Being a Proverbial Student: Getting a Degree vs. Getting an Education

Being a Proverbial Student: Getting a Degree vs. Getting an Education

by Jeral Williams




A proverbial student is interested in gaining an education rather than simply pursuing a degree. Even a quick scan of Proverbs and shows how God is more interested in a student's pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom than easy courses, convenient times, grades, majors, and careers.

Becoming proverbial students requires God remolding minds from within and is difficult because the world is squeezing students, including Christian students, into a degree mold rather than a knowledge, understanding, and wisdom mold. To begin the process, students are encouraged to be curious about ideas.

The concepts of context, free will, determinism, and decision-making are used to get students to think beyond memorization. They are encouraged to see the fun and the importance of thinking in order to become knowledgeable, understanding, and wise. Students are shown the importance of the process for many academic disciplines, for the church, for an understanding of one's faith, and for life in general. Upon graduation, a proverbial student should understanding the distinction between a graduation and a commencement ceremony. Students are encouraged to adopt a lifelong attitude of learning, of stewardship, of dialog, and of having an examined life.

Parents and other support groups are understandably concerned about preparing Christian students for the temptations of university life. Many books are written, and extensive advice is given, to prepare for campus living. However, the academic preparation for Christian students is often ignored or, at best, underrepresented. A quick scan of the book of Proverbs makes it clear: God intends a student to be interested in wisdom.

Drawing from more than 35 years of experience, author Jeral Williams presents several fun ideas that can lead students into the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632694744
Publisher: Deep River Books Llc
Publication date: 03/07/2019
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jeral Williams began higher education at Hutchinson Community College with dreams of a basketball career. He attended Washburn University to work at the Menninger Clinic and his future in psychology was cast. He completed his graduate work at the University of Iowa and then taught at Illinois State University and the University of South Alabama. In retirement, he continued to be around young people by working as a volunteer sport psychology consultant to various university athletic programs. Throughout his career in higher education, he and his wife opened their home and their lives to Christian college students, hosting a variety of denominational and nondenominational fellowship groups. They reside in Mobile, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Being a Proverbial Student 15

Chapter 2 Gittin' a Degree 19

Chapter 3 Remolding is What God Desires 25

Chapter 4 Be Curious about Ideas 33

Chapter 5 Context 37

Chapter 6 Where There's a Will 55

Chapter 7 Decision-Making 65

Chapter 8 An Attitude 71

Chapter 9 Spiritual Wisdom and Academic Wisdom 77

Chapter 10 Graduation and Commencement 83

Chapter 11 A Lifelong Proverbial Student 85

List of Proverbs 93

Endnotes 95

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