As I graduate high school this year, I look back to some of my favorite books, both fiction and non-fiction. Here’s a list of my life-changing must-reads that every Christian teen should read before graduating high school!
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Things We Couldn’t Say by Diet Eman
Diet (pronounced “deet”) is a young woman growing up in the Netherlands with a great life; great parents, an incredible boyfriend. When WWII broke out, she and her fiance became active in the resistance, and helped hundreds of Dutch Jews. Things We Couldn’t Say is one of my favorite memoirs, that is unfortunately very under-rated. Diet Eman has also been featured on a three part Focus on the Family special, God’s Grace is Sufficient.
Devil at My Heels by Louie Zamperini
Maybe you’ve read Unbroken; here’s Louie’s story in his own words! There’s more focus on his pre-war and post-war Christian life more.
Praying for Your Future Husband by Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn
Although I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “kissing dating goodbye” – I really enjoyed this book by Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn, two notable Christian fiction authors. Robin is the author of the Christy Miller series, and Tricia is a homeschool blogger and author of many Christian fiction works. She is also a former teen mom, before she later found Christ in her life.
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Moonwalking with Einstein is one of those books that have quite literally changed my life. It’s the story of a journalist, Josh Foer, who finds himself at the US Memory Championships. With the help of World Memory Championship competitor, Foer learns about the memory palace mnemonic system, which involves using spatial memory. I now use it for all of my studying, which has helped me use my studying time more effectively. I’m remembering all of the material in a fraction of the time!
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I haven’t read any C.S. Lewis beyond the Narnia series (which I should probably reread) but this is on my to-read list, and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on his classics.