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20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething Selves

Moody Publishers / 2015 / Paperback

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In 20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething Selves, Peter and Kelli Worrall share the top things they wish they'd known a little sooner. As college professors more than a decade past their twenties, they've gained a little wisdom and perspective since then. Their advice will you make your twenties a roaring success.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 080241334X
ISBN-13: 9780802413345

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Publisher's Description

How to Make the Most of Your 20s

Despite what many think, your twenties aren’t that dead space between youth and real life. Life is now, and how you spend these years will shape your future for better or worse.

In 20 Things Wed Tell Our Twentysomething Selves, professors Peter and Kelli Worrall help you spend them well. They look back on the good, bad, and miserable to share the best of what they’ve learned, like why you should:

  • Dig deeper than your doubt
  • Foster good habits
  • Take risks
  • Adjust your expectations
  • Press into pain
    and more

With warm, brilliant storytelling, the Worralls invite you into their life and home. They share about faith, marriage, drawn-out adoptions, dark nights of the soul, and the God who’s in it all. Wise, humble, caring, fun, they’re the kind of mentors everyone wants but few have. And now they're yours.

20 Things is more than good advice; it’s a book that can change your life. Let the trend of your twenties be sowing wisdom, and who knows what the rest of life will bring?

Includes action steps, discussion questions, and ideas for further reading at the end of each chapter.

Author Bio

KELLI WORRALL teaches writing and public speaking in the Communications Department of Moody Bible Institute. She authored the popular article "20 Things I Wish I Had Known in My Late 20s," published in Relevant Magazine. She and husband, Peter, speak together at marriage, college, and young adult retreats, and Kelli blogs at www.thisoddhouse.org. They are parents of Daryl and Amelia through adoption.

PETER WORRALL teaches Education majors at Moody Bible Institute and is a doctoral student in the Educational Studies program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Kelli, write and teach together. Peter also does pulpit supply, teaches Sunday school, and leads a small group. Since his twenties Peter has taught elementary school, graduated with a Masters in Teaching, and is a grateful father of Daryl and Amelia.

Editorial Reviews

"When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a vet. Five years later, I still wanted to be one. My first two and a half years of college, my major was pre-vet. And then something happened. I realized I wasn’t cut out for a career in veterinary medicine. And I’m sure I’m not the first person whose life plans were completely changed in my early twenties. In a decade where many people find themselves searching for their identity, it’s comforting to know you’re not alone.

In "20 Things We’d Tell our Twentysomething Selves," husband-and-wife team Peter and Kelli Worrell share their personal struggles and the things they see in their students with readers. Twenty chapters with personal examples, insights, and Biblical scriptures to back them up. From remaining teachable to adjusting expectation to pressing into pain, the Worrells share that life isn’t easy, everything doesn’t fall into place when you leave home and strike out on your own. As a matter of fact, life just might get harder.

At the end of each chapter, readers are given question for reflection and discussion or actions to tasks (actions) to help them explore the concept further. In addition, this couple offers additional resources such as books they’ve referenced, more scripture and even websites.

I read this book a chapter at a time, taking the time to reflect on what I’d just read. While I’m well past my twenties (try double that), several of these chapters were great reminders for me that the outcome of my effort is in God’s hands, that I should be patient, and prepare to be amazed. A great gift for anyone you know who might be graduating high school soon.

