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Overview So you're ready for the next chapter in your life. Well, if you're a Christian heading to campus for the first time, there are several things you need to know about living your faith while surrounded by atheistic professors. Abby Nye has written a fantastic guide for college students who find their faith and values under assault from Day 1. Learn just what to expect, and how to navigate through classes while maintaining a good GPA and a positive college experience. Abby prepares new freshman (and even seasoned students!) to be able to survive and thrive in this often hostile setting. Among the topics she covers:
Freshman orientation week The treatment of science and faith in the classroom Difficult professors and real life solutions The mean forms of liberal "indoctrination" Helpful campus groups and managing peer pressure This book is truly must reading for students embarking for any college--a valuable handbook for parents, teachers, and students alike.
Publishers Description The much-anticipated essential handbook for Christian students entering college. Fills an enormous void in preparing young students for the university experience Key insights from a current graduate student's perspective Strategies for engaging and responding to abusive peer and administrative pressures on campus. Great gift for college bound and current college students Practical advice for surviving in a faith-challenging environment
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Studio: New Leaf Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0892216212 ISBN13 9780892216215
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More About Abby Nye
Abby Nye is currently a student at Butler University, and will complete her program of study in Spring 2006. On campus, she has been active with Campus Crusade and was co-founder of Veritas, a collegiate think tank that invites non-Christians to open forums featuring speakers on controversial issues that stimulate campus-wide discussion in the pursuit of truth. Abby has been published in World magazine and on the popular Christian web site, Crosswalk.com. She has been a two-year participant in the Indiana Student Leadership Forum sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fish Out Of Water?
Should be "Surviving and Thriving as a Right Wing Christian on a Secular Campus" Dec 1, 2006
While this book is a good reminder to high school students and their parents of the kinds of illiberal attitudes extant on many college campuses, I cannot recommend it to other readers. The author unfortunately perpetuates the right-wing-Republican-only stereotype believed by many outside evangelical Christianity. She battles as much for her political leanings away from gun control and in favor of all Bush administration policies as she does for the truth claims of the gospel. Indeed, in reading some of the chapters, it is difficult to see that she has any concept of a Christian worldview that might veer in any part from Republican platform positions. This is really too bad, because she makes many good points and appears to be courageous in her positions. I would not have begrudged her political point of view at all, had she made a clearer distinction between that and her theological position.
Playing the victim for profit? Nov 28, 2006
As a graduate of Butler University myself, I can't help but feel deeply unsettled by many of the claims made by Nye in regards to her education experiences. Perhaps she was well-intentioned, but many of the incidents she recounts strike me as misrepresentations at best, gross exaggerations at worst. A practicing Christian myself, I felt my views were not only tolerated in Butler's classrooms but welcomed into course discussions. Professors frequently encouraged me to draw upon my Christian upbringing in my papers and offered comments that not only helped me strengthen my academic abilities but deepened my understanding of my faith as well. I can't imagine why Nye felt so under seige at a university where I felt anything but. Perhaps Nye took Christ's Sermon on the Mount a little too much to heart, and in her desire to feel hers was the Kingdom of Heaven, needed first to believe herself persecuted for righteousness' sake. There are places in this world where Christians are oppressed for their beliefs; Butler, frankly, is a paradise compared to them. If we want to be taken seriously as Christians, we need to not overstate our cases. Nye makes some interesting points and offers some advice for students considering a secular education that might be helpful, but in the end, her exageration/misrepresentation makes me question the value of her thinking.
A warning to Christian parents Oct 24, 2006
Abby's book is "must reading" for any Christian parent contemplating sending his/her child off to a secular university. As a Butler Alumnus (B.A., 1978), I was saddened (though not really surprised) to see how narrow-minded and intolerant Butler has become in the nearly 30 years since I attended classes there. My wife and I discovered the hard way the vast difference between the secular and sectarian educational experience. Our oldest daughter attended a large, state school (U. of Texas) and soon abandoned whatever Christian moorings she had prior to matriculating there. Given that experience, we convinced our two younger children to attend a Christian school (Calvin College), and their Christian worldviews were strengthened and nurtured greatly during their 4 years there. I am familiar with the "salt and light" argument for sending one's Christian child to a secular school, but I fear most young people simply lack the spiritual fortitude to resist the pressures they'll meet during their impressionable college years. I admire Abby Nye's strength and courage to meet those challenges, but feel too many of our young kids will become spiritual casualties from such an experience.
Bold and Clear! Mar 15, 2006
As a high school teacher working with many Christian students, this has been an excellent resource to prep my students for the realities of campus life. I am so thankful for examples like Abby Nye who confront real issues like tolerance, indoctrination, and the politically correct. It's refreshing when there's so much apathy in the classroom. I also appreciate the fact that Abby acknowledges the fear of being different, but she tackles this fear head-on through confidence in Christ. This book has been so helpful that I've recommended it both to my students and in my own book, JumpStart Your Future: A Guide for the College-Bound Christian.
Astonishingly well done Aug 6, 2005
Abby Nye writes intently and with clarity. Her real-world anecdotes are entertaining, and I love her "take no prisoners" attitude with the politically correct crowd. She well illustrates how Christians can stand up against the bias and bigotry so often coloring liberal's treatment of Christianity.
I particularly liked the encounter with an English professor that graded one of Abby's paper low because he disagreed with her position on the issue she wrote about. The assignment had specifically stated that students should write from their own viewpoint. Abby took the professor to task with the head of the department and achieved grudging respect for the Christian view.
Another amusing story was the description of an instructor earnestly urging students not to use B.C. in dates, because the abbreviation for "Before Christ" "could be offensive." Apparently this academic is ignorant of the fact that the Gregorian calendar system _is_ based on the birth of Jesus Christ!
The wisdom in this book isn't only valuable for prospective college students. The accounts here will give you great encouragement in defending the faith at work, in social situations, and in the ongoing culture war.