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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

40+ MUST READ Books for Christian Teen Girls

40 MUST READ Books for Christian Teen Girls

High school is a time when the loose opinions of childhood begin to solidify. It's a time when many Christian teens begin to stand on their own faith legs and develop a worldview that is autonomous to that of their parents. Contrary to the popular trend of extended immaturity, the teen years can be a time when God can use a person in ways that He can not use them at any other time in their lives. Teens have free schedules, growing passions, and liberal amounts of physical energy. When aimed in the right direction, a teen can do great things for the cause of Christ.


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In only a few short weeks, my daughter will launch headlong into those crucial high school years. Admittedly, I'm no mathematical genius, but I've crunched the numbers. Four years of higher learning only leaves me with 1460 days to teach her all-the-things.

As a homeschooling mother myself, I know what you're thinking. Right about now, you're forming a rebuttal to my math that goes a little something like this...

Learning is for life. You can still teach her after she graduates high school. Eighteen does not have to be the default cut-off of parental influence.

While all of that is true, I think you and I can both agree that my influence will and should look different once she leaves my home. I'll not be able to pour into her in the same way that I can right here-right now. So I've got four years left, and I plan to use them well. 

The Plan

Since I choose to homeschool, I've got a leg-up on the societal influence. I get to choose what and how she learns. While I'd never want to play the part of the Holy Spirit in her life, I do think that it is my job as her mother to help train her up "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4) One way I can disciple her towards spiritual maturity is through quality reading material. 

I've curated a list of 40 books that will challenge and encourage both her faith and her character in the next four years. Since she will be using a literature rich language arts program, I've not included any fiction books, but instead have focused my efforts on books about Christian heroes, books centered around faith building, books about Christian living, and books that teach practical life skills. While some of these titles are applicable to both teen boys and teen girls, many have been specifically selected because of their predominately feminine message.

The Process

I do not expect my daughter to read through this list in its entirety. Rather, I'm laying out a buffet for her. I've added them all to my GoodReads highschool and older girls shelves. Each month, I'll expect her to peruse those two shelves and choose one title for her "mom-assigned book." This plan worked quite well during her middle school years when I put together a similar list for her monthly reading plan. I'm hoping that each book on this high school list will inspire lots of discussion and contemplation between the two of us. I've not read every title that I've included, but have vetted them through friends and trusted book lists. 

The Books

Biography

Bruchko by Bruce Olson
Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Rose
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
In God's Underground by Richard Wurmbrand
Kisses from Katie by Kate Davis Majors
Radiant by Richard Hannula
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Any of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series

Faith

A Young Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
A Young Woman's Walk With God by Elizabeth George
But Don't All Religions Lead to God by Michael Green
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
Lies Young Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas*
Wild Grace by Max Lucado
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin


Christian Living

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
Biblical Economics in Comics by Vic Lockman
Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend
Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
Graceful by Emily Freeman
I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
It's Not That Complicated by Anna & Elizabeth Botkin
Joyfully at Home by Jasmine Bauchman
Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Living in a Gray World by Preston Sprinkle
Love, Sex, and God by Bill Ameiss
Money, Greed, and God by J. W. Richards
Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
Set-Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy
You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado


Practical Life Skills

How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls by Donna Gale Carnegie
Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook by Martha Stewart
Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning by Justin Munchnick
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens by Oliver DeMille
You Have a Brain by Dr. Ben Carson

*fiction title

6 comments:

  1. Thank you. This is a thought-provoking list!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm always open for more suggestions if you've got any to share!

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  2. I would add Stepping Heavenward by Elisabeth Prentiss to this list. Definitely a must read for teen girls.

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    1. I've not heard of that one, Hilary, but will definitely look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. Thank you so much for this list! My daughter is 11.5 and I see those teen years barreling down on us and must admit it's daunting. Thank you for these recommendations!

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    1. It is daunting. But God is bigger than all of our fears, Alison. He has big plans for our girls. We just have to point them to Him.

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