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The decisions, lifestyles, and pressures that confront us as we head off to college are challenging, particularly for the Christian. So whether you’re getting used to campus life or know someone who is in that setting, we think the assortment of resources below will be a help.

In addition to these insightful books, Truth For Life recommends the sermon series Lessons For Life, which is a collection of messages Alistair preached to college students at campuses across the country.


Books Audio Series

Magnificent-Obsession

 

Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus is Great
by David Robertson available from Christian Focus

For the unbeliever, the desire for indisputable proof and hard evidence can be a stumbling block for accepting the foundations of Christianity. David…

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For the unbeliever, the desire for indisputable proof and hard evidence can be a stumbling block for accepting the foundations of Christianity. David Robertson confronts these stumbling blocks head on and counter argues the atheist perspective point by point. Addressing the historicity of the Gospels, the robust evidence for the miracles of Jesus, and the transforming power of the living Word of God in the Bible, Robertson firmly exhorts that faith in Christ is not based on ignorance, but on knowledge.

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Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More
by Alex Chediak available from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

At a time when college has never been more expensive, too many children are failing. What makes the difference? The answer is character, a strong…

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At a time when college has never been more expensive, too many children are failing. What makes the difference? The answer is character, a strong faith, and a willingness to delay gratification. Ideally, these values are learned at home.

In this book, Dr. Alex Chediak provides everything needed to help teens successfully navigate the college years and beyond. Preparing Your Teens for College covers all the hot-button issues: studying, grades, time management, choosing a major, friendships, dating, what to look for in a college (and how to pay for it), God, and much more. This book is about getting teens ready to leave home and enter the adult world with the faith, character, and maturity to be successful. It’s not about training them just for college but for the totality of their lives.

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What’s Your World View?
by James Anderson available from Crossway

What’s your world view? It’s a big question. And how we answer it is one of the most important things that define who we are.For young people unsure…

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What’s your world view? It’s a big question. And how we answer it is one of the most important things that define who we are.

For young people unsure of what they’d say, James Anderson takes readers on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping people understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying their personal worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? provides a framework for intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions—equipping readers to think carefully about not only what they believe but why they believe it.

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How to Stay Christian in Seminary
by David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell available from Crossway

Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its…

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Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils, seminary has been crippling. However, with an extra dose of intentionality, and God’s help, this season of preparation can invigorate a young man's affections for Jesus.

How to Stay Christian in Seminary takes a refreshingly honest look at the seminarian’s often-neglected devotional life, offering real-world advice for students eager to survive seminary with a flourishing faith.

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Art and Music – A Student’s Guide
by Paul Munson and Joshua Farris available from Crossway

God made us to enjoy beauty wherever we find it, whether it’s music or the visual arts. But sin finds ways to obscure what is right in front of our…

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God made us to enjoy beauty wherever we find it, whether it’s music or the visual arts. But sin finds ways to obscure what is right in front of our eyes and ears.

Drawing on years of teaching experience, two professors offer tips for understanding, evaluating, and appreciating art in all its forms while highlighting the important ways in which art and music reflect the glory of God. This book will help readers better understand and appreciate humanity’s pursuit and imitation of beauty through artistic expression—a vital means by which we bear witness to the beauty of our Creator.

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Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World!
by Alex Chediak, Alex Harris and Brett Harris available from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive. Parents want their children to get the most out of their college experience and…

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Going to college can be exciting, anxiety inducing, and expensive. Parents want their children to get the most out of their college experience and are often unsure what advice to give. Thriving at College by Alex Chediak contains wisdom and practical advice from a college professor and student mentor. Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make, and how to avoid them.

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Mind Your Faith: A Student’s Guide to Thinking and Living Well
by David A. Horner available from IVP Academic

The university world can be a confusing place, filled with many competing worldviews and perspectives. Beliefs and values are challenged at every…

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The university world can be a confusing place, filled with many competing worldviews and perspectives. Beliefs and values are challenged at every turn. David Horner offers advice to college students with this guide to thinking and flourishing as a Christian. Carefully exploring how ideas work, he gives essential tools for thinking contextually, thinking logically and thinking from a worldview perspective. Horner explores how to handle doubts, with an eye toward not just thinking clearly but also living faithfully.

