Book Review 22: “Ready Or Not: Leaning Into Life In Our Twenties” by Drew Moser & Jess Fankhauser

***DISCLAIMER***I received a complimentary copy of this book for free from Tyndale House for review purposes.

Drew Moser and Jess Fankhauser’s Ready Or Not: Leaning Into Life In Our Twenties attempts to answer the question, “What are my twenties for, anyway?” (p. xiii). Moser and Fankhauser (who are co-directors of the Vocation In College Project) make the bold claim that the reader “won’t find another book that will challenge you to lean into this question quite the way this does” (p. xiii). While I am not sure one can literally “lean into” a question, I am sure that the authors’ goal (to equip one to live one’s twenties “with hope, purpose and meaning”) is off-mission compared to what the Scriptures say (p. xviii). Early and often, the authors place much emphasis on things such as the “good life” and the “here and now.” Unfortunately, they place little to no emphasis on the Great Commission, said Commission involving making disciples of all nations, preaching repentance for the forgiveness of sins in His name (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:36-49).

As for my opinion of the book, I definitely would not recommend it to anyone. While it should be noted that the authors claim to be “new authors” (p. 201), that does not excuse them from producing a book that shows very little to no discernment, emphasis on sound doctrine, and reverence for Jesus Christ (the Savior of the world, mind you), among other things (1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 1:21; John 1:29). Specifically, the book’s narcigesis (p. 20), prooftexting (p. 21), dishonest citation of verses (p. 22 in the case of 2 Peter 3:9), promotion of the unbiblical dream-destiny thingy (pp. 36-37), endorsement of the unbiblical practice of contemplative prayer (p. 73), heretical concept of the Holy Spirit (p. 117) and citation of occultists/false teachers (such as Carl Jung and Eugene Peterson, respectively; pp. 33, 70, 108, 153) are all awful and inexcusable. How this book got the label of “Christian Life/Personal Growth” despite its obvious problems is beyond me. This book does not help me grow at all. Furthermore, given its being off-mission, there is no way this book will help me in my “Christian Life.” The only thing this book is good for is research purposes. Aside from that, stay away.

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