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Christianity can be fun!

Is christ for you

Teen-ager, Christ is for You
Riess
1957

More spiritual advice for “today’s” teens. The message is that Christianity is cool and God isn’t out to kill everything fun in your life. (I am not sure my teen self would necessarily agree.) It is a weeder because of the archaic references and the probability that no single teen would pick this title regardless of their interest in the subject matter, since it looks old and feels old.

I really believe that good design and cover art are essential to successful teen materials. I have seen much better covers and titles for Christian teens that would do a way better job than this little book.

Mary

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The Devil Made Me Do It!

If the Devil Made You Do it You Blew ItIf the Devil “made” you do it, you blew it!
Peterson
1989

If you remember, I resurrected an old title from 2009 and re-did the post. It’s your lucky day, I have yet another book from the same author.

I have included this lead off scenario about a kid robbing a McDonald’s and hanging around a bad crowd. This is what happens when you quit listening to your parents, quit going to church, and start doing drugs. I hope all of you are taking notes.

Mary

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Now With Even More Coolness!

Anyone Can Be Cool coverAnybody Can Be Cool…
But Awesome Takes Practice
Peterson
1988

This book is a Christian devotional for teens and on one level it is a pretty good choice -short situations and appropriate scripture. So far so good. However, there is no “solution” or even a suggestion of guidance beyond scripture. (There is also some nice guilt and judgment thrown in.) I get it. It’s a devotional, not a self-help. But really if you are going to sell me coolness, I am going to need a bit more. (A LOT more.) A John Tesh look-a-like for the cover is not helping the cool factor either.

If you want even more entertainment, read the comments on Amazon’s page for this book. In other news, this book is still hanging out in a lot of public libraries.

Still, I like to think I am cooler than Holly.

Mary

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