Welcome to my list of the top 20 best reviewed Christian books for teens! I’m not sure about you, but lately it has been extremely difficult for me to find books for my children to read this summer. My teen son is 13 and my tween daughter is 11 which is bringing us to venture into the young adult section for the first time.
As we have browsed together excitedly through book stores and libraries I have noticed that the majority of young adult books seem to push a heavy secular worldview message. As a Christian mother I don’t feel comfortable with my children reading these books, unless I have read them first. It’s always best to do this to gain an understanding of the questions that may come up and to see whether or not the content is appropriate.
Unfortunately, this summer I simply do not have enough time to read or review all these books before they make it into the hands of my children. This is why I have instead made a list of the top 20 Christian book’s for young adults. I have included both fiction and non fiction books to enjoy and feel confident in recommending them to you. After much research and time this list has become a great resource for Christian parent’s to have this summer!
Best Books for Christian Books for Teenagers
I hope that this list will help you and your children enjoy some great stories together without the worry! It’s never too early to start thinking about summer reading, and for Christian teens, there are plenty of great options out there. Whether you’re looking for something light and fun or something a little more serious, there’s sure to be a book on this list that’s perfect for you. So set aside some time in your busy schedule and plan to spend some time reading one (or all!) of these great books.
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Christian Non-Fiction Books for Teens and Tweens
There are many reasons why non fiction Christian books are good for a young Christian to read. They can learn about different aspects of the Christian faith, and also get a better understanding of the world around them. Christian non fiction books can also be a great way for teens to connect with other Christians their age. Additionally, these books can help teens grow in their faith and learn more about God. This list has some of the best books for your teen!
Welcome to Adulting by Jonathan Pokluda
Welcome to Adulting by Jonathan Pokluda is a great book for a young Christian. The authors writing style is similar to the author Max Lucado. It’s a light and fun book that teaches teens about things like faith, friendship, finances and the future. Pokluda does a great job of teaching teens about adulting in a way that is both fun and informative. This is a great Christian book for teens in high school who want to learn how to be prepared for the future.
Outdated: Find Love That Lasts When Dating Has Changed by Jonathan Pokluda
This is another great Christian that Jonathan Pokluda wrote for teens. In this book, Pokluda teens discover how to find lasting love in a world where dating has changed. He covers topics such as online dating, texting and social media in the culture. This book dispels myths and misconceptions about the dating world to reveal a deeper truth of biblical understanding. He points young adults to the original plan for dating and how this plan was it was created by God Himself. This is a great book for young people in high school that may be entering into the dating scene soon.
Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion and Purpose by Sadie Robertson Huff
Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson Huff is a great book for a young Christian. It’s a powerful book that motivates readers to live their best life. Robertson shares her own story of overcoming anxiety and living a life of purpose for God. She encourages readers to pursue their passion and live with power. This is an inspiring book for Christian teens who want to live a life of purpose that glorifies the Lord.
The Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian
The Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian is a great book for Christian youth who want to learn more about prayer. It’s a book that helps teens learn how to pray for themselves and others. Omartian covers topics such as friendships, dating, school and family. She gives practical advice on how to pray for each area of life and other topics. This would be a great read for a young Christian that feels anxious about the next upcoming school year. This book will offer insights to pave the way for a summer of prayer.
Morning Devotionals for Teen Boys by Levi Yancy
This book is a great choice for Christian teens and tweens who want to start their day off right. It’s a collection of devotions written specifically for teenage boys. Yancy covers life changes and topics such as respect, responsibility, friendship and faith. He uses real-life examples to illustrate each point. This Christian book is perfect for a teen boy in high school who want to grow in their faith and become men of God.
Preteen Devotionals for Girls: 52 Weeks of Encouraging Devotions and Scripture for Tweens by Brittany Rust
This Christian book is a great choice for daily devotionals for girls. The author Brittany Rust is an experienced bible teacher. She leads girls in a conversational way to better understand scripture and how it applies to a young girls life. She makes scripture applicable to everyday life changes and experiences and hard things young girls may face and leads them to answers about topics they often wonder about.
Shaken: Young Readers Edition: Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory
Shaken by Tim Tebow is a great book for Christian teens and tweens. It’s a book about staying strong in the face of adversity. Tebow shares his own life story of overcoming obstacles and living with purpose. He encourages readers to pursue their dreams and never give up. This would be a great read for a Christian teenager facing difficulties in their own life.
Life Skills for Teens: How to Cook, Clean, Manage Money, Fix a Car, Perform First Aid and Just About Everything in Between by Karen Harris
This Christian book is a great choice for young people who want to learn essential life skills. It’s not necessarily book connected to Christianity, but it filled with valuable information! It’s a practical guide that covers topics such as cooking, cleaning, how to save money, fixing a car, and performing first aid. The authors provide step-by-step instructions and illustrations to make each task easy to understand. This book is perfect for Christian teens who want to be prepared for adult life and college!
