In this article, you will read about the top 25 Christian books teens and young adults should read in 2024!
Recently, teens and young adults often ask if any Christian books are suitable for teens and young adults who believe in Christianity.
Christianity is one of the three major religions in the world. It has the largest number of congregants in the world.
Whether you are a teenager or a parent/guardian of a lovely young person, you are not on this page by mistake. It is exciting that you are looking for the best Christian books for teens and young adults.
I have just embraced Christianity and want to buy the best books for new believers to learn more about Christianity. Is your purpose to learn about Christianity in all aspects from the beginning to the end?
However, it should be noted in advance that the best Christian books for teens are generally wonderful and difficult to choose, and our selection, while considering the quality of the selection of good Christian books for teenagers and the quality of the messages, inevitably has a personal preference.
Today, the editor has carefully selected 25 Christian books for teens and young adults, hoping to bring some help to family members.
1. The Power Of A Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian
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Each segment of the book concludes with a prayer that teens can follow or use as a model for their own prayers. Easy-to-access chapters focus on what it means to be maturing in all areas of life, including talking to God in prayer.
Young men and women just on the cusp of growing up will find the compassion, help, direction, strength, and stability that come with knowing and hearing from God in The Power of a Praying® Teen.
Stormie Omartian is the best-selling author of The Power of a Praying series with over 32 million books sold worldwide. In high demand as an international speaker, Stormie's passion is to help people know God and love Him in a deep way.
2. Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson
No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your fears are, freedom is available to you in Jesus. The Bible is full of encouraging verses and stories to equip and inspire you in your daily battle against your fears.
Sadie invites teens and young adults to
- set aside fear, anxiety, and comparison so they can become the joy-filled person God created them to be
- believe they are seen and known
- recognize and resolve FEAR—False Evidence Appearing Real
- be an agent of change by choosing compassion, connection, and acceptance
Inside Live Fearless you’ll find
- interactive opportunities as Sadie asks you questions, presents challenges, delivers encouragement, and invites you to pray
- fun lists and practical ways to make changes, such as “7 Steps to Exhale Your Ugly”
- inspirational thoughts on how living fearlessly can change everything
Live Fearless is the perfect gift for young Christian women on birthdays, for graduation, or as a “just because” gift to encourage self-care and confidence. It's time to fight your fears and live fearlessly.
Sadie is a wholesome and trusted role model and enthusiastic voice for her generation, reaching millions of teens, young adults, and parents through her books, social platforms, and hit podcast, WHOA That's Good.
3. You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado
This adaptation of OutliveYour Life for teens offers practical tips youth can take out into their community to make a difference, plus real-life stories about those who have done just that. Teens learn that God can use them to make a difference right now.
He wants to use them today, without waiting for them to be older, stronger, richer, or even more “together.” God can use their minds, their spirits, and their hands and feet to make a permanent change for His kingdom.
Also included are valuable resources, interesting facts about the needy in the world and how little it takes to make a big difference, and other interactive elements such as journaling opportunities for writing personal ideas and service goals.
Teens will learn that their role in life is bigger than themselves and that they’re not too young to make a difference for God.
4. Just Do Something by Kevin De Young
Why won’t God reveal his special will for my life already?
Because he doesn’t intend to... So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way.
Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same as everyone else’s: Seek first the kingdom of God. And quit floundering.
With pastoral wisdom and tasteful wit, DeYoung debunks unbiblical ways of understanding God’s will and constructs a simple but biblical alternative: live like Christ. He exposes the frustrations of our waiting games and unfolds the freedom of finding God’s will in Scripture and then simply doing it.
This book is a call to put down our Magic 8-Balls and pick up God’s Word. It’s a call to get wisdom, follow Christ, be holy, and live freely. To just do something.
5. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
In this best-selling book, John Piper passionately warns readers of the dangers of a life that counts for nothing, calling Christians to take risks in their lives that matter for eternity―with a passion for the glory of God that seeks to make much of him in all spheres of life.
6. Hiding In The Light by Rifqa Bary
Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her true faith. He was calling her to give up everything.
Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines.
Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus—and who inspires us to do the same.
7. The Case For Christ by Lee Strobe
A SEASONED JOURNALIST CHASES DOWN THE BIGGEST STORY IN HISTORY Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?
Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examine dozens of experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies.
Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible?
Is there any reason to believe the recovery was an actual event? Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this bestselling book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction.
It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ? "Lee Strobel probes with bulldog-like tenacity the evidence for the truth of biblical Christianity." Bruce M. Metzger, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary.
8. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Central to God’s character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God’s holiness precisely is.
Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don’t quite know what to do with words like “awe” or “fear.” R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life.
He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christians to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.
9. Counter Culture by David Platt
Welcome to the front lines. Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn―traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs. pro-choice, personal freedom vs. governmental protection. Seemingly overnight, culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion.
And as difficult conversations about homosexuality, abortion, and religious liberty continue to inject themselves into our workplaces, our churches, our schools, and our homes, Christians everywhere are asking the same question: How are we supposed to respond to all this?
In Counter Culture, New York Times bestselling author David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty―and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ.
Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ into the cultural battlefield in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding.
The lines have been drawn. The moment has come for Christians to rise up and deliver a gospel message that’s more radical than even the most controversial issues of our day.
10. The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
A hit book. After brushing the Chinese version, I brushed the audio version again. Suitable for those who have believed in the Lord for a period of time. The main content is the relationship between grace and sanctification.
Basically a perfect demonstration of the Reformed doctrine of grace in practice. A very common problem raised by the author is that we always go too fast in the stage of evangelism.
After we decide to believe in the Lord, we immediately put the basic gospel aside and enter the stage of discipleship. As a result, when we encounter difficulties, we rely on the strength of our blood to persevere.
However, the basic doctrine of the gospel is not only to lead people to be converted but also to be the ultimate engine of the whole process of the saints' journey to heaven.
The doctrine of grace is not just as abstract as the five points of TULIP but accompanies every struggle in Christian life. The meaning of the cross is not just to believe and be saved.
When we face all kinds of setbacks and temptations in our daily life, we should look up to them. Grace on the cross is always the only solution. The advice in it is theologically solid and practical. Like preaching the gospel to yourself daily.
11. Core Christianity by Michael Horton
What Do All Christians Believe?
For many people, words like doctrine and theology cause their eyes to glaze over, or they find them difficult to understand and struggle to see how they are relevant to daily life. But theology is far from boring; it is the study of God and should lead to awe and wonder as we better understand who God is and what he has done for us.
In Core Christianity, author, pastor, and theologian Mike Horton tackles the essential and basic beliefs that all Christians share. What is core to the Christian faith? In addition to unpacking these beliefs in a way that is easy to understand, Horton shows why they matter to our lives today.
This introduction to the basic doctrines of Christianity is a helpful guide by a respected theologian and a popular author, and it includes discussion questions for individual or group use.
Core Christianity is perfect for those who are new to the faith, as well as those who have an interest in deepening their understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
12. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Reading The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan can be a bit challenging even for the best of readers. Not so with this new, easy-to-read version that translates the original archaic language into simple conversational English allowing readers of all ages to easily navigate the most popular Christian allegory of all time.
The story chronicles the epic adventure of a man named Christian who leaves his home in the City of Destruction and begins a life-long quest to the Celestial City.
Set against the backdrop of a hazardous journey, this powerful drama unfolds as Christian’s adventures lead him into fascinating lands and encounter with interesting people who either help or hinder his progress along a narrow way.
With a gallery of memorable characters and visits to colorful places, Bunyan’s allegorical narrative describes one man's extraordinary adventure on his journey to faith.
Without losing any faithfulness to the original text, now you can read Bunyan’s timeless classic and reimagine this famous quest that has challenged and encouraged believers for centuries.
The book includes the original Bible references and a Bible study guide is available separately for individual and small-group use.
13. Habits of Grace by David Mathis
Three seemingly unremarkable principles shape and strengthen the Christian life: listening to God’s voice, speaking to him in prayer, and joining together with his people as the church.
Though often viewed as normal and routine, the everyday “habits of grace” we cultivate give us access to these God-designed channels through which his love and power flow―including the greatest joy of all: knowing and enjoying Jesus.
14. Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family.
But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor.
Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace.
Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find hard to relate to. Jesus was able to love these people and yet still hold on to his beliefs. So can you. Even when it’s messy.
15. Tactics by Greg Koukl
Tactics provide the game plan for defending your faith and artfully communicating the truths of Christianity with confidence and grace.
This expanded anniversary edition of the classic book of Christian apologetics includes updates and expansions of existing tactics, as well as the addition of an all-new tactic and a chapter on Mini Tactics filled with simple maneuvers to aid in discussions.
In a culture increasingly indifferent or even hostile to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority.
In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy.
You'll learn how to:
- Meet challenges, questions, and provocations with poise and conviction.
- Effortlessly start your own evangelical conversations.
- Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively.
- Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking and logical fallacies.
