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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. Alex Harris and Brett Harris. Multnomah, 2008.

Deliver Us From Me-Ville. David Zimmerman. David C. Cook, 2008.

The Problem with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises. Mark Sayers. Thomas Nelson, 2008.

The Shack. William P. Young. Windblown Media, 2007.

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor. John Stott. InterVarsity, 2007.

Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edward's Vision of Living In Between. Stephen Nicols. Crossway, 2006.

What Matters Most: When NO is Better than YES. Doug Fields. Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2006.

Exploring Faith and Discipleship: Selected Readings. Christian Schools International, 2006.

Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life. Tony Dungy. Tyndale, 2007.

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A Mind for God. James Emery White. InterVarsity Press, 2006. In response to the reality that Christian might actually be more shaped by the culture, than by the will and way of God, White issues a much-needed corrective challenge to the church.



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Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith. Alister McGrath. InterVarsity Press, 2006. The book begins with a cultural and Biblical understanding of doubt and concludes with guidelines for handling doubt in the Christian life.


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Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life. Eugene Peterson. NavPress, 2006. Peterson explores the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection and the Christian spiritual formation by resurrection, in response to an increasingly accommodating church and secularized version in the broader culture.

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How to Read the Bible Book by Book. Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart. Zondervan, 2002. This Bible reading companion will help you walk through the different books of the Bible while encouraging you to seek out several themes and how these themes help shape the entire biblical narrative.


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Growing Up Christian. Karl Graustein. P&R Publishing, 2005. This book is written specifically for "Church Kids," encouraging them to discover their current spiritual health and develop a more mature faith.




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Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. Dick Staub. Jossey-Bass. 2005. Fearful that his generation has failed to produce spiritual Yodas and pass the timeless truths of God’s Word on to the next generation, Staub has filled the pages of his book with biblical wisdom passed on from those who have gone before us.


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The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975. This book is thick with prayers and meditations gleaned from the rich tradition of our spiritual forefathers in the Puritan tradition.



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Don't Waste Your Life. John Piper. Crossway Books, 2003. A great book to put into the hands of older teens and college students as they embark on the process of preparation for their life vocation. A DVD is also available. Available in the CPYU Resource Center.



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Understanding God's Will: How to Hack the Equation without Formulas. Kyle Lake. Relevant Books, 2004. Teens and adults alike find it difficult to understand and know what God has in store for their life. By putting the focus on our relationship with God, Lake demonstrates that discerning God's will is not about formulas.Creation Regained - Thumbnail.jpg



Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview. Albert M. Wolters. Eerdmans, 1985. This book explains the concept of a "reformational worldview" as being in line with the biblical teaching concerning the depth and scope of sin and redemption. This book will encourage readers to integrate their faith into all areas of life.


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The Journey Towards Relevance: Simple Steps for Transforming Your World. Kary Oberbrunner. Relevant Books, 2004. This books challenges readers to live as "tranformists" who properly navigate the delicate balance between faith and culture, while providing a practical paradigm for doing so.


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Ecclesiastes: Ancient Wisdom When All Else Fails. T.M. Moore. InterVarsity, 2001. In this interpretive paraphrase of the book of Ecclesiastes, theologian T.M. Moore brings the message of the book to life in an amazingly engaging and relevant manner.


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New Way to Be Human. Charlie Peacock. Shaw, 2004. In this book, Peacock offers us a wake-up call to step outside of our own skewed version of Christian "reality" and see it from God's perspective. Readers will truly be introduced to a 'new way to be human.'The Christian Mind - Thumbnail.jpg


The Christian Mind. Harry Blamires. Servant Publications, 1978. This book brilliantly frames what a Christian mind should and could look like. Blamires teaches us how to think Christianly and how to truly introduce Christian dialogue into cultural discussions.




The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief & Behavior During The University Years.  Steven Garber. InterVarsity, 1996. Challenges students to think seriously about their college experience, the purpose of education, and the need to integrate Christian faith into all of Luke for Everyone - Review.jpglife.


Luke For Everyone. N.T. (Tom) Wright. SPCK, 2002. This is one in a series of books written by N.T. Wright, one of the most dynamic theologians of our time. Luke is just one of a series of New Testament commentaries by Wright that will help you go deeper in your Biblical studies.



Companions for Your Spiritual Journey: Discovering the Disciplines of the Saints. Mark Harris. InterVarsity, 1999. This practical guide to spiritual growth introduces readers to a group of saints who offer guidance on spiritual dryness, prayerlessness, temptation, and discouragement.




Fearless Faith: Living Beyond the Walls of "Safe" Christianity. John Fischer. Harvest House, 2002. Musician and cultural critic Fischer challenges Christians to step outside the safety zone of their subculture and engage the culture at large. This should be required reading for Christians of all ages.





How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible, 2nd Ed. Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. Zondervan, 1993. The authors lead readers to a deeper understanding of how to read and study the different types of literature in the Bible, how to understand the Bible's message based on the author's intent, and how to apply it to their lives. A must for every Christian.




Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ. Dallas Willard. NavPress, 2003. Takes readers on a "This Old House" approach to spiritual transformation, issuing a call to Christ-likeness through an apprenticeship under the lordship of Christ. An invaluable tool for those seeking to know the living God and incarnate the Word as "children of light" in a fallen/lost world.





The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life. Os Guinness. Word Publishing Group, 1998. Teens today are actively seeking direction and asking "What am I going to do with my life?" Here Guinness seizes the opportunity and offers practical guidelines on how all Christians can actively follow God's call on their lives, all from a historical and Biblical perspective.




Risk In Our Midst: Empowering Teenagers To Love The Unlovable. Scott Larson. Group, 2000. This book guides youthworkers, parents, and other adults through the process of equipping students to notice, embrace, love and care for "the teenagers that no one else sees." Included is a six-session course for youth groups.





Keeping Your Faith In College. Abbie Smith. VMI, 2003. Students from over thirty-five colleges and universities share their experiences living as a Christian in college.





How To Stay Christian In College: An Interactive Guide To Keeping The Faith. J. Budziszewski. Navpress, 1999. A university professor introduces students to the realities of college life and offers strategies and suggestions for strengthening, rather than abandoning, Christian faith.