Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: 20 and Something by David Kim

ISBN: 0310433479
Published: January 6th, 2014
Publisher: Zondervan
Read from March 15th to 17th, 2014
Synopsis from publisher:
Twentysomethings today are redefining what this decade means and what making a positive contribution to society looks like. One reality is today's economy - you may find yourself a recent college graduate with no job prospects. As such, many twentysomethings are shifting away from career, to calling, looking for ways to impact the world. Or maybe for you, a career or job is what you do in order to support the more meaningful work you love, like photography, music, brewing, or traveling.
Likely you have found a tribe of like-minded people who are taking the journey with you, asking yourselves big questions like what to do with life, what does it mean, why should I settle down with a spouse and house so soon? These questions have huge ramifications for all aspects of society. Twentysomethings need new ways of thinking about institutions and finding rootedness in a transient culture, while at the same time institutions need new ways of thinking about and incorporating twentysomethings. Join David H. Kim, the executive director of the Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, as he walks through the uniqueness of this transformative decade.


This book is a very, very short guide for twentysomethings or just people who want to better understand the current generation of twentysomethings. The book starts off with a quick look at some statistics involving the Millennial Generation (i.e. the current twentysomethings), which are all represented in visually appealing graphics. The book then launches into what it calls "the frame," which is the bulk of the book and packs a surprising amount of information into such a limited number of words.

Even more surprising was how easy of a read this was, and how nothing felt as packed together as it was. I enjoyed reading this book in a way that is rare for these kinds of books. Because of the short, compacted nature of the book, you only get what's important. The book is precise and to the point with everything.

I enjoyed getting to see how others my age feel about a number of issues. The writers themselves aren't Millennials, but they clearly understand the generation well. Not only do I think this is a great book for Millennials, but I highly recommend it to anyone who has a negative view about the Millennial Generation because I guarantee this book will change it.

As a twentysomething, I think the biggest takeaway from this book is that you're not alone. There are a variety of issues covered in the book from how Millennials feel about marriage, parenthood, careers, government, and religion.

I would highly recommend this book to everybody. Plus, I'd say all together it took less than half an hour to read, so anyone can find that sort of time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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