7 Books Helping Teens Find Joy and Confidence in Christ

7 books recommended by the KYCK team and available for sale from The Wandering Bookseller.   ​
​Living for Jesus can be tough, and sometimes we may suffer greatly standing up for Him. At KYCK 22, we encouraged thousands of teenagers to look to the Apostle Paul who in great suffering, was able to have pure joy in His identity in Christ! To help our delegates further explore the topic of having joy and confidence in Christ, we have partnered with The Wandering Bookseller to offer some of our top reads on the topic.  
1. A New Freedom 

This book is like a training manual on how to approach life – a beginner’s guide to Christian ethics. It provides a framework for approaching any topic in a biblically faithful way, explaining why Jesus and His word helps us to live in freedom. It then gives practical examples of how to use this framework to think biblically about 6 key youth topics: study, money, suffering, violence, sex, and identity. Buy it here. 

2. Who Am I And Why Do I Matter? 

Who am I? Where do I fit in? Am I good enough? What do people think of me? What does God think of me? Christian Studies teacher and school chaplain, Chris Morphew, has been answering big questions from kids for over a decade. In this book, he shows children how to embrace and enjoy their identity as those loved by God and made in his image. He also gives lots of practical advice on how to remember what God says about who they really are. Readers will be helped to replace fear and anxiety with faith and confidence as they find their self-worth in what God says about them. Buy it here 

3. A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics   

In A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus, John Dickson stretches the imaginations of both believers and skeptics alike, confronting the beliefs on both sides. Dickson peels back the layers of the past to provide an eye-opening introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Discover for yourself the many portraits of Jesus understood throughout ancient history. Buy it here.  

4. Days of Your Youth 

The book of Ecclesiastes follows the journey of a teacher searching for meaning. After searching everything and everywhere for it, he makes a conclusion for the young: “Remember your creator in the days of your youth”. Buy it here. 

5. A Dozen Disappointing Disciples 

Jesus’ disciples were intolerant, selfish, violent, and dull. They were exactly the sorts of people you would think God couldn’t use. Except that he did, and they changed the world. A Dozen Disappointing Disciples gives an engaging and hilarious look at the stupid stuff the twelve disciples did. You’ll discover how Jesus used them, and how he can use you too. Fun, encouraging, and challenging, this book will help you see that not even your stupidity is any match for the power of Jesus. Buy it here. 

6. Young Women 

There is so much pressure on young women today to live with differing expectations. Over six studies, Young Women addresses the issues that young women face. How can you be a good friend? What kind of relationships does God want you to have with the opposite sex? Does it matter how you dress? Is it wrong to gossip? What does God say about how I should view myself? Buy it here.  

7. How Do We Know That Christianity Is Really True? 

Big questions deserve good answers. This pithy, fun and fast-paced book looks at what the Bible says to help 9-13s think through this big question for themselves. It explains why we can trust the Gospels as real historical documents and walks through the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. Lively stories and illustrations make this book easy for this age group to engage with. Buy it here.  

All of these titles can be purchased via The Wandering Bookseller.
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