Three Great Books For Christian Teens

The right book can sometimes be very helpful for someone. Here are three that I’ve read recently and which I think are great for teenagers.

True Spirituality – Vaughan Roberts

True Spirituality is a very accesible overview of 1 Corinthians. As always, Roberts is very readable and provides helpful illustrations to show the relevance of the letter for the teenager/student today. Each chapter is followed by some questions to help the reader think about what they’ve read. It’s by no means a complete commentary and in fairness, it never tries to be, but as an overview it’s very good. I dipped in and out of it, borrowing some of Roberts questions, illustrations and insights, for a one2one series with one of my teenagers but it could equally be used for small group studies or a springboard for a series of talks or just for a teenager to read through by themselves.

The Cross – Andrew Sach & Steve Jeffery

Clocking in at only 44 pages, this little book is great for a teenager who may not yet have made a commitment or for the new Christian. It simply lays out what happened at the cross and what it meant. Sach and Jeffery are two thirds of the team behind the tome “Pierced For Our Transgressions” which was a thorough defence of penal substitution and all that the cross stands for, so they certainly know what they’re talking about. At less than £3 it’s a steal and would easily make a great stocking filler this Christmas or a helpful gift at Easter.

Genuine: Becoming A Real Teenager – C.B. Martin

This is actually a reworking of Warren W. Wiersbe’s book “Becoming a Real Teenager” which just goes to show that something doesn’t have to be new to be relevant for young people (good job, otherwise we’d have to chuck out the Bible for a start!). Again, this is a short book coming in at 81 pages but is aimed more at encouraging the converted teenager who wants to live out their faith or challenging the teen with a half hearted faith. Each chapter looks at a different teenager from the bible including Joseph, David, Daniel, Mary, Timothy and Jesus, although the focus is most definitely on Jesus throughout the book. Each chapter finishes with some questions for the young person to “make it real.” This would be suitable for most teenagers between 14-18 years old.

Staff Away Time Day 2

Day 2 in Fritwell has been long but good. We had two sessions in the morning, one discussing our core values and what they should be and one discussing how they should change the life of All Saints & St. Richard’s. I didn’t really contribute much to these as I felt it was better to let the big boys kick those around and just watch where the balls landed.

Lunch was followed by some free time during which I chanced another walk, which joyfully turned out to be poo free this time. After this we had an afternoon session run by Vaughan Roberts, vicar of St. Ebbes in Oxford (I think) and author of some pretty good books, on staying spiritually fresh in ministry. It was a really great session and he had some very helpful and insightful things to say, clearly drawing on much wisdom and experience. I might write more about that once home and not having to type in a phone.

The evening consisted of some prayer led by Graham and Chris led us through 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 which gave us all some food for thought. It also led to an interesting theological discussion between our three clergy which I had the privilege of being able to listen in on. It was great to be able to just sit and absorb all that accumulated wisdom and humbling to see how little I still know in comparison.

Hats must also be removed to Katherine who amidst all this excitement has kept us brilliantly fed and watered so that we could want for nothing. It’s been a real blessing to have her here to look after us. Last day tomorrow.