This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We read this as a family and quite enjoyed it. It’s like a simplified version of Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life. At the end of each chapter is a list of questions that spurred really good conversations with and more questions from our kids. The author’s points are clear and relatable. Most important of all, she is biblical. She also includes apps, websites and other practical info that are helpful for our sanctification.
Our girls are teens/tweens and it’s clear the book is written for them. The author writes as if she’s talking to them. This is why I don’t give this a 5-Star rating. She repeats herself quite often to the point of being irritating. Here are a couple of examples, and there are plenty written like these:
“There are a whole lot of better things to do than just be comfortable - things like telling someone about Jesus, things like serving someone you don’t like, things like fellowship, things like praying with someone, things like confronting a friend about sin, and things like standing up for what’s right.”
“God has given us people to satisfy that desire. He’s given us families. He’s given us friends. He’s given us classmates and coworkers. He’s given us churches.”
If you can get passed this form of writing, it’s an excellent book to read with your kids.
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