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How to Stay Christian in College (Think) [Kindle Edition]

J. Budziszewski
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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How do you stay open about your faith in the face of potential ridicule? A must-read for every college student, How to Stay Christian in College will guide you through the maze of campus realities, including dating, sex, honesty, and more.

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Warning: College can be hazardous to your spiritual health. When you go to college, you're leaving behind your network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations. Even if you're going to a "Christian" college, there's no guarantee you won't face challenges to your faith. So how do you stay Christian in college? How do you stay open about your faith in the face of potential ridicule? A must-read for every college student, How to Stay Christian in College will guide you through the maze of campus realities. J. Budziszewski discusses the foundations of the Christian faith and directly addresses different worldviews and myths that students encounter at college. Filled with quotes, statistics, resources, stories, and encouragement, it will equip you to conquer the dangers that lie ahead. --Back Cover

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Previous edition sold over 120,000 copies.

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  • File Size: 1524 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; New Edition edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GAQ534
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real-Life Teenager's Review October 19, 2000
As a high school senior who is approaching college quickly, I thought this book was appealing and engrossing. I have read several works about living for God and preparing for college, but never one as well written as J. Budziszewski's book. Budziszewski did not follow the normal cliches that most authors use and he did not talk down to the reader. Unlike other books on this subject, the author was specific. When he spoke about debating professors with respect, he did not leave the reader wondering how to accomplish this feat. He gave example dialogues for several points. This proved to be very helpful for me. One of the best aspects of the book was that it was surprisingly Biblically sound. Yes, it sounds odd, but I have read "living for God" books that were fairly stuffed with feel-good philosophy. The author challenged the reader to live for Christ completely, not just to fit God into your college schedule next to your water aerobics class. Precise and original, How to Stay Christian in College reinforced moral principles while giving practical advice from an author who actually remembered what it was like to be a vulnerable young adult. I believe this book is a great resource for current and prospective college students. Many of the same principles of "holding your own without being a jerk" are beneficial for teenagers in high school as well. The phrase WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) seems to be slightly overused these days. The wording of the phrase makes it sound as if it depends on what the speaker thinks Jesus would do, not what the Bible said He would do in a situation. Budziszewski ended his book with an alternative catchphrase which does not rely on human opinion. In fact, the phrase is so exceptional, I am going to finish my review with it. Simple and powerful, "Follow Christ."
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read but not "dumbed down" September 18, 2000
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Let's face it. Most Christian young people are not adequately prepared in a spiritual sense to head off to a secular college upon graduation from high school. I teach at a Christian high school myself, and I know that we have our hands full preparing our students for the philosophies and beliefs of the secular world. How often I have had former students come back and tell me that they were glad they were given material to help reinforce their Christian faith. Having flipped through How to Stay Christian in College, I am recommending it to my high school seniors. More than a dozen just ordered it. This book will complement the information provided to them in a junior level apologetics course. "Bud" is a U of Texas professor who tackles some tough issues without getting too deep. For those who need more information on any of the topics he discusses--from relativism to politics--there are other excellent references listed in his footnotes, most of which I have personally read and would also highly recommend. I think this book would make an excellent graduation present by a concerned parent or relative who wants to be sure "junior" will retain his faith into the college years and beyond. Of course, "junior" will need to learn what it means to own his own faith (rather than borrowing mom and dad's), and this book would be an excellent primer to have on the bookshelf next to the Bible.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding; not just for the college student! August 17, 1999
By A Customer
Concise, focused, and practical, this book aims at the key issues Christian college students will face in school and hits the target. More than that, Prof. Budziszewski provides steps of action for responding to questions, arguments, and objections from fellow students or faculty logically and respectfully. What makes this book even more valuable is that it is equally useful in the workplace. Let's face it: how many of us had all of our truly important questions answered in college? Working folks have many of the same concerns and issues covered in the book, and the recommended approaches for dealing with them are just as helpful.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reading for college students. August 11, 1999
By A Customer
What I would have given for a book like this back in my college days! I've worked closely with High School seniors in a college preparatory environment, and consider Dr. Budziszewski's wonderful guide truly indispensable. No other work covers the ground with such intellectual vigor and yet such accessibility. Students who read it will no longer feel overwhelmed and bewildered by the challenges which college hurls at their Christian faith. Instead, with Dr. Budziszewski's skilled guidance among the moral, social, and intellectual land mines, they will approach this new phase of their lives with joy and confidence. For young believers who want to be able to explain, justify, and grow in Christian hope in a potentially hostile setting, this book is "must" reading.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential for any up-and-coming college goer December 9, 2003
By Dave
First off, a note on how to pronounce this guy's last name, which is so helpfully provided at the end of the book: It's Boojee-shefski. There, got that? Took ME long enough!
This book is an essential, and not only for Christians or homeschoolers, but anyone about to enter college. Seeing as how I'm a high school senior now, I found this book excellent prep for what I know I'm getting ready to go through.
In a short 140 pages, J. Budziszewski provides in-depth analysis and information for what to expect in college, and how to deal with it. He discusses how to hang tight to what you know is right, even when close friends, roommates, and peer groups don't. He offers insight on how to cope with non-Christian friends, and counteracts common campus myths, most of them the kind a Christian freshman might not know how to deal with.
He shoots down myths and smokescreens that often render Christians a little lost as to how to respond, even when they know there IS an answer) and brilliantly refutes such myths as moral relativism, atheism, etc.
He offers advice on how to deal with relationships, both friendship and the Deeper Kind, in a chapter that most students will flip right to: Myths about Love and Sex. He offers refreshing encouragement that you CAN stick to your morals and remain chaste in college, and that it's not only obeying God, but rewarding in its own right!
Budziszewsky also hits (briefly) on political issues, something that few can avoid in today's campus life.
Finally, he sums it all up by discussing WHY all this is important, and highlights the fact that you should fit college into God's plan, not God into college plans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Graduate Gift
I love this book written by a UT professor. He speaks plainly about what happens to young people when they are enodated at college with aggresive atheist/agnostic ideas and also... Read more
Published 20 days ago by A. Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. College Students need all the help they can get.
College is a tough time in the best of circumstances. But throw in that most students cannot afford to attend at a Christian college so it gets much tougher. Read more
Published 5 months ago by TN-MAILMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
Not bad, just nothing I hadn't already heard
Was hoping for some new insightful ideas and practical and or spiritual advice
Published 7 months ago by V L P
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not address all colleges
This book only attempts to give hints on how to keep your faith in a secular college. What about Christian college students going to a Christian college? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Aldrich
4.0 out of 5 stars A college must
I got the $0.99 E-version for myself to ready. (I'm the mom). Half way through I feltnitnwas a book my senior, soon to be in college student needed to read and have available... Read more
Published 7 months ago by N. Loiland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
Quick to read. Wish it had greater references to scripture, but it's an excellent place to start since there isn't much written on the subject.
Published 8 months ago by M. Sleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, challenging, and relevant
In the middle of buying thumbtacks and writing paper in prep for a new semester, I ordered "How to Stay Christian in College. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elsa Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!
I had never read anything from Budziszewski so I was skepitcal to recommend this as a gift. I decided to read it myself and I was blown away at the quality of writing, how easy it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Fink
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book for high school seniors preparing for college. We used it for a special Sunday school class for them and it prompted good discussion and sharing of ideas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DOUGLAS A WILLIAMS JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay A Christian In College Book
It covers some basics very well. we've given copies to those we know who are graduating from High School and moving on with their education.
Published 11 months ago by James
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