The Guys Guide to Four Battles Every young Man Must Face: A Manual to Overcoming Life’s Common Distractions by Jonathan Mckee
The Guys Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face is a great book for Christian teen boys. The authors writing style is similar to the Christian writer Kevin Deyoung. It’s a manual that helps young people overcome common distractions and live a life of purpose. Mckee covers topics such as porn, drugs, alcohol, and girls. This Christian book is based on biblical principles and help growing boys learn how to respect women. He gives practical advice on how to avoid these traps and stay focused on God. Teens today need this book as it is perfect for Christian teen boys who want to stay on the right track.
Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girls Guide to Maturing in Christ by Lindsey Carlson
This book is a great choice for Christian teen girls who want to grow in their faith. It’s a guide that covers topics such as prayer, Bible study, and serving others. Carlson gives practical advice on how to grow closer to God. She also includes personal stories and testimonies from other teen girls. This book is perfect for Christian teen girls who want to deepen their faith.
Lies Girls Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Dannah Gresh
Lies Girls Believe is a great book for Christian teen and tween girls to read this summer. It’s a book about the lies that girls believe and the truth that sets them free. Gresh and DeMoss cover topics such as beauty, popularity, boys, and modesty. They show how these lies can distort a girl’s view of herself and her relationship with God. This book is perfect for Christian teen girls who want to know the truth about themselves.
Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
Young boys are surrounded by sexual content constantly. In a time where it has become very easy to get entangled in sexual sin “Every Young Man’s Battle” is a great resource to help Christian teen boys. It’s a book about the real world of sexual temptation and how to overcome it. They give practical advice on how to avoid these traps and stay pure.
Christian Fiction Books for Teenagers
Reading Christian fiction books is a great way to connect with God and learn more about His Word. The characters in these books often face difficult challenges, but they always find strength in their faith. This can be encouraging for teens who are also going through difficult times. Christian fiction books can also teach teens about important life lessons such as forgiveness, love, and patience. Here are some great Christian books for teenagers.
Light of the Ark by James Bonk
A great choice for Christian teen and tween boys, Light of the Ark is the first book in The Chronicles of Arkeos series. It’s an epic adventure that follows the young hero, Arkeos, as he tries to save his people from a group of evil invaders. Along the way, Arkeos learns about faith, courage, and perseverance. This book is perfect for Christian teen and tween boys who love adventure stories.
Noah Primeval: A Supernatural Epic Bible Novel by Brian Godawa
Noah Primeval is a great choice for Christian teens. It’s a Bible novel that tells the story of Noah and the flood from a different perspective. In this book, Noah is a supernatural hero who must defeat evil forces in order to save his people. This book is perfect for Christian teen and tween girls who love action-packed stories.
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
An Elephant in the Garden is a great choice to read this summer. It’s a heartwarming story about a girl who befriends an elephant. The elephant helps the girl and her family escape from the bombs of World War II. This book is perfect for any Christian tween or teen that loves animals and stories about friendship.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a classic Christian fiction book that has been enjoyed by young adults for decades. In this book, four siblings enter a magical world where they must help Aslan defeat the evil White Witch. This book is perfect adventure story to read this summer!
A Fearful Wonder: 6 BC by Ray Lewis Agner
A Fearful Wonder is a great choice for young adults who love history. This book is a fictional story of what it might have been like for Jesus as a young boy living amongst the Roman Empire. From a narrative perspective the story is told with stunning imagery and vocabulary. The relationships Jesus had with his parents and siblings are told in a remarkable way that will warm the hearts of all readers.
Fear Has a Name: A Pulse Pounding Contemporary Christian Thriller by Creston Mapes
Fear Has a Name is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s a great choice for Christian teen and tween who love suspenseful stories. A friendship between two teens develops as one befriends the other. Later in life they meet again to embark on a crime mystery that they solve together.
The Sugar Creek Gang Book Series by Paul Hutchens
The Sugar Creek Gang is a series of books that follows the adventures of a group of young boys living in the American Midwest during the early 1900s. These books have been around for over 50 years and have continued to delight young readers. These are perfect for tweens ages 10-12 years old.
The Millie Maven Trilogy by Ted Dekker
The Millie Maven Trilogy is a great choice for tween girls ages 10 -12. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed series that follows the adventures of a young orphan girl who has supernatural powers. The book continues on into a series of two other book that continue the story. This is sure to keep your kids reading through out the summer months! These books are perfect for Christian teen and tween girls who love action-packed stories.
The Christian Faith and Summer Reading
I hope that you have found a great book for your child to read this summer! I would love to hear which of these books your teen decided to read and what they thought about it.
If you need help finding more summer activities for your teens and tweens, be sure to check out my website. As I have tons of resources that will help you find the perfect thing to make this summer memorable.
Happy summer reading! 🙂
P.S Here are some fun water activities and pool games that your teens and tweens can enjoy this summer too!