Twenty-Two by Allison Trowbridge

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Twenty-Two — Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning

In Twenty-Two, Allison Trowbridge writes a series of personal letters to Ashley, a young woman searching for a mentoring relationship. These letters cover so many topics and questions that rise in the hearts of young women — from relationships, work, purpose, and fear to wisdom learned from the course of life. All of this is woven together not just by wisdom but a heart that seeks to bring God to every circumstance and season of life.

Twenty-Two is an inspiring read, one that had my maybe more experienced heart say “oh yes” so many times. I found that these letters covered topics and themes that I have been wondering over the course of my life, from searching for identity to facing failure and fear. I loved the heart behind these letters, the wisdom that Trowbridge so clearly tries to impart on the reader but in a personal, “learn from my experiences and mistakes” sort of a way.

Maybe it is because I have already experienced many of these seasons that require making difficult decisions, that I found there were more of those things that stirred my thoughts and heart, rather than spoke right into my circumstances. But that is one of the reasons why I so liked this book — as I believe it would speak to so many who are facing a season of change and the challenges of adulthood. At the same time, there is much wisdom in these pages and the way that Trowbridge writes will have you thinking about these topics for long after reading about them.

I would recommend Twenty-Two for all young women who are about to embark on a new journey in life — like graduating from high school and thinking about college, changing majors in university, trying to find a job after college, or even facing new relationships. Allison Trowbridge writes with wisdom, trying to guide the reader with wisdom while still giving the freedom for them to choose and live — and this, I find, is like true mentorship.

Get yourself a copy here.


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. The opinions are all my own.

  • Michele Morin

    I'm also a Booklookblogger, so it's great to read your review and gain insight on one of the books offered. Thanks, Ronja!

  • Leslie

    Ronja, This sounds like a wonderful book and a great idea for a graduate! I will keep it in mind as a gift and I’m pretty sure I’d love reading it myself. Thanks so much for the excellent review!

    • Ronja

      It would be a great gift for a graduate, Leslie! Thank you for visiting here. God bless you!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Ronja, this sounds like such a great book! My daughter will be graduating in less than a year and is unsure of what she wants to do for a job after graduating. Thanks for the book review and thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week. See you next time!

    • Ronja

      Debbie, I think this would be a great gift to your daughter as it speaks right into those seasons of life. Thank you for visiting here! God bless you, friend!