Here you'll find our top picks for resources on Youth Culture.
The Church of Facebook - Jesse Rice
Another global craze unpacked. This could potentially be a pretty heavy read, but good stuff. Rice looks at the whole facebook-social networking deal without slamming it, looking at how people search for community and what it shows us about God and ourselves.
Hooked: How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children - Joe S Mchilhaney and Freda Bush
A practical look into new scientific research showing how sexual activity causes the release of brain chemicals which then result in emotional bonding and a powerful desire to repeat the activity.
Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide - Brett McCracken
About an emerging category "Christian hipsters"--the unlikely fusion of the American obsessions with worldly "cool" and otherworldly religion--an analysis of what they're about, why they exist, and what it all means for Christianity and the church's relevancy and hipness in today's youth-oriented culture.
My Generation - James Josh 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 Contemplating 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.
Jesus Culture - Liebscher Banning
This book is part of a whole series of conferences, music, and a pretty cool website at jesusculture.com. Heck, it has it’s own facebook and twitter sites too. Jesus Culture is a real revivalist book, talking about the generation we’re currently raising up (hey, that’s us!!) and its distinctives.
The Prodigal God (also available as a six-week DVD study) - Timothy J Keller
You know, that parable of the Prodigal Son you’ve probably heard about a million sermons about? Well, this is it through a completely different take. This 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 our generation 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 for a group resource.
Youth Workers Guide To Helping Teenagers in Crisis - Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
When crises happen - and they will, ready or not - 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 Age of Scepticism - Timothy J 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 Twilight Gospel - Dave Roberts Love it or hate it, twilight is here to stay. So why not equip yourself to answer questions about the spiritual side of the phenomenon? This will help you figure out what’s good and bad, through a Biblical lens.
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 - 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.