- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Kregel Publications; 2 edition (March 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825444888
- ISBN-13: 978-0825444883
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this updated second edition, Jonathan has improved an already excellent resource by adding the latest evidence for theism and Christianity and including critical discussions of controversial social and moral issues. If you're a student, don't you dare enter college until you've allowed Jonathan Morrow to prepare you. Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower's Guide for the Journey is essential to your success at university." (J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, author of Cold-Case Christianity Biola University 2016-12-14)
"Welcome to College has been my go-to book for helping students prepare to succeed spiritually, relationally, and academically in college. There is no other book that has such depth and balance. And I am thrilled to see that Jonathan has written a timely and helpful update, incorporating many of the biggest issues students face today. This book is a must-read for all Christian students who hope to have a vibrant faith in college." (Sean McDowell, best-selling author, speaker, and professor at Biola University 2016-12-14)
"If I could give just one apologetics book to a Christian going off to college, it is this one. Jonathan Morrow goes well beyond providing evidence for Christianity (as most such books do)--he provides succinct and sound answers to the kinds of moral and emotional issues that often trip up Christian college students. Highly recommended!" (Frank Turek, broadcaster, author of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" 2016-12-14)
"I know of no other book that has the breadth and depth of Welcome to College to help us equip the next generation with the truth. . . . My own kids will certainly have a copy in their hands as they step onto the college campus." (Brett Kunkle, student impact director at Stand to Reason (str.org) 2016-12-14)
"Welcome to College is easily the best resource for any Christian student who wants not just to survive college but to thrive on campus as an ambassador for Christ. No other book better equips young people for the challenges that lie ahead. I cannot recommend it enough!" (Scott Klusendorf, author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture president of Life Training Institute 2016-12-14)
"Jonathan Morrow has both the intellectual resources and the practical experience to provide an effective students' survival guide to university life. I'm impressed with the wide array of issues he discusses, from intellectual challenges to financial problems to sexual snares to getting enough sleep! All this is done in easily digestible bits for the student on the run.
"This is a book I wish I could have given to my two kids when they went off to college!" (William Lane Craig, theologian, professor of philosophy, and author of Reasonable Faith 2016-12-14)
"Wow! What a book!! Quite frankly, this is the book I've been waiting for the last forty years to give to college students. It is the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students to follow Jesus and flourish as His disciples in college." (J. P. Moreland, author, distinguished professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University 2016-12-14)
"Unpacking biblical truths, Welcome to College is a treasure book of wisdom that will literally save lives and help build a culture of life." (Kelly Monroe Kullberg 2016-12-14)
"Jonathan Morrow has written an extremely practical, insightful guide for navigating the challenges of college life. It is wide-ranging and wise. I enthusiastically recommend it!" (Paul Copan, Pledge Family Chair of philosophy and ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University 2016-12-14)
"With a refreshing mix of good humor and common sense, Jonathan Morrow guides the reader through the practical, intellectual, and moral thickets of beginning college. He writes as an older brother whose knowledge of the territory is recent and realistic. In short, readable chapters he covers all the expected issues and a good number of unexpected ones as well. Here is wisdom, not legalism. I highly recommend this book!" (Garrett DeWeese, professor at large at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University 2016-12-14)
"Welcome to College addresses the most significant issues college students encounter with intelligent, practical wisdom. It will be of immense value to anyone making the adjustment to the exciting challenges these fast-paced years present." (K. Erik Thoennes, professor at Biola University and pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church 2016-12-14)
"Whether you are an incoming freshman or upperclassman, Jonathan provides straightforward, practical insight for dealing with current issues regarding living the Christian life on campuses everywhere. Not only is this a great read but you will find a place to turn to when questions or struggles show their face." (Taylor McCabe, film and digital media student at Baylor University 2016-12-14)
"This book will prepare anyone who is either enrolled in college or is planning to go to college for the daily challenges Christians deal with on campus. Jonathan Morrow is aware of the real college world and is dead-on with his excellent insight." (Blake Smith, construction engineering technology student at Texas Tech University 2016-12-14)
"Reading this book is like having your own personal mentor and friend to guide you through the rough rapids of college life. College is a great experience, but it can also be faith-shattering if you are not adequately prepared. This book is perfect for the high school senior who is curious about what college life will be like. It is also helpful for the college student who is dealing with the day-to-day challenges and questions faced both in and out of the classroom." (Mark Schmahl, pastor of student ministries at Believers’ Chapel 2016-12-14)
"Jonathan Morrow has provided a solid resource to Christian college students across the country. Welcome to College touches on many, if not all, of the major issues believers face on campus. The resources concluding each chapter are invaluable.
“Christian students will be able to pick this up year after year and learn something new each time. It has the ability to connect with you no matter where you’re at on your journey.” (Kim Boiko, Biola University graduate 2016-12-14)
About the Author
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including Questioning the Bible and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. Connect with Jonathan online at jonathanmorrow.org.
