This book equips and encourages high school seniors and college-age students to meet the challenges of living out their faith in school. It examines different worldviews and myths that students may encounter, giving them the tools they need as they learn their identity in Christ.
As a high school senior who is approaching college quickly, I thought this book was appealing and engrossing. I have read several works about living for God and preparing for college, but never one as well written as J. Budziszewski's book. Budziszewski did not follow the normal cliches that most authors use and he did not talk down to the reader. Unlike other books on this subject, the author was specific. When he spoke about debating professors with respect, he did not leave the reader wondering how to accomplish this feat. He gave example dialogues for several points. This proved to be very helpful for me. One of the best aspects of the book was that it was surprisingly Biblically sound. Yes, it sounds odd, but I have read "living for God" books that were fairly stuffed with feel-good philosophy. The author challenged the reader to live for Christ completely, not just to fit God into your college schedule next to your water aerobics class. Precise and original, How to Stay Christian in College reinforced moral principles while giving practical advice from an author who actually remembered what it was like to be a vulnerable young adult. I believe this book is a great resource for current and prospective college students. Many of the same principles of "holding your own without being a jerk" are beneficial for teenagers in high school as well. The phrase WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) seems to be slightly overused these days. The wording of the phrase makes it sound as if it depends on what the speaker thinks Jesus would do, not what the Bible said He would do in a situation. Budziszewski ended his book with an alternative catchphrase which does not rely on human opinion. In fact, the phrase is so exceptional, I am going to finish my review with it. Simple and powerful, "Follow Christ."