Up 2 U: It's Your Life, Choose Wisely [NOOK Book]


You Can Have the Life You Want

You’re on the brink of life! Sure, you’ve had one for a while now, but the teen years are the prime time to define the rest of your life. But how, realistically, can you secure a regretless future in the face of so many major, life-changing decisions? Now, by asking just one simple question, you’ll make the best decision every time. And a ...
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You Can Have the Life You Want

You’re on the brink of life! Sure, you’ve had one for a while now, but the teen years are the prime time to define the rest of your life. But how, realistically, can you secure a regretless future in the face of so many major, life-changing decisions? Now, by asking just one simple question, you’ll make the best decision every time. And a bright future—one with no lumps in your throat, sinking sensations in your chest, or weight on your shoulders—will be yours! From dating dilemmas to career aspirations, you can confidently chart a successful course in every area of your life. But no one else will do it for you. It’s entirely up to you.


You made a choice.


It’s no big deal.


You’re wondering, What was I thinking?!

Now, by asking just one simple question, you can avoid regret before it defines your life. This powerful question will enable you to navigate your way to the life you’ve always wanted. Many consider this the best question ever. You are about to find out why!

It’s your life.

And life is full of choices.

What kind of choices will you make?

It’s up to you!

Story Behind the Book

After continually making decisions that were short-sighted and hasty, Andy Stanley sought counsel. In Ephesians 5:15 he read, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” It was there that Andy discovered what he considers to be the best question ever, and it is presented here in this book for teen readers. The goal is for the younger generation to grasp the power of this question, and as they face major (and minor) life decisions, they will make them with confidence. As they move forward making sound decisions every time, they’ll guarantee themselves a future with no regrets!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307563316
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/14/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the founder of North Point Ministries. He serves as pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, with a congregation of more than 12,000, as well as Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 3,000 attendees. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and a daughter.

Heath Bennett

Heath Bennett is the middle school director for North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he has been for more than six years. During this time, the ministry grew from fifty students to nearly one thousand middle school students in attendance every week. Heath has been in student ministry for more than thirteen years as a youth pastor, worship leader, and a public speaker at various middle and high school events. He lives in Cumming, Georgia, with his wife, Kerri, and two amazing children, Luke and Kailey.

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UP 2 U


Multnomah Publishers

Copyright © 2005 Andy Stanley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-59052-516-7

Chapter One

have something in common. We have both done some really dumb stuff. Stuff we hope nobody ever finds out about. Stuff we wish we could forget. People we wish we had never gone out with, friends we wish we hadn't listened to, tests we wish we hadn't cheated on, words we wish we hadn't yelled at Mom and Dad. Places we shouldn't have hung out, things we shouldn't have seen, parties we should have declined when invited.

If you're like me, you look back and wonder, How could I have been so foolish, so ignorant, so ... dumb? We should have known better. In most cases, we did know better, but we thought we could beat the odds. Despite what our gut and a couple of friends told us, we believed that we could control the outcome of our decisions. So we followed our hearts, listened to our emotions, and then let the chips fall where they may. And then we paid for it later. And now we wonder what in the world we were thinking.

Some of our decisions we wish we could unmake led to chapters of our lives we wish we could go back and un-live. Going out on a blind date is one thing. Carrying on a relationship with someone who doesn't have the same morals and values as you can hurt for a long time.

What's obvious now wasn't so obvious then. And what's obvious to us now may not be so obvious to everybody around us. Then you come across a friend who is about to make the same dumb mistake that you made. You know that guy is no good, or that crowd is bad news. You try to warn your friend, but she doesn't listen. Instead, she endures your tales of woe, thanks you for the unsolicited advice, and continues full speed ahead into the oncoming train. And you think back and wonder, Could I have possibly been that naive? That stubborn? That foolish? That dumb?


When we watch people we know-or strangers for that matter-make foolish decisions, it may seem as if they are intentionally trying to mess up their lives.

Having watched dozens of people methodically waste their lives, potential, and money, I've concluded that while nobody plans to mess up their life, the problem is that few of us plan not to. That is, we don't put the necessary safeguards in place to ensure a happy ending.

Nobody plans to have a baby before graduating high school.

Nobody plans on coming home the second semester of their sophomore year at college because they were better at going to parties than going to class.

Nobody plans to develop an addiction, but it happens. Why? A lack of necessary precaution.

Not looking ahead many times leads us right to where we weren't planning on going. Places we really didn't want to go.

The reality is that it is up to you. In many ways, where you end up at thirty or forty years old will be a direct result of the decisions you make now. Is there a way to avoid the traps that so many fall victim to?

Yep. There is one question you can ask that will provide the answer for you. Better yet, this question will help you stay out of the situations and circumstances that can rob you of your potential, your opportunities, and your future.


Excerpted from UP 2 U by ANDY STANLEY HEATH BENNETT Copyright © 2005 by Andy Stanley. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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