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College is a formative period, where students decide and learn about what they want to do with their lives. All the new friends, new experiences, and new learning opportunities help to shape their future - - -but it can be a lot to learn to handle, especially for Christian students who want to keep their faith alive and well. It's critical that students know how to handle college before they're in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
- How do you grow spiritually?
- How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
- Is all truth relative?
- Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
- As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A great book to take your high-schooler throughFebruary 19, 2018Luke NixMoore, OKAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Introduction
With today's culture ever-increasingly becoming hostile to the Christian worldview, it is vitally important that we prepare our children for the challenges they will encounter to what they believe. Jonathan Morrow wrote a book several years ago that focuses specifically on a Christian's journey through college. He recently updated this volume with the latest popular challenges that a Christ-follower will likely encounter on campus. "Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower's Guide for the Journey" is 350 pages in length, but those are divided into 43 short chapters that are easily read in very short sessions. Because of the number of chapters and their short length, this review will not follow the usual chapter-by-chapter summary format of my other reviews (I don't want to give away the whole book). Rather I will focus on several of the key points made throughout the book that I found particularly important, then I will conclude with my thoughts of the book (you will not want to skip them).
Morrow begins by congratulating the student on their tackling of a whole new world. He encourages them to enthusiastically dive into their studies and use the most of their time to learn and build relationships. He cautions though that it is important to realize that ideas and worldviews, particularly the Christian worldview, will be challenged and even opposed, so it is important to know what they believe and why they believe it.
From there Morrow spends the next ten chapters discussing the fact that everyone has a worldview, the importance of following evidence where it leads regarding the truth of a worldview, what faith truly is, how we can know things to be true, and the distinction between knowing your faith to be true and showing it to be true. In discussing these, he sets up the student to critically evaluate claims made, evidence provided, and address basic challenges to one's even making a claim to know anything.
Intellectual Challenges in College
Intellectual challenges to the Christian worldview abound in college. Everyone from the professors to the students will present their own reasons for rejecting Christianity. These reasons range from the amount of evil in the world, to the supposed scientific inaccuracies in the Bible, to the idea that Jesus was either a copy-cat myth or that there are so many versions of Jesus/Christianity that it is impossible to know which one is true. The historicity of the Resurrection and the reliability of the Gospels will be constantly under attack. Morrow takes each of these issues and presents the cherry-picked facts that seem to ground these objections. He dives into the philosophical foundations of science and the facts of history surrounding the historical Jesus (his life, death, and Resurrection). Along with the highly selected evidence, he also presents the rest of the evidence that, not only explains those few facts that seem to justify skepticism, but the rest of the evidence that demonstrates that the skeptical conclusions are not only ultimately unfounded but actually provide powerful support for the truth of Christian claims.
Doubt in College
Doubt is a powerful tool against the Christian entering college. Whether that doubt is intellectual or emotional, from professors or friends, it can wreak havoc on a student's faith. However, doubt is not incompatible with the Christian life. The idea that Christians are not allowed to doubt is a myth perpetuated by a secular culture in an effort to finally sever the Christian from his beliefs. Morrow explains this important truth: it is okay for the Christian to doubt; doubt often leads to further investigation into the evidence, and further investigation into the evidence will demonstrate a more solid ground for our Christian beliefs. While investigation takes place, the doubt will also cause the student to need to rely personally on God more through prayer and a humble and thankful attitude. These are necessary to connect the head to the heart when doubt is present in college.
Practical and Cultural Challenges in College
About halfway through the book, Morrow shifts from more intellectual challenges to practical challenges. He offers advice covering everything from the overwhelming school work requirements to budgeting issues to dating. He explains how a Christian's worldview can inform how to deal with these challenges in a successful way. For many Christian students just entering college, they in for many shocks. I've covered only a few of the intellectual and practical ones that he addresses, but he also takes a considerable amount of the book to discuss cultural differences and the unique challenges and pressures that will be encountered. Once again, Morrow uses the Christian worldview to help inform the student on how to respond to the pressures of the newly discovered independence from mom and dad. Cultural views of sex (including gender and same-sex relationships), alcohol consumption, the value of human beings, and the purpose of individuals legislating morality, abortion, and technology use and addiction are discussed. Morrow explains not only how the Christian worldview informs these decisions but how the student can articulate his or her decisions and defend them in the most respectful and graceful ways. Throughout this part of the book (and the previous part), Morrow constantly reminds the student that they are called by God for a purpose, and they need to focus on and make their decisions based upon that purpose.
