Title: Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and the Future
Author: Jonathan “JP” Pokluda
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian living, young adult
Publisher: Baker Books
Number of Pages: 221
(From the back cover) Adulting is hard. 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, Jonathan “JP” Pokluda lays out a roadmap for how to navigate your life as an adult.
This book just wasn’t for me. It has a lot of favorable reviews on Amazon, so apparently it’s helpful for a lot of people. One of the main problems I had was that about 80-90% of the material was already familiar to me. I had already learned it through life or from reading other books.
Much of the material also wasn’t relevant to me. One chapter told of the author’s time as a young adult in which he thought the purpose of life was to be happy and happiness could be found in drugs, alcohol, and parties. This is not a situation I am in, but it seemed like the book was aimed toward an audience who is in that situation.
The tone was sometimes a bit harsh, and maybe that’s the kind of tone a few people will listen to, but I don’t appreciate being talked to that way and I think most people wouldn’t either. I think there’s a way to teach about the realities of life while still offering some encouragement and compassion. Instead, this book had an attitude like, “That’s life. Toughen up, lower your expectations, and stop complaining.” Also sometimes the book’s answer to problems was basically, “Get over it,” which is unhelpful advice.
Sometimes the logic was flawed. One example was in the chapter about dating. The author says that dating wasn’t a thing in Bible times, and he claims that is a reason why there was an almost non-existent divorce rate then, as compared to now when dating is a big part of our culture and the divorce rate is high. That, to me, is not satisfactory proof for why there was so little divorce in ancient times. Could it be instead because divorce was very rarely allowed and was highly frowned upon?
I could go on but I won’t. I was hoping this book would be really helpful, but it missed the mark for me. Here’s a book I recommend instead: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung.
I received a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.