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As a mother of four, locating the best Christian books for teens for my own children has been very important. My own kids now range from twenty-two to twenty-nine now and Christian books have played an important part in reinforcing the Biblical principles and Christian morals that we as a family live.
A creative and "out-of-the-box" method to inspire teens and young adults to engage in Bible study is to use Christian books for teens. Find a Christian fiction book or non-fiction book that addresses their interests and spark them to discover more in God's Word.
For instance, one of my daughters loves to read romance Christian books for teens. Many times they stir up questions in her about love, dating, friendship, etc. These then cause her to wonder what the Bible has to say about such topics, and she begins to dig for herself into God's Word.
Like any family, ours has very diverse in interests and personalities. Therefore, we have experienced the blessing of a wide range of topics in the Christian books for teens that we've read.
Our oldest daughter is an avid sports fan and athlete. As a child she read just about every book there was about horses. As she became older, she enjoyed Christian books that took place on the prairie. She also enjoyed books that dealt with real people's concerns in life. Following are some of her past favorites:
|Love Comes Softly, Love Comes Softly Series #1
By Janette Oke / Bethany
She ventured West with the man she loved, but in one day her world crumbled around her...First around in 1979, Love Come Softly has become a beloved classic with over one million copies sold. A generation of readers has laughed and wept and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis whose tragic circumstances threw them together on the frontier prairies of the 1800s.
|Diary of a Teenage Girl Series, Caitlin #1: Becoming Me
By Melody Carlson / Multnomah
Follow Caitlin O'Conner, a girl much like yourself, as she makes her way from New Year's to the first day of summer--surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis and the uncertainties of "true love."
You'll cry with Caitlin as she experiences heartache, and cheer for her as she encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can--incredibly--sometimes lead you to discover who you really are. 248 pages. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
If you check on Amazon, some of these are available free right now in Kindle version such as another book by Janette Oke - Once Upon a Summer.
Our oldest son has never loved reading like his mother; yet when introduced to Christian books for teens that addressed his interests, he enjoyed them. Not only did they increase his reading time, but they also impacted his Christian walk. Some of his interests included:Firefighters:
|The Protector, O'Malley Series #4
By Dee Henderson / Tyndale House
Jack O'Malley is a fireman who is fearless when it comes to facing an inferno. But when an arsonist begins targeting his district, his shift, his friends, Jack faces the ultimate challenge: protecting the lady who saw the arsonist before she pays an even higher price.
By Kristen Heitzmann / Bethany
Laurie thought she'd never return to her hometown, but she was wrong. Now a single mother, she must begin again in the village where she grew up---and face Cal, the man she rejected. Cal tries to be her friend. But how long can he deny his love---and Laurie suppress secrets from her past? 384 pages, softcover from Bethany.
|The Justice Riders, Justice Riders Series #1
By Chuck Norris, Ken Abraham & Aaron Norris / B & H Publishing Group
Legendary action hero Norris presents a straight-shooting page-turner guaranteed to please fans---and anybody with a heart for the American West! In The Justice Riders, dangerous outlaws pursue devilish dreams of fortune and their faith-filled opponents: unsung Civil War heroes bent on bringing justice to places that have none. 304 pages, softcover from B&H.
Our next son is an avid fantasy lover. I have been extremely thankful that there are now quality, God-honoring Christian books for teens in the genre of fantasy and science fiction books now!
He also enjoyed Frank Perretti's Christian books for teens which are full of suspense. Surprisingly, our youngest daughter also enjoyed these. :)
|Hangman's Curse, Volume #1, The Veritas Project
By Thomas Nelson
The Veritas Project is their code name--but only a handful of people know teens Elijah and Elisha Springfield have been covertly commissioned by the President to investigate strange mysteries that delve into the paranormal and supernatural. Their charge is to find out not only what happened, but why--the veritas (Latin for truth) behind the seemingly impossible phenomena.Their new assignment: Hangman's CurseIn Baker, Washington, three popular student athletes lie in an incoherent coma, with loss of muscle coordination, severe paranoia, and hallucinations. It's whispered that they're victims of Abel Frye--a curse that's haunted the school since a student died there in the 1930s. Now the curse is spreading, and students are running scared. The Veritas Project must go undercover to find the truth . . . before it's too late.
|Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Vols 1-5
By Donita K. Paul / Random House, Inc
Prepare to experience breathtaking adventure and mind-blowing fantasy as never before in this dazzling, beautifully-crafted series by Donita K. Paul. Featuring volumes 1-5 in the series.
|The Door Within Trilogy #1: The Door Within, Softcover
By Thomas Nelson
Aidan Thomas is miserable. And it's much more than the strange nightmares he's been having. Just when life seemed to be coming together for Aidan, his parents suddenly move the family across the country to take care of his wheelchair-bound grandfather. When strange events begin to occur, Aidan is drawn into his grandfather's basement where he discovers three ancient scrolls and an invitation to another world.
