Learning for the Love of God

A Student's Guide to Academic Faithfulness

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"What does discipleship have to do with learning? How do I follow Jesus as a student? What does the Lord require of me at university? This marvelous book answers just these sorts of questions. It's one of a kind, an expansive vision of Christian learning written not for professors but for students. Best of all, this is a book that can profit students in any educational context, secular or religious. Buy a box of these and give them to every high school senior you know."
--James K. A. Smith, Calvin College; author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

"As you get ready to plunge into college, add this book to your reading list. It will help you navigate the common landmines that can trip up your faith, and it will give you the tools you need to sprint ahead."
--Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary

"The most difficult transition in the life of faith is from high school to college. This book will prove valuable for any student who gives it the time it deserves. Read and listen, I say."
--Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary; author of The Jesus Creed

"This book addresses numerous timely issues related to college transition, the place of academics in the life of the Christian student, and the development of a lifelong Christian perspective on issues of calling and vocation. Nothing I have seen yet addresses these particular issues with the combination of theological depth and easy accessibility that marks this book."
--Walt Mueller, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding; author of Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture

"This is the sort of book that should be read by Christian students going to college and studied in campus fellowship groups. It provides clear and accessible guidelines as to how to relate one's faith to academics. I hope it will be widely used."
--George Marsden, University of Notre Dame (emeritus); author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship


Donald Opitz, Author

Donald Opitz (PhD, Boston University) is college pastor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He previously served as professor of sociology and higher education at Geneva College. He is the author of numerous articles and has worked as a pastor.

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Derek Melleby, Author

Derek Melleby is the executive director of the OneLife Institute, a ministry that provides students gap year programs focused on discipleship, travel, and service. Prior to joining OneLife, he was on staff with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Melleby is also the coauthor of Learning for the Love of God: A Student's Guide to Academic Faithfulness.

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