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Reading list for Student Ministry

Preparing for Adolescence:

How to Survive the Coming Years of Change:  Dr. James Dobson /The gold standard for preparing parents for the adolescent transformation.  This book will allow parents to become a resource to those with whom they work and have influence.
Life On The Edge: Dr. James Dobson / Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future is Dr. Dobson’s newest publication.
Don’t Waste Your Life:  John Piper / Recommended for Parents and High Schools.  This is a must read that provides insight into why God created us and reminds us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. A life lived for Christ is a life not wasted. A powerful and inspiring read.
How to Stay Christian in College:  J. Budziszewski / Not that a true believer can lose his/her salvation but a book on practical and powerful tips on remaining faithful when the safety nets and safe guards of High School are left behind. The foundations of Christian faith are covered in this essential work that directly addresses different worldviews and myths students encounter in college.
How to Stay Christian in High School:  How to handle the everyday temptations and pressures of high school are addressed as this author engages the student’s minds in a way that will lead to transformation and hope.
Do Hard Things: Alex and Brett Harris /  If you have ever wondered if this generation will rise to the challenge, read this book.  Discover the truth about challenging students to go all the way to His purpose and potential and about teenage rebellion against low expectations.

Raising a Modern Day Knight:  Learn the father’s role in guiding his son to authentic manhood.  If you are a single mom, see how an authentic role model from your student ministry can help change the future of your son.
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture: Walt Mueller/ This highly recommended publication bridges teen worldviews and Christian culture. Mueller deals with modern v. post-modern worldviews and the need for listening and understanding the emerging generation in order to effectively minister and communicate the gospel to them.
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal: Kevin Leman / Trusted family relationship expert Kevin Leman helps parents navigate the choppy waters of their children’s teen years with humor and grace. Emotive stories and practical advice give parents hope and encouragement.
After You Drop Them Off:  Jerusha and Jeramy Clark / These guys provide trustworthy answers to parents’ questions about what goes on at youth group meetings and offers practical suggestions, biblical support, and “real-life” parents’ comments and stories.
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: Gary Chapman / Discover how to identify and fluently speak your teenager’s primary love language and gain insight into how and why teens need to be loved differently than preteens.
Confident Parenting: Jim Burns / Confident Parenting gives practical advice with God honoring principles. Jim Burns addresses overcrowded lifestyles, overcoming negative family patterns, and raising kids who love God and themselves.
Every Young Man’s Battle: Can any young man escape the lure of sexual temptation in today’s world? You’re surrounded by sex constantly–in movies, on TV, video games, music, the Internet. Is it any wonder that it feels impossible to stay sexually pure? How do men survive the relentless battle against the onslaught of lust? With powerful ammunition. The authors of the hard-hitting mega-bestseller “Every Man’s Battle “know the temptations young men face every day. The fact is, you can achieve victory over sexual compromise.  This book shows young men how to rise above today’s debased, self-seeking culture by examining God’s standard, training your eyes and mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a plan with biblical strategies that have worked for millions of men.
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Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right, Doug Fields
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, Christian Smith
Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Chap Clark
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, Kenda Creasy Dean
The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry, Kenda Creasy Dean
Understanding Today’s Youth Culture, Walt Mueller
Youth Culture 101,Walt Mueller
Blockbuster Movie Illustrations: Over 160 Clips for Your Ministry, Bryan Belknap
Group’s Blockbuster Movie Illustrations: The Return, Bryan Belknap
Blockbuster Movie Illustrations: The Sequel, Bryan Belknap
The Seven Checkpoints: seven principles every teenager needs to know, Andy Stanley
The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life, Louie Giglio
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth, Doug Fields
Youth Ministry Nuts & Bolts: Mastering The Ministry Behind The Scenes, Duffy Robbins
Help! I’m a Small Church Youth Worker: Achieving Big-Time Success in a Non-Mega Ministry, Rich Grassel