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Books We Have Read and Recommend
Books for Teenage Life
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations [Click for hard copy]
I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I wish I could make it mandatory reading for every teenager. If you read no other book on this page, read this one!!!
Here is the description: “Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.
Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change. Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life ‘rebelutionaries’ in action.”
You can grab the Kindle edition here:Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
They also have a website and blog that you can check out here.
Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity [Click for hard copy]
Very good book from two great girls. I’d recommend for women ages 16-30. The following is the description of the book:
“In a culture where airbrushed models and career-driven women define beauty and success, it’s no wonder we have a distorted view of femininity. Our impossible standards place an incredible burden of stress on the backs of women and girls of all ages, resulting in anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. One question we often forget to ask is this: What is God’s design for womanhood?
In Girl Defined, sisters and popular bloggers Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird offer women a counter-cultural view of beauty, femininity, and self-worth. Based firmly in God’s design for their lives, this book helps women rethink what true success and beauty look like. It invites them on a liberating journey toward a radically better vision for femininity that ends with the discovery of the kind of hope, purpose, and fulfillment they’ve been yearning for.”
You can grab the Kindle edition here: Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity
You can check out their blog here.
Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free [Click for hard copy]
This book lays out lies young women believe about a variety of topics including the future, boys, God, sin, relationships, and more. Each topic lists three to five common lies. This book is definitely written with teenagers in mind and has an accompanying workbook.
You can get the package here:Lies Young Women Believe Set – Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free (Book+ Study Guide)
You can get the Kindle edition here:Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free
They also have a website and a great blog you can access by clicking here. I am on their staff of writers!
Frenemies: What to Do When Friends Turn Mean [Click for hard copy]
This book is for anyone who has trouble with friends. It discusses why people are like this, how to “friend break up” with them, and what to do about the ones that are related to you that you can’t get away from. This a a good read for middle school where friendships change frequently. It’s a shorter book with doodles and makes for a entertaining read.
You can grab the Kindle edition here: Frenemies: What to Do When Friends Turn Mean
Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values
[Click for hard copy]
This book is written by Sadie Robertson’s from A&E’s Duck Dynasty. In it, she opens up about herself, her values and Christianity, and her family. If you like Sadie, you’ll like this :).
You can grab the Kindle Version here:Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years [Click for hard copy]
This was a good quick read about how the Gospel is meant to transform your life. In it, Jaquelle challenges teenagers to examine their salvation and see if they’ve really taken hold and are living its principles. Here’s the description: My name is Jaquelle, and I’m a teenager. I like football movies, sushi, and dark chocolate. But the biggest, most crucial, most significant thing about me is that my life’s task is to follow Jesus. He is the One who changed my life. That’s what this book is about.
It’s for teenagers eager to reject the status quo and low standards our culture sets for us. It’s for those of us who don’t want to spend the adolescent years slacking off, but rather standing out and digging deep into what Jesus says about following him. This book will help you see how the truth about God changes everything—our relationships, our time, our sin, our habits, and more—freeing us to live joyful, obedient, and Christ-exalting lives, even while we’re young.”
You can grab the Kindle version here:This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years
Books about Teenage Dating/Relationships
Ok, Ok, this is our book :). But it’s still a great book about teenage dating. Here’s the blurb:
“Teenage dating proves a new and exciting experience, yet can tragically bring pain and emotional damage if teens try to figure it out as they go. This book lays the groundwork for modern dating from a Biblical perspective. Its quizzes, questionnaires, stories, Biblical truth, and real life anecdotes answer questions many teen girls have about dating and discuss topics such as: their goals for the future, the needs of every teenage girl, cultural v. Biblical views on sex and relationships, physical and emotional boundaries, lies girls tell themselves when they date, how to spot a bad boy, the Cycle of Violence, characteristics of a good guy, how to know if a guys is interested, what a proper first date looks like, and so much more! There’s no other book like this one; grab your copy today!”
The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends [Click for hard copy]
Chad Eastham has been a teen speaker for many years. This book was a good read and offered many insights for teens. My favorite are the chapters that discuss behavior that will bring teens misery or happiness. It is full of good, non-cliched information.
You can grab the Kindle version here:The Truth About Dating, Love, and Just Being Friends
Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance [Click for hard copy]
I recommend this book for 17+. There’s nothing graphic or too mature for younger audiences, I just don’t think they would get as much out of it. The book discusses how the “hook up” culture many teenagers are involved in will continually leave them searching for more while amassing untold emotional baggage. He also discusses how to find forgiveness and get on the right path again. With truth and a conversational tone, it can be an eye opener to many.
You can grab the Kindle version here:Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance
Guys Like Girls Who . . . (Revolve Books) [Click for hard copy]
This book on the surface seemed to be somewhat superficial to me. However, after reading it I was proved wrong and it’s actually more about girls being comfortable with who they are and who God made them to be. Definitely recommend. Here’s the description:
“Chad Eastham will encourage girls to be confident in who they are and Whose they are. Girls need to know that they are treasures to be adored and that how she feels about herself is how guys will treat her.