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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will
by Kevin DeYoung available from Moody Publishers

Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. “Too often,”…

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Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through. “Too often,” he writes, “God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or, even worse, they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction.” Just Do Something will resonate with young men and women looking for direction.

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How to Stay Christian in College
by J. Budziszewski available from Think

How do young men and women stay open about their faith in the face of potential ridicule? How to Stay Christian in College guides students through…

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How do young men and women stay open about their faith in the face of potential ridicule? How to Stay Christian in College guides students through the maze of campus realities, including dating, sex, honesty, and more.

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College Bound: What Christian Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids Choose a College
by Thomas A. Shaw available from Moody Publishers

Parents of teenagers in high school will appreciate this resource as they wade through a myriad of details concerning college applications, financial…

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Parents of teenagers in high school will appreciate this resource as they wade through a myriad of details concerning college applications, financial aid applications and admissions procedures. Tom Shaw, as a parent of college-bound teens, and as a seasoned educator and Christian college administrator, helps parents guide their teens to making the best choice for their college experience.

Tom Shaw helps parents answer questions like: Is college the right choice for my teen? Would my teen thrive best in a secular or Christian environment? What are the differences between private, liberal arts and big state schools? How do I get involved without appearing controlling or overbearing? Written from the perspective of a Christian parent, this book places particular emphasis on the parent's role as nurturer and shepherd of their child's spiritual future.

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Don’t Waste Your Life
by John Piper available from Crossway

It's easy to slip through life without taking any risks or without making life count. But life is not to be  wasted. John Piper teaches young men and…

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It's easy to slip through life without taking any risks or without making life count. But life is not to be  wasted. John Piper teaches young men and women that they “don't need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but have to know the few, great, unchanging, and glorious things that matter and be willing to live and die for them.”

John Piper's plea to a generation is, “Don't waste your life!” This book is a passionate call to make life count for eternity. He acknowledges that there are risks for those who seek to make a lasting difference by faith, yet believes that they are risks worth taking for the cause of the Gospel.

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Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just
by Timothy Keller available from Viking

It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. But Timothy Keller sees it another way.…

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It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. But Timothy Keller sees it another way. In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace. This book will help young believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide, as well as young men and women who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.

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The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
by Lee Strobel available from Zondervan

Lee Strobel applies his journalistic perspective to answer questions about Jesus by evaluating the credible evidence that proves Jesus of Nazareth…

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Lee Strobel applies his journalistic perspective to answer questions about Jesus by evaluating the credible evidence that proves Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God.

Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

Strobel's point-blank questions make this Gold Medallion-winning book a recommended read for college students looking for pragmatic answers.

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Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue
by Andreas J. Kostenberger available from Crossway

The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue explains that we are called to excellence in all activities of life, not least in…

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The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue explains that we are called to excellence in all activities of life, not least in scholarship and ministry. Outlining virtues directly related to vocation and scholarship, Andreas Köstenberger explains that there is a way to be a better person and a better scholar—without needing to sacrifice faith at the altar of academic respectability.

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Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith
by Alistair Begg available from Moody Publishers

Pleasing God is not a matter of personal choice, but an imperative that must be taken seriously. In a world of self, we must give way to the priority…

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Pleasing God is not a matter of personal choice, but an imperative that must be taken seriously. In a world of self, we must give way to the priority of God if we want to experience His joy. In his popular book, Made for His Pleasure, Alistair Begg identifies ten benchmarks from Scripture that will prove invaluable as you seek to live a life that is pleasing to God.

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The Prodigal God
by Timothy Keller available from Penguin Books

Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside His most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal…

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Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside His most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

ifiweregod

 

If I Were God I’d End all the Pain
by John Dickson available from Matthias Media

Why doesn't God do something about all the suffering in the world? Why does he allow bad things to happen? In fact, can we still believe in God in…

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Why doesn't God do something about all the suffering in the world? Why does he allow bad things to happen? In fact, can we still believe in God in the face of all the suffering and pain still present? John Dickson looks honestly at these questions and provides compelling answers.

