Thursday, June 22, 2017

10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read

Some time ago, Tim Challies offered his list of ten books he believes every Christian student should read. After reading it, I thought I would compile my own list acknowledging some overlap and credit to him.

1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

This is one of the most important works of fiction in English and should be devoured by every Christian. It is simple enough that it can be understood by new and young believers. I regret I did not read it at a younger age.

2. Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Pornography is a serious problem in our age. It has become a ubiquitous reality especially among younger generations. Lambert offers one of the best pastoral volumes on breaking free from pornography addiction. In this regard, I would also recommend Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by John Michael Cusick.

3. Mere Christianity/Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

Every student should read CS Lewis. I would recommend starting with the Narnia Chronicles. Afterward, these two volumes should be devoured and returned to for the rest of their lives.

4. Reasons for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

This book was helpful for me to understand Christian apologetics and how to handle common objections to Christianity. Keller is an excellent and piercing writer.

5. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Everyone has asked what God's will for their life is. Young people especially ask this question as they are pressured to make important decisions that will shape the rest of their lives: relationships, marriage, careers, education, family, etc. How do we know what the will of God is? DeYoung offers a short, simple, and biblical approach to the issue.

6. Every Young Man's Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker

It should go without saying that sexual temptation continues to remain a tremendous challenge for students. This is nothing new. As long as there has been youth, there has been youthful passions. The Battle books have been helpful over the years in guiding young people in warring against temptation and lust. Although I don't agree with everything in these books, there is much to like.

7. How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little

Every believer is an ambassador, yet it is an area we must grow in. One of the best introductions to evangelism is Little's volume.

8. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

You have only one life to live. Don't waste it. Live a radical faith.

9. Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris

This volume is unique in that it calls on students to raise above low expectations and change the world. I am often frustrated by our society's contentment with expecting little out of students. The Harris brothers calls the reader to higher standards.

10. Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most by Erick Thoennes

It is imperative that young believers understand the Christian faith. Thoennes offers one of the best introductions to systematic theology that does not read like one.
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