Surviving Freshman Year
by Gregory Jones
MSI Press

"For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of man. (2 Corinthians 8:21)"

Jones' book is a twelve-chapter guided, Christian reflection work that follows several college students through their first year living away from home on campus. Each chapter illustrates a scenario that most students will be able to relate to during their first year of college and explains how to view the scene from a Christian lens. From orientation to spring break and, finally, to moving back home for summer vacation, the book shows how each moment is a call for Christians to live out their faith. Every chapter ends with a few applicable Bible verses, discussion questions, and a challenge for the reader to work on alone or with a group. At the end of the book is a guide for discussion leaders that walks them through the process of leading this book as a group study.

The author has penned a practical Christian book study intended to help first-year students not feel alone during this major change in their lives. It also helps them to learn how to grow in their faith away from home. As it is an easy read, the students working through this reflection will find it a nice break from the complex literature they will be reading in school. This call-to-action book will guide students toward living out their faith amidst the challenges of new and growing friendships, changing jobs, and navigating the world's temptations. Any freshman in college who is a Christian or is looking into the Christian faith will likely benefit from working through these chapter-by-chapter reflections.

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