Additional Endorsements for Prepare, Succeed, Advance (Treier, Still, and Dodson)

While my book Prepare, Succeed, Advance does have a few very generous and much-appreciated endorsements by Mike Gorman, Chris Tilling, Mike Bird, and Dan Gurtner (thank you so much!), I reached out to other leaders and figureheads in the academic community for their support of this book. Here are a few more words:

“This guidebook is a great idea—I wish I had such a resource all those years ago when I was first exploring life in the academic world! Many aspects of that world seem like common sense to insiders but are foreign to newcomers, who need a trustworthy guide for navigating those inner workings. Dr. Gupta provides practical help that students can use as they discern whether to pursue a vocation in biblical and theological studies, and as they start walking down that path.” — Daniel Treier, Associate Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

“I consider assisting (Truett Seminary) students to discern the next educational step to or not to take to be a profound privilege and a sacred trust. The prospects of pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies can be and typically are daunting! Nijay Gupta’s guidebook Prepare, Succeed, Advance will go some way not only to demystify the idea, but also to assist those who apply to be accepted, to aid those who gain admission to gain traction, and to help those who graduate to find their way in the bewildering, yet wonderful, world of the academy. I intend to keep a supply of Nijay’s book to hand and to give it to students who are thinking about the ins and outs of a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.” — Todd D. Still, Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

“I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger,” and had Gupta’sPrepare, Succeed, Advance been written way back then—as regards to the pursuit for a PhD and a tenured track post—I would have. Frankly, Nijay’s insights give an unfair advantage to future PhD’s over those of us who have already ran that gauntlet and wish we could do it again. Nevertheless, having read this book, it would now be unjust to fail to recommend it to all PhD bound students. Therefore, I will reluctantly urge these students, even though they will undoubtedly be our future competition for jobs and publications, to read this book. And so should you. It’s the Christian thing to do.” — Joseph R. Dodson, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Ouchita Baptist University