Friday, November 1, 2013

Just One More Thing {LitFuse Review}

Reading Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home by David Gudgel over the past few weeks has been an interesting experience.

David and Bernice Gudgel have a fabulous, informal writing style that is a bit like sitting down and talking to a favorite uncle.  Or at least that is how it felt to me. 

About the book:
This is the book we wish our parents gave us.

Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is a packed guide to help young adults enter life on their own. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live., It's perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they'll reference for years to come.
I would agree:  I wish I had this book when I set out on my own.

The author makes a few suggestions for how to use this book.  One is for a parent and older teen to go out on breakfast (brunch) dates to discuss the 30 topics of the book.  That is enough for nearly every weekend of your child's senior year, and that is definitely appealing.

My 16 year old has NOT started to read this at all yet, because I haven't given it up.  But I know he will appreciate the tone of the book.  It isn't written from a perspective of having done everything right, or in a lecturing "kids these days" style.  Rather, it is coming alongside you and talking about things the author did right, and things that weren't so right too.  It feels oh-so-real, and I think that will be a huge help for me in talking about mistakes I made (and the couple things I got right) with my kids.

Great book.  Especially for those high school seniors.  I love that it is coming from a Christian perspective too!

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Disclaimer:  I received this book through LitFuse Blog Tour.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.   

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