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How to Stay Christian in College (Th1nk Edition) Hardcover – March 2, 2004

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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Is it possible for a young person to go away to college and thrive in his or her walk with Christ? The answer is a resounding Yes, and J. Budziszewski gives practical, down-to-earth insights as to what can make it true in your life. (Josh McDowell, author and speaker) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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  • Series: Think
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Think; Later Printing edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576835103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576835104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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As a pastor I stuggle for appropriate, i.e., meaningful and yet not too formal or overbearing, gifts for seniors graduating in my church and in other churches I've served. This is an extremely relevant book for young people, especially for those from rather small towns that have yet to really be questioned and confronted about their faith. I would recommend this book to students and parents, as well as to clergy and youth workers interested in preparing their "flock" in the best way they can.
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