“Do Hard Things” by Alex and Brett Harris

The authors twins and young at the time of writing this book, make use of their experiences to challenge the age-related constraints that society often burdens teenagers with. The Harris brothers propose that teenagers leverage the unique energy and potential they possess to ‘do hard things’—to reach beyond the typically low standard set for their age group—and thus discover their full potential.

The book powerfully encompasses a unique blend of analysis, anecdotes, and practical advice. The reader explores an impressive variety of areas where teenagers can redefine expectations from academics to social service. A distinctive part of the book is the real-life examples of teens who have undertaken significant tasks, defying the stereotypical perception of adolescence.

“Do Hard Things” stems from a Christian perspective that invokes the scripture verse from Timothy 1:4:12—’Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.’ Offering a faith-oriented guide to the teenage reader, it inspires, motivates, and challenges teenagers to redefine their lives.

 

“Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper

John Piper, esteemed pastor, and author, delves deep into the existential aspect of life, encouraging young readers to reflect upon and redefine their understanding of what a substantial, purposeful life entails. He suggests that a life devoted to God and His service, rather than being dedicated to worldly success and pleasures, can bring genuine fulfillment and joy.

“Don’t Waste Your Life” has a message for the reader: to live entirely and purposely for God rather than getting lost in the pursuit of earthly things. Piper warns his readers of the tragedy of a life spent without meaning, urging them to discover the purpose of their existence in the pleasures of God.

The book presents a powerful juxtaposition of living for one’s will versus God’s will. Piper asserts that a Christ-centered life, even if it costs you everything in worldly measures, is abundantly fruitful in the spiritual sense.

Piper’s exploration of Christian hedonism stands out in this book. He emphasizes that the ultimate goal of a Christian’s life should be to glorify God, and in the quest to do so, individuals will discover their greatest joy.

“Don’t Waste Your Life” is rich with Scriptural references and biblical teachings. The author connects the Bible’s truths to readers’ daily experiences, thus making the book relatable and easy to comprehend. He does not shy away from addressing tough issues such as suffering and sacrifices, staying true to the book’s focal message.

 

‘Captives’ by Jill Williamson

As the first entry in the ‘Safe Lands’ trilogy, ‘Captives’ presents a gripping and thrilling narrative. This book invites its readers into a post-apocalyptic world removed in time from our present-day reality. It portrays a world where an entire civilization lives within large cities, referred to as ‘Safe Lands’, to protect the inhabitants from a lethal global pandemic.

Christian Books for TeensThe book tells about three brothers – Levi, Mason, and Omar. Hailing from a distant and secluded village, these brothers unexpectedly become entangled within the complexities of the Safe Lands, a society starkly different from their own. The Safe Land’s perceived utopia invites them with endless pleasures and luxuries. These replete allurements come at a price and are underpinned by hidden, decadent values that starkly contrast the brothers’ Christian faith.

The brothers’ relationship with their faith becomes the central piece of the narrative. The story navigates through their struggles, temptations, and endurance as they attempt to hold onto their beliefs.

Williamson’s writing style draws readers in with the unique premise and realistic characters. As she explores the themes of faith, trust, and hope, readers witness the trials and tribulations of the protagonists. They see the power of faith in challenging circumstances, illustrating that even when ensnared within the splendor of the Safe Lands, one’s faith can be unwavering.

 

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis

The series encompasses a blend of adventure, fantasy, and Christian allegory, serving as a unique conduit to explore and understand some of the important tenets of Christian faith. Brought to life are characters, lands, and adventures that kindle deeper spiritual understanding and reflection.

Each book in the series introduces readers to the magical world of Narnia. It’s a fantastical realm filled with talking animals, mythical creatures, and enchanted objects, the existence of which is entirely separate from our own. The main characters are four siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, who stumble into Narnia through a wardrobe in the first book, setting the stage for their extraordinary adventures.

Each book delves into intricate explorations of good and evil, faith, forgiveness, sacrifice, and redemption. Lewis ingeniously draws parallels to biblical principles and characters, such as the representation of Aslan, the noble Lion, as a Christ figure, offering Christian teens the opportunity to glean nuanced theological insights from the narrative.

By embedding Christian themes within the heart of a gripping, magical fantasy landscape, Lewis manages to make philosophically profound points accessible and engaging to young readers.

 

‘Anomaly’ by Krista McGee

The setting of ‘Anomaly’ unfolds in a far-off future society that has eliminated all emotions to sustain peace and order. People are designed scientifically, and any sign of emotion or abnormality is termed an ‘Anomaly’ and leads to the utmost scrutiny.

The protagonist, Thalli, is one of these ‘Anomalies’. Thalli dares to question, something her dystopian society does not appreciate. She inquires about the presence of God and his creations in a world devoid of faith. She yearns for answers and yearns to understand what it means to be human truly. She uncovers her concealed emotions, including the capacity to love.

McGee beautifully navigates Thalli’s quest for knowledge and faith, capturing it in a way that aligns seamlessly with the Christian belief system, especially for its teen readers. Her challenges, questions, and eventual realization about God’s existence and His divine purpose for humanity underpin the story.

‘Anomaly’ provides a thought-provoking narrative, posing critical questions about creation and the essence of human life. It validates their quest for answers on faith and helps them understand how to maintain it steadfastly, even when faced with daunting challenges or an environment devoid of spirituality.

 

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