Recommended Books For Youth And Young Adults


I have been reading the books and biographies of famous Christians for the last forty years. During that time I have come across wonderful books that will be inspiring and instructive to Christian youth and young adults. From time to time I am asked what books I can recommend. I have accordingly put together a list of books that I believe will be a blessing to young adults to read. Not all of these come from Adventist Authors but I believe they are worthy of their time.


Recommended Books

Seventh-day Adventist Books

M. E. Kern: The Lighted Way

[Great book for young adults on making good decisions and developing their characters]

This is a book written for youth and can be highly recommended. Rose greatly appreciated this book and frequently read me stories and quotes from it while she was going through it. The chapters are for youth and very helpful. Kern was an SDA Educator and Youth Leader. Among roles held by Kern were leading the Bible and history departments at Union College, working with youth in the Central Union Conference, becoming first chair of what soon became the Young People's Missionary Volunteer Department at the General Conference, president of the Foreign Mission Seminary (now called Washington Adventist University), field secretary of the General Conference and chair of the Ellen G. White Estate board of trustees. He retired in 1950.


Non SDA Books

Belle Brain - Love Stories of Great Missionaries

Brain's book on the love stories of great missionaries is bound to be of great interest to the young adults in your life. Recounting how God met and led them together, one gains great encouragement to seek God's best in this important area of life.

Crosse - Historical Tales for Young Protestants

This book is a compilation of stories of various Protestant reformers who stood tall for God under adverse circumstances.

August Francke - Faith's Work Perfected

August Francke, the little known, Pietist University Professor, Pastor and founder of the great orphanage and ministry based in Halle German, lived by faith, only asking God for what was needed to establish his ministry, and eventually provided the example and incentive that propelled George Müller to seek the same approach with his orphanage in Bristol England 150 years later. The book is wonderful in providing very honest look at how God led him to incrementally develop more and more facets of ministry to respond to the needs he observed around him.

George Müller - Answers to Prayer

George Müller was a pastor and the founder of the exceedingly well known orphanage in Bristol England. Founded to prove that God could support ministry on the basis of prayer alone, Müller only looked to God to provide the funds for taking care of close to 2,000 children in the five large buildings that were established. The answers to prayer were taken from the published journals of Müller that were called "Narratives."

Norman Grubb: C. T. Studd - Athlete and Pioneer 

[Missionary Pioneer in China, India and Africa]

C. T. Studd was born into a family of wealth and leisure. With his leisure time he became the greatest Cricket player in England. But, as a result of his Father's conversion and the witnessing efforts of a visiting friend, he became a Christian. He backslid for a time, but at a time when his brother seemed close to death, he gave his life to God again, following the words of Frances Havergal's hymn "Take My Life and Let It Be." Leaving the glory of his cricket career, he first headed to China with Hudson Taylor's China Inland Mission. There he married Priscilla Stewart, a fellow missionary, but with the Salvation Army. Later they went to India. Towards the end of his life he pioneered work in central Africa when his health was so compromised than none of his backers would support him. His is an amazing story and to be read! Norman Grubb: C. T. Studd - Athlete and Pioneer 

J. Hudson Taylor - Retrospect

This is the story of the conversion, prepping, and eventual mission service of the founder of the mission that took the gospel to the interior of China. Giving detailed accounts of his conversion and overcoming various challenges he faced, this book is sure to please, instruct, inspire and initiate many conversations on how to serve God. This book could easily be read for family worship with great profit.