No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he meets knights, warriors, kings and mysterious Glimpses who can travel between worlds. Aidan joins them in the struggle between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King? Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Our youngest child is an all around "girly-girl." She loves anything
with a bit of romance. It has been amazing how many of the following
Christian books for teens that have impacted her view of boys, dating,
friendship, self-image, and other teen concerns. Through the stories
she is able to experience these as God intended them to be experienced.
|Christy Miller Series: 3-in-1 Collection, Volumes 1-4
By Robin Jones Gunn / Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
Beginning with fourteen-year-old Christy's commitment to Christ, this series follows her high school years as she grows in her walk with the Lord. Throughout, Christy learns about friendship, dating, responsibility, Christ's faithfulness, and God's reward for obedience. She has become a role model and close friend for thousands around the world. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
|Best Friend, Worst Enemy, Holly's Heart Series #1
By Beverly Lewis / Bethany
Holly Meredith is turning thirteen on Valentine's Day, and she cant wait! Maybe this will be the year she'll visit her dad in California, where he moved when her parents divorced several years ago. Since then, Holly has grown very close to her mom and little sister, and she has a best friend she can share everything with and tell everything to...well, almost everything.
Holly and her best friend, Andie, were having a great seventh-grade year. But now a new boy in their class has them fighting over him--and this is one thing the girls can't share!
According to the Loyalty Papers they created a few years ago, one of the girls has to back off. Should Holly forget about Jared to save her friendship with Andie? Or should she force Andie to stay away? When Holly's secret plan backfires, she discovers the true meaning of friendship earns the miracle of forgiveness. Recommended for ages 11 to 14.
|Sierra Jensen Series: 3-in-1 Collection, Volume 1
By Robin Jones Gunn / Multnomah Fiction
She's the bold, free-spirited type. She's cute, she's fun, and she's following God. She's Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller's good friend, ready for her junior year of high school! All 12 books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra's incredible God-led journey! Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Book 1: Only You, Sierra
Book 2: In Your Dreams
Book 3: Don't You Wish
|Stuck in the Sky, Brio Girls Series #1
By Lissa Halls Johnson / Tyndale House
Jacie Noland's art seems to be going nowhere when the opportunity to attend a prestigious art conference halts because of a lack of funds. To her surprise, the only part of her life moving forward is her unexpected relationship with the "bad boy" at school. Now the new girl, Hannah Connor, is preaching to Jacie what she already knows--that she should be more open with her faith. But even when the opportunity to share her faith seems just right, she winds up tongue-tied. Will she ever be able to figure out what God wants from her? 181 pages, recommended for ages 12 to 16.
Brio Magazine is available online and full of articles, advice, devotions, and Christian stories for teenage girls.
One of my favorite Christian authors is Lori Wick . I've introduced our daughters and other teenage girls to her books, and they've loved them too.
Join your daughter or son in reading Christian books for teens or adults and share the moments!
There are also many wonderful non-fiction Christian books for teens that are written on their level and that are able to help ground them as a young Christian. Many of these gave our kids answers as well as confidence to live out their faith even after moving on to college and careers.
Christian books help equip our children. No, they are in no way a substitute for the Bible. These are meant to compliment and confirm practically living out the life principles God teaches us in His Word.
Lee Strobel's Christian books for teens will help them defend their beliefs:
|Case for Faith, Case for Christ, & Case for the Creator, Student edition, 3 vols
By Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel / Zondervan
Your teens are on the frontlines of faith every day. Equip them with the answers they need to solidify their own beliefs and defend Christianity in a cynical world! Softcovers.
One of my favorite authors for teens, Chad Eastham, writes books on relationships, understanding the opposite sex, and dating. Two of his books I highly recommend for teen girls as well as teen guys as an investment in their present and their future are:
|Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti
By Chad Eastham with Bill & Pam Farrel / Thomas Nelson
|The Truth About Dating, Love & Just Being Friends
By Chad Eastham / Thomas Nelson
|I Kissed Dating Goodbye/Boy Meets Girl, 2 Pack
By Joshua Harris / Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
There are so many wonderful Christian books for teens out there. As a mom, I'm so thankful to all of these Christian authors for hearing God's call to this important area of ministry.
Christianbook.com offers a great Teen Store with other Christain books for teens as well as gifts, devotionals, etc.
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