Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow | Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Does your high school senior nervously gulp when asked what his or her life plans are? Give him or her encouragement and peace of mind with Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College, what J. P. Moreland calls “the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.” Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years. Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible.

Join Jonathan and other parents prepping their kids for college in celebrating the excitement of the next life stage for their kids by entering to win the College Survival Pack Giveaway (details below) and by attending his author chat party on April 11!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • One copy of Welcome to College
  • One $50 Target gift card
  • One $25 Amazon gift card
  • One $25 Starbucks gift card

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 11. The winner will be announced at the Welcome to College Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Jonathan and other parents with kids prepping for college, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

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{More about Welcome to College}

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey (Kregel, March 2017)

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?”

In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.

Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

—How do you grow spiritually?
—How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
—Is all truth relative?
—Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
—As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?

Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Jonathan Morrow

{More About Jonathan Morrow}

Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including “Questioning the Bible” and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.

Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanmorrow.org.

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Setting the trajectory for a life of following Jesus

Welcome to College helps students navigate the journey into adulthood

3/16/2017 || Seattle: College can be the most exciting, as well as the most frightening, time of a young person’s life. On one hand are all the freedoms a recent high school graduate craves, but on the other are all the freedoms that come with responsibility. It’s a challenging time, especially for Christians coming face-to-face with worldviews different from their own. In Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey (second edition) (Kregel Publications/March 28, 2017/ISBN: 9780825444883/ $21.99), Jonathan Morrow helps students tackle this new stage of life and emerge on the other side prepared for what God has planned for them.

“Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than ‘What will you do with your life?’” Morrow asks. “In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of college will shape their future. As Christians, they will have the added layer of trying to figure out what God would want them to do with their lives. It can be overwhelming. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.”

College is a critical time for young adults to find and develop a faith of their own. Various surveys reveal between 40-75% of young people abandon their faith during their college years. While even one student walking away from their faith is too much, parents and students need to know and understand that college is not a faith-friendly environment. However, God has called students to more than surviving; he has called them to engage our culture with the life-changing message of Jesus.

Keeping this truth in mind, Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:

—How do I grow spiritually?
—Is all truth relative?
—How do I manage my time both to study well and have fun?
—How can I discover what I am supposed to do with my life?
—As a Christian, how should I view issues such as drinking, dating and sex?

The first edition of Welcome to College, released a decade ago, was extremely popular and still very applicable to today. In this new edition, each chapter has been updated, and Morrow added chapters addressing the tyranny of tolerance and Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. He also delves into how social media has changed our culture and how students’ digital footprints will follow them all of their lives. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and practical advice.

“College is full of opportunities and challenges,” Morrow muses. “I want students to own their faith and not just survive college, but to thrive there and have the kind of influence God created them for!”

Learn more about Welcome to College at www.welcometocollege.tv and www.jonathanmorrow.org. Jonathan Morrow is also on Facebook (ThinkChristianlyOrg) and Twitter (@Jonathan_Morrow). 

Advance Praise

“I know of no better book you can put into the hands of a Christian student headed to college.”

~ John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview (from the book’s foreword)

Welcome to College has been my go-to book for helping students prepare to succeed spiritually, relationally and academically in college. There is no other book that has such depth and balance. And I am thrilled to see that Jonathan has written a timely and helpful update, incorporating many of the biggest issues students face today. This book is a must-read for all Christian students who hope to have a vibrant faith in college.”

~ Sean McDowell, best-selling author, speaker and professor at Biola University

“If I could give just one apologetics book to a Christian going off to college, it is this one. Jonathan Morrow goes well beyond providing evidence for Christianity (as most such books do) — he provides succinct and sound answers to the kinds of moral and emotional issues that often trip up Christian college students. Highly recommended!”

~ Frank Turek, broadcaster and author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

and Correct, Not Politically Correct

“In this updated second edition, Jonathan has improved an already excellent resource by adding the latest evidence for theism and Christianity and including critical discussions of controversial social and moral issues. If you’re a student, don’t you dare enter college until you’ve allowed Jonathan Morrow to prepare you. Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey is essential to your success at university.”

