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20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething Selves


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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 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.


"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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