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Friday, March 29, 2013

What I Wish I Knew at 18--Book Review

Over the past few weeks, my son and I have had the chance to review a book by Dennis Trittin called What I Wish I Knew at 18.

Here's what the back of the book has to say:

You're about to embark on a personal life journey that is uniquely yours.  You have your whole life ahead of you--the thrill of the open road--of life!  What will you make of it?  What I Wish I Knew at 18 can serve as your personal life coach as you navigate the road ahead by helping you answer some key questions:

  • How will I define success in my life?
  • How can I make a successful transition to college?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career? 
  • How will I build new relationships and achieve a lasting marriage?
  • What are my financial goals and how will I achieve them?
What I Wish I Knew at 18 offers 109 life lessons, or success pointers, to guide teens into adulthood.  They are divided under the chapter headings Life Perspective, Character, Relationships and Communication, Spiritual Life, Handling Adversity, Miscellaneous, College Academics, Career Selection and Advancement, Love and Marriage, and Managing Your Finances.  The 109 life lessons are then divided topically between the chapters.  Each is about a page or two long and ends with a "Take Five" that challenges students to examine themselves concerning whatever the lesson was about.  Sometimes, that introspection comes in the form of questions, but sometimes it calls for action.  For example, in "Steer Clear of Destructive People," the Take Five asks them, "Have you ever met anyone whose behavior made you feel uncomfortable?  Did you trust your instinct and keep your distance?  What happened when you didn't?"  But in "Fully Explore Your Compatibility Before Committing," the Take Five challenges them to "Review the above list of compatibility factors and consider ahead of time what your preferences and requirements are.  Make a wish list of your priorities for choosing a mate.  Them make a commitment to go into potential relationships with your eyes open."

Although my son still has a few years before he's an adult, I feel like this book offers some solid advice that he can begin working on even now.  He's really enjoying it, and so he's been doing one "lesson" a day, although sometimes he sneaks in more ;-).

To learn more about What I Wish I Knew at 18, you can go to Dennis Trittin's website.  While you are there, you can sign up for Dennis' eNewsletter.  Dennis also posts daily inspiration and challenges on his Facebook page, Dennis Trittin Fan.  You can buy What I Wish I Knew at 18 for $18.95 in paperback or $9.99 as an e-book.  There are also student guides and Christian student guides available for using the book in a group setting.  Or, one lucky reader can WIN a free copy by entering below!

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Lisa Keva said...

Looks like a great book!

Sonya Caskey said...

Looks like a neat book. I would be interested in checking this one out!

Sonya Caskey said...

Looks like a neat book. I would love to check it out!