Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: "The Ulitmate Guide to Being a Christian in College"

Note: This is of course is not a JH/MS resource, but I highly recommend it as a great read, resource, and gift for graduating seniors.  I am at a point in my ministry at my present church where all my former students are now graduating from high school. I am always looking for a great book to give to my former students.  Something that they will actually read.  Here is my review....

 The college years can be defined in so many ways but often are not known for spiritual growth.   If you have read the statistics or any of the numerous articles floating around the Christian community, hope for our graduating youth group students seem bleak. The Ultimate Guide to Being a Christian in College is a book that is written to hopefully change that.

Jeff Baxter in his newest book, The Ultimate Guide to Being a Christian in College, does not hold back.  He writes a complete and through guidebook for those headed off to college or are already there.   Divided up into three parts this book goes right to the issues at hand: identity, decisions, and belonging.   You can not sum up the struggle of the college years any better. Each of the three parts provides seven powerfully packed chapters of wisdom and scripture.  The book systematically works through the personal, spiritual, and campus life of being a Christian in college.  I can not think of anything that was not covered. I applaud this book’s definitive direction focused style.  

Having recently just stepped away from a couple years of walking beside the college ministry of our church while still working as a middle school pastor, I can honestly say I wish I would have had this book.  It is of course a great graduation present, but I can see this easily translating to a group study.  Each chapter is so full of content and scripture, and then includes deep thoughtful questions at the end of each. As you pray for your graduating seniors and college students follow up those prayers with this book.


*written for Youth Worker Journal