From a friend with two teenage sons…
Mike, I was wondering if you would be willing to loan me the Top 10 books you currently possess that you typically recommend young men to read.
Well, I couldn’t stop at 10. So here’s a list of books that I’ve recommended to my own sons and many other young men.
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Number One… Without saying… The Bible – It’s a challenge but I think finding ways to help your young man (as well as yourself and everyone else) engage the Word on a daily basis is critical. There is nothing else that will produce the fruit of transformation.
So, utilize various tools (like the 365 Day Chronological Bible, The ESV Student Study Bible and other tools to encourage young men in the Word.
Here’s list of other books that may be helpful to a young man. I think every man (young and old should consider himself a leader, and leaders are readers!)
Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
A classic that every young man who follows Christ should read. It’s referenced so often that you’ll want to know what everyone’s talking about.
More Than a Carpenter – Josh McDowell
Another classic. I give this one away frequently to folks who are asking question about Christ and faith with the encouragement to simply read the chapter titled Liar, Lunatic or Lord and then reconnect to talk.
Point Man – Steve Farrar
A friend gave this book to me shortly after Stacy and I were married. I believe that the sooner young men are exposed to the Biblical ideas expressed by Steve, the better prepared they will be to lead a wife and family.
Wild at Heart – John Eldridge
Young men gain insights into how God made them as they Eldridge helps them understand that Christ is the model for manhood. We’re all on a quest for a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue and a cause to embrace.
The Resolution for Men – Stephen and Alex Kendrick
The whole book is great and so Biblically sound, the contrast of two men who make different decisions about Christ in chapter two will help young men with long range perspective.
The Measure of a Man – Gene Getz
I love the instruction that Paul gives Timothy and Titus about seeking out leaders for the church. Dr. Getz unpacks those qualifications and helps men grow in critical areas. There is a version for young men that I’ve not read.
A Guide to Biblical Manhood – Randy Stinson and Dan Dumas
With whimsical style and powerful truth, this book lays out Biblical manhood in a really easy to read format. I love to give this one to young men. The chapter about how to teach manhood through the game of baseball is inspiriting.
Cover Her – Rod Hairston
Rod’s clear challenge to all men to provide covering for every woman in their lives is instructive and encouraging. Young men need to understand their responsibility to create and provide safety for their relatives as well as strangers.
Every Young Man’s Battle – Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
Every Man’s Battle is a classic for helping men with the purity issue. This version for young men has produced some great conversations with my sons. We must help young men with tools and strategies to engage the battle.
Sex Isn’t the Problem, Lust Is – Joshua Harris
A pretty quick read and a great resource to help with perspective. The issue is the heart and the battlefield is often the mind. Behaviors begin with temptations. Great insights here to equip young men.
The Principle of the Path – Andy Stanley
I loved talking about this one with my oldest son. We’re all headed somewhere on our journey. Sadly, too many young men aren’t sure where that is. Charting a Godward course and being willing to make course corrections are key. I consider every young man to be a leader; leaders must know where they’re going.
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn
There are plenty of other resources regarding Biblical stewardship but this small book gives great perspective and is a quick read. It would open up some great discussions with a young man.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
It would be impossible, I think, to come up with a better Christian fiction series to recommend to young men. These can be read over and over again. I’m hopeful that our children will ultimately read them to their children.
Never Surrender – LTG (Ret.) Gerald Boykin
General Boykin has spoken at quite a few of our ISI conferences over the years. His story is compelling and inspiring for young men. My boys have all heard his testimony and read his book.
Unbroken – Louis Zamparini
Wow! What a story of courage, resilience and ultimately, redemption. The movie stopped short of telling the full story of Louis Zamparini coming to faith in Christ later in life and how his faith inspired so many others. You have to read the book for the full picture!