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A Sneak Peek at Shaping Their Future

3D cover 300x450 adI’m excited to offer you a sneak peek at my forthcoming book:

Shaping Their Future: Mentoring Students Through Their Formative College Years

It will officially release on March 11th, but you can get your 40 page preview by leaving your email below:


Here’s a little more about the book:

The college years are some of the most formative years of life. The context of the university campus is unlike any other – rich with educated voices, diversity, freedom, opportunity, and space for students to explore – who they are and who they are becoming. However, for far too many students today, the formative college years are being wasted. In a lot of ways college has become high school – Part 2, but with a lot of debt incurred. The college experience demands a transition, or series of transitions, and our young adults need to encouraged to work with God to make the most of their formative college years.

And that’s where you come in. Most of today’s students will not find their way into these significant transitions on their own. They need you. They need a Mentor – someone who can help them to recognize God’s present work in their life – and the direction they need to move in. This book is designed to assist Mentors – the parents, pastors, professors, coaches, employers, etc. – as a guide, a rudder, or even a springboard into conversations surrounding specific arenas of life that require our students’ attention, consideration, and application or action. It’s about the rest of their lives and best utilizing some of the most formative years they will ever have available to them. Now is the time for students to co-labor with GOD – and YOU – to become the women and men they are intended to be!

Here is what some of the early readers of Shaping Their Future are saying about this new book:

A primer allows us a way in, introducing us to the ideas and issues that matter. Guy Chmieleski’s Shaping Their Future is just that, a primer for people who understand that the college years are critical years. Written almost as a conversation between a mentor and a student, the book walks through the dynamics of forming a faith that makes sense of life for the rest of life.

Steven Garber, Principal of The Washington Institute and Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness

There are three things about Shaping Their Future that stand out: first, Guy has done his homework on discerning what makes the college generation tick; second, he has provided an excellent set of wise, experienced-shaped strategies for ministering to and with college students; and third he puts in your hand a book that will help you, the mentor, in shaping the future of the next generation. There is no book like this. Get one for every college professor and every campus minister.

Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary, and Author ofOne.Life and The King Jesus Gospel

Even if they appear well put together and technologically savvy, don’t be tricked. Today’s young adults need you more than ever in their lives. Guy Chmieleski’s book teaches and trains you on what it takes to encourage and disciple the next generation. If you love college students, this is a book you can’t afford to miss.

Margaret Feinberg (, Author of Wonderstruck

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Thanks for your interest in this new resource — and the future of today’s college students.

If you like what you read, I’d like to invite you to take 3 important actions:

1. PRE-Order Shaping Their Future by clicking here.

2. RSVP for the “Official Release Party,” an online Facebook event, and then invite any parents, pastors, professors, coaches, employers, et al. that you think might benefit from knowing about this kind of resource.

3. Finally, check out The #iMentor Initiative that I’m launching in conjunction with the release of this book. I’d love to hear about how God has used mentoring in your life — and potentially feature your story here at You can read more about the #iMentor initiative by clicking here.

Friends, thanks for your continued partnership in reaching this next generation for Christ!