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'Powerful, honest, heartfelt, and hilarious, this book is a must-read for anyone struggling to feel at home in their 'groan-up' pants. If you're a twentysomething, or if you want to help a twentysomething, you need this book.' (– Megan Alexander, TV correspondent, Inside Edition)

'The gigantic question, ‘Why am I here?’ is written on everyone's heart. Fortunately for twenty-somethings, this book will help answer the question and push them forward on a path of significance that will change their lives and the world around them.” (– Ken Coleman, Author of One Question & Host of The Dave Ramsey Show Video Channel)

Paul Angone offers a new voice to twentysomethings everywhere, writing honestly about one of life’s biggest transitions. At turns, All Groan Up is hilarious, poignant, and insightful. Angone relentlessly explores who God wants us to be rather than what God wants us to do---words everyone needs to hear, whatever their stage of life. (– John Ortberg, author of The Me I Want to Be)

Relatable, funny, and inspiring, All Groan Up is an uplifting story about the redemption of hope when things don’t go as planned. This book is must-read for anyone asking “What’s next?” (– Mike Foster, cofounder and chief chance officer of People of the Second Chance)

This is it---the book every young person should read and every teacher and parent should have on hand. I don’t think you can call yourself a grown-up without first reading this book. (– Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work)

My twenties were like the new puberty---awkward, sweaty, weird, and life-changing, except no one warned me about them. Paul Angone’s voice in All Groan Up is not just a warning; it is a conversation, a pep talk, wisdom mixed in with funny stories, and encouragement that not only can you survive this groan-up life; you can live it well. (– Amena Brown, spoken word poet and author of Breaking Old Rhythms)

Paul Angone must live inside my house regularly filled with twentysomethings. He gets this generation like few people I know. This book is hilarious, insightful, brilliantly written, and filled with wisdom. Don’t miss the opportunity to give this book to any young adult you know. They will read it because it’s practical, and when they finish the book, they will call it enjoyable, insightful, challenging, and even life changing. (– Jim Burns, PhD, president of HomeWord and author of Confident Parenting and Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers)

Had me laughing out loud more times than I can count, sometimes literally to the point of tears! Paul Angone writes with a profundity and hilarity that feels like a nascent cross between Donald Miller and Bill Bryson. That’s a high compliment. I think his words will be prophetic to a generation that is drowning in potential. (– Mike Yankoski,?author of Under the Overpass)

Clever, insightful, and devilishly handsome, Paul Angone offers a book reminiscent of sharing a pint with an old friend. All Groan Up captures the confusion of early adulthood in a beautiful blend of candor and humor. This is a must-read for anyone wondering, Okay, what now? (– Jamie Wright, theveryworstmissionary.com)

Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! may be the top gift at graduation, but this one should take its place. Writing with bravery and honesty, Paul Angone invites us behind his own search for purpose in a complicated world and shows us that the process is far more important than the destination. If you’re at a crossroads in your own journey, you’ll find his guide a welcome companion. (– Wayne Jacobsen, author of He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection)

Our parents told us when we were children that we could do anything we set our minds to do. Our pastors said that God had a great plan for our lives. But after college, many of us got a sinking feeling that our parents were wrong, and we suspected our pastors were too. All Groan Up is a funny, hopeful, honest autobiography of a generation of people who feel their lives have too much potential and not enough purpose. (– Matt Appling, author of Life after Art)

For anyone wrestling with the provocative questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I going to do with who I am?” All Groan Up is a must-read. I encourage you to join Paul in his discovery of one of life’s best-kept secrets, namely, that you can choose your future. (– Raymond Rood, CEO, The Genysys Group)

All Groan Up is part memoir, part real-time exploration, and part comforting coffee shop conversation with your best friend, who just happens to be a charming Italian author who has graciously offered his own missteps to help you avoid your own. Paul Angone brilliantly and honestly shares his relatable, heartbreaking, hilarious account of transitioning from frustrated graduate to faith-embracing adult. If you’re in your twenties and questioning ANYTHING, this book is for you. Paul asks the big questions and isn’t afraid to reveal his own worst fears, confessions, and lessons learned along the way. This book will lift you up when you’re down and show you that no matter how many times you fall (face-first on a gravel sidewalk), you can and will get back up. (– Jenny Blake, author of Life after College)

All Groan Up in my humble opinion has the potential to be a bestseller. Paul Angone’s blend of wit and wisdom is remarkable. He shares the lessons he has learned along life’s way with such refreshing candor and insight that he should certainly help others on this journey of life. (– David C. Bicker, PhD, professor emeritus and founding chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University)

About the Author

Paul Angone is a leading voice to, and for, twentysomethings. He is the bestselling author of 101 Secrets for Your Twenties, a sought-after speaker, and the creator of AllGroanUp.com― a place for those asking “What now?” Paul graduated from Westmont College with a degree in Communication Studies and then received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Paul grew up in Denver, Colorado, and currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Naomi, and their two daughters.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341352
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I became a Paul Angone fan and supporter after reading '101 Secrets For Your Twenties' a few weeks ago, so it was a no-brainer that I would be the first in line to buy his new book, 'All Groan Up.'

