The Righteous Guide to being a Christian Teen

Christian teens coverIf You Really Trust Me, Why Can’t I Stay Out Later?

Today’s post features a teen devotional out to help kids see through all the lies. The kids on the cover are late 80s at best and probably remind today’s teens of Mom and Dad’s high school photos.  I would imagine any teen shopping in the 200s will just walk on by this title. Teen religious materials are popular in my library, but like all things they age quickly.(Now, I am willing to bet that someone will write me and say that we believe Bibles should be weeded.) I also think there is a lack of decent writing in inspirational nonfiction for teens.  I get the scenarios but I keep thinking the advice is bad. I also think the author needs to tone down the “lies are everywhere” rhetoric. Some of my more religious pals back in high school would have absolutely disliked the obnoxious teen preaching about the evils of evolution.


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  1. Love this line: “She learned quickly and began living a double life: model Christian daughter when her parents were around, and fast-lane chick at school.”

  2. I think the “sheltered Christian environment” bit hits the nail on the head. I’m not going to comment my feelings on religion but I think that no matter what your views are you should still be aware of the world around you so you don’t wind up knocked on your arse like poor “Kayla”.

    Also what does “going out parking” mean?

    And the biology lesson one reminds me of my high school. Kids that did not agree with evolution could sit in the hall and read scripture (this was public school by the way) but a couple of them insisted on staying in the class and attempted to discredit everything the teacher said with questions like that. It was annoying…

  3. Parking–I don’t think they’ve called it that since the 50s! Basically, the guy and the girl go on a date involving sitting in a parked car and seeing how far the guy can get the girl to go. Lots of smooching!

  4. I would’ve had some words for the kid in the biology class. But then I went on to get bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry (where I did research on origin-of-life chemistry). So I am not typical by any stretch of the imagination.

    I went to a public high school in the Midwest, but on the first day of the evolution unit, the teacher flat out said that it was science class and we were only going to be talking about science; if people wanted to believe something else in their personal lives, that was fine with the teacher, but to pass the evolution unit, students had to learn the material from class.

    And guess what? That was that.

    Most of the time, I got along just fine with the religious kids in my school. Was even friends with some of them. There were plenty of safe topics of conversation — what did you think of the history test, what the heck did they serve in the cafeteria today, what do you want to do when you graduate, how do you think the girls’ basketball team will do at the state tournament, etc.

    We never had anyone as pushy as the science class kid, though. Yeah, I definitely would have had issues with him.

  5. LOL I figured that’s what it would be. Reminds me of explaining to my 9 year old cousin what “necking” was last week. She thought it was like strangling.

  6. The moral of the Mike/Andy story: Don’t be an annoying Bible thumper all the time. Wait until the opportune moment…and then be an annoying Bible thumper!

    But I would have devoured that book when I was a teenager.

  7. Oh my goodness, PLEASE find “If God Loves Me, Why Can’t I get My Locker Open?” This is obviously an important theological treatise. It skips right over the simple stuff, like the Problem of Evil or the Problem of Suffering, and gets on with the most important apologetics debate of our time (well, okay, of the late 80s-early 90s): The Problem of Minor Inconvenience.

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