Everything You Need to Know Before College: A Student's Survival Guide


This survival guide to college explores topics like dating smart, finding friendships, adapting to different personalities, and making the most of your money. Tyndale House Publishers

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This survival guide to college explores topics like dating smart, finding friendships, adapting to different personalities, and making the most of your money. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781576839737
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/16/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 451,872
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Matthew Paul Turner is the author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide (Relevant), The Coffeehouse Gospel (Relevant), Mind Games: Advice, Stories and Truth For Thinking Free (Tyndale), and Provocative Faith: Walking Away From Ordinary (Revell). Formerly the editor of CCM magazine and the music and entertainment editor of Crosswalk.com, Matthew is known for his shockingly honest portraits of culture, sidesplitting humor, and uncompromising passion. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville.
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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Wowie! Wow Wow

    I really liked his book. It is an amazing guide for the preparation of going to college. Though not eally outright, The author was able to give hints on how to stay christian in college, which from what i've seen is very hard. It was a really fun to read, i found my self laughing out loud in some parts and i rushed to finish it just so i could read it again. Overall its a Great Guide! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006


    This book is a guide that's actually fun to read. It's filled with great advice.... i HIGHLY suggest you buy it if you're going to college! You will thank me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Keep a bottle of Excedrin handy

    If you haven't struggled with migraines before, you most certainly will after reading this book. Mr. Turner's relentless and consistent use of sarcastic one-liners makes Rodney Dangerfield look like a well-mannered English gentleman. The book physically made me sick. I am considering a lawsuit in which Mr. Turner must reimburse me for all of my medical bills. As of the time of this writing the psychiatric help, pills, ER visits, and family counseling (yes, the ramifications of reading this book will extend beyond yourself) have added up to a staggering $8,400. This book costs about $10--take the money that you're considering purchasing this book with and give it to a homeless man on the condition that he punches you in the face (your punishment for having even thought about buying this book). I assure you your medical expenses will be cut in half.

    For all of you sane, intelligent people out there who DID finish this book, you can relate. Mr. Turner seems to believe that he can tell you what to do without having to back up any of his arguments with sound reason or logic. I admit, it is sometimes easier to avoid those minute details. For instance, when talking to my dog, I say, "come" or "sit". I don't tell her why she must come or sit, or give her any logical reasons for doing so. But she is a dog. The rest of us possess an ability I call the "thinking ability". We are capable of thought and reason and logic. Those of us with this "thinking ability" usually require some factual or logical basis on which we accept and believe truth.

    The problem with Mr. Turner's book is that he does not believe his readers possess this "thinking ability". He writes with an authority normally reserved for fascist dictators and enlightened religious fanatics. He would rather just "tell you how it is" than construct an argument supporting his beliefs.

    Furthermore, he interlaces his (very) own sense of humor in seemingly each and every paragraph. The occasional paragraph (or even line) in which no attempt is made at a sarcastic comment will feel like coming up for air after being dragged under water by a shark. I assure you, the shark is fierce and you won't get many chances to breath, so please do NOT take those precious moments for granted.

    Finishing this book will be a little like entering the promised land. Moses, the great man that he was, was not able to lead his people to the promised land. A new leader (Joshua) was required to complete the task. You might be able to relate. Maybe you're a Moses, and are wandering around from chapter to chapter, unable to find the book's ending (or perhaps purpose?). You should enlist the help of your friends to finish this book and put it in its rightful place: the recycling bin. I am sorry to say this but there is simply no better use for the paper than this. I only hope others can avoid the emotional, physical, and spiritual torment that this book caused me.

    -Jon S

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Remembering the Good 'Ol Days

    It has been a long time since I've thought about those first few days of college- new places, new people, new classes. I had a great college experience overall, but that first semester was really really rough for me. I had a hard time transitioning from knowing and being known by so many people, and then feeling like a stranger in the midst of thousands of others.and not being able to go home whenever I felt like it (I had no car on campus and was 2.5 hours away from my house!).

    If I would have read this book, published by NavPress, would it have been any easier? Probably not, but that's not the book's fault :) . Everything You Need to Know Before College, by Matthew Paul Turner, was a pretty fast, easy read that covered a lot of bases- relationships, classes, advice, etc. The humor was pretty corny.but I wonder if that's how youth books are? I've been out of that genre for far too long, so although I rolled my eyes a lot, maybe high school seniors would think it was really funny.

    Anyway, I will be giving this book away to a high school senior in the next year, and not because I don't like it- but because I think it will be useful! :)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    Everything You Need To Know Before College

    Knowing firsthand what the experience of college is like, this book was interesting to read. While it is said to be for students in general, the language / tone may be more geared towards male students. Relationships, money, learning, getting involved in extracurricular, and more, are included. There are quotations and Bible verses interspersed, as well as many quips from the author himself. The manner in which the book is written makes it seem like the author is actually talking to the reader. There are many contemporary references made. Published with "TH1NK," one would think the book is geared towards Christian students. While Jesus and God are in the book, the words do not scream Christian values and theology. For instance, the author says that students should not drink when underage yet does not say that one should not drink at all (drunkenness not being holy is alluded to a bit, though). Also, while abstinence is discussed lightly as being the better option, the book does include a part about being "safe" even if that sin befalls them. Is Turner not extremely judgmental and theological because he wants to keep students reading the book? Maybe. Either way, there is a subtle religious tone that does come out more towards the end. After all, with the "Message" quotes, Biblical tones and feelings are not conveyed that hard in the beginning. For hard-core Christian students, this book will be interesting but not perfect. For those raised with Christianity but not on-fire for Christ, or even atheists / agnostics, this book will get through to them, make them keep turning the pages, and might actually think about God in college. Overall, not bad, but Turner's "Hear No Evil" is much better (http://teresakonopka.blogspot.com/2010/02/hear-no-evil-by-matthew-paul-turner.html).

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    Posted June 11, 2009

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