~ J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, author of Cold-Case Christianity

and adjunct professor at Biola University

“I know of no other book that has the breadth and depth of Welcome to College to help us equip the next generation with the truth. . . . This book is a must-read for every Christian student heading off to college. My own kids will certainly have a copy in their hands as they step onto the college campus.”

~ Brett Kunkle, student impact director at Stand to Reason (str.org)

About the Author

Jonathan Morrow feels like he was able to do college right, with no major regrets. Although he admits to not having all the answers, his mission is to help other students do the same. Morrow is currently the director of cultural engagement and immersion at Impact 360 Institute where he trains high school and college students in Christian worldview, apologetics, and leadership. He also serves as an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University.

Morrow is the author of Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible and Think Christianly. He also co-authored Is God Just a Human Invention? with Sean McDowell and has contributed chapters to Foundations of Spiritual Formation and A New Kind of Apologist. Morrow has contributed articles to several publications and his books have been featured on a number of national radio programs.

He graduated with an MDiv and an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics as well as a DMin in Worldview and Culture from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Morrow and his wife are the parents of three and currently live in Georgia.

Connect with Jonathan Morrow at www.jonathanmorrow.org, via Facebook (ThinkChristianlyOrg) and on Twitter (@Jonathan_Morrow).

Suggested interview questions

—What are possibly the most frightening questions a graduating high school senior can be asked?

—We’ve all heard statistics about how many students walk away from their Christian faith during their college years. Are the numbers truly as bad as we have heard?

—How important are the high school and college years in setting the trajectory for a life of following Jesus?

—When should a parent or youth worker first present your book to his or her student?

—Tell us about how Welcome to College is set up and designed to be used. What are some of the topics you introduce and discuss?

—How can parents better prepare their children for the college experience, especially the new freedoms and responsibilities that come from being away from home?

—What challenges do college students face today that may not have been as prevalent when you wrote the first edition of Welcome to College nine years ago?

—How has social media affected culture as a whole? As individuals, what should students be particularly mindful of in their online interactions?

—What is one of the most important first things a new student can do when he or she arrives at college?

—What three pieces of wisdom do you offer students just starting out on their college experience?

—You write, “Most Christians have bought into the lie that religious beliefs are to be kept private and should not impact who you are — and what you say — in public. It’s easy to fall into this way of thinking, but I want to help you avoid this trap because it will weaken your faith.” In a time where society is increasingly hostile toward Christianity, what advice can you share for being courageous and firm in our beliefs?

—One of the chapters is on tolerance. Is OK to have friends who believe differently than we do?

—What is one of the most important lessons you learned during your time in college? What’s something you wished you had done differently?

—Where can students go for more resources on building a Christian worldview and not only surviving but thriving during the college experience?

To request a review copy of Welcome to College, to schedule an interview with Jonathan Morrow or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I originally loved Welcome To College. Jonathan Morrow did a great job–following the ideas of C. S. Lewis, keeping his material light-hearted and uncomplicated while still including sound doctrine. I adored it.

    Written by My Full Cup on April 15, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Welcome to College is helpful for all young adults launching into the world, not just for those heading to college. I like that each chapter is short. If a young adult tackles one chapter a week, they’ll finish the book in less than a year. If they read the chapters out of order, as questions arise, they have manageable chunks of information that are easily located, relevant, Biblical, and helpful.

    Written by ElCloud Homeschool Blog on April 14, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I was excited to sit down to read and review Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow, unfortunately, that excitement was short-lived. This is the first time I have done a #Bookreview and would not recommend what I read. To be honest, there are very few high schoolers I would tell, “hey, I think you’ll love this book!” The book is good…but I don’t think the title matches its content or target audience.

    Written by #Transformed on April 13, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Author, Jonathan Morrow, offers this book A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey to help parents and students alike to navigate the complexity and unknown of college for this generation. And as we prepare to send our second child off to college next year I consider this book a MUST-READ.

