With the explosion in popularity of fiction books targeted at young adults, one might think that teenagers today are turning the current trend toward not wanting to read anything longer than text messages or tweets around. However, it seems like once you move away from teenage wizards named Harry and angst ridden, love fueled vampires named Edward that young people have a tendency to stop reading. That is not to say that there are not books out there that need to be read by teenagers. In fact, Christian authors continue to write worthwhile books aimed at teenagers. So, if you are looking for a few book ideas for teenagers for Christmas gifts that are aimed at helping young people navigate the waters of faith and life then you may find the following list helpful. Slipping a copy of any of these books next to The Hunger Games or Catching Fire (the latest young adults novels that are quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon) under the tree this year, would serve the teenager better as they attempt to figure out what being a believer in 2010 looks like.
The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness: A Guide for Students
by Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby
Co-author Derek Melleby is the director of the Center for Parent and Youth Understanding’s College Transition Initiative (www.cpyu.org). Advocating the idea that a Christian worldview will help students headed to college make sense of the academic environment the authors call students to integrate their faith with learning instead of compartmentalizing their academic life from their spiritual life. Written in a style that is easily read and understood, this book is an important tool for students who are planning on going to college after high school. Click here to buy the book.