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How to Ruin Your Life By 40 Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Farrar - How to Ruin Your Life by 30 - revised copy 1.27.12

 

DON'T LET YOUR 20s JUST HAPPEN

 

Most of us have an internal alarm clock that goes off when we're about to make a bad decision. Yet some of us spend the entirety of our 20s hitting the snooze button. This book is your wake-up call.

 

By laying out nine foolproof ways to ruin your life by the age of 30, Steve Farrar welcomes you to learn from the mistakes of so many others rather than making your own. He also helps you to recover from the poor choices you may have already made - before it's too late.

 

Whether you're 23 or 29, the big 3-O is fast approaching. You'll have to ask and answer some of life's questions during these years. Inside you'll find wisdom surrounding some of those questions:

 

-    What kind of career should I pursue?

-    Can I know God's will for my life?

-    Should I marry? If so, who?

-    How do I handle doubt and temptation? And, of course . . .

-    What if I blow it?

 

The majority of your life to date has been mapped out for you. Now, suddenly, you find yourself calling all the shots. Are you ready?

 

STEVE FARRAR is the founder and chairman of Men's Leadership Ministries. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Point Man. This How to Ruin Your Life by 30 message was born when Steve was invited to give the commencement address to a group of graduating seniors (his son, Josh, was among the graduates). Steve and his wife, Mary, have three grown children and currently reside in suburban Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.stevefarrar.com.

 

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802433227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802433220
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Lowstetter on October 24, 2007
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Ok I have to admit that the title [...] in...Great job Steve. I heard this book referred to in a presentation and I picked it up the next day. I read it while I was traveling to speak at a retreat for a board of directors, and it had a HUGE impact on me. I read a lot of books and very few have had the deep impact that this book has had on me.

Steve really focuses in on the power of our choices early in life and the impact they have on us as we get older. I was 28 when I read this book and it was good to get affirmation on some of the right moves I have made, but it also gave me some very needed direction on some of the choices that were still outstanding in my life.

I have decided that I am going to give this book to every college graduate that I know. That is the most beneficial time to read this book. But you know what else I have done. I gave it to my father-in-law who is in his 50's and he said that it was greatly impactful for him even though he is a decade past 40.

If you are trying to decide whether or not to buy this book. I would say this. Stop wondering and BUY IT! You will not be sorry.
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This short book is one of the very best I've seen for helping young people make good decisions! In a homorous and direct way - the author speaks to males and females about making choices that will NOT ruin lives. I have purchased dozens of these to give to youth and young adults!
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Christian book, which is fine. About not stepping away from the church. Really. Sometimes you have to leave to appreciate what you had. Sometimes that drawing away is what brings one closer to God, and allows His glory to shine through. If you truly had the relationship with God before stepping away from organized religion, it's still there. God will put it on your heart the best way to worship. Some churches can be toxic.
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I've never read anything by Stephen Farrar, and I didn't bother researching his writing style before writing the book. Judging by the title of this book, I expected something along the lives of writing by Donald MIller or David Foster, but that is not the case.

As somebody who lived for a long time in darkness before coming to the light, I can appreciate the biblical-based teachings. However, I found it hard to get get past the second chapter due to all of the biblical and overtly religious anecdotes that comprised the first four chapters. I didn't feel that any of the questions mentioned in the product description were actually answered until chapter five (choosing a career), and again in chapter six ( romantic relationships ).

The main thing, I guess, is that the book seems to be written for people who are already living their lifestyles according to the principles within the book. In short, the intended audience won't really need to read the book, and those who would benefit the most probably won't get past the first chapter.

I had hoped to give it to my oldest, who is graduating high school, but after reading it myself, I know it won't get read.
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This book is perfect for small groups, especially High School and College Age. The kids in my group are actually reading this one. (A first in over 20 books we've gone through) It is well written like all of Dr. Farrar's books. IF you have or work with teenagers this book and Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will help prepare them to avoid the major pitfalls of adult life.
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I bought this book for my 21 year old son, and read it before giving it to him. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it for all to read who want to have a successful life and marriage.
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A must have for your teenage daughter or son approaching their early 20s. This author presents a great case for not spending time blowing off your twenties. But, rather, figure out what you want to do and who you are. He explains that life accumulates. If you want to have a certain quality of life as you enter your 40s, then what you do in your 20s sets up the life you will have when you hit 40. Your 30s are you dealing with the decisions you are in your 20s. Your 40s are you dealing with the decisions you made in your 30s and so on and o forth. He wants you to start off on the right foot in your 20s.
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I read this book a few years ago and since then have purchased it many times to give to either a teenager/young adult or to the parents of one. This book should be mandatory reading for any young person in the 13-21 year old bracket. No one wants to live a ruined life. This book tells you how to avoid that happening. The book is well written with plenty of humor and great stories. I HIGHLY recommend it!
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