“After College” Book Review

May 22, 2019

Welcome to Morning Star Reviews from Morning Star Christian Bookstore, sharing Jesus Christ with New England and the world. Here is our review of the book “After College: Navigating transitions, relationships and faith” by Erica Young Reitz.

“After College” is about the situations that college graduates face as they move from college to the real world and is divided into three parts; Real Faith: Faithful to Christ, Real Life: Faithful to community and Real World: Faithful to our calling.

Part one, Real Faith, prioritizes the importance of maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during the post college years and beyond. Reitz talks about how the abrupt change from a predictable and structured academic college environment to an open-ended, unfamiliar, and potentially volatile workforce situation challenges a person’s faith and walk with God. This section contains solid advice on embracing change, dealing with adversity, and making God-honoring decisions in uncertain times.

Part two, Real Life, brings a plan for success in personal relationships. There are some great insights here for what to look for when choosing a church and a healthy church life, how to handle the change that comes when college friends are no longer close by, how to relate to bosses and to coworkers with different personality types, how to properly move back in with your parents and away from your parents, and also how to go about the dating process.

Part three, Real World, is all about a person’s calling, beyond just what they do for work. Here, Reitz focuses on taking personal inventory and completely ordering each aspect of your life in a Christ-centered, kingdom-minded way. This section deals heavily with redeeming both our vocation and our resources for the glory of God, including excellent advice for lifestyle choices, work motivations, and financial planning.

Here’s what I like about this book. Everything comes back to Jesus, and why this whole college thing mattered in light of who Jesus is and what He has called us to do. All three sections are filled with Bible passages and the principles that Reitz brings to the table find their foundation in Biblical truth. The book is loaded with failure and success stories, real-world results of certain choices, motivations and paths to help guide the graduate forward.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book: “When I look back on my life, the progression to this point has been far from linear. My experience has been more of a mess of dots that God has graciously connected as He has worked out his will.” As a recent college graduate, perspectives like that helped me connect with this book. Reitz addressed a lot of what I’ve experienced post-college, and I found the advice very timely, practical and encouraging. I’d recommend this book more for younger, single graduates who have yet to begin their career, but any college graduate who reads it will definitely benefit from the biblical principles and life perspectives contained here.

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“After College” is about the situations that college graduates face as they move from college to the real world and is divided into three parts; Real Faith: Faithful to Christ, Real Life: Faithful to community and Real World: Faithful to our calling. Part one, Real Faith, prioritizes the importance of maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during the post college years and beyond. Reitz talks about how the abrupt change from a predictable and structured academic college environment to an open-ended, unfamiliar, and potentially volatile workforce situation challenges a person’s faith and walk with God. This section contains solid advice on embracing change, dealing with adversity, and making God-honoring decisions in uncertain times. Part two, Real Life, brings a plan for success in personal relationships. There are some great insights here for what to look for when choosing a church and a healthy church life, how to handle the change that comes when college friends are no longer close by, how to relate to bosses and to coworkers with different personality types, how to properly move back in with your parents and away from your parents, and also how to go about the dating process. Part three, Real World, is all about a person’s calling, beyond just what they do for work. Here, Reitz focuses on taking personal inventory and completely ordering each aspect of your life in a Christ-centered, kingdom-minded way. This section deals heavily with redeeming both our vocation and our resources for the glory of God, including excellent advice for lifestyle choices, work motivations, and financial planning. Here’s what I like about this book. Everything comes back to Jesus, and why this whole college thing mattered in light of who Jesus is and what He has called us to do. All three sections are filled with Bible passages and the principles that Reitz brings to the table find their foundation in Biblical truth. The book is loaded with failure and success stories, real-world results of certain choices, motivations and paths to help guide the graduate forward. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book: “When I look back on my life, the progression to this point has been far from linear. My experience has been more of a mess of dots that God has graciously connected as He has worked out his will.” As a recent college graduate, perspectives like that helped me connect with this book. Reitz addressed a lot of what I’ve experienced post-college, and I found the advice very timely, practical and encouraging. I’d recommend this book more for younger, single graduates who have yet to begin their career, but any college graduate who reads it will definitely benefit from the biblical principles and life perspectives contained here. Thanks for watching this episode of Morning Star reviews. If you liked this video, give us a thumbs up, share it with a friend, and subscribe for more great videos and reviews. Find us on Facebook and visit us at morningstarbookstore.com for the store nearest you. Join us again for our next video as we continue to share Jesus Christ with New England and the world.

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