Erica is a dear friend, and has done campus ministry for years. We have had the joy of watching her enter into sincere friendships with her college-age friends, and we have watched as they've often grown into remarkable young adults with a coherent vision for their lives, relating their faith to all of life, and serving Christ's Kingdom in work, relationships, church and world. What good fruit her ministry has born. I cannot understate how much Beth and I admire, respect and appreciate her.
And we know she is not only a good campus worker, a friend to many and an exceptionally thoughtful young woman, she is a great writer, too. She reads widely, quotes fine authors and important books and yet writes from her heart, out of her experiencing mentoring young adults and teaching this material.
Over the last several years Erica has worked out of Calvary Church
, a fabulously energetic church in State College, Pennsylvania (yes, the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions) focusing her energies on mentoring college seniors, walking with them through their senior year of college as they prepare to make the transition out of college life. She has identified key areas of concern, has listened well to college seniors, men and women at Penn State and other schools, too, and has been doing workshops and classes about her vision for churches serving young adults well in this particular time of their lives. Her program, called EXIT, draws on best practices and research on senior preparedness, she
offers practical tools for a life of faithfulness and flourishing during
a critical, transitional time. Erica has become a bit of an expert on the transition from college into the so-called "real world." She has spoken about this topic at other churches and at the big Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the CCO
, for whom she works.
And, yes, you may recall, we drew upon her good storytelling, sensible vision, and practical experience to offer a down-to-Earth epilogue for my own book, Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life.
A number of folks said they enjoyed her brief piece there as much as the larger and perhaps more serious contributions by famous speakers, authors, and Christian thought-leaders. I was honored that she was willing to craft that afterword for my book, and now I'm delighted -- thrilled, really -- to tell you about her own book. It came out the first week of August 2016 and, along with Serious Dreams (
naturally) it will be one of the essential books for college graduates.
Here is something I subsequently wrote about After College.
Erica is one of the most gifted and insightful and caring campus workers
we know, and we've watched her over the years as she developed a
program at Penn State University to help college seniors prepare to exit
well, to transition out of their academic experience and into the
so-called "real world." Her program has been immensely valuable for
many, and in this new book she offers insight learned in those years
with seniors preparing for the post-college years. She offers stories,
insight, guidance and the clear voice of a stable, trusted friend as
from a wise older sister, inviting young adults to take their faith
seriously in their 20-something years.
I can't say enough good things about Erica's book... it is very well written, very interesting, a just jam-packed loaded with all kinds of really good information and advice. It
will help those who are confused or hurting or those who are well on their way to exciting new prospects. It is designed really for anyone
who is seeking a lasting faith, meaningful vocations, and a renewed
passion for honoring God in the way their young adult years unfold.
Congratulations, Erica, and thank you for sharing your wisdom and good, good writing.
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