All Groan Up by Paul Angone – A Tough Book to Review

Al Groan Up imageAre you a twenty-something who has life all planned out? Do you hold a detailed road map outlining each of your future goals, a summary of what your life is supposed to mean written in stone, and the keys to the career of your dreams? Well, if you do, you will definitely not relate to Paul Angone’s newest book, ‘All Groan Up’. But I’m pretty sure you are also in the minority of twenty-somethings – or else misrepresenting the truth!

“Told with raw honesty, humor, and hope, ‘All Groan Up’ is for a generation asking, “What now?!”” With the insight that can only come from a guy who has been there, done that, and holds the t-shirt to prove it, Paul shares his journey and struggles transitioning from graduation into responsible adulthood. It is messy and hilarious, but most of all truthful. Primarily, it reveals that you are not alone in the struggle that is your twenties.

Unfortunately, the truthful candor that is the strongest point of this book is also the part that makes it into a sometimes-shocking revelation of un-Christian (and extremely un-conservative) morals. Excessive drinking and partying, crude descriptions of the numerous relationships he was in with various girls, and a multitude of swear words and almost-swear words give cause to wonder how on earth a Christian publishing company was comfortable producing it.

Overall, this book is filled with the ups and downs of a carnival ride. Along the ride, Paul reaches the high points of revealing the wisdom of following God’s direction for your life with sincerity and hope… But always around the corner is a difficult-to-read episode of moral-less proportions. Should you read this book? I can’t answer that for you, but in my case I AM glad to have read the really good parts – I may even read them again – and feel that overall they outweigh the bad. I will not read the unhealthy parts again, though, and unfortunately I am not comfortable recommending this book because of them.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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