A Pastor’s Brief Book Recommendations for Adolescent Christians


                Reading when I was younger has always been a struggle. I did not want to spend the time in front of a book when I could be outside with my friends. Even today, I sometimes struggle to just pick up a good book and read. There are many books that I am finally looking to that deal with the Christian Reformation, theologians, and theology in general, while also keeping my mind free to wonder into the worlds of fantasy from time to time. None the less, here are four quick recommendations for adolescent Christians looking to read more!

Here are five books worth looking into!

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

It can be challenging to find yourself invested in books as a young person if you aren’t taught to love books from a young age. While many fantastic books have been written that I encourage young readers to read like, Lord of the Rings, some I did not get to read until I was much older. Books like Tolkien’s are an excellent place to start for young readers!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Additionally, Tolkien’s close friend Lewis has another series of books young readers will find quite gripping! While not being rooted firmly in Christian theology, CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia have been a timeless favorite for myself and many. These are age appropriate enough even for very young children, more so even than Tolkien!

Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryles

As a younger man, I wish I had read J.C. Ryle’s, Thoughts for Young men. A book aimed at younger men who are growing up and starting to engage the world. A book that warns on the dangers of secularism, while keep the focus on Jesus Christ.

The Bible

Obviously, another book I think all young people should read is the Bible. Get to know Christ and you will not be led astray by the workings of the world. As one who is going into ministry, my focus tends to lead towards helping others discover the truth of Jesus Christ, along with knowing proper Church history.

2000 Years of Christ’s Power: Vol. 1 by Nick Needham

A good book is 2000 years of Christ’s power, a four-book series that takes the reader through the history of the church. For young Christians wanting to build a foundational knowledge of the faith, this is an excellent source to learn the history of ideas within the church and how modern Christian ideas have come about!

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