Monday, July 9, 2012

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower's Guide to College

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey
By Jonathan Morrow, Kregel Publications, 2008, 380 pp., ISBN 978-0-8254-3354-2, $17.99 (paper).

This is the author's version of a work that was submitted/accepted for publication in the following source:
Catholic Library World  Sept 2010 Vol. 81 Issue 1 p.50
Jonathan Morrow attended a large state university for his undergraduate degree. He has recently completed a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics at Biola University in Los Angeles. At Biola, he studied under some of the leading Evangelical apologists of our time: J.P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, and Paul Copan. Morrow believes that the college years are some of the most important times of an individual’s life. He thinks that the kind of person that one will become and the direction of one’s life are determined during the college years. In Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey, Morrow provides instruction for the beginning college student on how to follow Jesus Christ during these years. He provides guidance as a “fellow traveler” just a “few years further down the road” (16). He shares with students the “wisdom he picked up along the way” (16). He also provides information on things he would now do differently if he had a chance to do it again.

This is a wonderful book. It is well-written and applicable to the life of college students. The chapters are short, but filled with useful information. The book contains forty-two chapters. He covers a wide range of topics from the existence of God and the reliability of the Bible to how to practice spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study to more practical matters on how to choose your roommate. Each chapter begins with a few quotes that will be addressed in the chapter. The end of each chapter contains a synopsis that summarizes the main points of the chapter. Each chapter also includes additional resources for those who want to go deeper in the chapter’s topic. Welcome to College includes an appendix that has a Bible reading plan for the first semester, resources for philosophy, and discussion questions for the book.

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