Is it possible that one wrong decision could dictate the rest of your life? Maybe you have chosen to make some bad decisions in your life, can you still be forgiven? How to Ruin Your Life by Forty is written by Steve Farrar and is co-authored by his son Josh Farrar. Interestingly, this book started out as a graduation speech for high school graduates. The speech was then told at other events and eventually more topics were added to it. Finally, Mark Tobey, a man from Moody Publishers encouraged Steve Farrar to take the speeches he had created and publish them into this book.
The decisions you make will effect you the rest of your life. In chapter one the author shows the difference between cause and effect. Farrar also points out that not only will the choices you select effect you, they will impact the people around you. Chapter two deals with starting the race of life and finishing it strong. A stunning fact was that one out of every ten people fall to worldly desires before they even reach forty.
Steve Farrar also tackles the question: why do we exist? He points out that God has a plan and purpose for each and every person. It is in chapter five where a major question that every human beings will face sooner or later is discussed. What career field should I enter? With much prayer and discernment God will open and close the right doors. The author reminds the reader that you should not begin a job you do not love because that will lead to a life of misery. He also points out that you should utilize the strengths and talents God has given you instead of letting them go to waste.
The next couple of chapters deal with finding the right mate. Farrar stresses the importance of not getting sexually involved with anyone before getting married. He also emphasizes that once you are married divorce is not an option.
Relying on God and trusting in His guidance is the topic of chapter eight. The second to last chapter focuses on decisions past, present and future. Confessing your sins is the main cornerstone when you have made a wrong decision.
Chapter ten, which is the conclusion to the book talks about the importance of reading God’s word daily. When Satan comes at you with flaming darts, will you be able to defend yourself? Spiritual warfare is no laughing matter, in fact Steve Farrar states that it is essential to guard our hearts continually.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in their middle high school years and up. It will challenge its reader to make wise decisions. Remember, before making your next decision; think. Will this choice I am about to make ruin my life by the age of forty?
After reading this book, I decided my personal application will be to guard my heart from any arrows the devil shoots at me. I also purpose to constantly rely on God’s help.