This weekend, I have my first meeting with the 2011 class of AP Life. Playing on the classes students take to put themselves further ahead upon arriving in college, this group of 12 students commits a significant amount of time during the summer to reading and scripture memorization. As part of this program I got to select 4 books for this amazing group of students to read… Here is what I picked and why.
1. Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer – I wanted to have something classic. Also something short by necessitating thought. I wanted something deep. I was hoping for something there grandfather and grandchild was/would be likely to read. This book is all of that and more.
2. The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons – This book was the most troubling and intriguing book I read in the last year. A really good pot stirrer to get these students thinking about their place and responsibility in the world.
3. No Compromise by Melody Green – The lift story of singer Keith Green is life changing. I have convinced dozens of people to read it and have never anything other than rave reviews. He wrote “radical” long before David Platt got the idea.
4. Prodigal God by Tim Keller – A strong framing of the non-religious gospel for a group of ‘church’ kids.
If you could make a group of teenagers read 4 books, what would they be?