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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080240619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802406194
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

STEVE FARRAR (California State, Western Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the founder and chairman of Men's Leadership Ministries and a speaker for these and other conferences and events around the country, including Promise Keepers. Steve is the author of King Me, How to Ruin Your Life by Forty, Point Man, and God Built. The Farrars have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.stevefarrar.com.

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Steve Farrar is the founder and chairman of Men's Leadership Ministries. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a Master's degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, he also has an earned a doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve authored the best-selling book, Point Man: How a Man Can Lead His Family and has since written fifteen other books. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, for Promise Keepers and at many other events nationwide. Steve and his wife, Mary, have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas.

Customer Reviews

A very practical and easy to read book.
JSC
Obviously it's important that they're not pretending or choosing God just to get a date, but I think that's a call we are able to make.
Michelle Green
I would highly recommend that anyone young adult seeking the Lord's direction in their life read this book and then read it again.
ABC

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By jesusbookgirl on April 15, 2012
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Since I am only a few short months away from being thirty, I thought it would be prudent for me to read this book just in case I can save my life. Note: I am using humor just like our dear author. All humor aside, this is a great book for teenagers or newly graduated young adults. I enjoyed Mr. Farrar's way of giving wisdom, but not so heedy that you want to put the book aside.

As I was reading this book I was asking myself these two questions 1. Would I have read this book as a young adult? 2. Do I want my kids reading this book when they're young adults. The answer to both of these questions would be a yes. Mr. Farrar does an excellent job at combining quick but wholesome advice for young adults. I would like to describe this book as a really good but rich piece of chocolate cake. Any more then one slice and you would start getting sick, but with just one slice you can enjoy the richness and decadence without feeling as if you were punched in the face. So readers if you are a young adult entering into your prime 20 years or if you're a parent with a young adult I would recommend this book to you!
*I received this e-book from netgalley for my honest opinion and I honestly gave it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on September 13, 2013
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This book offers excellent advice and wisdom based on biblical scriptures and life experiences. The author does a good job of explaining each point, and at reiterates the point in the end of each chapter to remind the reader about the bigger picture. The author does use quite a bit of Christian-based reasoning and understanding (quoting bible verses, understanding God's purpose for your life, etc.,), so this particular book might be more difficult for a non-Christian to understand and appreciate.

While the book title suggests that readers should be younger than thirty (probably best for individuals considering colleges or just entering the workforce), this book has good invaluable advice that helps me reflect upon my own life and changes I can do to give my own life purpose and direction.

This book has really made me think about myself currently in life, and how the decisions I make currently can really ruin my life and future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janet patterson on July 25, 2013
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I would highly recommend this to those just entering college or those who have ruined their lives by thirty, because it gives such hope, help, and clarity. God says that He will give wisdom to those who ask, and this book is chock full of common sense, and biblical wisdom. Well worth your time. One of those rich books that needs to be read over and over again to get the full measure of wisdom that's found in its pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Murray on September 6, 2012
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Very practical advise to young people about what kinds of things can trip them up and where to put their focus and effort on their journey to 30.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim N. on August 19, 2012
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My generation as a whole, it seems, has chosen to define itself by the catchphrase "YOLO" (You Only Live Once), and yet instead of taking those words as a caution about the fleeting nature of life, we use them as an excuse to do whatever we want without thought of the consequences. In How To Ruin Your Life By Thirty, Steve Farrar gives twenty-somethings a healthy dose of perspective, reminding us that since we really do only get one life to live, being wise about the choices we make in the formative years of our lives could not be more important. It's a fairly short book, and the advice is all quite common-sense, but it's still quite valuable as well. Farrar's clear and concise style fits the book well, and it certainly provides a good catalyst for readers to stand back for a moment, evaluate themselves, and refocus on what really matters before it's too late.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SimplyReads on August 8, 2012
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Farrar did an excellent job listing nine "mistakes" young adult might be making every day that are going to have ramifications in their lives as they grow older. He is talking about the nitty-gritty of life here, the values that need to be present in a young Christian's life and the habits that need to be cultivated. Even if I have a different theological belief from some of those Farrar holds, the book is still excellent. Actually this book is amazing for non-Christians as well since the concepts are essentials to a successful life. I highly recommend this book to readers between 15 and 29.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruthie on April 20, 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone under the age of 30. Actually, to anyone at all!
It's practical and scripture filled, and also has a lot of stories for practical application of the ideas.
It's an easy read (and actually "entertaining", if that's appropriate for the subject matter). And I think most young adults my age (20) would be able to handle.
Don't ruin your life - read this book. And give it to high school/college graduates.

-Ruthie
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mahaffy on October 1, 2013
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"I want to ruin my life by the time I turn 30."

Most teenagers and 20-somethings would never say it that way. More often what they say is:

"I just want to have fun,"

or,

"I just want to be happy."

They have bought into the old "If it feels good, do it" philosophy of western culture. Unfortunately, that translates into acting without any regard for consequences beyond immediate gratification.

In his book, How To Ruin Your Life By 30, author Steve Farrar lays out nine easy steps one can take to achieve a dysfunctional life by the end of 3 decades. If, however, one is interested in not having a life in shambles, Farrar offers some great advice. Addressing topics such as purpose, vocation, spirituality, sex, relationships, and education, he challenges readers to consider the power of their choices and to choose wisely.

This book is ideal for high school and college students (perhaps as a graduation gift), and could easily be used to facilitate conversations between parents and children or as a discussion guide for student small groups.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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