Most Christians have bought a lie—that religious beliefs are to be kept private and should not impact who you are (and what you say) in public. Popular culture teaches that you must keep your spiritual beliefs to yourself; it teaches that what is sacred and secular should be kept separate. Christ-followers are constantly being challenged by this way of thinking. The constant barrage is taking its toll on the spiritual health and passion of believers—and especially college students.
In a matter of weeks, thousands of students will be walking through the doors of their high school for the final time, then heading to colleges and universities that will shape them and their careers (and eventually the direction of our nation). The years students spend in higher education are arguably the most significant years of their lives when it comes to determining the kind of people they will become, the kind of lives they will lead, and the legacy they will ultimately leave. It’s during these years that students are the most impressionable—and the most vulnerable. The question is: Are they prepared for the challenges ahead?
If the surveys are even close to being accurate, then the answer is no, they are not ready (e.g., Rainer Research indicates that 70% of youth are leaving church by the age of 22). Many students will be “graduating from God” in the coming weeks only to have that decision confirmed when they enter the college classroom. To paraphrase Os Guinness, many will have their Sunday school level faith punctured by university level questions....
I wrote Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey to address the spiritual, intellectual, relational, and moral challenges of college life. I am passionate about helping students understand what they believe, why they believe it and why it matters. If they have this kind of foundation, then they will not only survive the college years with their faith intact, but they will become an influencer for Christ in our culture for years to come.
What people are saying about the Welcome to College:
"This is the book I’ve been waiting for. . . It is the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college."—J.P. Moreland (author of Love Your God with All Your Mind)
"Jonathan Morrow has both the intellectual resources as well as 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."—William Lane Craig (author of Reasonable Faith)
"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 (author of Is God a Moral Monster?)
"I love this book. Being in college myself, this book is phenomenal. Jonathan does a great job of having a little bit for everyone. Whether you need relationship advice, a little lesson in apologetics, to just basics like how to take care of your health. It really is great. To college students" This isn't one of those cheesy books your grandparents buy you and then you use to fix that lop-sided dorm bed. This is the real deal!" - Josh (college student)
Click here for a short interview I recently did on WAY-FM’s Mornings with Brant about Welcome to College.
Here is what we are doing to spread the word and how you can help:
If you tweet / retweet anything with #Welcome2College in it within the next 10 days then you will be entered into a drawing to win one of several copies of Welcome to College that Kregel publications is giving away at random. @thnkChristianly