Speaking from wisdom and experience, campus minister George R. Szews uses real life stories to instill Catholic confidence in our college-bound generation. Designed for teens entering or attending Catholic, secular, and Christian colleges, this down-to-earth guide is an easy-to-read balance of applied theology and human development that both affirms and challenges students in their new environment.
Beginning with the goal of college (growing up), the guide is formatted with 5 Challenges and the corresponding 5 Opportunities that college situations bring. Without a doubt, every college student experiences these challenges in certainty, morality, lifestyle, relationships, and unknowns. It’s the flip-side 5 Opportunities that the majority miss. Don’t let your student be among them. These opportunities foster a faith in Christ’s true Church and her unfailing credibility, resources, and support. Some concrete and orthodox responses to genuine scenarios include stretching comfort zones, being comfortable with limits, redefining existing relationships, building on strengths, maintaining curiosity, living a moral life, stabilizing character, embracing a disorienting change of lifestyle, sharing grief and joys, taking advantage of new situations, being proactive in justice, mentoring, utilizing the sacraments and personal devotions, self-educating beyond the classroom, asking advice and forgiveness, keeping struggles in perspective, and meeting vulnerability with humility and courage. The topics covered are necessary in keeping teens engaged and parents consoled. In the back, a beautiful treasury of charismatic and traditional prayers offers brief repose from hectic student schedules. Don’t let your loved be among those who miss out on these college opportunities. Get this book now so you’ll have it to tuck into their going-away bags (or Christmas stocking) when the time comes. They’ll be so glad you did. Paperback, 64 pp., 5″ x 7″.