***Moody Publishers provided me with a complimentary digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own."

Reviewed by Suzie Waltner, Net Galley, Oct 15, 2015

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Godly Advice For This Generation
    September 14, 2016
    Bookworm Reviewer
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had been looking for a book like this for quite a while so when I saw this one available from Moody Publishers, I didnt hesitate to get it. Now, where do I start? Couple, Kelli and Peter Worrall team up and offer deep and honest godly advice for twentysomethings. Drawing up from their own personal experiences; their ups and downs, joyful and sorrowful moments, makes this book easy to relate to on many levels. This book is for every twentysomething, as they write, whether you may have landed an entry position at your dream job or are making lattes at a trendy espresso bar...or whether youre married or single it appeals to everyone no matter what stage you are in life. As a twentysomething myself, I was able to relate to every chapter in some way or another. This is the kind of book that makes you reflect on your relationship with God and how this stage of your life can be used to the fullest, with encouragement, love, and wisdom. The Worralls, emphasize the importance of DEPENDING wholly on God for everything, this resonated strongly with me because I've struggled with complete dependence on God through my teens, early twenties and still now up to my mid-twenties. This book simply hit home for me. Its a warm careful nudging to the heart. Truth is, your twenties, is a very important decade of change and growth. And sometimes, quite honestly, your twenties can be full of confusion, doubt, stress, fear, unresolved pain, and bad habits. If you struggle with any of these, this book is for you. I took my time reading this book of approximately 250 pages to fully grasp every word of wisdom and would recommend reading it slowly and thoroughly. There are three short sections at the end of each chapter Actions To Consider Questions For Reflection and Discussion and Other Things To Read that are very helpful. I admire the authors authentic sincerity and humility with which they penned this book, it lends a calm and loving voice, as if you were in their office speaking to them personally, this is one of the top reasons why I enjoyed this book. Thank you to Kelli and Peter Worrall for writing this guide for us twentysomethings, I look forward to more of your future books!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. These words are my OWN.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Honest Conversation about Things that are Most Important
    April 25, 2016
    Lindsey Branson
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    With wit and wisdom ranging from their own personal stories, Shakespeare, Winnie the Pooh and Scripture, the Worrall's lay out a foundation of faith and purpose for those seeking God's perspective and will for their lives. This book feels like sitting down with Peter & Kelli in their living room over a nice cup of British tea, sharing their wisdom and life lessons. I'm in my 30's, and God has used this book to speak directly into my life in powerful ways. The book is moving, honest, authentic and at times humorous. It has the feeling of discipleship mixed with solid Biblical teaching among the pages. In "20 Things", the Worrall's are beautifully transparent and honest, passing on the ways God has shaped and molded them both together and separately through both blessings and trials. This book is for anyone who is searching for what God has next, their purpose on the journey of faith, or advice on the path to becoming more like Christ. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who is in a transitional time, seeking to firm up their foundation or get real with their faith.

    As a side note, I highly recommend the audio book, as hearing the author's personal stories in their own words adds a level of personal connection and reliability.
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    March 2, 2016
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Many people reach their twenties and think, "I'm grown-up now, therefore, I should have all the answers." But that thinking will only set one up for disappointment. The husband and wife team of Kelli and Peter Worrall, have written this book to help navigate this time period. It is the advice they wish someone would have told them when they were that age.

    Even though someone is in their twenties, a lot of learning will still take place, especially about living life as an adult. Mistakes will be made, but that is not a sign of failure. The course of one's life can be set during this time, and then it can be changed again. Life in this decade is a time of mastering relationships, possibly moving, picking a career, or a myriad of other things. It is a time of education, exploring, and change.

    This book is a tool that might help you maneuver through obstacles in your life. Besides the twenty points of advice the authors give, each chapter ends with actions to mull over, along with some reading or media material to consider.

    A couple of the topics the authors' include are patience and worry. Kelli tells how hard it was to wait until she was twenty-nine to finally meet the person she would marry. Before she met her future husband, she worried she never would find a spouse. The temptation was strong to push relationships that weren't "right," to become more serious. She also states that some friends gave in to that impulse, and have ended up in unhappy marriages, or even divorce court.

    The couple shares the ups and downs each of them individually faced in their twenties. They include faith journeys each one traveled through, and questions they had about God. They assure the reader it is alright to ask hard questions about God, He can take it, and there is nothing wrong with wanting answers. Both of them relate hard things that happened in their childhoods, and how that shaped some of the things they did during their twenties.

    I recommend this 5-star book to people who need help with direction or information in their lives. My best council would be to look to God for direction in life. Even if you doubt His existence, stay open to the wisdom and advice that can be found in the Bible. The authors advise to remain teachable. In that spirit, your parents can also be a rich source of advice. As Mark Twain has been credited with saying:

    "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of 20 Things We'd Tell Our Twenty-Something Selves, through Moody Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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