I have to give credit to several books that have helped to bring me to where I am now. Read these if you want to explore teen strengths and the challenge of emerging adulthood with me!
What I’m Reading Right Now:
I’ve written one post about this book, and be on the look-out for another soon!
Books I’ve Blogged About:
Click the links inside the parentheses to find my blog articles about each of these books!
Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex & Brett Harris (click here for blog article)
Books That Inspired Me At the Beginning:
I haven’t written specific posts about these books, but they have been instrumental in helping me build my ideas. Please enjoy my thoughts on them here!
This is a book written by teens, for teens. I was 24 the first time I read it, but it still lit a fire in me, challenging me to step out of my own comfort zone in order to accomplish great things. But even more, it excited me to see such tangible reinforcement of the incredible power that teens can have to change the world. Alex, Brett, and every other teen story they tell in this book are proof that it’s possible. I just want to help more teens fulfill the potential outlined in this book.
This book was written by the leading researcher on the phase of life now known as “emerging adulthood.” It’s not a light read, but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down. Arnett tracks the rise of emerging adulthood due to the growth of higher education, the delay of marriage and family, career instability, more opportunities leading to more options to explore, etc. Essentially, he claims, young people are not reaching the markers of adulthood until their late 20s. Arnett seems to see the rise of emerging adulthood as a positive thing, but not everyone agrees…
Ok, I have to admit that I only got halfway through this book before I had to return to the library, and I haven’t been able to pick it up again yet. But still, the title says it all. Again, this book reads like a textbook and references detailed research in response to Arnett’s findings (above). Smith and his co-authors identify the emotional, moral, and practical consequences of young people spending their 20’s in a state of limbo and drifting.
I don’t normally pick up books that tell me how to “fix” my life, because quite frankly, I think I’m doing a pretty good job, thank you very much. But I heard Marcus Buckingham speak at a Women of Faith conference, and I had to read this book. He completely changed how I think about my strengths and fulfillment in my career. This was the book that ultimately made me shift my focus away from strictly being a teacher and looking into guidance counseling as a career choice.
Books I want to read (but haven’t yet):
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