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The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student’s Guide
by David S. Dockery and Timothy George available from Crossway

A college education becomes truly meaningful when faith affects what happens in the classroom every day. Surveying the long-standing history of…

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A college education becomes truly meaningful when faith affects what happens in the classroom every day. Surveying the long-standing history of Christian thinkers, ranging from the Apostles to the Reformers to the 21st century’s greatest theologians, this book introduces readers to the distinctive way that Christians throughout the years have read the Bible, formulated doctrine, provided education, and engaged the culture.

 

A.S.K: Real World Questions/Real Word Answers
by David Robertson available from CF4Kids

The Bible says we must be prepared to give an account of our faith in the face of questions or opposition (1 Peter 3:15). That responsibility is…

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The Bible says we must be prepared to give an account of our faith in the face of questions or opposition (1 Peter 3:15). That responsibility is especially important for parents or others who teach children God’s Word. Yet it can be quite a challenge to give biblical answers to questions younger people, and especially teenagers, ask on many contemporary topics.

In A.S.K.: Real World Questions / Real Word Answers, pastor and apologist David Robertson answers fifty-two questions posed by real teenagers from around the world. Addressing dozens of topics from Harry Potter to the gender of God to transgender lifestyles, A.S.K. is a one-stop resource for parents and youth leaders eager to give biblical guidance on a sweeping range of pressing subjects.

Written in an engaging, accessible style, A.S.K. provides clear, easy-to-understand answers that will help teenagers think biblically on numerous vital topics. Each chapter contains a key biblical text, a discussion of the chapter’s topic, recommended reading on the subject, and a closing prayer.

 

Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College
by Michael Kruger available from Crossway

For many young adults, the college years are an exciting period of self-discovery full of new relationships, new independence, and new experiences.…

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For many young adults, the college years are an exciting period of self-discovery full of new relationships, new independence, and new experiences. Yet college can also be a time of personal testing and intense questioning— especially for Christian students confronted with various challenges to Christianity and the Bible for the first time. Drawing on years of experience as a biblical scholar, Michael Kruger addresses common objections to the Christian faith—the exclusivity of Christianity, Christian intolerance, homosexuality, hell, the problem of evil, science, miracles, and the reliability of the Bible. If you’re a student dealing with doubt or wrestling with objections to Christianity from fellow students and professors alike, this book will equip you to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence—and ultimately graduate college with your faith intact.


LessonsForLifeVol1_Podcast_MP3

 

Lessons for Life, Volume 1
by Alistair Begg

In volume one of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about holding firm to Christian convictions.…

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In volume one of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about holding firm to Christian convictions. The Bible offers practical, essential lessons on how to resist such destructive traps as laziness, jealousy, and temptation—instruction as timely as it is timeless. Using biblical and often humorous anecdotes, this series helps both the young and the young at heart navigate the pitfalls of sinful choices and attitudes and continue strong in the faith.

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Lessons for Life, Volume 2
by Alistair Begg

In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about the Christian life. God’s Word offers…

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In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about the Christian life. God’s Word offers practical, essential lessons on topics like humility, holiness, the power of words, and thinking like Christ—instruction as timely as it is timeless. Using biblical and often humorous anecdotes, this series helps both the young and the young at heart navigate the pitfalls of sinful choices and attitudes as their lives are conformed to the image of God’s Son.

 

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Lessons for Life, Volume 3
by Alistair Begg

In volume three of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about God’s providential care. We are…

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In volume three of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about God’s providential care. We are reminded that God is sovereign over our entire existence and that our lives matter to Him—instruction as timely as it is timeless. Using biblical and often humorous anecdotes, this series helps both the young and the young at heart navigate the pitfalls of sinful choices and attitudes and submit themselves wholeheartedly to God’s will.

 

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Lessons for Life, Volume 4
by Alistair Begg

In volume four of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about living for God’s glory. Along the…

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In volume four of this series, Alistair Begg draws from Scripture to teach audiences of college students about living for God’s glory. Along the path of commitment to Christ and His kingdom, lives are changed, work takes on new meaning, relationships are enriched, and hearts are strengthened. Using biblical and often humorous anecdotes, this series helps both the young and the young at heart navigate the pitfalls of sinful choices and attitudes, trusting in the care of a God who has made us for His pleasure.

 



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