Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow [Book Review & Giveaway]

... Or "Welcome back to book blogging." ... If anyone still reads my blog, LOL.

© 2017 by Kregel Publications
Title: Welcome to College (2nd Edition)
Author: Jonathan Morrow
Published: 2017 by Kregel Publications

About the Book:
Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than 'What will you do with your life?' In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it. Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

—How do you grow spiritually?
—How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
—Is all truth relative?
—Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
—As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

The Artist Librarian's Review: 
Jonathan Morrow's Welcome to College covers over 40 topics and questions young Christians may face or wonder as they begin to navigate life on their own as they pursue higher education.  Though some teens and young adults might balk at reading a 400+ page tome, Morrow's prose is reader-friendly and contains short chapters that allow for reading a few chapters at a time, or even reading out of order, based on topic. 

First published in 2008, this timely 2nd edition provides updates such as recently published studies and books for further study, along with newer pop culture references (e.g. the 2016 Captain America: Civil War film is mentioned) and social media mentions such as Instagram which didn't even exist nine years ago.  The chapters themselves cover both spiritual and philosophical topics such as "What is faith?" or "What is the purpose of the Church?" along with more practical, day-to-day topics such as scheduling, health, or creating a budget.  Each chapter takes about 5-10 minutes to read and closes with a brief summary and resources for further reading.  There are copious notes, along with an appendix of additional philosophy resources, discussion questions for each chapter, a suggested 1st semester devotional reading plan, and more.  

I think this would make a great graduation gift for young Christians looking to engage in the world around them while still keeping  rooted in their beliefs.  This book will challenge them to think for themselves and analyze what they hear and see, along with living out their faith in a respectful yet confident way.  Definitely passing this on to my younger siblings to read.

About the Author:
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including 'Questioning the Bible' and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanmorrow.org.
 What is the best advice you have for someone entering college? 

[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes with participation in this blog tour via Litfuse.]

Also ... Litfuse is running a giveaway & author chat on Facebook to celebrate this book release --$100 worth of giftcards!  Learn more and enter here by April 11!


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