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Morrow exhorts us not to be afraid to proclaim the truth according to the Christian worldview. He provides a theological overview of the basics of the Christian faith. With these tips, the author launches into the book that covers a wide variety of topics. Theologically, he describes who God is and the differences between our convictions, our persuasions, and our opinions. He describes faith as a way we actively trust God. He looks at the sources of knowledge and gives a balanced approach between skepticism and certainty. Faith is not about abandoning but accelerating our search for knowledge. He tackles the postmodern challenges of secularism, atheism, and relativism. He spends some time going through the basics about the Bible and why it is trustworthy. Some challenging apologetics questions include:
What are the arguments for the existence of God?
Do all roads lead to the same God?
What about the problem of evil and suffering?
What about the Gnostic gospels?
How about science and faith? Are they compatible?
What about the questions on the origin of the world?
The other half of the book tackles topics about evangelism, knowing oneself, health, financial management, dating, sex, digital culture, homosexuality, and so on. Each chapter follows a similar format. It begins with some introductory quotes from the Bible and popular quotes to prepare readers for what is to come. He shares a brief illustration or personal story followed by concise description of the issue. He then gives us some questions to ponder about critically. At the end of the chapter, he crafts a summary of the main ideas which can also be used as a quick reference for people wanting to refresh what they have read. A brief bibliography is attached at the end of each chapter. The appendices are full of meaty material for readers to use too. There are devotional readings; comparison of Christian vs secular colleges; resources for philosophy; and discussion questions. The latter is a great resource for discussion groups, which is particularly helpful for those of us who do not wish to spend more money on another book. Remember that many students do live on a tight budget.
Let me give three thoughts about this book. First, the book is designed with apologetics as a key purpose. Based on the author's interactions with many students, this is probably the single biggest need among believers to give a ready answer to the tough questions surrounding their faith. There are ample description of issues as well as ready answers to give to skeptics, doubters, and even fellow believers. By describing the issue with many examples, students would find this book an excellent resource to help them craft an intelligent response to issues they might encounter from time to time. Second, it is a comprehensive guide and handbook for the believer's own spiritual life. I am amazed at how much material the author is able to cram into a slightly over 400 pages. Thankfully, the table of contents describe the issues clearly to be used as a quick reference. There is a chapter on spiritual formation which I thought is refreshing. Students face lots of academic pressure to perform and this could tempt students to skip their devotional time with God. We need to avoid the temptation of studies or education becoming an idol. Many modern educational institutions do not teach the most important thing: Values. It is in following Jesus where we will gain a deeper understanding of what true education really means. Education must prepare one for life, not cramming information into minds. Other areas of spirituality include discovering God's will personally; being disciplined about money; and even dealing with sudden loss. Third, this is a very practical guide which can be immediately applied into the life of the student. It is one of the best one-volume books about Christian Living for the Student's Soul. I remember my undergraduate days where I too grapple with many of the issues highlighted in the book, but lack an intelligent response due to lack of theological training or knowledge about the subject. I had to depend on advisers, friends, and staff workers with various parachurch organizations. I wish I had this resource then.
All in all, I am quite happy to recommend this book to students, student ministry workers, parents of college students, and anyone seeking to mentor another student.
Jonathan Morrow has authored several books including Questioning the Bible and Think Christianly. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and Director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute. He can be reached online at jonathanmorrow.org.
Rating: 5 stars of 5.
This book has been provided courtesy of Kregel Publishers without requiring a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
College can be overwhelming to a young person's personal management, interpersonal relationships, and spiritual growth. Years of working with and speaking to college students have proven this truth to author and speaker Jonathan Morrow. The updated edition of Welcome to College is his effort to place a resource in the hands of college students to help them process through these overwhelming challenges in a way that keeps them grounded in their faith.
The advice and theological content found in Welcome to College are both very solid and sound. So many young adults drift away from their Christian upbringing during the college years, many of them never to return. This drift is often because they process through high school without hashing through these concepts, then get to college and find that they have no solid foundation of understanding to stand on. Welcome to College helps students process through these concepts, establishing a firm footing.
My question is this: would you have read this book as a college freshman? Or even during the summer before starting college? The chapters in Welcome to College are short, but with forty-three chapters, four appendices, and a total (including notes) of 410 pages, this is not exactly a quick, light read. The strong, weighty content makes this a book that should not be read quickly, either. It is too much to absorb in a quick, summer read, and it is unlikely that the information would truly be grasped were a student to try to read it in the midst of all of the new experiences of the freshmen year - if they even got it read at all.
In short, despite the solid content found in these pages, I would not give Welcome to College to my best friend's high school senior as a graduation gift. Despite the fact that she is a studious, responsible, diligent young lady who would gladly embrace the advice and information in this book, she does not have the time to pour through it.
But that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend the book. If Welcome to College were to be handed to an incoming freshman, I would encourage it to be done as a part of a mentoring group planning to work through it slowly. The chapters are short enough to read one a week and be prepared to talk through it in a group, even with a full school load. But an even more ideal situation would be to suggest that Welcome to College be backed up a couple of years. I know it is written to college students, but I see this filling a need for students pushing through their last couple of years of high school. Students like my own daughter who is finishing up her sophomore year. Thanks to the discussion questions in the back, this book would be a great year-long mentoring or small group study for high school students, helping them process through the content and allowing them to ask questions of people they know and trust before they hit the chaos of college.
Yes, Welcome to College holds a great deal of solid information and is one I would recommend. But, even better would be to not let our students get to college without having these concepts worked out before hand!