Great Resources for Students

Students, are you serious about following Jesus? Ready to walk the walk and talk the talk? Then, you’ll want to check out some of these great resources that will help you grow deeper in your walk with the Lord.

The Case For Faith (Student Edition), Lee Strobel – Journalist, Lee Strobel, investigates the toughest objections to Christianity.

The Case For Christ (Student Edition), Lee Strobel – This updated edition is Journalist, Lee Strobel’s personal investigation of the evidence for Jesus.

Misfit, Chris Durso – Just choosing to follow Jesus isn’t enough. Misfit helps teens see what it means to be a misfit like Jesus was, and gives them tools to make world-changing decisions even when it seems like they’re going the opposite direction of the world around them.

Guy’s Guide To God, Girls, And The Phone In Your Pocket,  Jonathan Mckee – The Guy’s Guide will encourage your faith, challenge you spiritually, and give you real-life advice on how to live out your faith in today s highly secularized culture, with distractions lurking around every corner. . .and just a click away.

More Than Skin Deep: A Guide to Self and Soul, Crystal Kirgiss – Find out what it means to celebrate, accept, love, and care for the skin that really matters.

The Me I Want To Be, John Ortberg –  If God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question.

Fresh Start, Doug Fields – With personal stories and youthful writing, Doug challenges readers to recognize that they may say they want God in their lives, but they really don’t want to change. They are stuck. He says, “It’s not about trying harder, it’s about plugging into God’s transforming power and submitting your entire life to Christ.

God’s Story Your Story, Max Lucado – It’s time to see what your life looks like when God’s story becomes your story.

Jesus Is, Judah Smith – Jesus is ____. How would you finish that sentence? The subject is there, and so is the verb, but what comes next? Your answer could shed light on the path to becoming who you were made to be.

Leave A Footprint, Tim Baker – This book will challenge you to use who you are in the world right now. So take off your shoes and step out in faith. You’ll find out what it means for you to leave your footprint in your world today, and what it could mean for your future.

The Case For The Real Jesus, Lee Strobel – A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ.

The Amazing Next (Great For Seniors), Brock Morgan –  a collection of stories, interviews, and journaling prompts woven together that will wake high school seniors up to the world of imagination and wonder a life of faith lived to the full that awaits them once the cap and gown have been put away.

Jesus Calling, Sarah Young – The much-loved devotions inside Jesus Calling will help you look forward to your time with the Lord. Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus as you savor the presence of the One who understands you perfectly and loves you forever.

Great Resources for Parents

Impact Student Ministries Parent Newsletter

We have a great time at our Impact Student Ministry activities. More importantly, we have a great opportunity to help your students grow in grace and knowledge. We pray they come home inspired to seek and discover more about God’s love every single day. Because the most vital part of their ongoing spiritual growth belongs to you as parents and guardians, we want to share some great parenting and spiritual resources that will help you in your spiritual conversations with your teens. I’m guessing they’ll provide some great conversation around the dinner table every night as well.

Recommended Books and Devotions

Intentional Parenting – 10 Ways to Be An Exceptional Parent In a Quick Fix World (DVD), Doug & Cathy Fields – These 10 actions are doable! You can get started implementing these ideas into your parenting and see immediate results in your child-no matter their age.

Ideas For Parents,  Mark Matlock – From rebuilding the heart connection with your child to giving the gift of your attention to learning the importance of saying “I’m sorry,” here is wise counsel, quick tips, and a Christian perspective on how to deal with a host of parenting concerns.

Raising Wise Children, Mark Matlock – Raising Wise Children explores such issues as: • Helping your child make decisions • The importance of failure • Knowing God’s story for your family • Changing the story your family is in • The pursuit of wisdom, and much more

Sticky Faith, Dr. Kara Powell & Dr. Chap Clark – Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages.

Real World Parents by Mark Matlock – learn how to lead your family towards an integrated life where your story and God’s story come together to make a difference in the world around you.

Right Click, Dr. Kara Powell – Drawing from the best research on media and youth, as well as our own conversations with parents and teenagers, Right Click offers new breakthroughs for your most pressing tech-related dilemmas.

Your Teenager Is Not Crazy, Dr. Jeramy Clark – Rather than seeing the teen years as a time to simply hold on for dear life, Dr. Jeramy and Jerusha Clark show that they can be an amazing season of cultivating creativity, self-awareness, and passion for the things that really matter.

Hear My Story, Dean Borgman – Dean Borgman paints a vivid picture of life for those teens who are confronted by insecurity, violence, and substance abuse. By telling their stories, Borgman helps youth workers and parents understand the world of these teens, so they can begin to build relationships that can become the foundation for healing.

Understanding Your Young Teen, Mark Oestreicher – This book dives into the developmental realities of early adolescence. Oestreicher educates parents on the latest research and cultural shifts that affect their children, revealing opportunities for faith formation in the lives of young teens.

The Five Love Languages of Teen-agers, Gary Chapman –  Tools to help you, as parents, identify and appropriately communicate in your teen’s love language. What a difference it can make!

Boundaries with Teens, Henry Cloud – Teenagers! You love them to pieces but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart. Relax! Your sanity will survive these rocky teenage years, and so will your teens—provided you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours. Available as an eBook.

Accelerate: Parenting Teenagers Toward Adulthood, Richard Ross – Seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and link arms with church leaders and other significant adults to begin to parent in fresh new ways.

Quiet Times for Every Parent eBook, H. Norman Wright – Finding quiet time may seem impossible to busy moms and dads, but spending time with God is vital to staying energized and upbeat.