Chapter titles add fun and interest to this life-altering message. Guys Like Girls Who . . .
- Wear Jeans (comfortable with who they are and Whose they are)
- Know the Future (understand there is a 96% chance this is not the boy they will marry so don’t act like they are)
- Leave Us Alone (have their own hobbies)
- Can Spell (can say “no”)
- Eat Tofu (live a healthy lifestyle)”
Here’s a link to the Kindle edition: Guys Like Girls Who . . . (Revolve Books)
I have honestly wanted to read this book for years. Here is an excerpt from the description: “The world you live in promotes sex as the answer to just about everything. The pressure to go along with the crowd is greater than ever before, and it’s easy to compromise in little ways that are a lot more harmful than they seem. You and your friends may become caught up in destructive relationships or sexual activities without even knowing how you got there. You just want to be normal–to fit in, to be liked, to look attractive to the opposite sex. But are you paying too high a price?”
Just based on reviews I’ve heard that have read this that I highly respect, I would definitely recommend it.
You can grab the Kindle edition here:Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World (The Every Man Series)
Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age [Click for hard copy]
This is a GREAT book. It is well thought out, Biblically sound, and easy to follow. I would recommend it the most for anyone 18+ to read. Younger teenagers may like it too, but some of the advice may be a little “over their heads.” Here is part of the book description:
“Like a sailor on turbulent seas, we need to look up and see the North Star: the fixed points in the sky whereby we might navigate the objective realities in life. We need the skill-set to know how to journey through life and how to select the right people to journey alongside. In this book we will chart a course through the four relational phases that the vast majority of human beings on the planet will pass through in their twenties: singleness, dating, engaged and married. In each of these phases, we will look at what eternal purposes should be pursued in each stage, and how to pursue them.
Our desires for intimacy are powerful. This power can be constructive or destructive. Our satisfaction and our safety will be ensured if we can aim these powerful desires toward divine purposes.”
Click here for the Kindle Version:Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age
The Truth About Breaking Up, Making Up, and Moving On [Click for hard copy]
Another good one by Chad Eastham. In this book he breaks down anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about break ups. With his conversational tone and relevant stories, this proves an insightful read to the sometimes messy process of breaking up.
Grab it here on Kindle:The Truth About Breaking Up, Making Up, and Moving On
The Truth About Guys by Eastham, Chad(September 3, 2006) Paperback [Click for hard copy]
Seriously, where was Chad in my teen years. This is next on my list to read! Here’s the book description:
“Okay, it’s a fact. God made guys and girls different in more ways than just the physical. But how different could we really be? After all, we are all made in His image, right? Well, yes, but . . . Let’s just say that guys and girls view the world in such different ways, that it’s a miracle we communicate at all. What’s worse is girls this age often think they know what makes guys tick and . . . that couldn’t be more wrong!
Chad Eastham tells it like it is . . . to girls . . . from a guy’s perspective. His stage presentation transfers beautifully into this book, putting the facts in black and white for girls to see. You think that short skirt says to guys, “I’m a fashion billboard!” Think again. Chad tells girls how guys see such fashion statements as advertising something completely different than a hip dresser. Chad wrings out every ounce of experience from his colorful life and uses it to help teens make informed choices.”
Grab the Kindle edition here:The Truth About Guys
***If you’re older and are engaged or in a relationship that’s headed that way, you can check out our post “Five Books to Read While Engaged“*** for different resources!
Books About Money
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness [Click for hard copy]
Although this book is not specifically geared towards teenagers, it’s never too early to start learning how to make smart financial decisions for your future. I highly recommend Dave Ramsey. Here’s the book description: “… it’s the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. With The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition, you’ll be able to:
- Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt—meaning cars, houses, everything
- Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
- Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!
Includes new, expanded “Dave Rants” sidebars tackle marriage conflict, college debt, and more. All-new forms and back-of-the-book resources to make Total Money Makeover a reality.”
For the Kindle version, click here:The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money [Click for hard copy]
Are you a parent of a teenager or younger child wondering how to help them learn how to handle their money? This is a great book to do just that. I’ve read it and highly recommend it! Here’s the description: “In Smart Money Smart Kids, ? financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach
their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.”
You can grab the Kindle version here:Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money
The Graduate Survival Guide: 5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make In College [Click for hard copy]
This book is a quick read that focuses on money mistakes to avoid in college. Here’s the book description: “Anthony O’Neal is on a mission to help EVERY high school graduate succeed in college and beyond. The Graduate Survival Guide is the ultimate manual for students, identifying five mistakes to avoid making in college. These mistakes can lead to years of pain and expensive life lessons. As Anthony tells students, “The caliber of your future will be determined by the choices you make today.” This is a must-have book for every high school senior!”