10 Living Books for Christian Teen Boys

Teen boys.  Future leaders.  Future husbands.  Future fathers.  Hard workers.  Capable shiners of Light.

Those descriptions can put a lot of pressure on the parents raising precious teen boys for Christ’s Kingdom.  Never fear, God has provided all we need through His Word!  I’ve found a good church family and some really great living literature help a ton, too!

A great list of books for teen boys from Our Journey Westward

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10 Living Books for Christian Teen Boys

Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man is a living literature devotional written directly to teens and full of practical encouragement for living a life of character and perseverance.  My son grew a lot from this book and we’re looking forward to starting another book by the same author, Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men.

The Squire and the Scroll is one of my all-time favorite picture books that can be read with all ages.  Through the adventuresome tale of a squire helping a knight save his kingdom, you watch the squire rely on the Word of the Lord and his spiritual armor to overcome seemingly desperate situations.  Such imagery and meaning!

Charlie’s Choice is a Lamplighter book.  Yes, I REALLY love this publishing company!  The main character, Charlie, comes to understand that he has choices to make about his attitudes and actions in this world that either glorify God or serve his worldly desires.  We loved watching Charlie’s struggles turn into mature decision making throughout the book!

Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince is yet another Lamplighter book.  I’m telling you, I could pretty much endorse anything they’ve published.  In this book, we find a selfish prince who must learn hard lessons about helping others.  As with Charlie’s Choice, it’s just beautiful to watch him mature from the inside out.

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations isn’t just for boys.  In fact, almost all of the books on this list are appropriate for girls, too.  I’m calling them ‘great books for teen boys’ because they all focus on Christian leadership and/or have strong male characters.  In Do Hard Things, teens are encouraged to use their teen years for the glory of God.  It challenged my kiddos greatly!

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Student Edition) was originally purchased to give to a teen friend who is struggling to believe in Christianity.  Before giving it to the friend, we read it ourselves to be sure it portrayed the right message.  Boy, did it ever.  This is a great book to solidify a believer’s faith or someone who needs to know Christ.

The Screwtape Letters was very challenging for my younger teen son to understand.  We actually left it aside to read again as he gets older.  However, I read it all the way through and found it to be a fantastic view into the devil’s schemes to keep us from Christ or a life that is full in Christ.  I can’t wait for my son to be ready for this book!

Kingdom’s Dawn is an exciting allegory of the Bible set in medieval times and full of knights and battles.  While most Biblical allegories cover a small portion of the Bible, this book – followed by the entire series – covers the Bible from Creation to the end.  Some of our doctrine didn’t agree with that of the author, but it was easily discussed with my children.

The Pilgrim’s Progress is a must read for any Christian teen or adult.  It’s such a powerful picture of our journey toward heaven as we attempt to walk the narrow path God has place before us.  I cannot tell you how much this book affected each one of our family as we read and discussed it together.  It’s priceless!

Purity Code, The: God’s Plan for Sex and Your Body isn’t for the highly sheltered (and isn’t for girls.)  It’s an honest, but important discussion of the topic that WILL come up with your teen boys.  Like it or not, if you don’t discuss sex and body changes with your son, he will learn somewhere else.  This book comes from a completely Christian perspective and opens the door for great discussions – preferably between a father and son.

Boyhood and BeyondCreated for Work: Practical Insights for Young MenThe Squire and the ScrollDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low ExpectationsThe Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for … Series for Students)The Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic (Radio Theatre)Kingdom's Dawn (Kingdom, Book 1)The Pilgrim's Progress (Classic Christian Literature Collector's Edition)A Young Man's Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God's WayThe Purity Code: God'S Plan For Sex And Your Body (Pure Foundations)


Please tell me your favorite living books for Christian teen boys!  We need more for our shelves.

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  1. Melanie Thurman says:

    We loved Chuck Black’s Kingdom books. A couple of additional recommendations from my teen boys: The Chronicles of Narnia and Jesus Freaks.

  2. Acolter10 says:

    Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga (four volumes). My boys, 7 and 10, love it. Lots of opportunities for intentional conversation about identity, family, courage, evil, purpose and more.

  3. Abby Jensen says:

    I’m gathering that the “living books” you are seeking are more instructional or devotional, but I would like to recommend a new series titled: The Fuller Creek Series by David C. Reyes. It’s a six books series, (five are currently out) but it has a ton of great biblically based messages. The main characters, Jess & Katie, venture through middle school and high school, as they encounter; action, adventure, school life drama, clue finding investigations, and teen romance. Each book, or episode, as it’s broken up into, has great spiritual lessons to be learned. Because these spiritual lessons are so well intertwined with the ongoing storyline, your boy will learn sound biblical messages without it seeming like a study book. My nephew and niece love them and can’t get enough of this series! I provided a link Amazon link to the first book in that series. (Also in eBook)
    You should check it out, and possibly add it to your list.
    Author’s website http://www.dcreyesauthor.com

  4. Abby, I will check them out. Thank you!

  5. Cindy,
    Did you read the teen books with your boys or did they read them independently? Our son is currently reading the Lamplighter book Ishmael. We began homeschooling last August and I am thankful for you and all the blessings and knowledge you are willing to share on your website and Pinterest. God Bless.

  6. Laurie,
    I have read many of them with my son, but I’ve been transitioning him into reading more of these on his own lately. My husband has read one or two with him, too. I love Lamplighter so much! We haven’t read Ishmael. Adding it to my wish list… 🙂

  7. This was a very helpful post! My 12-year-old son just finished Jim George’s “A Boy After God’s Own Heart.” I was concerned that it would be too youngish for him, but he took time to really go through the chapters and the questions, and he said it really helped him. Just another great option!

  8. Tonya, it’s great to hear your son took it seriously on his own! Not all boys are ready to do that at 12. Love it!

  9. I’m curious why you wouldn’t recommend The Purity Code for girls? Don’t they also need to know about how God designed sex…

  10. Many of the books on this list are great for girls, too. 🙂 In fact, my daughter has read (or was right there with us when we were reading them aloud) every single one of these except Boyhood and Beyond. This is just a list of books that I feel are especially appealing to boys.

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