- Most importantly, you'll learn how to get people thinking seriously about Jesus.
Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl will not only walk you through effective arguments to defend why you believe what you believe, but he'll teach you methods for engaging in meaningful dialogue and debate.
Step-by-step, you'll learn the tactics of good persuasion and defense, how to identify the tactics of your opponent, and how to build your case, patiently and practically.
If I want to recommend a book to new believers, the first thing I think of is Pastor Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life". This book is divided into 40 days. Reading one of the contents every day can change a person's life for 40 days. It is especially suitable for family members who have just believed in the Lord.
This book is a very famous bestseller all over the world, and the lives of many people have undergone earth-shaking changes because of reading the contents of this book.
Among them, some criminals read this book in prison and later became priests; I also read this book when I once wanted to commit suicide and regained hope in life.
So far, this book has been ranked among the top best-selling Christian books in China almost every year, and it is often out of stock, and the supply of reprints is still in short supply.
Therefore, if you have just converted to Christianity, I suggest that you must read this book; if you have a friend who has just converted to the Lord, you can also give him a copy of "The Purpose Driven Life". Perhaps, your or TA's life will be different because of this.
17. Experiencing God
Compared with "The Purpose Driven Life", this book "Experiencing God" is more suitable for those brothers and sisters who pursue life growth. To be precise, this is a set of courses for the growth of spiritual life, with a total of 12 units (5 days per unit, 60 days in total) of training to help your life become different from before.
Since 1990, God has used this course to touch and change millions of lives and thousands of churches around the world. Ten years later, this book has issued more than 3 million copies, and there are translations in 47 languages, and it is used by almost all denominations, and God even uses other derivatives of this book.
The response to "Experiencing God" has been astonishing. Lives have been transformed -- in prisons, in the military, and in all walks of life: lawyers, judges, CEOs, Professional athletes, and politicians. Not only that, thousands of churches and seminaries have been greatly helped and changed.
God has used these truths to influence people all over the world. Hundreds of missionaries have embarked on the missionary path because of this course, and hundreds more have become pastors, evangelists, and faithful servants of the Lord.
Only God in heaven really knows what He is going to do with the book Never the Same. If you have just converted to Christianity, this book is very suitable for your faith training; if you have been a believer for a while, but find that your life has not grown, then you need this book to bring changes in your life.
For brothers and sisters who have just converted to Christianity, it is very important to cultivate the habit of daily devotional practice. If you can develop the habit of getting close to God every day from the very beginning of your belief, it will play a very valuable role in your future life.
However, how cultivating the habit of daily devotional practice is not an easy task. However, this "Garden of the Mind" is designed for this purpose.
This book has a total of 365 devotional essays written by Martin Luther, Spurgeon, Now in, Edwards, and other very famous spiritual giants in the history of Christianity. A spiritual giant every month, a total of 12 spiritual giants will help you get closer to God every day 365 days a year.
With "The Garden of the Soul", you can spend only 5 minutes a day, as long as you stick to it, gradually you can develop a good habit of daily spiritual practice and be close to God, which will play a role in your future life huge help.
At the beginning of faith, it is very important to develop the habit of reading the Bible. However, "The Old Testament cannot get out of Egypt, and the New Testament cannot reach Rome" is a great worry for many Christians.
So, learning to read the Bible is not as easy as you think. Rick Warren's Method of Reading the Bible by Pastor Rick Warren will help you develop a uniquely tailored way for you to search, understand, and apply the Bible.
Rick Warren's Bible Reading Method is a classic book on how to read and study the Bible for individuals. It has been widely used by Bible colleges, universities, seminaries, churches, and Bible study classes in the past 20 years.
Thousands of individuals, small groups, churches, and conference courses have used this practical handbook to unravel the wondrous truths of the Bible. you can also!
"The Pilgrim's Progress" is the most widely circulated and translated book besides the "Bible". It is said that there are more than 200 translations around the world. The author's name is John Bunyan, a devout Christian who was imprisoned for 12 years for preaching the gospel. He wrote this book while in prison.
"The Pilgrim's Progress" is an allegorical novel. This allegorical work is usually regarded as an important Christian classic second only to the "Bible" in Western countries. It is called "the encyclopedia with eternal significance". A landmark chapter in literary history.
The narrator in the book saw a man named "Christian" reading a book in his dream, and was terrified when he knew that the city he lived in would be destroyed by fire.
At this time, a man named "Preacher" pointed out that he must flee his hometown and go to heaven. Bearing the burden of the world on their backs, Christians have embarked on a difficult and courageous journey to find salvation for themselves and for others.
