Thursday, March 21, 2013

What I Wish I Knew at 18 by @DennisTrittin (With Give Away) #Parenting

What I Wish I Knew At 18
What I Wish I Knew at 18:  Life Lessons For the Road Ahead
  • Written by Dennis Trittin
  • 240 pages - English Language
  • Released January 1,2011 by Lifeway Publishing
  • Paperback Edition - $18.95  Paperback Student Guide - $18.95
  • Bundled Paperback Book + Student Guide - $29.99
  • Digital Book $9.99  Digital Student Guide $9.99
  • Special Paperback Versions For Christian Students also Available 
What I Wish I Knew at 18 was written specifically for young adults getting ready to go out into the world.  The author, Dennis Trittin, wanted to help them achieve success in life by sharing some rear-view mirror perspective about the things that they will face as they go out into the world on their own.

Some of the topics covered are good character, doing well in college, handling difficult times, relationship dynamics, maintaining a spiritual life, choosing a career and becoming successful at it, managing money, love, marriage, and personal productivity.

The conversational style of writing and informal language makes for easy and engaging reading.  Young people will enjoy it and adults can glean some useful parenting advice from the pages.  Sometimes Mr. Trittin relates stories about his own life, or uses examples of his own behavior to illustrate his points.  He also asks questions (These are short sections called "Take Five") which are designed to invite the reader to stop and think about their own lives.  For example, one asks if the reader if they consider both long and short term benefits of decisions that are made.

Over the course of the 239 pages the book explores 109 success pointers designed to steer college aged students toward successful adulthood. There is a lot of the advice that a good mentor would provide if young people still had mentors.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter on character.  Some of my favorite topics are covered.  Maintaining integrity, having a servant's heart, humility, humor, love, kindness, keeping our word, etc.

If you are interested in owning a copy of the book, I am hosting a giveaway for a copy.  Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.

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