In our reading as the Activate High School Ministry staff, we’ve come to see the following books as essential reading for youth. For further reading on such topics, see our expanded list of Suggested Resources. Click on any of the titles to visit the websites or buy the books.

Sexual Purity

Sex is Not the Problem (Lust is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World — Joshua Harris


I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Romance and Relationships — Joshua Harris

Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach — Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas


Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations — Alex and Brett Harris

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World —Edited by C.J.Mahaney

God’s Will

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will — Kevin DeYoung

Developing Your Faith (Christian Living)

Start to Follow: How to Be a Successful Follower of Jesus Christ Greg Laurie

Foundations for LivingHarvest Christian Fellowship

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God — Francis Chan

Deepening Your Faith (Theology)

Essentials: Foundational Topics for Christians in Today’s World — Greg Laurie

The Bookends of the Christian Life — Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington

Defending Your Faith (Apologetics)

The Case for Christ, Student Edition — Lee Strobel


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