Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More

Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More
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Chediak, Alex; Tedd Tripp (foreword)


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Publisher's Description

Will my teens' faith be strong enough to withstand the tests of college?
Will they focus on their studies or squander their free time?
Will they form healthy friendships or join the wrong crowd?

Dr. Chediak has watched too many college students flounder over these and other issues. Sadly, 45 percent of those who start off at a four-year college will not complete their degree.

At a time when college has never been more expensive, too many of our children are failing.
What makes the difference? Character, a strong faith, and a willingness to delay gratification.
And where are those traits learned? Ideally, at home. Prepare your teens to thrive at college and beyond.

Includes a Foreword by Tedd Tripp

About the Author

Alex Chediak (PhD, UC Berkeley) is a speaker and professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University. He is the author of Thriving at College and has published numerous articles in Christian College Guide and Boundless. Originally from Chicago, Alex and his wife, Marni, and their three children now reside in Riverside, California. Learn more at

Book Details

405 Pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: March 2014
ISBN 10: 1414397909
ISBN 13: 9781414397900

“Preparing Your Teens for College is . . . an outstanding book about preparing [teens] for adulthood whether or not they go to college. Every parent who wants his or her teen to make a successful transition to young adulthood will profit from this book. As a grandparent I’m going to send copies to my own children to help them prepare our grandchildren.”
- Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“Don’t let the college years derail your teens. Too many are floundering in college, losing their connection to God and reality. Let Alex be your guide to preparing them for college.”
- Josh McDowell, speaker, author, More Than a Carpenter

“My only sadness in reading this book is that it was not available when my wife and I were parting with our children. Alex Chediak has provided a comprehensive manual, packed with biblical insight and practical wisdom. It should be required reading for all parents in preparation for the 'bittersweet sorrow' of seeing our children in the rearview mirror as we drive away from the college campus.”
- Alistair Begg, Senior Minister, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, OH

“Parents have no guarantees, but they can boost the likelihood of a successful transition to college by absorbing Alex Chediak’s book. Preparing Your Teens for College is not a gassy theoretical work but a practical, easy-to-use map through the spiritual, social, sexual, financial, academic, and occupational minefields.”
- Dr. Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, WORLD News Group

“My friend Alex Chediak has done it again. He has provided both parents and students an invaluable and reliable guide regarding the all-important college years. . . . The college years are years that will shape your child for the rest of his or her life. Read this book and let Alex, a parent and a college professor himself, guide you.”
- Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, One Way Love

&ldquuo;In Preparing Your Teens for College, Alex Chediak presents parents with all the tools needed to launch their young adults successfully into college life and beyond. But what I appreciate most about this author is his insistence that each son or daughter must have his or her own new birth. The faithfulness we desire for our children comes only by personally trusting in the goodness of God enough to actually obey Jesus Christ as Lord.”
- Gregg Harris, Director, Noble Institute; conference speaker; father of Alex and Brett Harris (bestselling authors of Do Hard Things)

“At a time when both college officials and employers are recognizing that certain “soft skills” essential to adult success are lagging among young adults, Alex Chediak’s primer on college prep is timely, informative, and effective. . . . Chediak lays out a sound and workable guidance plan, one oriented toward Christian faith, but accessible to all concerned parents.”
- Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University; author, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future

“The common conception is that Christian teens head off to college only to have their faith, values, and character stripped from them. But Alex Chediak argues that it doesn’t have to be that way. This book gives parents a wealth of helpful information as they send their kids to the halls of higher learning.”
- Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“Alex Chediak has provided guidance for parents on preparing teens for college that is at once useful, practical, and insightful as well as undergirded with a clear biblical worldview. . . . This book will be a great resource to any parent, youth pastor, or school guidance counselor who is involved in leading, advising, and coaching a teen for responsible Christian adulthood.”
- Dr. Derek J. Keenan, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Association of Christian Schools International

“In Preparing Your Teens for College, Alex helps parents realize that our hard work of preparation has a lot more to do with getting them ready for life than with getting them into the 'right' college. And, preparation involves much less doing everything for our kids and much more equipping them to be able to do things for themselves.”
- Kay Wills Wyma, author, Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement

“In my work with Christian college students, I know that significant numbers of them arrive at school without adequate preparation for what they will encounter. . . . What many Christian families need at this point is some sturdy horse sense, grounded in Scripture. Preparing Your Teens for College meets this need in an admirable way.”
- Douglas Wilson, Pastor, Christ Church, Moscow, ID; Senior Fellow and Trustee, New Saint Andrews College; author, Letter from a Christian Citizen and The Case for Classical Christian Education

“This book does more than show parents that they can prepare their children for college. It offers specific, practical, wise advice on the larger task of raising teenagers. . . . In addition to useful tips for helping sons and daughters choose and succeed in higher education, whether at a university or a trade school, this book can function as a guide for Christian families in one of the most important tasks of parenthood: teaching children how to be adults.”
- Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Professor of literature and Provost, Patrick Henry College; author, Loving God with All Your Mind and Family Vocation

“Alex Chediak has provided us with a much-needed and thoughtfully written guide for parents, guidance counselors, and educators alike. The insights found in this outstanding book will be most beneficial for those who invest the time to read and reflect upon Chediak’s wise words.”
- Dr. David S. Dockery, President, Union University

“Combining practical experience with research, Alex Chediak helps teens (and their parents) prepare for the migration to adulthood. As that migration is made increasingly later in life these days, the wisdom laced throughout this book is welcome indeed.”
- Dr. Michael Horton, Professor of theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Pilgrim Theology

“Preparing Your Teens for College is relevant, accessible, insightful, and practical. But best of all it is biblical. This is not a book of helpful hints from a wise man on guiding older teens. It is instead a faithful book of soundly applied biblical wisdom on guiding older teens. Alex has a rare ability to lead the reader to not just compare the Bible to the culture’s expectations of what is normal, but to demonstrate the beauty that flows from submission to the Word.”
- Dr. R. C. Sproul Jr., Associate Professor of Systematics, Apologetics, and Philosophy, Reformation Bible College; (and father of eight)

“This book helps calm parents’ fears in sending their children to college. With tremendous insight and wisdom, Dr. Chediak helps to prepare parents to prepare their children for college. I know of no other book that deals with many of the hard questions this book helps to answer.”
- Burk Parsons, Co-pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, FL; editor, Tabletalk magazine