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Overview With a fresh voice and easy-to-read language, Wheaton explores the three pillars of peril--sex, drugs, and rebellion--most often encountered by college students. He then offers students advice on developing a game plan to avoid the spiritual pitfalls.
Publishers Description The statistic is staggering: Fifty percent of Christian college students lose their faith--or at least have made it a low priority--by the time they graduate.With a fresh voice and a conversational style, author David Wheaton explores the three pillars of peril--sex, drugs, and rebellion--most often encountered by college students. He then offers students advice on developing a game plan to avoid the spiritual pitfalls. While the temptations and influences may still be there, students following these practical tips will find that a university of instruction does not have to become a university of destruction.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764200534 ISBN13 9780764200533
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More About David Wheaton
David Wheaton was one of the top professional tennis players in the world, achieving a career-high world ranking of number 12 in 1991. While still playing professional tennis part time, David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association. In addition, he makes a positive impact on his generation through speaking engagements, writing, and hosting a weekly radio show. He also writes articles on tennis for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
David Wheaton currently resides in Minneapolis. David Wheaton was born in 1969.
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100,000 dollars for???? Sep 8, 2006
This book contains advice for believing Christian students who want to survive a secular college education with faith intact. It covers the concerns of many parents as well, including drugs, drinking, sex, depression, and loss of purpose in life, to name a few. One section I found of interest was the review of the work of Railsback when he was a PhD student at UCLA. Railsback found that about half of those students who said they were conservative Christians as freshman lost their faith as seniors. His exact words were "as many as 50 percent of Christians students say they have lost their faith after four years in college" (book cover) He also found that this was true of not only secular colleges, but of nominal Christian colleges as well. It was less true only of historical black colleges and conservative Christian colleges. In my experience, according to the feedback of my colleagues, a major goal of many professors is to break the religious faith of those Christian students who try to live their religion and act on it in their daily life. The author, who went to Stanford, relates his experience at a top university. If parents knew what actually takes place at college they would not be so willing to fork out 100,000 dollars or more for a four year "education."
A great guide for our college bound youth. Aug 29, 2006
Mr Wheaton seems to understand a very fundamental problem that we all share. We are, regardless of whether we believe it or not, all influenced by what we are exposed to. Advertisers understand that very well. No one forces kids to eat the junk that advertisers are pushing. No one forces a kid to start smoking just because all of his friends do. And as another reviewer pointed out, no one forces college students to engage in harmful activities. But the fact is - they do it anyway. Even the best of kids (and adults for that matter) are influenced by their peers. So do we not warn them of the pressures and temptations that they will face because we know that no one will force them into anything? Of course not. If they are at least warned about what they are getting into, they have a much better chance of "keeping the faith". A truth that christians have accepted is that we all need help to stay on track. We know we are all weak with out the help of the Lord. Mr. Wheaton is offering very practical help for those who honest enough with themselves to acknowledge they need help. Most students don't realize they need help so they are not open to it when it is made available. "For those who have ears, let them hear."
Destruction? Give me a break Jun 15, 2006
Like David Wheaton, I too am a student at Stanford University, which for him seemed to be the equivalent of Babylon. Personally, I love my first year here and I'm looking forward to getting my Master's in Graphic Design. I realize that this book was written by a Christian for Christians, but just hear me out.
Mr. Wheaton seems to believe that the problem is colleges are oppresive and discriminatory towards Christians. Rather, I think the problem really is that Christians such as Mr. Wheaton have a hard time dealing with the diveristy and variety of people, faiths, philosophies, sexual orientations and ideas on college campuses. They seem to think that everyone will think and believe as they do the second they arrive for campus orientation. If this were the case, they would at a Christian college.
At college, no one will force you to abandone your faith. No one will force beer down your throat or force pot smoke down your lungs unless you give them license to. No one will tell you what to think. In fact, no one forces you to go to these colleges in the first place.
For serious Christian students heading off to college Feb 25, 2006
I'm always looking for great books to give to Christian students to prepare and equip them for the challenges of college life -- especially those that help them prepare for the challenges to their faith. In the past, the best book on the market was J. Budziszewski's How to Stay Christian in College; but I may go out on a limb and say that Wheaton's University of Destruction is even better!
Wheaton does a great job of weaving the personal testimony of his own experience (which was not positive), but the truth of Scripture to give a young person a solid foundation from which to make their own decisions. And the best part is that Wheaton tells it like it is -- no sugar-coating of the college experience, no rose-colored glasses that "Christian" kids don't face the same pressures and temptations that other students face -- Wheaton addresses alcohol, sex and authority issues with honesty and gives students real solutions to the dilemmas they will face on every college campus.
I love the book -- short enough that students can read it; but deep enough that when they do, they'll learn and be challenged by the truth presented clearly in each chapter. Parents of teenaged students, this would be a great graduation gift...or even better to give your student during their junior year as they begin to look at colleges and consider what campus best fits their goals and calling in life.
A disservice to college students. Sep 1, 2005
Mr Wheaton should take a look at other perils such as the Soviet-like indoctrination of young children into religious faith in this country. Kids go to college, having been bombarded with Jesus and Christianity since they could remember. Mr Wheaton seems to think that now if students could only get through Biology class without understanding or embracing the scientific principle that is evolutionary theory, these students could then help in the effort to put the content free notion of "intelligent design" in our class rooms. He is prepared, however poorly, to challenge scientific naturalism,.........and pretty much all of science. Just saying "god did it" would make for a short Biology semester, although, Mr Wheaton would approve.
I am here to say that ignorance is not bliss, and Mr Wheaton has offered no serious rationale to challenge scientific naturalism......because there is none, and it represents our best methodology for finding truth in the world around us. Mr Wheaton wants young people to grow up and read their bibles without the use of serious intellectual inquiry, or any kind of critical analysis. Young people ignoring the overwhelming evidence that supports evolutionary theory, and the embracing of ideas like the Genesis flood or the life of the Christ figure, neither of which is supported by ANY serious archeological, scientific, or historical evidence of any kind, appears to be his goal. It is after all, why they call it faith. We should all be quite grateful to science, for it has loosened the stranglehold that religion has held upon mankind for centuries, and it has long ago replaced religion when explanations are required for natural phenomena.
As Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson (two of the great founding fathers of this country)have attested, it is religious doctrine that enslaves the mind of man. Reason and rational thought should be our guides to find truth in life, not belief in unseen supernaturals like gods, goblins, santas, elves, and ogres. This book will find great acclaim with those people who rely on something other than critical thought.
I am not a supporter of burning books, however, if I were, this would be one of the first that I would set the match to.