This Just In: Learning for the Love of God by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby

Learning for the Love of God: A Student’s Guide to Academic Faithfulness

by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby

Most Christian college students separate their academic life from church attendance, Bible study, and prayer. Too often discipleship of the mind is overlooked if not ignored altogether. In this lively and enlightening book, two authors who are experienced in college youth ministry show students how to be faithful in their studies, approaching education as their vocation.

This revised edition of the well-received The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness includes updates throughout, two new substantive appendixes, personal stories from students, a new preface, and a fresh interior design. Chapters conclude with thought-provoking discussion questions.


Donald Opitz (PhD, Boston University) is professor of sociology and higher education at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Geneva Master of Arts in Higher Education program. He is the author of numerous articles and has worked as a pastor as well as a campus minister.

Derek Melleby (MA, Geneva College) is the director of the College Transition Initiative for the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He is also an associate staff member of the Coalition for Christian Outreach and has worked with students in a variety of settings. He lives in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.


Praise for Learning for the Love of God:

“What does discipleship have to do with learning? How do I follow Jesus as a student? What does the Lord require of me at university? This marvelous book answers just these sorts of questions. It’s one of a kind, an expansive vision of Christian learning written not for professors but for students. Best of all, this is a book that can profit students in any educational context, secular or religious. Buy a box of these and give them to every high school senior you know.”
—James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College; author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation


Praise for the first edition of Learning for the Love of God:

“We couldn’t be more impressed. [This book] is serious, well-written, charming and challenging. It does this job–explaining the contours and the importance of a Christian vision of life and learning–as well as any book in print. . . . This book deserves to be acclaimed as it will change the lives of those who take it seriously, and could revolutionize . . . young adult ministry, campus work, and even high school fellowship groups. . . . This little book is unlike any other, and will make a difference, underscoring a movement of thoughtful Christians relating vocation and calling, work and career, God’s ways in the real world. It may be outrageous to say this, but this thin, fun book, may be one of the most important books of the decade.”