Margaret Feinberg graduated from college with an internship lined up and big hopes for what was to come.
During the next few years, she traveled and moved often, worked odd jobs such as teaching ski lessons and nannying part time, tried life as a missionary and found herself asking big questions: "Is this all there is?" and "What the heck am I supposed to do with my life?"
She was experiencing the "quarter-life crisis," a phenomenon faced by adults 25 years old, plus or minus a few years.
In Feinberg's newest book, "twentysomething," she brings the crisis to the light, giving new college graduates and those searching for themselves down-to-earth encouragement, advice and inspiration.
"There are tons of books for teens, college graduates, and well-established adults, but what about those in between?" Feinberg said. "Somewhere between learning how to pay my rent on time and finding a mate, there are a lot of deep questions my friends and I have wrestled with. This book was designed to address those issues."
Feinberg grew up in Steamboat Springs, and at some point during her search she decided she wanted to write. She took the plunge and sent letters of interest to a half-dozen Christian magazines. She sometimes held down three part-time jobs to support her writing habit.
More than 500 articles and three books later, she's glad she could follow her deep desire to write, as scary as it was at first.
Although Feinberg recently turned 30, the experience of her twenties is very near. Her book is written in a funny and straightforward style, and is open and honest, drawing from her own struggles in a more personal and vulnerable manner than her other works. That transparency, she said, has paid off in how it has let her connect with readers.
"Twentysomething" also incorporates comments from adults across the country who have yet to reach the 30-year mark, as well as counselors and other experts, with a clear focus on God's hand in the journey.
"There are huge questions we're wrestling with like, 'Who am I?,' 'What's my purpose?'... and in a very real way, God plays into all of those questions," Feinberg said. "Without him, there isn't much of a road map to follow."
The bottom-line message of the book, she said, is that twentysomethings are not alone in their struggles, challenges and joys. They also need to remember that "this too shall pass," when figuring out how to pay rent or what profession to pursue.
Feinberg, also the author of "Simple Acts of Faith: Heartwarming Stories of One Life Touching Another," and "God Whispers: Learning to Hear His Voice," will sign copies of her books at 5 p.m. Thursday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 56 Seventh St.
She is tackling a new book, tentatively titled "Just Married," and loves hearing from readers, who can visit her Web site at www.margaretfeinberg.com or e-mail her at mafeinberg@juno. com.
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