One of the most encouraging and inspiring aspects of our work at LifeSmart Publishing is meeting amazing young people who are motivated to impact the world. One such person, Jonah Swanson, is an incoming first-year student at Westmont College who is already making a difference. In addition to his studies, he is passionate about bringing practical life wisdom to youth through The Truth for Youth Podcast he created. Since this is perfectly aligned with LifeSmart’s mission, it was an honor to be invited for a two-part interview to discuss our book, What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead. Please note that, as a Christian, Jonah’s goal is to provide insights on contemporary life issues young people are facing through a lens of faith.
In Part One, we focused on the book’s first two chapters: Life Perspective and Character. With each chapter, I selected five of my most pivotal and timely Life Success Pointers. In Life Perspective, we discussed the importance of developing a positive and healthy outlook, as this frames the way we live life. It is very difficult for young people to flourish in life without getting this one right! In Character, we tackle the all-important question of who we are and our personal brand we bring to this world each day. As students enter adulthood, a strong character foundation makes all the difference.
In Part Two, we tackle chapters three and four: Relationships and Communication, and Adversity and Spirituality. With emerging adults often entering new environments and leaving home, their ability to make new friends and ambassadors is key. And, with all of the change, pressures, and decisions in the young adult years, everyone experiences adversity in one form or another. The question is how they deal with it when it’s their turn. Finally, these years are especially foundational for building and sustaining a healthy spiritual life; we explore some strategies to foster that.
I hope you, and the young people under your influence, will have an opportunity to listen in and to get acquainted with Jonah and his work. Here are some links to help you get started:
- To subscribe and listen click here.
- To learn more, listen in, and view links and information referenced in the podcasts, click here.
Thanks, Jonah, for your heart for youth and for inviting me on your podcast! And friends, I hope you enjoy the shows!