Review - Can You Keep Your Faith in College?
Abbie Smith was raised in a self-described “nonreligious home” but came to faith in Christ during her freshman year of college. With all the pressures that students face, it didn’t take her long to ask what would become the title of her book: Can You Keep Your Faith in College? (Multnomah, 2006, ISBN 1-59052-669-4).
Smith knew that the answer was “yes” and she wanted to creatively communicate her passionate answer to other students. To do so, Smith traveled the country, interviewing hundreds of students on different college campuses, recording their stories, in their words. Smith’s book is a collection of student testimonials describing what college is really like and how to remain faithful to Christ on campus. Smith writes, “None of the contributors in [this book] pretend to have all the answers, and most still have huge unanswered questions. But at the core of these pages, there’s a streamlined realization they don’t want you to miss. In short, it’s that God is alive and well across every campus of this country.”
There are many books written to help students navigate college life and faith, but this is the only one that I know of that uses student voices to do so. The stories are compelling, encouraging and paint a realistic picture of how to keep faith in college. This is the perfect book to read to better understand the struggles students face and makes a great gift for students heading off to college.
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