The teen years have been hijacked—by fashion, music, movies, and games; by the pressures of school, peers, and society; and by superficial expectations set by the world. But there is something more glorious than all these influences that has the power to change the life of a teenager: the gospel. Writtenby a teenager for teenagers, This Changes Everything is a deeply theological yet practical and accessible book on how the gospel radically transforms every aspect of the teen years, including pursuing relationships, managing time, combating personal sin, and cultivating healthy habits. In a culture awash with low expectations for young people, this book exhorts teenagers to embrace a gospel-centered perspective on their lives and pursue wholehearted devotion to Christ now.
- An Extremely Helpful Resource
Little scares me more than a Christian book targeted at teenagers written by a teenager. The concept is utterly terrifying. But, thanks be to God, it can be done well, very well. In This Changes Everything, young author Jaquelle Crowe addresses her peers and challenges them to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ impacts every single part of their lives.
This work is simple, straight forward, and clear. The author, over eight main chapters, addresses eight arenas of life where Christianity makes that part of a young life completely different. This is basic discipleship written very well and targeted for young believers who are tired of simplistic, watered down, cotton candy lessons.
In this book, Crowe does a fine job of interweaving her own life stories, experiences with her family, strengths and weaknesses with solidly applied passages of Scripture and quotes from valuable Christian books. She speaks to how the gospel impacts our identity, our story, our community, our sin, our disciplines, our growth, our time, and our relationships. These are major life areas in which Christian discipleship is necessary and in which a commitment to Christ will radically alter our thinking and acting.
I’m a pastor, husband, and father of three. And I’m extremely happy to have read this book. It was good for me and challenging on a number of personal levels. I’m even happier to make sure that my own daughter will soon read this book and work through the areas of discipleship for herself. I’m happy to know of other parents in our church who are taking teens through this book as a way to open up solid discussions of growth toward maturity. I’m happy that a youth pastor friend of mine just ordered 25 copies of this book for his students to read. And I would happily recommend this book to others.
I received a free audio copy of this book from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. I love the sound quality and the perfect choice of Susan Hanfield as narrator for this work.
- A Must Read for EVERY Teen
Great little book. Students will greatly benefit from the biblical wisdom shared by Jaquelle Crowe. This is good for both teens from a Christian family, or a teens merely exploring the faith. Ms. Crowe writes in a very welcoming and accessible style. The audio version is easy to listen to.
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