Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review - Just One More Thing Before You Leave Home


This is the book we wish our parents gave us.
Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is a packed guide to help young adults enter life on their own. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live., It's perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they'll reference for years to come.


Dave & Bernice Gudgel are committed to walking intentionally with God and helping others do the same. Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused her adult life on raising three kids and leading various ministries in the church where people can connect with God and each other. Dave is a pastor and teaches for Walk Thru the Bible.

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This book is so full of great information! I really would have liked to have had this book when my sons were younger, but the great thing is,I can still share a lot of this information with them even now. 

This is the perfect book for our children as they transition out of our home and into the world. They will be faced with so many situations and decisions and this book gives them a place to start. Honestly, there was great information in there for us parents, too! 

I love how they break down the book into different chapters with different categories in each chapter. Anything and everything that our children will be faced with as adults is in this book. The great thing is, the book is not written in a preachy, lecturing type way; it's really a discussion. This makes it really easy for parents to use the book and open the discussion up with their children without it being a lecture. There are topics of every conceivable subject that our children will face and I really liked the way the authors handled every issue - even the delicate ones.

There are questions at the end of the chapters, with Scriptures to use as a guide line for answering, which I found really helpful. I also really liked how the book is packed full of stories from the author's own lives. This made it more personal and more readable and not like they had done everything right and now they were going to show us how it's done.

This book is so perfect for every parent with children that are in high school or even in junior high school. A lot of the topics can be used in an age appropriate way and it will help our children as they transition out into the world without us. I highly recommend this book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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