Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: An Academic and Spiritual Handbook

Surviving and Thriving in Seminary: An Academic and Spiritual Handbook

by H. Daniel Zacharias, Benjamin K. Forrest


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Seminary can be rich and rewarding, but also disorienting.

In addition to the typical challenges of doing graduate studies, your experiences in seminary affect how you see God, other people, and yourself. The stakes are high, but the good news is that you're not alone on this journey.

In Surviving and Thriving in Seminary, two experienced professors (and former seminary students) guide you through what to expect and how to navigate your years in seminary. They tell you what they tell their own students—and what they wish they'd heard themselves. You'll get practical advice on how to prepare your own heart and relationships, how to manage your time and energy, and how to acquire the study skills you need. This essential book encourages and equips current and soon-to-be students to get the most out of their time in seminary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577997788
Publisher: Lexham Press
Publication date: 04/19/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 904,332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

H. Daniel Zacharias (PhD, University of Aberdeen / Highland Theological College) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College. He also serves as a faculty member with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) and is an ordained Baptist minister. He has edited numerous books in the Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity (SSEJC) series, written several articles for the Lexham Bible Dictionary, and is the author of Matthew's Presentation of the Son of David. He resides in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with his wife Maria and their four children.

Benjamin K. Forrest (Ed.D., Liberty University) is Associate Professor of Christian Education and Department Chair at Liberty University School of Divinity. His research and teaching interests have focused on spiritual formation, biographical leadership, and family ministry. He is co-author (with Richard A. Holland) of Good Arguments: Making your Case in Writing and Public Speaking (Baker Academic, 2017) and co-editor of Biblical Foundations of Leadership: Exegesis for Everyday Leaders (Kregel, 2017), and a two volume history of preaching, A Legacy of Preaching: Historical and Theological Introductions (Zondervan, 2018). He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife Lerisa and their three children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Preparation

Chapter 1 Preparing Your Mind 7

Chapter 2 Preparing Your Heart 25

Chapter 3 Preparing Your Family 49

Part 2 Managing Time and Energy

Chapter 4 Taking Responsibility 67

Chapter 5 Managing Your Time 77

Chapter 6 Taking Care of Your Body 89

Chapter 7 Juggling Ministry with Your Studies 99

Part 3 Study Skills and Tools

Chapter 8 Research Skills 119

Chapter 9 Reading and Writing Skills 135

Chapter 10 The Right Tools 155

Final Thoughts 165

Appendix 1 Choosing a Seminary 167

Appendix 2 Paying for Seminary 171

Appendix 3 A Word to Spouses 185

Acknowledgments 197

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