I want to thank Bethany House for providing me with a copy of The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life. All opinions are my own.
I am a huge believer in the fact that our teens (and our children) need to be well-versed in the Bible. They need to know the Bible better than anything else. It’s why I wrote Bible Road Trip, and the reason I read through the Bible and do BRT with my own teens.
In addition to reading the Bible with my boys, I like to read through books on Christian living, Christian history, and theology with them. I think these books about the Christian life, our family history, and about God are important as well…..
In the summer I pick several books that fit in the above categories and assign them for summer reading so the boys will become accustomed to reading these types of books on their own as well. This past summer books like Visual Theology, The Screwtape Letters, Rebels Rescued, and Bitesize Theology all made the list. For the coming summer, I’ve found a great read for my boys.
The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life by Alex Early
Alex Early’s The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life: What Will Change, What Won’t, and Why It Matters (Bethany House, 2016) is a great primer on what it means to be a Christian. Alex Early is the Pastor of Preaching and Theology at Redemption Church in Seattle. He has a Master’s degree in Specialization in Christian Thought Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master’s in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation from London School of Theology, and a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary.
The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life does a really good job of explaining to teens (and new adult believers as well) what the Bible has to say about the Christian life.
I appreciated the fact that Early grounds his teaching on the Christian life in Scripture. There are lots of quotes from the Bible, and many references to Scripture after statements he makes. As a reader, I was never left wondering where he got his information, or if he had just pulled something out of a hat that sounds good.
I also appreciated that the book focuses on our identity in Christ and how that impacts how we live for Him. It’s not just a book about Christian disciplines. It’s a book about why we do the things we do as believers. These are things our teens need to understand are grounded in Scripture and their relationship with Christ, not just Church traditions that are expendable.
The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life is narrative, down-to-earth, easy to read, and grounded in Scripture. It covers both God’s love for us, and the way we express our love for Him. It’s a great read for the new (or young) Christian seeking to live a life in relationship with Christ and with His body, the Church. I highly recommend the book for your teen.
Chapters in The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life
- We Work From Not For Our Identity
- You Are a Beloved Child of God
- Quit Praying for God to Use You: Real Relationship
- Don’t Fake it With God: Real Prayer
- Real Obedience
- Baptism: Cleansed
- Church Membership
- Life in the Church Community
- What about My Money
- Conclusion: What Maturity Looks Like
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More books for older students reviewed on Thinking Kids:
- When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther by Danika Cooley
- Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth about God by Tim Challies and Josh Byers
- Hammer of the Huguenots by Douglas Bond
- Grace Works: (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t) by Douglas Bond
- God’s Story: A Student’s Guide to Church History by Brian Cosby
- Water the Earth: A Student’s Guide to Missions by Aaron Little
- Rebels Rescued: A Student’s Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby
- Bitesize Theology: An ABC of Christian Faith by Peter Jeffrey
- Zachary Macaulay (Bitesize Biographies) by Faith Cook
- Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.