Surviving and Thriving in Seminary

An Academic and Spiritual Handbook

H. Daniel Zacharias & Benjamin K. Forrest

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A No-nonsense and Practical Guide to Succeeding During Seminary Studies

If you want to learn how to manage your studies and equip yourself with the tools to succeed, you'll find in this book:

PART 1: How To Prepare Your Heart, Mind, and Family
Seminary is a high-demand program both in-class and outside of class. This book will help students to prepare themselves for the intellectual challenges of seminary as well emotionally prepare the important relationships in their life.

PART 2: How To Manage Your Time and Energy
Gone are the days when seminary students could focus solely on their studies. Most students today are already in ministry while studying, working a job, and quite often have a family. In addition, the financial realities bring additional pressures to the life of a seminary student. You'll find here practical tips and suggestions to help balance your life and finances while studying.

PART 3: How To Research, Read, and Write Like a Pro
Seminary demands a lot of reading, essay writing, and library research – yet many students do not come to seminary prepared to engage in these exercises at the graduate level. In this book readers will be coached on how to read intelligently, how to build your essays upon quality research, and to write theological essays.



This is a very fine, well written book. It will help more seminarians start well, do well, and finish well. I will gladly and enthusiastically commend it to our students.
— Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Daniel Zacharias and Benjamin Forrest have written an immensely helpful book on how to prepare yourself when you’re totally unprepared for seminary. If you’re starting seminary, this book will give you a head start, and hopefully prevent you from turning your Christian life into a train wreck. This book covers everything you should know from prayer life to research skills to time management. I wish someone had told me this when I went to seminary.
— Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College
Surviving and Thriving in Seminary is essential reading for the next generation of seminary students. In this carefully designed book, Forrest and Zacharias, with much wisdom and pastoral guidance, have thoughtfully introduced their readers to the multiple aspects of theological education, including shaping minds, transforming lives, as well as forming men and women for ministry. The authors have presented students with a great gift, providing both current and prospective students, as well as their families, with a thorough overview of the realities, privileges, blessings, responsibilities, and challenges involved in pursuing seminary education. Forrest and Zacharias are to be congratulated on producing this extremely helpful and beneficial volume.
— David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School