When the assigned school reading stops for summer, it’s a great time to pick up books just for fun! There are loads of awesome Christian books for teens and young adults, but this year, be sure to dive into the best of the best. Here are 10 Christian books teens and young adults will enjoy and learn from, long after summer is over:
Top 10 Christian Books for Teens to Build Their 2018 Summer Reading List
Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson
“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson is back with another great book. In Live Fearless, Robertson urges her fellow teenagers to live with “power, passion, and purpose.” In the book’s introduction, she says:
“Inside this book are ways to find your power, passion, and purpose—and reach for your dreams. Plus, there are places to jot down notes, fun lists, practical ways to make changes, and thoughts on how living fearless can change everything.”
Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris
Do Hard Things is written by teens and for teens. The Harris twins deliver a powerful and counter-cultural message in Do Hard Things that will inspire any teen to relentlessly pursue God’s will. The authors’ message is simple: “Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last. We do."
One God, One Plan, One Life by Max Lucado
Christian author Max Lucado is known for his powerful devotionals for adults, kids —and now teens. In One God, One Plan, One Life, Lucado offers wisdom on issues all teenagers face, like bullying, purity, alcohol and drug use, and self-esteem. Though many people start yearly devotionals in January, this book is also a great reset during the summer.
Know Who You Are, Live Like It Matters by Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow has never been shy about his faith. In Know Who You Are, Live Like it Matters, Tebow shares the secret to his success. In four sections, this interactive journal takes teens through topics like “Who Are You? Jesus as a Source of Identity” and “Living Bigger: Living in a Way that Impacts Eternity.”
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Francine River’s Christian historical fiction has been applauded as some of the very best. Her most popular novel, Redeeming Love, is a must-read for teens and young adults. This powerful retelling of Gomer and Hosea takes place during the California Gold Rush of 1850, and the message of love and redemption is timeless.
Left Behind: The Kids by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
The Left Behind series and movies are loved by Christian audiences, and the spinoff series for teens and young adults is just as compelling. After the rapture, teens that were “left behind” struggle with their newfound faith in the midst of worldwide chaos and the Tribulation. Young teens looking for an introduction to the end times will love Left Behind: The Kids.
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The Veritas Project Series by Frank Peretti
Frank Peretti is known for his faith-based thrillers. The Veritas Project, which means “the truth project,” envisions startling spiritual warfare that will keep you turning pages. This top-rated book was called “classic Peretti” by Amazon reviewers and is sure to be a new favorite.
What Now? A Young Adult’s Practical, Spiritual, and Somewhat Unusual Guide to Finding God’s Will by Hannah Duggan
The teenage and young adult years can feel complicated and difficult to navigate. Hannah Duggan explores how teens can discover and follow God’s will in this 10-week Bible study designed just for them. According to the author, What Now is equipped with practical tools, spiritual breakthroughs, and somewhat unusual tips on how to find direction - not just for our futures - but in every area of our lives.”
Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand
The original Unbroken is a New York Times bestseller, blockbuster movie, and upcoming sequel about Olympian and lieutenant Louis Zamperini’s incredible story of survival and hope. This version, adapted for young adults, tells the incredible story by Laura Hillenbrand, and is a perfect read before the movie “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” releases this fall.
Not a Fan (Student Edition) by Kyle Idleman
Are you ready to truly follow Jesus? In Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman teaches students the difference between being a fan and a follower. With personal stories, humor, and biblical truth, Pastor Idleman’s book is as convicting as it is enjoyable to read.
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