Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt. “David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty―and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ.”
Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller. Originally titled “Understanding Today’s Youth Culture,” this book looks at contemporary youth culture with all of its complex and challenging issues, but addresses these issues through a Christian lens. A valuable resource from a wise and experienced youth pastor and parent.
A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. Addresses specific cultural issues from a biblical perspective; this edition contains a four-chapter resource on sexuality.
Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Chap Clark. This is a great book sharing Clark’s insights from spending time in a local high school.
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies for Helping Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell and Jake Mulder- Fuller Youth Institute’s research on churches that effectively engage their youth.
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. An honest look at the social media lives of teenagers, especially girls.
Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them by Steve Gerali. A great introduction to teenage guys development and struggles.
CPYU Their tagline says it all: ‘Helping parents, youth workers, educators, pastors and others understand and reach today’s youth culture.” The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding helps all leaders of teens respond to the culture of today’s teenages in a Christian context.
Articles on Rooted
Utilizing Youth Culture: Part One by Mark Howard
Utilizing Youth Culture: Part Two by Mark Howard
The Cure for Teenage “Affluenza” by Kris Fernhout
Overcoming Legalism in Youth Culture by Jon Lilley
Youth Group Culture: Bigger Than Ourselves by Shaun McDonald