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Guest Post by Andy Naselli

Most college students will be heading back to school soon, and this 25-page article would serve them well:

Danielle Sallade. Human Flourishing. Edited by D. A. Carson. Christ on Campus Initiative. Deerfield, IL: Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, 2010. (PDF | HTML)

Sallade’s penetrating essay targets busy college students and explains how they can flourish as God intends when their work is so demanding. But her essay will earn a wider reading than just college students; students in high school and graduate school will benefit from it as well as those no longer in school, from high-powered lawyers to stay-at-home moms. Both my wife and I profited from it immensely.

Danielle Sallade and her husband, Chris, are staff members of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship at Princeton University, where they both graduated before earning Master of Divinity degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Here’s what D. A. Carson says about the author and her essay:

Danielle is the rare Christian leader who combines theological acumen with excellent personal relationships, reflective theological synthesis with a disarmingly rich understanding of our culture. She cares deeply for the glory of God and for the good of his image-bearers. And she writes well. I hope this essay achieves the wide circulation it deserves.

Here’s her article’s outline:

1. The Culture of Busyness

1.1. Value in All Types of Work
1.2. Value in All Types of Work--by Design
1.3. Value in All Types of Work--By Example

2. Identity in Work

2.1. Identity in Christ
2.2. Work That Flows Out of Identity in Christ

3. Depending on God in our Work

3.1. Sabbath
3.2. Focus on Faithfulness

4. Conclusion

Sallade’s annotated bibliography includes ten resources:

  1. Lynne Baab. Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedoms in the Rhythms of Rest. Downers Grove: IVP, 2005.
  2. Andy Crouch. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downers Grove: IVP, 2008.
  3. Marva Dawn. Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.
  4. ------. In the Beginning, God: Creation, Culture, and the Spiritual Life. Downers Grove: IVP, 2009.
  5. Os Guinness. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003.
  6. John Piper. Don't Waste Your Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2003. [audiobook]
  7. ------. "Resources on Work & Vocation."
  8. Leland Ryken. Redeeming the Time: A Christian Approach to Work and Leisure. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995.
  9. Jean M. Twenge. Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before. New York: Free Press, 2007.
  10. Edward T. Welch. Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest. Greensboro: New Growth, 2007.

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2 thoughts on “Advice for Busy People, Especially College Students”

  1. Chuck says:

    On page 11 of the pdf version, I think I would have preferred the author refer to Jesus, the carpenter. as a “blue collar guy” instead of a “union guy.”

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Andy Naselli (PhD in Theology, Bob Jones University; PhD in New Testament exegesis and theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary, research manager for D. A. Carson, and administrator of Themelios. His family belongs to Bethlehem Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.