Do Not Be True to Yourself: Countercultural Advice for the Rest of Your Life by Kevin DeYoung [REVIEW]


Countercultural Yet Biblical Advice for High School and College Students, Ideal for Graduation and Birthday Gifts

Most speeches addressed to high school and college students follow a similar theme: march to the beat of your own drum. This may sound encouraging on the surface, but Scripture exhorts believers to submit their lives to the will of God, not their own desires. Christian students need gospel-centered truth to guide them on their journey toward independence.

In this collection of inspiring sermons and graduation speeches, Kevin DeYoung delivers a motivational, biblical call to young people: serve God faithfully—and if necessary, counter-culturally—in the next season of your life. Do Not Be True to Yourself includes practical advice for cultivating a Christ-centered worldview in every area of adult life, including relationships, work, church participation, and spiritual growth, making it a transformational resource for mentoring students.


This book is touted as a “must-read” for today’s Christian youth. I disagree! I found it difficult to read. I’m glad that I read the ebook version before purchasing print copies for the graduates in my life.


  1. Wow! Thanks for your honest review. It sounds like a book with some good concepts that falls short on delivery. I agree that we need to be true to God, not to our own desires.

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  2. Sounds like good advice to our young people. We need to follow God and submit to Him and what he wants for our lives. Then we can live a wonderful life in God’s will and not our own will and desires. Difficult to read can still be good. Thanks for sharing this! Have a great weekend!😊😸🌞

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