This is the cover of "From Teens to Twenties: Lessons Every Young Adult Should Learn" by Alexander J. Basile. The book is reviewed by Daniel S. Mulhall. (CNS)
"From Teens to Twenties: Lessons Every Young Adult Should Learn" by Alexander J. Basile. Paulist Press (Staten Island, New York, 2014). 118 pp., $8.95.
"Discerning Your Vocation: A Catholic Guide for Young Adults" by Father Nathanael Pujos, Father Anthony Ariniello and Sister Emmanuelle Borchardt of the Community of the Beatitudes. Paulist Press (Staten Island, New York, 2014). 84 pp., $6.95.
Human development is an interesting field of study. Over the last 100 years a variety of social sciences have explored what are developmentally appropriate tasks for each stage of life. A great deal of study has gone into trying to understand the development that takes place during adolescence, the period that runs roughly through the teen years but may begin earlier and often continues into the early 20s.
The two books considered in this review also address these adolescent years but from a religious development perspective. While they come from the same publisher and are aimed at the same audience, their approaches are very different. Both offer ideas that would be beneficial to the teens to which the books are addressed, but only one of the books offers these ideas in a teen-friendly way.