As I unpacked the latest shoe styles and arranged them neatly on the shelf at my local department store.
My colleague eagerly expressed how she was looking forward to her 18th birthday which was only a couple weeks away.
Curiosity got the better of me and I asked her why. Her explanation, oh, so I can finally drink alcohol, get drunk and hit up all the nightclubs.
I was lost for words. Is this really the reason why we can’t wait to become adults?
The world sells us on the concept that in order to be happy we need to pursue sex, fame, money, power and material possessions. Does this really give us true happiness? This week on the blog I will be reviewing the book, “Welcome to Adulting” by Jonathan Pokluda.
Summary On the Back of The Book
Every day, another Millennial becomes an adult. For many young people, the transition is a bumpy one, fraught with opportunities to make mistakes and bad choices. The clear expectations they had at home or in school are gone, and they may feel unprepared to face what comes next.
But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Combining entertaining stories from his own experience, insights from the Bible, and compelling evidence from research, “JP” Pokluda lays out a roadmap for how to navigate life as an adult, addressing topics like
– friendships and dating
– career and money management
– interpersonal conflict
– controlling anxiety
– recovering from addiction
– and discovering your purpose on this earth
Anyone struggling to find a footing in the world of adult life will welcome this witty, non-patronizing guide.
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Book Review: Welcome To Adulting
“Welcome to Adulting” is a book I wish I had in my early adulting years. If you are in your late teens or twenties, you need to pick up a copy of this book. The author Jonathan Pokluda gives a fresh perspective on what it means to be a young adult in a world where sex, fame, money, power and material possessions are the driving force.
Adulthood brings with it major responsibilities but it is also filled with many exciting moments. Looking back at my early adulting years, while I wanted Jesus to return, I silently hoped he would delay so I would have the opportunity to get married, finally visit Paris or some other exotic destination. Jonathan reminds reader that worldly accomplishments are all temporary. Instead of finding our identity in earthly things, we should embrace our true identity, after all eternity is at stake.
The book is divided into five sections, these include: knowing your purpose, work, relationships, fear and eternity. The author starts off the book recounting his story and sharing with us raw truths of his journey into adulthood. Jonathan also discusses the challenges he encounters while entering adulthood, he recounts situations that 20 somethings can most likely identify with – think one night stands, drinking and a world of other wrongs. While he appeared to be more of a playboy than an actual church kid, he finally came to grips that all the happiness he was aiming for was all temporary. As fate would have it, a one night encounter changed the trajectory of his life.
What I really liked about the book was how the author laid out each chapter. He weaved his own personal stories with each topic that was discussed as well as provided a biblical perspective. The way the book was laid out made the concepts pretty easy to understand. It is also easy to identify with the author. It is evident that he has “been there done that” and he knows what he is talking about.
While reading, there were quite a few golden gems mentioned that I had to whip out my note pad to record all those golden concepts. One of the more impactful ones for me, was this quote from the book, ” If you are more concerned about what people think of you than what God thinks of you, then the approval of others is an idol to you.” This is really deep and oh so true. I feel as though this quote was perfectly crafted just for me. I will leave you to simmer on that quote for a while. Go get the book.
Topics such as “Adulting like a Boss” where he spoke about money and it not being all about the Benjamin’s had me hooked. I also enjoyed the chapter on knowing your purpose where he delves into a helpful acrostic that covers five different areas to help you learn more about how you have been uniquely created. I will let you in on the very first letter in the acrostic, “S” which stands for spiritual gifts. Not too sure what your spiritual gift is, you can take a free test online.
Would I Recommend
Yes, Welcome to Adulting by Jonathan Pokluda comes highly recommended. This is a must read for every young adult. It is certainly one of the better adulting books that I have read thus far and yes I have read quite a few. I would encourage every parent to snag a copy of this book for their child or as a gift for a friend. This would also make a perfect graduation gift for high school seniors.
About The Author
Jonathan is a a teaching pastor at the Watermark Community Church. Growing up he was involved in many different denominational churches. It wasn’t until his early twenties when he stumbled into Watermark that he discovered the grace of the gospel. As per Jonathan, “trusting Christ as a young adult has ignited a desire in me to reach the twenties, thirties and beyond of this world for Jesus. My passion is to share the Gospel with anyone who will listen and equip others to do the same. I love teaching from the scripture and feel called to challenge Christians to multiply their faith by discipling others.”
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