We’ve all heard the horror stories about the good, Christian kids from good, Christian homes and churches who went off to Fill-in-the-Blank University and lost their faith, flunked out, and moved back in with mom & dad.

Yes, that’s an over-dramatic, over-generalization, but the point remains: if higher education is in your child’s future, he/she will be challenged in every fathomable way– Christian University or not. So as a parent, the question is: ‘how do I prepare them (and myself) for that period of their life?’

Author Alex Chediak has answers in his new book Preparing Your Teens for College:

From Chediak’s website:



You don’t have to look far to see that many teens are having a tough go at it. In school, their teachers will tell you about short attention spans and superficial interests crowding out their appetite and even capacity for learning. Out of school, even part-time jobs are hard to come by, depriving them of the chance to develop a work ethic, build skills, and earn money. At home, one in three is being raised without the love, protection and security of a father. After high school, the link between higher education and professional success has never been stronger. Yet higher education has never been more expensive. To make matters worse, the U.S. now has the highest college dropout rate in the industrialized world: 44 percent of those who enter a four-year college will not graduate in six years. And 71 percent of those who start two-year degrees will not finish them within three years.

The message of Preparing Your Teens for College is that thriving at college begins before they get there–with what you do as moms, dads, youth pastors, mentors, and guidance counselors.

You can hear his interview with Ted and PK on Faith Radio Mornings below:

Alex Chediak

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Alex Chediak earned a B.S. Degree at Alfred University in Ceramic Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Material Science & Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. He worked as an engineer for IBM for three years (1996-1999). From 2005-2007 he was an apprentice at The Bethlehem Institute (now Bethlehem College and Seminary), a masters-level theological training program overseen by Pastors John Piper and Tom Steller. During those years, Alex got his start in Christian higher education at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. As of 2007, he’s been a professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. 

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