading a book to help me figure out life. (I'm grateful my God redeems and blesses even when I choose the less-than-ideal path).

    So, as wonderful as this book is, I wonder how many twentysomethings who need the help and encouragement will be open to reading this book, much less using it.

    In nine chapters, the authors treat relevant topics from a practical point of view, using anecdotes, quotes, and research. At the end of every chapter are exercises, discussion questions, and suggestions on how to apply principles learned in everyday life. The chapter titles are: Vocation, God and Us, Past and Present, Dimensions and Rhythms, Spirituality, Work, Family, Church, and Community. In these chapters a lot is covered--from how to deal with the boring and mundane to what to do when your church doesn't meet your spiritual needs.

    I especially appreciate the emphasis on connecting with and learning from others. For example, one suggestion is to interview someone at least 20 years older and who exemplifies a life of sustaining faith. The authors even give you interview questions that you can build on. They urge the reader: "Surround yourself with people you know and trust to treat your hopes and fears with the best of intentions."

    The more of the book I read, I more realized that it would fit into the curriculum of a Life Skills course or a small group study. Perhaps this type of setting would be a gentle way to force-feed the twentysomethings who desperately need to hear what this book says but who are resistant to anything that even subtly smacks of advice or self-help.

    I also think this book is a great resource for older adults--parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, mentors--with a twentysomething in their lives. It has certainly helped me reframe my conversations with young adults.

    FOR THE RECORD, IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS REVIEW I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM NAVPRESS.
  3. Tommy
    Winnipeg, MB
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good resource for twenty-somethings
    April 4, 2018
    Tommy
    Winnipeg, MB
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ready or Not takes a look at what living faithfully in our twenties looks like. The book explores an intriguing definition of vocation; and has chapters focusing on personal spiritual growth, work, church, family, and community.

    This is a good book that chronicles a lot of truths into one place. As an individual currently in my twenties; I really connected with this book and enjoyed reading it.

    It's possible you could read this book and know what you want to do with your life, but even if there isn't an epiphany moment; it's a well written book that can be a conversation starter and jumping off point for living in your twenties. The authors don't claim to have all of the answers, but they do a good job in their presentation.

    I definitely recommend this to fellow twenty-somethings. I'll be sure to go read it again.

    *Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. The review was my honest opinion. No compensation was received.*
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