10 Best Books on Trusting God For Teens
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A while ago, I compiled a list of my favorite books on trusting God. That list had titles that dealt mostly with trusting God through hard times and letting go of anxiety- issues that I have personally dealt with, recently. I have another list of favorite books about trusting God for you today. This new list of ten books is for teens. I have chosen titles that do an excellent job of speaking to where I have seen many Christian teens are in their faith journey.
Questioning everything, such as whether God is real, and what that means on a personal level, are common themes during the teens. They are thinking deeply about the big questions- and they don’t want easy answers. Most of these books aren’t written specifically for teens (and they aren’t easy reads), but I put them on this list because they are thought provoking, full of wisdom, and speak to those big questions about God.
I have personally read every book that I suggest here, and my sixteen-year-old daughter has read many. The rest, I will encourage her to read when she gets a chance. Most teens, my own included, are incredibly busy, and already have a lot of required reading from school. Because of this, I’m not above providing a little extra incentive ($) when I think a book is well worth her precious time. This list of books, for teens, about trusting God, is one I stand by. I believe they’re well worth recommending to your teens and they’re worth reading for yourself.
1. The Holy Bible- there’s no other book as precious or valuable as this one is. This always goes at the top of the list.
2. The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey: Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came.
3. Graceful: (for young women) Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman: transform faith from a list of things to do to a personal relationship with Jesus
4. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together
5. More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell: examines the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure?
6. Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics by R.C. Sproul: clearly and simply argues that at its core Christianity is rational. He focuses on defending the basic truth claims for two of the most crucial issues of apologetics: God's existence and the Bible's authority.
7. L’Abri by Edith Schaeffer (my daughter’s favorite): the story of the Schaeffer’s and how God began opening doors, and how people with questions about life's meaning began finding the way to their home.
8. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, by Francis Chan: the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts—it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
9. A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George: What does it mean to live God in your everyday life? It means knowing and following God's perfect plan for you as a young woman.
10. God’s Graffiti, by Romal Tune: Rev. Romal Tune details how obstacles can become opportunities through faith.
I think it's important to note, that while great books on trusting God are valuable, and may aid in watering the seed, only God can bring forth the "increase" of faith.
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.…1 Cor. 3:6-7
I pray that that this list of books will encourage you or your teen, that one or more of these books will serve as a seed to strengthen a trust in God.
I’m sure that many of you also have some great titles to recommend to teens about trusting in God. If you want to share, please leave a comment. I’d love to read your suggestions, and I’m sure others would too!