College represents a minefield of temptation for the Christian student. It is often the first time a young person raised in a godly home is under the direct, ongoing influence of both professors with secular agendas and classmates with immoral ambitions. But college also represents an incredible opportunity for unparalleled spiritual and intellectual growth. How can a Christian thrive at college instead of flirting with sin or rejecting his faith? First, by not negotiating Christian morality Eph. Befriending non-Christian or marginally Christian students need not include practicing activities that clearly displease God or defile your conscience.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Thriving at College by Alex Chediak. Alex Harris Foreword. Brett Harris Foreword. Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive!
You want your child to get the most out of their college experience--what advice do you give? Thriving at College by Alex Chediak is the perfect gift for a college student or a soon-to-be college student. Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive!
Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make--and how to avoid them! Alex leaves no stone unturned--he discusses everything from choosing a major and discerning one's vocation to balancing academics and fun, from cultivating relationships with peers and professors to helping students figure out what to do with their summers.
Most importantly, this book will help students not only keep their faith but build a vibrant faith and become the person God created them to be. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Thriving at College , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Aug 05, Calvin rated it liked it Recommended to Calvin by: Josiah. As a rising college freshman leaving home in a week, I found this book really helpful. It is full of practical advice, but Chediak makes sure to cite the biblical sources on which he is basing his recommendations.
It is a fairly flexible book that should be applicable to a wide variety of Christian students. Chediak urges balance in a variety of areas of college life by warning against mistakes that can be made from both sides.
He addresses the dangers of becoming obsessed with grades as well as As a rising college freshman leaving home in a week, I found this book really helpful.
He addresses the dangers of becoming obsessed with grades as well as the dangers of reckless partying; he warns against idolizing marriage and against being marriage-averse; he explores the advantages and disadvantages of schools big or small, Christian or secular, and of majors that are broad or narrow. Overall, Chediak presents an excellent example of how Christianity provides a robust framework for effective living that can be successfully implemented in the college years.
My personal favorite section was the third chapter on intentionality in relationships, which really challenged me to consider how I find my friends and deepen my friendships. This book provided me with lots of encouraging and challenging ideas to consider as I head off to college, and I would recommend it to any Christian who is in college or will be headed there soon.
May 01, Randy Alcorn rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-life. Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals, and are unprepared for the challenges that await them. Alex Chediak has written an insightful and useful book to help college-bound people know what to expect, how to prepare for it, and what to do to avoid the pitfalls. He offers great insights on everything from frie Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals, and are unprepared for the challenges that await them.
He offers great insights on everything from friendships to dating relationships to professors. Alex addresses time and money management, character development, grades, work, rest and the danger of passivity. I enjoyed reading this well-written book, and recommend it wholeheartedly not only to young people but also to their parents and church leaders. Jul 03, Philip rated it really liked it.
This is the classic example of a book that in hindsight I would have only read a few select chapters of rather than the whole book. Due to the fact that my convictions on many of the topics addressed such as relationships, identifying with Christ, etc. The chapters toward the end, particular This is the classic example of a book that in hindsight I would have only read a few select chapters of rather than the whole book.
The chapters toward the end, particularly the most practical ones I found to be very helpful. If you're going to be commuting and your convictions on the topics above are solid, then I would suggest only reading Chapters 2, 7, 8, and 9.
The one great part is that Chediak most definitely passes the theology test as far as the fundamentals are concerned: in the second appendix, he quotes Sproul, Piper, Miller, Owen, and Edwards!
Dec 29, Emma Story rated it it was ok. Decent for a self-help, "find yourself at college" book. A bit dry, but it gets right to the point. Well-placed reminders about assuming responsibility, hard work, and productivity. If Douglas Wilson were to write this quasi-tome in a 50 page booklet, with his P.
Wodehousian tone, I would greatly enjoy it. Otherwise it was a bit of a bore. A true, insightful, bore. Apr 05, Amanda Heck rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , thought-provoking , coverly-love , reads. This book is for LIFE in general. Wherever you are in life, this book provides extremely biblical and wonderful advice and pointers on how to live your life for Christ, avoid distractions, squash idols, manage time and money, nurture God-honoring relationships, and several other aspects and areas of life.
I wish I could quote the entire book, but as that would be both ridiculous and futile, I have pulled out my most favorite parts and quotes for consideration and review. Adults are targeted as well. What I loved about this book is that it gently convicts, offers extremely practical advice, and softly redirects.
I will admit: I am unfaithful in prayer, a Facebook addict, and a nearly always stressed out person. A life of goofing around and hanging out is unfulfilling. Its pleasure is fleeting, leaving you with an empty, gnawing hunger for more. No, you want to be a part of something great.
How my heart sings at this wonderful statement! How awesome is our God! Obeying Jesus is not an option for the Christian; there is no such thing as a nonpracticing Christian. So often do I do this: when I give a basic description of myself, I often find being a Christian just a bullet point on the list.
Being a Christian should not only be a name or a label, it should be a way of life, deeply engrained and interwoven into every word that comes out of my mouth, action that I perform and execute, and thought that crosses my mind. Moving on, Mr. But never stop trying to be the best you can be. How can you rise above your level of competency? Chediak was reading my mind. Instead, imitate the person above you and counsel and help the person below you. And now I come to one of the major focuses of the book: the current culture, honing in on teenagers, mindsets, worldviews, and academics.
It informs you of what to expect not just of others but of yourself. What, then, informs this all-informing mental map? Whatever you let shape your mind and heart-your parents, your values, your pastors, friends, what you listen to on your iPod, who you follow on Twitter, your movies, shows, magazines, and all the rest. What does your mental map say you are as a young adult?
Or are you young adult, capable of delaying gratification and working steadily for meaningful, significant goals, with talent, strength, and vigor on loan from God?
Do you see yourself in a season of diligent preparation for becoming the kind of man or woman who can embrace greater responsibilities down the road job, marriage, family, ministry , even as you do good and bring God glory now? Broadly speaking, those are the two visions competing for your heart as a young man or woman in the twenty-first century.
It was only with the coming of the early labor movement with its progressive child labor laws, coupled with new compulsory schooling laws, that a new category, called adolescence, was invented. Coined by G. I was right all along! High school IS a waste! This quote from the Harris brothers totally answered that question: because high school should NOT exist!
Thriving At College
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