This book is one resource that I wish I had before I began my journey. Because of circumstances that were happening in my life during my transition from high-school (homeschool) to college, I was already in an intellectual and emotional crisis of faith. While I had been informed of some of the challenges that college would present, I was not given as much instruction or preparation to deal with them as I wished that I had. This book is one of my most highly recommended books for those who look forward to attending college. Parents, take note: Because of the fact that it covers intellectual, emotional, practical, spiritual, and cultural challenges students will face in college, "Welcome To College: A Christ-Follower's Guide for the Journey" is one of the most important books that your college-bound teen can read. The way that Morrow laid out the book, with its bite-sized yet in-depth chapters and the "Big Ideas" sections at the end of each chapter, he makes it extremely easy for teens to comprehend the content and for parents to engage the material and help train their children for the challenges that lie ahead. College is a whole new world for our kids, and we need to train them and prepare them with the resources that God has given us; if you have made it this far through this review, it is safe to consider that Morrow's book is now one of the resources God has provided you. Take this opportunity, pray for guidance, and equip your child for the journey that God is preparing to take them on.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Empower our college bound studentsApril 19, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book will give so must backbone to the new college student who wants to stand strong in their faith as they head into a new life.
Most of the chapters are short reads and I definitely think this book should be taken in small bites so the reader can fully absorb what is being said.
The author brings up a lot of points that will be challenging as our children head off to college and gives some logical reasoning and research of why what we believe as Christians can be believed.
I think this would be the perfect time of year for a senior in high school to start reading this book. Any sooner and they would probably forget all they have been reading. Maybe even start the summer before they leave for school. But you want to have it read at some point, this will give them so much more confidence as they head into the unknown world of adulting.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good resource for college students or college boundApril 17, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Morrow suggests that the college years may well be the most influential years of your life in determining who you will be in the future. Choosing which college to attend is a serious decision. When you get there, how can you make sure that as a Christian, you flourish?
Morrow's book has stood the test of time. This is an updated edition of the book that was released nearly a decade ago. He has included a wealth of information to help young people as they leave their comfort zone and experience new situations, ideas, and people.
Each chapter has been kept short yet includes bullet points of big ideas, additional reading resources, and helpful websites and online resources. There is also an extensive section of Discussion Questions so this would make a good choice for a teen reading group or Sunday School class.
I am impressed with Morrow's book. It contains a great deal of information. He covers topics to help students spiritually thrive in an academic environment, like developing a Christian worldview, growing in discipleship, how we know truth, origins, evidences for our faith, and much more. There is good instruction to help face relationship challenges, addressing moral issues like dating, sex, and gender issues. He even includes some tips for studying and succeeding academically.
Morrow admits he does not have all the answers to the issues he includes in this book. Nonetheless, the book is a good resource. Potential readers need to know that this book is big and probably not something a teen will read cover to cover. It may best be used as a resource by parents and youth leaders. When a questions arises, the appropriate chapter and associated discussion questions could be read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
tammycookblogsbooks4 Stars Out Of 5A great study with your childApril 8, 2017tammycookblogsbooksQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I think this is a book that would be great to study together with your child. I have kids in various stages of college - graduated, currently attending, and will be attending. I am sure that none of them would have finished this book on their own because sections like the theology/worldview chapters are harder to read. I think they would need the encouragement of us going through it with them to understand these parts. It helps that Jonathan gives simple examples for understanding of the more complex areas of the book. This is good because I am not really studied up on such things as the difference between religious particularists versus religious pluralists.
While each chapter is fairly short, I feel most contain a lot of information that needs to be read and studied further to fully grasp it. The author so kindly provides resources at the end of each chapter just for that purpose. Even though Welcome To College is geared towards students getting ready to attend college, this book seems like something most everyone wanting to truly own their faith could benefit reading through. l was provided a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Resource!April 4, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so impressed with this book! This is the second edition and is completely up to date with the times. Reading Welcome to College has even been beneficial to me as a parent and a Christian. I plan to have my teenage daughter read it soon, too. I'm hoping to work through the book with deep discussions with her as she will be entering college in the near future.
Welcome to College is packed with information, from details of apologetics and facing personal doubts, to day to day struggles that will be faced as these college students enter the "real world" of the college campus, which can sometimes be a hostile place for Christians.
I really liked the way the book was set up. The chapters are each on different topics, and each chapter has multiple sections that are clearly labeled according to the information covered. I also liked the introduction quotes and Bible verses in each chapter, which set the stage for what you will be learning about. And at the end of each chapter, there are bullet points refered to as "The Big Idea" to remind the reader of the main ideas that were just covered.
I am very thankful for this resource and hope to use it (and future versions that are released) for all of my children as they get ready to head to college.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.