Paul Angone’s 'All Groan Up' is the epitome of a perfect autobiography combined with an uplifting faith driven “self-help” book. I am using the word ‘help’ reluctantly because Angone writes in a way that makes the reader feel as though he or she is having a wisdom-filled conversation with a buddy over coffee on a Saturday evening.

The strength of 'All Groan Up' is based on the power of self-discovery that Angone had to experience; and that many of us as twentysomethings must also experience. What really sold me on the book was the realization of how similar his life story is to mine - a story of endless setbacks, enduring faith in God and the tenacious pursuit of a dream. Angone’s story not only relates to my story, but with every other twentysomething's story of planting a dream and having the patience to nurture it and watch it grow. Angone is the voice of our season and also the voice of reason that we have all anxiously been waiting for.

In conclusion I would like to share with you a few poignant quotes from the book, which jolted my whole being. I hope they will make you want to read this incredible book and pass it on to every and any twentysomething (or even thirtysomething) who you may know, who is struggling to find his or her own “signature sauce.” I hope there will be many more books from Angone! I personally would love to read a Paul Angone book called “The Signature Sauce” about discovering the ingredient that is YOU! '
-Yvonne Sangudi (Los Angeles, CA)

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I’ll admit it...

After reading the first few paragraphs of this book, my eyes were glued to it for the rest of the night. "So much yes!” I thought to myself over… and over… and over again. My eyes got droopy and it was far past my bedtime, but I couldn’t. Stop. Reading.

I mean, who can’t relate to these words:

“I went into college graduation believing I was now trained and equipped to go change the world.

“And if not to change the world, at least to make a serious difference.

"And if not to make a serious difference, at least to make some serious money.

“And if not any money, at least be working a job that I enjoyed.

“And if a job I didn’t really enjoy, at least a job that sounded enjoyable — something I could spin to my friends as I convinced them of my amazing life. Even if it wasn’t really."

From the very beginning, All Groan Up was pure gold.

It’s the book that I wish had been around when I graduated college. While it seemed like others were moving on and finding their way, I felt stuck, stagnant, lost and confused.

I wish I’d had known during this time that I wasn’t alone. I also wish I’d have known that, yes, things do get better, and that wading through the uncertainty and deepening into my faith would be the very things that would eventually allow me to blossom into the life I was meant to live and the person I was meant to be. I wish I’d have known that in order to find my way, I first had to allow myself to be lost for a time.

In a humorous and relatable way, Paul speaks the truth as he tells his own post graduation story, which was nothing like what he’d expected.
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While reading this book I felt like Paul and I were kindred spirits. I haven't known of Paul's work for long before reading this book, but immediately while I started reading I realized why his words resonate with so many young people- he's able to put to words the questions so many of us have about work and figuring out what the heck we want to do with our lives.
It's not often books make me laugh out loud, but there were several moments where I literally found myself laughing and had to glance around the room to make sure nobody was watching me creepily (they usually were, oh well).
One thing that surprised me about Paul's book was I expected it to be more "self helpy" for twenty somethings and instead Paul simply told his story. I like that he doesn't act like he has ALL the answers and simply shows us how's he's come to find out some of the answers in his own and life and, oh by the way, if these answers happen to work for you then great.
I see this book being huge with the college and working class twenty year olds. I see one of them reading it, quitting their job and then buying it for a few of their friends so they will also quit their job.
Let's face it, while the 20's are awesome years there are a lot of things we have absolutely no idea about. Whenever someone wise enough decides to sit down and in part some wisdom, it couldn't hurt to listen.
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"What makes it worse is that I'm still around chipper, know-it-all college students who keep asking, 'Hey Paul, what are you doing with your life?'.... Something my professors forgot to teach me was how to lovingly reply, 'Working at Starbucks', without wanting to pull out a flask of vodka, take a swig, then pour just a dash on their clothes and light it on fire."

There isn't really a book out there centered purely around the ups and downs that come with being in your twenties - until now.

In his debut book "All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!", Paul Angone addresses the recently-coined term, "emerging adulthood" and its challenges we face as a Y-generation of twenty-somethings. From the simplicity of finding your next job to the complexity of finding your purpose, Paul shares his own story of self-discovery and brings up the big bad question looming at the back of every twenty-something's mind - am I really just a twenty-NOTHING?

"All Groan Up" is humorous and engaging, reassuring us that we are not alone while uncovering the truth about navigating our twenties - that maybe the answers we so obsessively seek aren't really meant to be answered at all.

An awesome read and the perfect gift for any twenty-something.
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