Here are our top picks for resources on Youth Culture:
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters | David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of people aged 16-29 reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study are presented with uncompromising honesty in unChristian. Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.
You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith | David Kinnaman
Based on research conducted by the Barna Group, You Lost Me exposes ways the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live "in but not of" the world—to follow Christ in the midst of profound cultural change. This wide-ranging study debunks persistent myths about young dropouts and examines the likely consequences for young adults and for the church if we maintain the status quo.
The Church of Facebook: How the Wireless Generation Is Redefining Community | Jesse Rice
Another global craze unpacked. This could be a pretty heavy read, but it's good stuff. Rice looks at the whole Facebook and social networking deal without slamming it, looking at how people search for community and what it shows us about God and ourselves.
Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children | Joe S Mcilhaney and Freda Bush
A practical look into new scientific research showing how sexual activity causes the release of brain chemicals which result in emotional bonding and a powerful desire to repeat the activity.
My Generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope | Josh James Riebock
A journey deep into the soul of a generation that is slowly being transformed from within. Whether pastors, volunteers, church leaders, friends or members of generation Y themselves, readers will value this honest and hopeful look at restoring a broken generation with the life-changing power of the Gospel.
What Do I Do When Teenagers Are Depressed and Contemplate Suicide? | Steve Gerali
This series is designed to give specific critical information on the issue and to "coach" the worker through his/her role as a youth worker not a mental health professional.
The Prodigal God (also available as a six-week DVD study) | Timothy Keller
You know that parable of the Prodigal Son you’ve probably heard about a million sermons about? Well, this is a completely different take. The Prodigal God is a short read, but it’s really powerful, and it’s suitable for anyone—those new to their faith or a few years down the track.
They Like Jesus But Not the Church | Dan Kimball
Finally, a book that’s not afraid to tackle the beef some people have with organised religion. It takes a look at why some of the younger generations struggle with ‘church’ but are still interested in Jesus Christ. It runs through the chapters with discussion questions, examples and suggestions, so could easily be used as a group resource.
The Youth Workers Guide To Helping Teenagers in Crisis | Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
When crises happen—and they will—there are practical steps you can take. Van Pelt and Hancock provide field-tested counsel and specific, biblical advice for each stage of crisis
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism | Timothy Keller
At a time when scientists and critics such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are questioning the validity of religion, this book uses literature, philosophy and reason to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God | D. A. Carson
The only aspect of God's character the world seems to believe in is His love—which is exactly what makes it a difficult doctrine. What of God's holiness, sovereignty and wrath? Renowned Bible scholar and teacher Don Carson provides a fresh perspective on the true nature of God's love.
Answers to Tough Questions | Josh McDowell and Don Stewart
Why does God allow evil? How do we know Jesus rose from the dead? This classic apologetics resource addresses the objections that sceptics commonly raise about God, the Bible and Christian faith.
TV Shows That Teach: 100 TV Moments to Get Teenagers Talking | Eddie James and Tommy Woodard
This book will give you plenty of TV show clip ideas to use for illustrations or teaching on a variety of topics or Bible passages. From the classics, to some of the latest and greatest shows, you'll find ideas that will fit into any message you're trying to communicate to your students.