The experience of buying Christmas gifts for teenagers can often be a minefield, especially if you want to buy a gift with a Christian theme. When attempting such a monumental task, everybody needs a helping hand, so here is my list of best Christian Buys for teenage Christians.
Music and Film
Lauren Daigle’s newest album, ‘Look Up Child’ debuted at Number 3 on the American album chart, the Billboard 200 - the highest position for a Christian album on the chart for over nine years. With her popularity, her growing influence and her passion for God, her album could be a stellar gift this Christmas.
Miracles From Heaven is a heartwarming true story that will move all who view it and lead them to question the power of God and his love. The film’s synopsis reads:
“When Christy Bean (Jennifer Garner), mother to three bright daughters, find out that one of her bright little girls, Anna (played movingly by Kylie Rodgers), has a rare and incurable disease her world is thrown into chaos.
Working against an increasingly pressing clock, Christy searches to find a cure, hoping and praying for a cure whilst desperately trying to find a doctor who can help. Throughout Anna's degenerating illness, Christy wrestles with doubt, unable to understand how God could let such a sweet little girl become so very sick.
Everything feels hopeless until, one day, when Anna has a freak accident, the unbelievable happens.
Anna is suddenly, and inexplicably, cured.”
The Teenage Prayer experiment is not a conventional non-fiction book for teenagers, but it’s mix of spiritual guidance, practical advice and ideas, could make it a game changer for some readers. The book's synopsis reads:
“This book is based on a blog run by Revd Miranda Threlfall-Holmes and her teenage son, Noah.
Miranda and Noah developed the blog and book as they could find nothing on the market to introduce teenagers to different ways of praying. Each chapter of the book introduces a prayer practice, e.g using labyrinths, Lego Bible modelling, prayer beads, prayer walking.
It also includes comments by teenagers who have tried it out and space for the young person to record their own thoughts.”
Teen to Teen is an awesome resource comprising of 365 daily devotions written by teenage girls for teenage girls. Teen to Teen’s young authorship makes it the perfect book for teenage girls of all ages.
“Written expressly by teen girls for teen girls, this unique 365 day devotional is filled with personal experiences that are relatable and heart felt, encouraging teens to learn from the failures and triumphs of others how they can make the right choices.”
A similar book that is worthy of a mention is Hayley DiMarco’s ‘God Girl’, a non-fiction manual for Teenage Girls, that helps it’s readers make sense of the world around them and learn to live as women of God.
The Action Bible for readers aged 10-14, offers a contemporary comic book style take on the Bible. The Action Bible gives a “compelling mix of clear typeface plus dramatic, colourful images”. The Action Bible is perfect for all comic book lovers.
The Message Canvas Bible is an amazing resource that offers a different way to read the Bible and learn God’s word for girls aged 16 and over. The product’s description reads:
“Center your heart and mind on the story of God with The Canvas Bible as you colour nearly 300 hand-drawn illustrations, including 150 hand-lettered Bible verses.
Using The Message's creative language and vivid metaphors, your imagination will be bursting with ideas for crafting, colouring, and drawing. Meditate on the very words of Scripture, and hear God's voice speaking to your heart.
Make this Bible one of a kind by adding your own beauty and style.
Fill the extra space with your own illustrations and prayers.
Immerse yourself in the words of Scripture.
Decorate this Bible as a gift for someone you love.
Slow down as you colour and enjoy a more relaxed pace.
Let the story of God paint the canvas of your imagination!”
Anomaly is a sensational 366-page dystopian thriller, for fans of franchises such as 'The Hunger Games' and 'Divergent' and is a knockout read for teens aged 14 and above. The story is based on Thali, a young girl living in an almost post-apocalyptic world, who is just a few minutes from death. “Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created.
The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?”
Anne Elisabeth Stengel’s ‘Heartless’ is a brilliant novel for teens aged 13 and above who are fans of romance and fantasy novels.
“Heartless, a fairy tale of love, courage and trust. Heartless tells the story of Princess Una of Parumvir who has come of age and is soon to be married. Una dreams of a charming and handsome Prince, but when her suitor arrives, she finds him boring and stubborn. Prince Aethelbald has travelled far from the mysterious land of Farthestshore to prove his love for Una. But he also brings hushed warnings of impending danger.”
For younger youth’s who are fans of Fantasy and Historical fiction novels, ‘Isle of Fire’ by Wayne Thomas Batson could be a popular present.
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Samuel James is a teeanged freelance writer who writes articles about faith, sport, news and history.
November 12th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White