10 Books to Keep Your Teen Reading All Winter

I had a hard time not focusing this series completely on books because they are my passion. The single greatest gift you can give your teen is a love of reading. With a love of books, they will have limitless doors opened to them.

I've talked to the teens in my life and gathered their ideas for great gifts. I've shared their ideas for games, bullet journalsart suppliesroom design, sporty toys, fashion, and electronics. Today I'm sharing ideas for electronic gifts that your teens will love.

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{1} Man of the Family by Ralph Moody - I love this autobiographical series following Ralph's childhood and journey to adulthood. I love it because it's real, it's hard, and it's incredible. Man of the Family is the second book of the series, but I think it's my favorite. After his dad dies, Ralph becomes the man of the family at a young age. This book shares all of the creative income generating schemes Ralph comes up with to help his mom. It's an incredible story that every boy who struggles with entitlement needs to read. You'll want to read the rest of the series to see what happens to the Moody family next.

{2} Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard - this allegory follows the life of "Much Afraid", a young girl who meets the good shepherd and desires to follow Him. Similar to Pilgrim's Progress this allegorical tale will challenge its readers to a deeper faith. This edition includes a devotional that complements the reading.

{3} Eric Liddell: Something Greater than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge - these missionary biographies are easy reads, but they will change your life if you read them. We just finished reading Eric Liddell's story. He was a man who was an incredibly gifted athlete, and he gave his life to the service of others. His attitude in facing hardships and adversity is a challenging example for any believer. Teens need to read these books. Pay them to read these books. It will be money well spent.

{4} Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness & Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas - continuing with the biographical theme of my list so far, these two compilations of incredible lives will inspire your teen to seeking greatness through humility. Both of these books are fantastic reads.

{5} 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson - filled with adventure and mystery, this first book of the trilogy is a page turner. You have to read the whole series to get closure, but it is one that you'll want to read again and again.

{6} The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein - if your teen has only seen the movie versions of theses classic books, they're missing out. The Fellowship of the Ring is an incredible story that is masterfully written. If this seems too daunting to read, get the audio book and listen. The narrator is fabulous.

{7} Cloak of the Light: Wars of the Realm by Chuck Black - another must read trilogy is the Wars of the Realm series by Chuck Black. It merges a Jason Bourne type action tale with glimpses into the spiritual realm. The first of the series follows the story of Drew Carter and his journey to find truth. The second book in the series starts back from the beginning of time, and it follows the main guardian angel, Validius, and what he experienced protecting Drew from the dark forces. In the final book, both worlds collide as the battle for Earth explodes. My son could not put these books down, which made me curious to read with him. I'll be reading this series again soon.

{8} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson - I love remade fairy tales, and Melanie Dickerson does an excellent job of borrowing a plot and transporting a familiar tale into a different time period. I read this book in a day...it's really good, and your teen girls will love it.

{9} Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris - written by teens, this non-fiction book will inspire your teens to use their days wisely. Every teen and parent of a teen needs to read this.

{10} Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery L. M. - Anne is a book friend that every teen needs to have. She's witty, zany, and full of wonder. My teen picks this book as her fall back read when she can't find anything else worthy to read.

We're up to 80 gift ideas. It's getting close to 100 and the giveaway. Make sure to keep checking back for the next installment of ideas. Next, I'll be sharing 10 Subscription Gifts for Teens.

What are some of your teen's favorite books?



  1. Samantha on November 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I have a teenage niece struggling with having healthy relationships with boys and also just having an idea of how much she is treasured by our Lord. Any thoughts on a good book for her?

    • Betsy on November 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

      I have a couple of ideas. One of my favorites that paints a beautiful picture of an honorable relationship is “An Old Fashioned Girl” by Louisa May Alcott (http://amzn.to/2gbhF4q). A young girl falls for a boy that is lacking character, but instead of giving in to his advances, she holds true to her virtue. It’s a book I think every young girl should read. Another author that I love is Francine Rivers. Her “Mark of the Lion” series is excellent (http://amzn.to/2gEMfs5). What I love about it is the way it compares two young women and their approach to love. One seeks all the pleasure she can get, and the other seeks to honor God. Francine Rivers does a great job of playing out the consequences of both lifestyles. While the story is set in Ancient Rome, you’d be surprised at how much is similar to American culture today. She has another book that might also be good to read: Redeeming Love (http://amzn.to/2fmdkOc). It follows the heartbreaking romance of a prostitute and the farmer who marries her. It’s a retelling of the book of Hosea from the Bible. This one would be shocking to a teen that hasn’t experienced an unhealthy relationship with a boy, but it is a beautiful picture of the unyielding love of God and how deep his love is for us while we were yet sinners. I’ll keep thinking of recommendations, but those were the first that came to mind!

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