Fresh is a new book to help students make the most of their time at university.

A levels check. UCAS form check. Required grade check. Childhood check.
Time to collect together overdraft, laptop,ipod, potplant.
Time to go it alone with cooking, dating, studying.
Time to take faith out of its comfort zone and into Fresher’s week.

FRESH is a new book for new students. It provides daily inspirations for new students covering everything from writing essays to writing home, from making friends to making the grade, from debt to dating. FRESH offers a challenging introduction to maintaining a strong personal Christian faith but keeps its main emphasis on discovering how Christian students can make the most of their faith, relationships and studies.

Here’s what people are saying about it…

“I thought it was a brilliant treatment of the subject and greatly enjoyed reading it.As fresh as its title, this is a brilliant introduction to student life, in accessible, daily bite-size chunks of Christian wisdom.Down to earth and thoroughly realistic, its focus is 100% Biblical and its tone positive and up-beat, full of practical tips and encouragement.

Every Christian student needs to read it!”

David Jackman (Proclamation Trust)

“After years as a student followed by more in ministry to students I am now a parent of one – so, from every angle I can tell you this is a vital book for all Christians going to uni. Buy the coffee mugs and railcard if you like – but whatever you buy, get this book”

Nick Pollard (Damaris Trust)

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REVIEW FROM The Independent School Christian Alliance

Leaving school and going to university can be a traumatic experience. For some, it is a liberation from the perceived shackles of a restrictive school environment. For others, it is a time when they feel lonely and isolated, missing the easy intimacy of school life and the day-to-day supervision of concerned teachers. For those who have maintained a Christian profession at school, the transition is sometimes even more difficult. There will be strong pressure to compromise or abandon Christian convictions. This may come in the form of ridicule in academic departments or social incentives to “do what everybody else does” regardless of whether or not it is consistent with Christian standards of behaviour.

Students facing this difficult transition may take heart from reading a recently published book by Krish Kandiah. The book is entitled “Fresh” (several puns intended there) and it is published by IVP. Krish writes from experience as one who became a Christian at school and then went on to be President of the Christian Union at Warwick University. He is a highly effective communicator with young people, and much in demand as a leader of university missions, in addition to his day job in a senior post at the Evangelical Alliance.

The book claims to provide “Bite-sized inspiration for new students”. That is exactly what it does, introducing and applying a considerable amount of well-chosen scripture in the process. On page 40, Krish sets out ten tips for students starting out on their university career. As these are then developed through the rest of the book, it may be helpful to quote the passage in full:

1. Pray: A relationship with God will develop only when we spend time with him on a daily basis.
2. Read the Bible: Scripture is spiritual food to nourish our souls. Find time and space in the day to read God’s word.
3. Be accountable: Ask someone you respect to check up on how you are doing.
4. Join a local church: Worship God and be with his family.
5. Connect with the Christian Union: This exists to help Christians support each other and live for Christ while at university.
6. Go public: Let people know that you are a Christian.
7. Integrate: Resist dividing life into the spiritual and the non-spiritual.
8. Integrity: Recognize the pressures of living away from home in a morally challenging environment and decide on some principles regarding alcohol, sex, money and time.
9. Balance: Resist spending all your time in Christian meetings or with your non-Christian friends.
10. Give: Practise giving, even on a small budget,to demonstrate God’s grace and to establish lifelong habits of sacrificial generosity.

That gives a flavour of what is to follow, and the principles are developed in a thought-provoking, attractive, relevant and thoroughly Biblical manner. I recommend this book very warmly to all prospective students: I would urge teachers and chaplains to do all that they can to get copies into the hands of their sixth formers.

Hugh Bradby

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