21. The Grand Weaver
This book compares God to a great weaver and tells us how to use every humble thread in our life to weave the tapestry of God's glory and beauty, which is God's ultimate goal.
Is everything we encounter in our lives predestined? Or is it all just a coincidence? This book tells us: whether it is a chance meeting in line or a father's last words, whether it is a random phone call or a verse in the Bible, every detail in life is woven into God's perfect plan.
The topics discussed in The Great Weaver cover every area of life, allowing us to more fully experience what it means to be alive. This is a book about the meaning of life.
In each chapter, the author will raise a topic that is very important and unique to human beings: uniqueness, disappointment, calling, moral law, spiritual pursuit, personal will and God's plan, worship, and ultimate pursuit.
22. Discovering God
The Bible tells many true and wonderful stories—the stories between God and his children, but the vast ancient history often restricts our eyes to fragmented and fragmented fragments, and the pages always make us look at the stories in a flat way. People and things, even only isolated truths are extracted.
It leads readers to discover God's intentions for human beings in various periods of history—from the moment of creation of the world to the final change of the whole world, bringing everything back to God's plan.
This book may be the starting point of your lifelong habit of reading scriptures. You are invited to start a journey of searching with Philip Yang, discover God, and then know him.
23. This Morning in Prayer: Early Morning Words from Jesus Christ
How can Christians live differently every day? Is there any secret? There is really a secret, and that is to get up every morning and draw close to God.
Early morning is a particularly beautiful time nourished by God’s grace: Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed in the early morning; Jesus Christ was resurrected in the early morning; It is also early in the morning when it will collapse and walk around the city; it is also early in the morning when the Red Sea parted.
Early morning is especially suitable for prayer. Through prayer and the word of God, we can draw from heaven the strength and wisdom to overcome the world.
We should allow great power to manifest, following God's great and wonderful deeds, crossing any dark and precipitous valley, to overcome obstacles and circumstances that cannot be overcome by our own strength.
In order to bring down the iron-walled city of Jericho, the people of Israel dedicated their mornings to God. If you also want to experience more of God’s grace and power, then come to God every morning and experience the power bestowed by God through prayer!
Prayer is like spiritual breathing, so learning to pray is very important for Christians. But many of us can be wrong about prayer. "Friendship That Transforms Lives" may change your understanding of prayer!
She told us: Prayer is a friendship, and the point is not necessarily to get something, it is just a gift from this friendship; what God wants is to be your friend.
To pray is to be with God. "Prayer involves both theology and ethics. It requires thought and action." The author of "Friendship That Transforms Lives" said so. Prayer is not about striving for performance, but about cultivating a relationship with God because "God is friendship." We cannot persevere in prayer if we misunderstand the purpose of prayer.
This book delves into the ways of praying and reveals its life-changing power. Prayer can lead us to learn to rely on God, let him heal our past pain, remove the dark side of our hearts, make us bravely face his love, and establish a beautiful relationship with God and others as friends. A deep understanding of prayer will help us break through barriers and form heavenly friendships.
Humility is one of the most important qualities of a Christian. The Christian faith tells us that the greatest sin of man is pride; humility is one of the important manifestations of the difference in Christian life.
The book I recommend this time is called "Humility". The author is the famous spiritual great Andre Murray. He is the most beloved spiritual writer in South Africa. He has written more than 240 books in his life. It is also one of his masterpieces.
This book consists of 12 chapters, which systematically explain Christianity’s understanding of the quality of humility, namely, humility is the glory of the creature, humility is the secret of perfect redemption, humility is manifested in Jesus, humility is manifested in Jesus’ teachings, humility Manifested in the disciples of Jesus, humility manifested in daily life, humility, and holiness, humility, and sin, humility, and faith, humility, and death to self, humility and joy, humility and exaltation, etc.
As brothers and sisters who have just believed, being able to read the book "Humility" by Andrew Murray at the beginning will be of great help to our spiritual growth.
You May Also Like: Christian Books for Teens and Young Adults
- Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn
- Finally Free by Heath Lambert
- Rescuing the Gospel by Erwin Lutzer
- Thriving at College by Alex Chediak
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton
- Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore
- Do More Better by me
- Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson
- The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler
- Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas
- Married for God by Christopher Ash
- Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
- Do Hard Things
- One God, One Plan, One Life
- Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
- Welcome to Adulting
- The Power of a Praying Teen
- The Armor of God
- Shaken (Young Reader’s Edition)
- Live Fearless
- You Were Made to Make a Difference