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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

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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)
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Product Details

  • 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: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,102 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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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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Going to college can be interesting, exhilarating, and scary. One of the main concerns for Christians is that the college experience has gained a reputation of being the place where people shed (or "grow out of") their Christian belief, and into something "more reasonable," like Buddhism, or in the best possible world (from the world's point of view), atheism. It's telling that there are no books titled, "how to stay an atheist in college," because it's not really all that difficult to stay an atheist in the rarified air of the college campus. It's only when you must face reality that the unreality of atheism begins to creep into your mind.

This is a scattered work, one part worldview, one part practical advice, and one part apologetics. The author begins with a description of college life, which includes telling his own story of movement away from Christianity through college, and an eventual return to the Faith many years after. He describes college as an almost alien world where children suddenly find themselves treated as almost adults (you don't have to wash your sheets or cook, but you have to wash your clothes).

In the second part, he moves into a short overview of worldviews. He describes the Christian worldview in some detail, and provides a gloss of postmodernism and "do it yourself spirituality." Budziszewski ends this section with some practical advice on influencing rather than being influenced -- a key point in every relationship throughout life.
The third part deals with what the author calls campus myths -- myths about seeking for truth, about love and sex, and about politics. The section on love and sex is the most useful, dealing with the idea that love is an emotion, and sex just the "adult expression" of that emotion openly and honestly.
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