stress point :: a review

I turn 30 on July 26. I was watching a movie the other day where a character was facing her 30th birthday and she lamented about being old. Don't mock me, she said when another character told her he thought she was beautiful. I'm wasting my life away...was her response.

For me, whenever people ask how old I am, I gladly share. Probably because I'm so ready to leave this decade behind. 

The 20's are hard. On the cusp, they seem romantic. Posh, even. So much potential and possibility await you. Oh but the drama that's really there - just waiting to grab you. My 20's held a huge learning curve. It was a decade of adventure, growth, story and impossibility.

But I can't wait to dive into my 30's.

And this? This is why I didn't hesitate when Sarah Martin asked me to read her book Stress Points. Even at 29, her words were calming to a heart still recovering from a few harsh years of doubt, upheaval, excitement and fear.

Know this :: if you are in your twenties, or you are about to be, you need this book. 

For twenty somethings, Sarah is the older friend - the one who's been there and done that and will guide you through whatever you're facing with clarity and sound judgment. One of the reasons I love her book is that it practically drips Scripture and constantly points us back to what matters :: our relationship with Christ.

She covers everything :: dating, self-image, money, friendships, career...I mean...everything. I'm not joking when I say I really wish I had this book when I was younger. In every chapter, she asks pointed questions and gives you the space for response. With grace and vulnerability, she offers up personal stories of how she's worked through {or struggled with} each issue. I appreciated this approach, as well as the added bonus of the videos at the end of each chapter. This isn't just a book you read and are left hanging in the end - the whole time she holds your hand and reminds you of another attribute of Christ and how we can cling to Him during the decade of growing up, learning life and finding our own footing.

Here's some exciting news :: I'm offering a giveaway of her book! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on why you'd want to read it and you'll be entered! I'll announce the winner on Monday.

Find the book here and connect with Sarah on twitter or her blog, Live it Out.

Posted on June 7, 2012 and filed under books.