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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As you get ready to plunge into college, add this book to your reading list. It will help you navigate the common landmines that can trip up your faith, and it will give you the tools you need to sprint ahead."--Kara Powell, executive director, Center for Youth and Family Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary

"This book provides clear and accessible guidelines on how to relate one's faith to academics. I hope it will be widely used."--George Marsden, University of Notre Dame; author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship

"Deep yet easily accessible, this book reminds us why we study."--Kelly Monroe Kullberg, author of Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas

"The most difficult transition in the life of faith is from high school to college. This book will prove valuable for any student who gives it the time it deserves. Read and listen, I say."--Scot McKnight, North Park University; author of The Jesus Creed

"Probing yet playful, The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness is full of wisdom for those who yearn for their learning to move beyond mere labor to true love."--Steven Garber, director, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture; author of The Fabric of Faithfulness

"Opitz and Melleby's wonderfully outrageous little book will tickle, inspire, challenge, and encourage students to gain a real life--not just grades, degrees, and jobs."--Quentin J. Schultze, Calvin College; author of Here I Am: Now What on Earth Should I Be Doing?

"This book addresses numerous timely issues related to the place of academics in the life of the Christian student. Nothing I have seen yet addresses these particular issues with a combination of theological depth and easy accessibility that mark this book."--Walt Mueller, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding; author of Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture

"An outstanding book about how Christian students can learn to be faithful to their Lord in their studies. Those who read it--students and teachers alike--will reap genuine dividends."--David Naugle, Dallas Baptist University; author of Worldview: The History of a Concept

"Few Christian books for college students even mention the central aspect of college life--academics and course work. This one is on that short list of must-reads, essential for grooming Christian faithfulness in the college years."--Byron K. Borger, Hearts & Minds Bookstore, Dallastown, Pennsylvania

About the Author

Donald Opitz (Ph.D., Boston University) is associate professor of sociology and higher education at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous articles and has worked as a pastor as well as a campus minister. Derek Melleby (M.A., Geneva College) is the director of the College Transition Initiative for the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, through a unique partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carl Schartner on December 31, 2007
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This book turned on the high-beams in my faith journey through life. It gave much greater clarity and insight to long standing struggles with relating and applying my faith to my work - to my learning - to my parenting - to my interests. While I had previously recognized and framed these challenges in a dim light, the authors explain in vivid manner an effective means of understanding how my faith can be made relevant - how it can make a real difference - in this world and in this American culture. Having read this book, I've become charged up for bringing glory to Jesus in every facet of my life!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Bierker on August 16, 2007
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The idea that the Christian faith and academic endeavors should be allies and not enemies is an outrageous idea to many Christians and non-Christians alike. It should not be.

Secularists want to banish faith from the public square. Unfortunately, and unbiblically, many Christians do too--by retreating into a cave where personal and private piety prevails--coupled with a stealth-like strategy of laying low when outside of the cave. Or, some Christians go too far the other way, hoping to transform society primarily through excessively antagonistic actions and political means.

Both the retreat or attack approaches fail.

Authors Opitz and Melleby have the audacity to believe that faith in Christ informs all of life, including the life of the mind, and that such a confession needs to be worked out gracefully and truthfully in the day-to-day experiences of college students both in the classroom and outside of it.

Many recent surveys demonstrate that teenagers raised in the church don't bring their faith to the college campus. Instead, they leave it at home like some discarded item from their youth, such as a toy or doll that they would be ashamed to show their peers.

This book is accessible and understandable to teenagers without being too heady or too simplistic. It is sufficiently grown-up to help young people envision a life of faith ahead of them (and) not just as some relic from their past that they might dig out of their parents' attic when they hit 30 or so, get married, and have kids of their own.

Hopefully, many copies of this book will be in the hands of future college students, and after being read, be in their minds, hearts, and actions, on the college campus and beyond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Knighty on May 8, 2009
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I had no idea this book would be so engaging! Read it if you are looking for a refreshing challenge; an encouragement that your faith should--and CAN--impact every area of your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave W on May 24, 2013
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I have been giving this book to high school graduates for years and many come back to tell me it spoke to things they had never really given much thought to. Great stuff!
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What an awesome resource this book is. Not just for the student heading off for college, but for parents to be able to be aware of what their kids will face out in the college world and the choices they must make. Great for a graduation gift!
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