Engineering Your Soul

Christian author Dallas Willard stated that the aim of Christian education is “to bring students to the place at which they walk routinely and easily in the character and power of Jesus Christ.”

Engineering Your Soul is our department’s way of helping guide students to this end, so that we all might understand how necessary it is to intentionally “put off the old self and put on the new self” (Ephesians 4:22–24).

As part of our mission, we are preparing engineers for a life of responsible service emerging from a Christian worldview. One step toward the fulfillment of this goal is the selection of influential Christian writing to be read and reflected upon each semester by all engineering faculty and students. This exercise is treated as an official component of every engineering course and is uniquely integrated and assessed at the discretion of each course instructor. 

Students can engage in conversations on Canvas regarding the readings and have regular in-person meetings to discuss the theology and application of the semester’s book. It is the department’s hope that students will not view this as one more task to complete, but as a catalyst for continued discussion that ultimately leads to a deeper experience of Jesus Christ.

Past books have included:

  • The Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
  • Garden City by John Mark Comer
  • The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Paul’s Epistle to the Romans
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Humility by Andrew Murray