The book cover was made very well Great size font Humor mixed in with the serious, practical information Age appropriate for college In the middle of buying thumbtacks and writing paper in prep for a new semester, I ordered How to Stay Christian in College It s been a convicting, practical, and refreshing read Everything a fresh from high school graduate or, in fact, anyone who comes into contact with non Christians in the workplace, home front, or classroom needs to know about living a passionate, Christ centered life in a secular setting Evangelism, lifestyles, influences, campus social life, campus religious life, how to deal with vehemently non Christian professors, how to answer questions, and other practical things like studying and relationships are all covered.Most importantly, though, J Budziszewski is very clear that our lives are meant to glorify God in every aspect He takes time to illustrate who God is, what He thinks of us as His children, and that His power alone will bring His glory on the earth Budziszewski details how we can bring God s glory to our college campus, and I really benefited from reading his suggestions Honestly, this book will be one of the best preparations you can undertake to get ready for college anywhere Christian campuses included Highly recommended The book is hardcover, sturdy, with an easy to read font and clearly marked chapters and sections 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 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 He demolishes these ideas in simple and plain language, providing a better way wait until marriage The final section is chock full of practical advice on coping in a world that clearly doesn t appreciate Christian thought, extending beyond the campus and into the world as most Christians who work in hostile work environments actually experience it.The great strength of this book is the practical advice, especially on relationships with other people There is a lot of practical advice and thinking here that, if followed by Christians of all ages, could help make the Church a much stronger witness in the world at large The great weakness is the shallowness of each individual part Worldviews aren t really described in any depth, the political debate isn t really anchored in a Christian worldview, and the author skips Islam altogether This shallowness also shows up in the just so stories, scattered throughout the book perhaps atheists really react that way on some college campuses, but I ve never found one who does.Rather than meek I ll think about that, reactions, what you re likely to get when challenging an atheist is a full blown denunciation against the crimes of Christianity, in great detail, throughout all of recorded history Or you re likely to be roundly laughed at , told you re not intellectually serious, etc Readers, particularly in high school, are likely to walk away thinking they ll be able to convert atheists to Christianity, including their professors, if they only approach the problem the right way, with the right words, and the right attitude While there might be some people you can approach in this way, the vast majority are going to be so negative to God the best you ll be able to do is plant a few seeds over their loud and angry protestations.Overall, this is a well laid out book, addressing crucial questions and focusing on relationships It s a bit shallow, but this should be taken as an invitation to do serious study on worldviews, rather than as an end all, be all introduction to the topic. This book is an excellent one for Christian students and their parents heading off to college especially secular colleges where they will be exposed to ideas antithetical to their beliefs This book covers subjects that students ought to think about before they get to college, like politics, love sex, campus life, interacting with unbelieving friends and professors The author lays out the issues and provides practical ways to interact with others And it gives good advice about how to become mature in Christian faith. How to Stay Christian in College is beautifully written in an entertaining style The Author, a college professor, offers practical tips on navigating most every aspect of living on a college campus including dating, sex, and roommate issues He is a philosopher and skilled at explaining in a logical way how to stand firm in your faith and how to defend your faith in a secular environment where it may be questioned Though this book is written for young people, parents and grandparents should read it also I gave it to my grandson last summer before he went off to college and read it through wishing I had a copy to mark up It s very thought provoking and should help many students hang on to their faith while in college. I thought this book would be a in depth book on how kids could defend there faith in the college environment. 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 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. When students go to college, theyre leaving behind their network of support and heading to a world with different perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations Even for those going to Christian colleges, theres no guarantee they wont face challenges to their faith So how do students stay Christian in college How do they stay open about their faith in the face of potential ridicule A must read for every college student, How to Stay Christian in College will guide readers through the maze of campus realities J Budziszewski discusses the foundations of the Christian faith and directly addresses different worldviews and myths that students may encounter at college Filled with quotes, statistics, resources, stories, and encouragement, this book will equip students to conquer the dangers that lie ahead I have enjoyed books by J Budziszewki in the past so I was happy to discover this book in the Top 100 free Kindle books list After reading this book I m convinced that this is great for college students but will also benefit any Christian trying to survive in this troubled world Your life will be changed by reading this book because it will draw you closer to God and make your commitment to Christ much stronger.If you are a college student reading this book be prepared for every possible scenario Budziszewski discusses everything from lifestyle conflicts and political issues to dating and postmodernism He talks about the dangers and beauty of sexuality He also discusses friendships with worldly people and how they can influence you in many ways The goal is to be the one who influences and to try to do the right thing even when confronted with many different opinions.Even if you do end up going to a Christian college the information in this book is essential for when you talk to people after college I went to a Christian college and didn t confront most of what is in this book until I started reviewing at Here I have met people with all sorts of ideas and I wish I d read this book sooner What I mostly deal with on a regular basis is people asking me to review books in which the belief that we are all God is prevalent When I explain to authors that this is a New Age idea many of them don t even know that they are New Age They just think this belief is normal or an enlightened way of thinking As Budziszewski says Jesus never taught that everyone is God So whether you are a college student or those days are long gone you may feel that your faith is under attack This book gives you ideas for how you can be a better Christian who shows the love of God to everyone you meet This is a book you should read than once There is a lot to digest and much that will change your life The Rebecca Review This is a very good book if you are in college or if you are preparing to attend soon It was also a great comfort when I first started the semester out.