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Overview Is it possible to keep a God-centered, adventure-based, Christ-driven life through college? Packed with encouragement specifically for these trying years, this resource compiles experiences shared by students from more than thirty-five schools across the nation. (Practical Life)
Publishers Description Is It Possible? Temptation abounds in this collegiate world immersed in "the" world. So, "can" you keep a God-centered, adventure-based, Christ-driven life throughout college? Abbie Smith found the answer to be a resounding YES Packed with encouragement specifically for these trying years, "Can You Keep Your Faith in College" compiles experiences shared by students from more than thirty-five schools across the nation. You're not alone in the struggle to maintain the faith you carried with you when you first set foot on campus. The book targets pertinent issues including, "The Transition," academics, dorm life, peer pressure, extracurricular activities, sports, Greek life, dating, studying abroad, racial relations, and "God's Surprise Encounters." Don't let your faith whittle away; build it up It's what defines you. College and Jesus. Can They Go Together? No one said it'd be easy. But here, voices from more than fifty campuses across America testify that it "is" possible. "Can You Keep Your Faith in College?" will help guide you through the best years of your life. From dorm and Greek life to dating and academia, every piece of the college equation becomes a loaded opportunity for you--and your faith--to thrive. "Abbie Smith has done a great service for high school students, parents, and guidance counselors by letting us hear directly from students who walk the campus world by faith." Alec Hill President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship ..".a huge challenge for any believer in the university scene." Louie Giglio Founder, Passion Conferences Bestselling author of "The Air I Breathe" "Abbie Smith has utilized her experience and been open in sharing the truths in a manner that will help students to better face the opportunities, trials and experiences of everyday college pressure and life." Dal Shealy Retired President/CEO, Fellowship of Christian Athletes "This is an excellent book...down to earth, focused and real." Jerry E. White, PhD President Emeritus and U.S. Board of Directors Chairman, The Navigators "Abbie Smith addresses a need that has been ignored for too long by the local church. Every high school senior and college freshman should read this book." Andy Stanley Senior Pastor, campuses of North Point Ministries Story Behind the Book "Beginning my freshman year in college, God began drawing my heart to His. That spring, I trusted Christ as Lord and Savior and latched on to His journey. As an avid reader and eager Christian, I anxiously sought any material on faith-related topics. More specifically, I was craving material from people in my stage of life. It became quickly apparent, however, that collegiate voices had been overlooked, or at least left untold. This seemed a dangerous void. So with God's provision, I setout to write a book that would tell the stories of common struggles Christians face in college everywhere. Thus began the vision of "Can You Keep Your Faith in College." " -- Abbie Smith
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Abbie Smith was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Though she grew up in a loving home, religion was never a priority. Even through her Catholic high school, the concept of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ remained silent. Abbie attended Emory University and accepted Christ in the spring of her freshman year. After four busy years of campus ministry involvement and playing on the tennis team, she graduated in May of 2003 majoring in religion. Abbie is a member of North Point Community Church and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Her passions include writing, discipleship, and spending time in God s great outdoors."
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An Excellent, Insightful and Easy Read! Nov 19, 2008
I purchased this book for my Bible Study with high school Senior girls. What stuck out to me was that this wasn't a basic (or boring) study on preparing for college life, but it brought to life the real experiences and struggles of Christian college students. I loved the openness and rawness of each individual. As a youth pastor and graduate of college, I highly recommend this book for both pre-college students and current college students.
Helpful for Christian students who are in any college Apr 18, 2007
If you know a young person in college who is a believer, they need this book. While every story is not perfect, they are generally very inspiring and helpful. Most college kids wonder if they are the only ones dealing with the issues they face, and this book makes it very clear that they are not alone. The benefits cannot be denied, because hearing from their peers about these issues makes a greater difference than it ever would coming from anyone else. Put it on your gift list this year.
Great Resource for both Students and their Parents Jan 2, 2007
My church recently started a campus ministry where I lead worship. It's been a few years since I graduated from college, but I can still recall the difficulties. Recently, I have come across some amazing testimonies of how difficult the transition from home to college is in today's world. Can you Keep Your Faith in College? addresses these difficulties in a very real and practical way. I say "very real" because it is written not by pastors or parents, but by actual students that are living the adventure of the college journey at the present, which gives this book credibility, in my opinion.
Addressing normal college situations like dorms, class, dating, sororities/frats, parties, church and outside college activities these young believers share their ups and downs, problems and solutions, giving great advice on how to protect and renew their faith in Christ. I meet a lot of young believers, and especially of late, brand new college converts in the minsitry I serve, and I am glad to have this resource to share with them as a means of encouragement and discipleship.
I would recommend this book to parents, students, and churches that have campus ministries or just lots of young men and women.
A book to help overcome obstacles! Apr 29, 2006
The research indicates that anywhere from 75 to 90% of high school seniors who identify themselves as Christians will abandon their faith by the time they graduate from college. These are frightening statistics.
Abbie Smith's Can You Keep Your Faith in College? introduces readers to students who are Christians at different stages of their journey with God. They tell their stories about that journey, the good and the bad. These students do not have all the answers but they do believe that God is living on the campuses of America.
The students' stories cover subjects such as: the Classroom, The Dorm, The Pressures, The Greeks, Dating, Transition, Sports, Going Abroad, Barriers and Small Moments.
No matter where you are in your life and journey with God, every student should be able to find several stories that inspire and resonate with them.
I enjoyed "The Harder Way" (Duke University) by James M. It made me think about life and choices in general. One of my favorite stories is "Jesus and Plate Tectonics" (Washington University) by Steven R. We all need the courage of our convictions. The story that hit me square between the eyes was "Embarrassed by Jesus" (University of Colorado) by Dana W. Read it and think about similar experiences in your life. I'm sure everyone has had one.
Armchair Interviews says: Can You Keep Your Faith in College? is a book that reminds us all that we can overcome the obstacles that we or others place in our path as we make our faith journey on the campuses of America.