Welcome to Adulting – Treasure of a book for young adults!

Welcome to Adulting by Jonathan "Jp" Pokluda

You’re an adult . . . now what?

Adulting is hard. But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Combining entertaining stories from his own experience, insights from the Bible, and compelling evidence from research, Jonathan “JP” Pokluda lays out a roadmap for how to navigate your life as an adult, addressing topics such as:

· friendships and dating
· career and money management
· interpersonal conflict
· controlling anxiety
· recovering from addiction
· discovering your purpose on this earth

If you’re struggling to find a footing in the world of adult life, this witty, non-patronizing guide is for you.

“I remember the first time I went grocery shopping, paid a bill, and rented a room. These were all highlights of adulting before the catchphrase was even created. In Welcome to Adulting, Jonathan Pokluda spends less time on the trivial and more time on the transformational. He points the way and gives advice on how to live an adult life that honors our holy God.”–Kyle Idleman, pastor and author of Not a Fan and Grace Is Greater

“If I could go back to my twenty-two-year-old self, I would hand her a copy of Welcome to Adulting and tell her to soak up every word. Jonathan so candidly and beautifully breaks down the myths of life after college and leaves us with a roadmap we’ll return to again and again, no matter how old we are.”–Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove; founder and visionary of the IF:Gathering

This book should be read by every young adult at the age of 17 and then at 21!  It has so very many important truths that it is a treasure chest needing to be unpacked.

The author acknowledges upfront that he made a plethora of mistakes as a young man and he wants to use his knowledge gained the hard way to help others not make the same mistakes.  He has broken the short, easy-to-digest book into eleven chapters.  Life and Purpose are the first two, followed by Authority, Work, Money, Community, Conflict, and Dating and finishing with Worry, Recovery and Eternity.  Each chapter ends with a few discussion/reflection questions.

Pokluda pulls in quotes from others, such as from a friend of his who says, “So whether it’s mothering, medicine, CEO, sales, teaching, ministry, writing or so on…it is important to remember toil in work was part of the curse and it is difficult and you do the things you don’t like because it’s RIGHT and OBEDIENT and HOLY.  And on the days work is fun, smile and celebrate, and on the days work isn’t fun, don’t rethink your whole life.  Do the work.”  He also uses studies and statistics such as, “…people who have premarital sex are more prone to divorce later on.  In fact, having even just one premarital sexual partner makes you about four times more likely to divorce within the first five years of marriage, and having multiple partners results in a divorce rate five to six times higher.”  His own personal examples are also sprinkled throughout – and he is a great story teller!

This is such a powerful tool to help young adults as they transition from teenagers under mom and dad’s roof to adults navigating the world themselves.  I cannot recommend it highly enough!  I am grateful to the publisher for giving me a copy of this book. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Author: Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is teaching pastor at Watermark Community Church, with an average weekly attendance of 12,000 people, and leader of The Porch, an influential gathering of thousands of young adults who come hear the gospel and get equipped for Kingdom purposes. Pokluda came to understand the grace of the Gospel in his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire in him to reach people in their twenties and thirties for Christ. He lives with his wife, Monica, and their three children.






Things You Didn’t Know You Needed for College

Vinegar: To clean out your coffee maker (and almost anything else)

Tupperware and Ziplock bags: So you can get a little extra food at the dining hall for when you’re ravenously hungry after the dining hall is closed but too poor to order pizza

A regular mug: Sure you’re going to need travel mugs, but don’t forget a nice oversize mug for when you’re studying in your room and just need a LOT of coffee (doubles as a bowl for chicken noodle soup when you’re sick)

Thermometer: You can get them for like $2, and that way you can skip an unnecessary trip to the health center to be told that “it’s just a virus”

A list of medications and doses you take: For that time that you run out and have to go to the urgent care place so they can write you a script to hold you over until you can get one from your regular doctor

Insurance card: SO YOU CAN GET YOUR FLU SHOT (Please get a flu shot)

Business Attire: It could be the difference between getting a B+ or an A on a presentation

Fancy clothes: You will inevitably go to a semi formal or fancy dinner with your organization/club/major/sorority/fraternity

An Extra Laptop Charger: If you have a PC, it’s like $10, Mac’s are more, but it is so nice to have one charger that sits at your desk, and another that goes wherever you and your laptop go.

Extra Earbuds: You will lose them and have to buy a pair of crappy ones from the library vending machine (and proceed to NEVER lose the crappy ones)

Extra Phone Charger: same deal as the laptop charger, doesn’t cost that much, but makes life easier when your credit card got stolen and your phone is about to die

Generic Magic Eraser: I’m a fan of the dollar store variety, but seriously the easiest way to avoid getting fines when you move out of your dorm, they literally clean any and everything

Reusable Grocery Bags: stronger than your average plastic bag, and folds (er…crumbles up) nicely and can hold all your important treasures wherever you go, especially for trips to and from home

Calculator: Check what math class(es) you’re going to need to take, most likely you’ll need your handy-dandy TI-84 calculator that carried you through High school.

Water Bottle with a Filter: I’m not usually picky about my water, but the water that came from my dorm was just gross; Switching to a Brita bottle was worth it.

Inclement Weather Wear: Umbrella, Rain coat, Rain boots, Snow boots, Scarves, Gloves, Hats. You walk a lot and will need to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you

Peanut Butter: For when you have no other food and are too lazy to leave your room (hey, no judgement, it happens)

Gatorade Powder: For that time when you come down with the flu BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T GET A FLU SHOT, it will help replace your electrolytes.

Alarm Clock(s): not just any alarm clock, you need something that will wake you up without fail so that you don’t end up being that person running across the quad in bare feet to your final exam (it’s not just the movies, it is real life). I am presently woken up by this bad boy: Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

Office Supplies: I feel like there are a lot of things you forget to bring – a 3-hole punch, a stapler, paperclips, scissors etc. If you’re in doubt about an office supply, just bring it, you never know when you might need a brad or a flower shaped paper clip.

Slippers: So that you don’t have to put on a whole pair of shoes just so you can go to the vending machine down the hall (or in my case to the class you have in the building next door.

Any other suggestions?