Thursday, February 18, 2010

Have you traded your Passion for Glory?

For many of us as Christian parents, we inadvertently give the impression that Christianity is about what we do and don’t do. We say it’s about a relationship with God, but we live a life that exhibits the fact that our Christianity is bound up in two things: rules and busyness. We don’t do certain unbecoming things (at least not openly) and we busy ourselves in the multitude of programs, Bible studies, seminars, so-called “ministry opportunities,” and church events that keep us safely ensconced behind the fortress walls of our church buildings or within our tight circle of Christian friends. We surround ourselves with all the accoutrements of middleclass suburban evangelicalism and we don’t realize that we have traded our passion for glory, we have left the adventure for the country club.

Our children see the protected shell that we call Christianity and it’s no wonder they want out. God has placed within us a longing for adventure. Our kids have that longing and the irony of the situation is: if we were truly living out our faith as the passionate adventure that it was intended to be, they would actually be drawn to it, rather than repelled by it.

Is your faith a passionate adventure or a safe hideaway?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Teens, Dating and Purity

Recommended Books for Teens

Do you wonder what books about dating and purity would be good for your teens to be reading? Do you wonder how to select a book that is age appropriate for your teen? Let’s face it, even some good, solid, Christian books have too much information for certain age kids!! Do you ever wish someone could read all the books and recommend the best ones for the best ages? Well, my wonderful wife, Sandra has done just that!

Below is a list of recommended books arranged by the age at which the book would be appropriate for reading by a teen. Click the title of any book to see the Amazon web page which gives lots of information and, in many cases, reviews. (No, we don’t get any money from Amazon for putting these links in … they are just for your information. Many of these books are available at your local library!)

Books I would recommend for a 12 year old regarding puberty, dating, marriage, sex and purity:

Redefining Beautiful by Jenna Lucado
So You’re About to be a Teenager by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

Books I would recommend for a 13 year old regarding dating, marriage, sex and purity:

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

Books I would recommend for a 14-15 year old regarding dating, marriage, sex and purity:

Eyes Wide Open by Brienne Murk
Authentic Beauty by Eric and Leslie Ludy
Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti by Chad Eastham with Bill and Farrel
Connecting With God: A Teen Mania Devotional by Ron Luce
Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

Books I would recommend for a 16 year old regarding dating, marriage, sex and purity:

Not even a Hint by Joshua Harris
When God Writes your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

Books I would recommend for an 18 year old regarding marriage, sex and purity:

A Perfect Wedding by Eric and Leslie Ludy
Every Young Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn
Every Young Woman’s Battle by Shannon Ethridge

Got any great recommendations? Send us an email with your reviews of books for teens or parents!