This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax. In This is Our Time, Trevin Wax provides snapshots of twenty-first-century American Life in order to help Christians understand the times. By analyzing our common beliefs and practices (smartphone habits, entertainment intake, and our views of shopping, sex, marriage, politics, and life’s purpose), Trevin helps us see through the myths of society to the hope of the gospel.
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.
Raising Boys and Girls The blog portion of this website runs a feature called “Technology Tuesday.” The counselors at Daystar in Nashville feature some aspect of social media each week (an app, a platform, a website, a game) and discuss the impact they are seeing in their counseling offices.
Articles on Rooted
My Identity is Not in Facebook And Neither is My Child’s by Ingram Link
Utilizing Youth Culture: Part One by Mark Howard
Utilizing Youth Culture: Part Two by Mark Howard
No Mere Mortals: Homecoming Kings and Queens (And the Rest of Us!) by Anna Meade Harris
The Cure for Teenage “Affluenza” by Kris Fernhout
Overcoming Legalism in Youth Culture by Jon Lilley