If I were to create a list of absolute must-read books for anyone aged 20-35, Paul Angone’s newest release would definitely be near the top! “101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties (and let’s be honest, your thirties too)” is a fantastic resource from Moody Publishers that, if applied, will undoubtedly help young adults begin thinking and living with intention and purpose. I know it has helped me immensely.
With hilarity and humility, honesty and hope, Paul Angone walks his readers through 101 thought-provoking questions, each accompanied by anecdotes and wisdom from his own experiences. It is crystal clear that for each question he poses, he’s been there, done that, bought the t-shirt to prove it, and his warmth of writing style makes the entire book feel like you’re chatting with a good friend. As an added bonus, he’ll often make you laugh until you cry, or maybe cry until you laugh, with his humor and oh-so-true points.
So what are some of the best questions (at least in my opinion) that have most inspired and challenged me? Well, at the moment (and this will probably change) my top 5 are:
#7: Am I seeing the other side of people’s Instagram photos (you know, the side they’re not exactly posting pictures of)?
#20: When have others seen me most alive?
#58: Am I recognizing the “not-so-chance” encounters in my life?
#82: What are my 3-5 favorite stories (books, movies, plays, historical accounts, etc.)? and #83: Can I spot any themes and similarities in these favorite stories that resonate with my own life story?
#97: What do I need to do while I wait to do what I was born to do?
Okay, that was more than 5, but it was tricky to narrow it down to only these few! As a few added draws for this wonderful book, I was delighted to discover that in the very front there is an insert promising that if you send a picture of you with the book, or your receipt, to Paul, he will generously gift you with a Super Care Package for twenty-somethings. I am delighted to have received this gift, and have already learned so much from these resources as well.
So, in the end, if you are anywhere near the ages of 20-30, I cannot recommend this book enough. And if you are older or younger, I believe that most of the questions Paul guides us to ask are universally beneficial, so basically everyone is bound to receive a generous helping of inspiration, motivation, and hope from “101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties”.
I received this book courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.