    Written by Natalie Walters on April 13, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    With over 300 pages of material on standing up for your faith and various other topics affecting Christian college kids, every high schooler should read this book. In fact, I already put it in my youth group’s library!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on April 13, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Really amazing resource. Getting close to graduating my first, and I plan to have him read this cover to cover next year before he heads off. Same with my other 3 who will be following along. Great book to help raise awareness of the struggles that will plague the kids at college and prepare them to succeed. I really enjoyed this book and know it will be well used in our home and recommended to our friends!!

    Written by Milk & Honey Meadows on April 13, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    My 15 year old and I both really loved this book. The author’s tone is matter of fact, while encouraging young people to think for themselves and consider the many aspects of each of these difficult topics. It’s the kind of book every young person should read before moving out to the real world. Challenging, thought-provoking, and packed with Biblical truth. We highly recommend it!

    Written by One Redeemed Mom on April 13, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Welcome to College is a very detailed and thought-provoking book specifically written for incoming college freshmen & focuses on their Christian walk. I personally think a student should begin reading it their senior year of high school (and possibly junior year), as it may help play a role in a student evaluating where they will go to college and their motivation for choosing a school.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I requested this book because my brother is about to head off for college, and I thought that this would be a good and helpful read for both of us. And I would have to agree. I thought the chapters were succinct and well written, and the topics were practical and definitely applicable for what students have to deal with in college, and even as young professionals after college as well.

    Written by Heart to Heart Books on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This book is such an amazing resource and is just the sort of book every young person should have while in college as it helps prepare them for what will await them. I loved how it is broken down into chapters and really tackles so many of the tough things that kids a sure to encounter and doesn’t shy away but addresses them in such a straight forward manner.

    Written by The Perfect beginning on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This book is full of helpful information that would be a terrific companion to send along with any college student. Written in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand. Broken into short chapters that could be read consecutively or by the chapters that pertain to your current need.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Welcome to College walks through philosophy to practicality. It talks about finding God and wrestling with faith issues that can derail relationships with God. It hits all the important topics from how to prepare for college to sex to finding God’s will for your life. It addresses them with humor and depth. I LOVE that there are resources for further discover at the end of each chapter. Welcome to College is a great tool for students as they prepare for college and all that it means.

    Written by CaraPutman.com on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This is an excellent resource for students heading out into the secular college world. Even Christian schools aren’t what some hope that they will be. It is the world, either way. This book gives awesome insight into some topics that you don’t really think about until you are in the midst of them. This is a great graduation gift idea! ]

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Reviews on April 12, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    High school Juniors and Seniors preparing for college are the target audience for Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College. Herein lies the flaw, very few 16 – 18 year olds are going to sit down and read 362 pages of non-required material. Even if they were to begin, they are likely to fall asleep before reaching Chapter 3.

    Written by Becky J Miller on April 11, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I would recommend this awesome book about college to every single high schooler and first time college student. This book contained over 40 different topics about what a college student could face in college. I liked how Jonathan Morrow described how important faith is and how to take a stand and how important it is to know what you believe before you enter college.

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on April 11, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    While I don’t have a high school senior at the moment. I will have a 9th grader come the new school year, so I am preparing her for college..whether she chooses to do an online course, community college, or moves away for college.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on April 10, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Welcome to College is written in an easy, conversational style, which is appealing especially to young adults, I think. A young friend of ours (who is facing college even sooner than my son), commented that it was interesting, and even funny at times. I find the information useful to young collegians.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on April 10, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    While each chapter is fairly short, I feel most contain a lot of information that needs to be read and studied further to fully grasp it. The author so kindly provides resources at the end of each chapter just for that purpose. Even though Welcome To College is geared towards students getting ready to attend college, this book seems like something most everyone wanting to truly own their faith could benefit reading through.

