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Recommendations For Admitted Students


See the recommended reading list below. These are a few things our college-bound students can do the summer before their first semester at TMU:

  • • Prepare for WOW (Week Of Welcome).
  • • Shop for dorm and decor essentials. See the Housing FAQ.
  • • Plan and network for part-time on- or off-campus jobs.
  • • Chat with TMU faculty, alumni and the Student Career Center for planning out semesters and possible internships.
  • • Explore career paths and options by chatting with TMU Biblical Studies Professors who teach in all freshmen and sophomore schedules.
  • • Check out TMU Clubs & Societies.
  • • Go to Camp REGEN.
  • • Serve their church, soak in the Word, and love on their family and friends!

In addition, our Fall semester includes Church Day, Missions Day, and Career Day where students can meet representatives from churches, organizations, employers, and affiliates at on-campus fairs.


Recommended reading by Joseph Francis PhD

Dean, School of Science, Math, Technology and Health; Chairman, Biological and Physical Science

  • • None Other, John MacArthur

  • • Ebola, David Quammen

  • • Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

  • • Studies in Viral Ecology, Hurst

  • • Crisis in the Red Zone, Richard Preston

  • • Martin Lister and His Remarkable Daughters, Roos

  • • The Diversity of Life, E.O Wilson

  • • The Genius Plague, David Walton


Recommended reading by Clyde P. Greer, Jr.

Chairperson, Department of History and Political Studies Professor of History

TMU Faculty Publications:

  • • The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders, by Gregg Frazer (ISBN 978-0-7006-2021-0.)

  • • Awake, O Harp (a devotional commentary on the Psalms), by Will Varner (ISBN 978-1548743789)


Recommended reading by Bob Dickson, Ed. D

Associate Professor and Communication Department Chair

Fantastic book for budding Christian journalists. Covers issues of worldview (biblical and secular) in the U.S. and how it has affected how we have framed issues and public policy over the years. One third of the book covers the history of journalism. One third teaches sound principles of journalism (storytelling, interviewing, framing, corroborating, fact checking, editing, etc). The final third addresses the Christian’s (vital) place in the field.

Excellent book on producing news segments/programming for radio/podcast/audio platforms. Covers every aspect of creating professional, compelling stories for audio consumption, from story concepting to gathering content to editing to editing and distribution.

  • • For Creative Writers: The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler Applies Joseph Campbell’s work on heroes and storytelling and applies it specifically to the writing and workshopping of all manner of story, form the novel to the screenplay. This one will save writers much heartache when it comes to plot development (and by extension, character development as well).

  • • For Marketing Writers or Writers in general: On Writing Well by William Zinsser

A must read for all aspiring writers. You will be amazed at how easy it is to read and how quickly it makes an impact on your work.

Excellent book that challenges readers to honestly consider the kind of leader they truly are – and why they may not be getting the results they intend. Written as a fable/parable, which makes it quick and fun to read.

The President of Pixar animation shares his story of how Pixar came to be – and of how he and his team intentionally created a culture of creativity.

This book will first and foremost feed your soul. You will return to over and over for that reason alone. On top of that, reading it will improve your understanding of (and effectiveness with) the use of simile, metaphor, and symbol … all good things for writers of all kinds!


Recommended reading by Dr Abner Chou

The John F. MacArthur Endowed Fellow

  • • DeYoung, Kevin. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2014.

  • • Hendricks, Howard G. G., William D. D. Hendricks, and Charles R. Swindoll. Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible. New Edition. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2007.

  • • Schaeffer, Francis A., and Lane T. Dennis. How Should We Then Live? (L’Abri 50th Anniversary Edition): The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture. L’Abri 50th Anniversary Edition edition. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2005.


Check back soon fore even more reading recommendations from TMU Faculty.

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