The Variable Life

Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices

The Variable Life: Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices

Life is complicated. You need clarity and confidence.

The Variable Life is for people who want to find their way through the maze of variables, choices, and complexities of modern life, without losing sight of God or themselves.

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About the Book

With relatable stories and thought­-provoking insights, John Weirick brings readers on his journey from avoiding change and challenges as a shy introvert to rethinking his faith, ambitions, and relationships to become a confident adult.

The Variable Life is a collection of stories and observations about life to help you:

  • Gain clarity about who you are and what to do.
  • Understand God’s role in your life and in the world.
  • Learn how to navigate conflict and survive difficult transitions.
  • Develop healthy relationships.
  • See why the choices you make today will influence the rest of your life.
  • Live with confidence instead of being driven by fear.

On the brink of adulthood, one choice can change everything.

Who will my friends be? Which college or career will I pursue? What does God want for me? Where will I find the answers? These are the questions we ask ourselves in the midst of our biggest transitions. This is a book about wrestling through those questions.

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What People Are Saying

"Mixing memoir with spiritual insights, The Variable Life challenges readers to know their own stories, re-examine the turning points in their lives and see what God has been teaching them through all the victories and the hardships. John Weirick encourages readers to ask big questions, take risks and move forward with confidence. If you feel stuck, scared or insecure, this book is for you."

Dargan Thompson

Writer, Editor, and Former Editor at RELEVANT Magazine

"Everyone wants the benefit of change, but few people engage the process of change; John is one of those few people. The beauty of this project, though, is that it's not some sort of self-righteous or self-promoting work, but rather an invitation to search the variables in your own life and to navigate the experiences that have shaped your story thus far and those which will shape the parts of your story yet to be experienced. You'll be encouraged, challenged, inspired, and best of all, supported by someone who's walking the journey with you."

Ricky and Krista Ortiz

Pastor and Speaker, Writer

"When I read The Variable Life, I kept thinking to myself, ‘Thank you, God, for someone who takes the time to think through and write about the stuff of life I should probably process.’ Few people live with more intentionality and take such radical inventory of their life as John. The Variable Life is a gift for us all: We’ll find ourselves stirred as we, too, remember those big moments in life when we asked, ‘God, you got me here?’ And we’ll find ourselves moved from our comfy couches and into the lives of the people around us."

Nate Ray

Pastor and Speaker

"John Weirick looks at life through the lens of an introvert who's determined to leave the comfortable and embrace everything life has to offer. Refreshingly honest and inspiring, a must read for Millennials!"

Beth Marshall

Author of Grief Survivor: 28 Steps Toward Hope and Healing

"Weaving truths through his unique style of storytelling, John calls readers into a deeper connection with the author and creator of our stories. Reading The Variable Life helped me see how I can grow healthy relationships without losing myself in the process."

Stephanie Long

Writer and Editor

"The Variable Life is a book I’m so glad John wrote for us all—it’s real, it’s relatable, it’s relevant, and it’s meaningful. The stories he shares are thoughtful and impactful, and reading this book really helped me clarify my purpose for my life and work, as well as my plan for making the most out of both the good and hard stuff of life."

Rachel Dawson

Editor at The Rising Blog

About John Weirick

John Weirick is a writer on faith, culture, and relationships. An introvert transplant from Minnesota and Oregon, he lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where he's still learning euphemisms like "that dog don't hunt" and "bless your heart."

John's writings are featured on The Huffington Post, RELEVANT Magazine, Lifehacker, Donald Miller's Storyline blog, and dozens of websites with millions of visitors.

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