    Written by tammycookblogsbooks on April 8, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    As the mother of six children, two of which are college age and several of which are currently journeying through their teen years, I feel that this book is a gigantic treasury of biblical wisdom for young people entering a world of independence.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on April 8, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    While there are many chapters on the practical side of juggling life, schedules, and making decisions, a large percentage of this book was spiritual — how to deal with doubt, how to be aware of satan’s tactics, what logical opposition one most likely will face, the list goes on. It was one of the most spiritual-strengthening and encouraging book that I’ve read in a while.

    Written by With a Joyful Noise on April 7, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    College can be SO SO SO overwhelming! This book is JUST the thing to give to teens, looking at college in the next couple of years, or in the Fall. It truly helps get them (and you, trust me you need to read it together) ready for all the changes that college will bring to their lives! If nothing else, checking out the ‘Big Points’ at the end of the chapters, which summarize them, can offer parents a great way to start conversations, knowing what was talked about and discussed.

    Written by Bless their hearts mom on April 7, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Welcome to College encourages readers of any age to truly know their theology. Not just know about it, but truly know it. Pastor Mark Barrett, senior pastor at Faith Community Bible Church in Bremerton, always exhorts fellow believers to be thinking Christians, and that is exactly what Morrow’s tome prepares the reader to become. The author explains historical timelines that brought us to today, and holds up both past and present thought against the Word of God – our ultimate source of truth.

    Written by Meagan Davenport on April 7, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    While the pressure for college kids grows more and more, this book can help any faith-orientated teen or young adult but they must have a strong belief in God as well as what the author views to be truth. The chapters are filled with answers to really tough questions and covers strong topics.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on April 6, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I think this would make a great graduation gift for young Christians looking to engage in the world around them while still keeping rooted in their beliefs. This book will challenge them to think for themselves and analyze what they hear and see, along with living out their faith in a respectful yet confident way. Definitely passing this on to my younger siblings to read.

    Written by The Artist Librarian on April 6, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This book is a must read not only for students but parents. The topics covered are relevant for today’s Christians. A great tool for students to navigate college life as a Christian.

    Written by My Journey Back on April 5, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    Jonathan Morrow’s book, Welcome to College, has been a good tool for both me and Logan to read. I read the book first, then Logan did. Then we sat down and discussed any questions Logan had, went over what was covered in the book, and had a genuine heart-to-heart about our fears and expectations.

    Written by Heck Of A Bunch on April 5, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I am so impressed with this book! This is the second edition and is completely up to date with the times. Reading Welcome to College has even been beneficial to me as a parent and a Christian. I plan to have my teenage daughter read it soon, too. I’m hoping to work through the book with deep discussions with her as she will be entering college in the near future.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on April 4, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    The college-bound student is going to have to adjust to being on their own and having more independence; however this could be overwhelming or they may not be prepared to make wise decisions as every choice that is made has either a positive or a negative consequence.  Jonathan addresses staying strong spiritually, emotionally, and finding a good balance for having fun and studying.  There is a lot of information in this book, including lists, highlighted points, references for further reading and a box in each chapter highlighting the main points.

    Written by Moments on April 4, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This one is an excellent guide to help prepare your child for college! I like that there is a lot of information without being overwhelming. And, the passages of scriptures are thought provoking. Two thumbs up!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on April 3, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I recently had the opportunity to review Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey by Jonathan Morrow. I had my soon to be college student read through the book as well. We found a great guide that will introduce college bound kids to issues they’ll face in college and give insight into how those issues relate to a Christian worldview.

    Written by As We Walk Along the Road on March 31, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    I’m not one to highlight or write in a book except on the rare occasion. Welcome to College was one of those rare occasions. To start with, I like at the end of each chapter they have “The Big Ideas” which covers the main points of what was just read. Most often the Big Ideas had 1 or 2 of the pieces I highlighted.

    Written by Woven by Words on March 30, 2017

  • ‘WELCOME TO COLLEGE’ BY JONATHAN MORROW

    This a good book to have for yourself as a parent and your child to read I highly recommend reading this book especially if you have children going to college but the can also come in handy to have enough even to get yourself​ and your child/children ready for the future.

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on March 30, 2017