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Sex & The Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses. Donna Freitas. Oxford University Press, 2008.


Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality. Charles Murray. Crown, 2008.


School and Sports: A Christian Critique. Richard A. Riesen. Grasshopper Books, 2007.


Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus. Kathleen Bogle. New York University Press. 2008.


Excellence Without a Soul: Does Liberal Education Have a Future? Harry Lewis. PublicAffairs, 2006.

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

The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School. Tim Clydesdale. University of Chicago Press, 2007.


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Can You Keep Your Faith in College? Abbie Smith. Multnomah, 2006. Smith's book is a collection of student testimonials describing what college is really like and how to remain faithful to Christ on campus. Available in the CPYU Resource Center.



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Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. Kelly Monroe Kullberg. InterVarsity Press, 2006. Tells the story of how The Veritas Forums began, provides a history of higher education in America and contains a memoir of Kelly's own story of faith.


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God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation are Changing America. Naomi Schaeffer Riley. Ivan R. Dee Publisher, 2006. God on the Quad is informative and highly recommended to anyone interested in a deeper look into religious higher education in America. Parents and youth workers charged with the vocation of helping students choose a college will benefit as well.


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College Bound: What Christian Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids Choose a College. Thomas Shaw. Moody Publishers, 2005. "Helping your teen choose the right college can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful journeys you take together.” This book will walk you through the process step by step.


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Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess. Barrett Seaman. Jon Wiley & Sons, 2005. Every parent should read this book before sending a child off to college. It provides a realistic description of what college life in America looks like today.


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Freshman: The College Student's Guide to Developing Wisdom. Mark Matlock. TH1NK, 2005. As students make the transition from high school to college they will encounter many difficult decisions. This book invites students to align themselves with God's wisdom as they make their way through college.


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I Am Charlotte Simmons. Tom Wolfe. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004. This fictional work by social novelist Tom Wolfe might as well be a real-life story. This story captures the reality of what it's like for those who choose to make dangerous decisions during their college years. Eye-opening and revealing.


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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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This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure. Duffy Robbins. Zondervan/Youth Specialities Academic, 2004. This text book is an engaging and comprehensive overview that introduces students to youth ministry and everything that comes with the territory. Though a text book, it's practical content and format make it equally useful outside the classroom.




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Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol. Media Education Foundation, 2004. This video exposes students to the lies that marketers tell about alcohol, gender roles, and sexuality.



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The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life. Michael Thompson. Ballantine Books, 2004. Parents often don't fully understand what kind of pressures their kids are facing. Thompson enables parents to not only better understand kids, but help them succeed academically without putting them under undue pressure.


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Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers. Linda Perlstein. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. Perlstein takes readers on a first-hand immersion into the lives of five suburban Maryland middle school students and chronicles their often hidden lives. This serves as an excellent window into the lives of today's middle schoolers.




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 life.





A Hope in the Unseen. Ron Suskind. Broadway, 1998. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist offers a peek into the real world of 90's ghetto life by following the life of a high school student as he struggles for academic achievement and acceptance at MIT - eye opening!





Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility. Thomas Lickona. Bantam, 1991. While this is primarily a how-to guide for educators, the opening chapters offer insight into the causes and cures for the "crisis of character." Youth workers will find practical suggestions to adapt and implement with students in the context of the church youth group.





Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk. David Elkind. Knopf, 1987. Another classic from Elkind which challenges parents to avoid damaging their children by pushing them too hard to become achievers during the preschool years. Written at the time when the oldest Millennials were in pre­school and early elementary school - offers great insight into their early years.





On the Outside Looking In: A Year in an Inner-City High School. Christina Rathbone. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998. A young journalist takes readers on an eye-opening trip into the reality of inner-city life for teens growing up in poverty.





The Hurried Child. David Elkind. Addison-Wesley, 1981. A landmark book on the causes and effects of stress on children and adolescents. Discusses the influences of parents, schools and the media, and suggests ways to help children grow up slowly.





The ADHD Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnosis And Effective Treatment. Diane M. Kennedy. Waterbrook, 2002. Certainly a controversial subject, more and more medical professionals, parents, and educators are looking seriously at Attention Deficit issues. This book offers perspective from several who have studied the disorder.





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.