Recommended Reading

Looking for something to read this summer? Check out these must-read books recommended by the Center for Youth Ministry Studies.


Youth Ministry Management Tools
by Ginny Olson, Diane Elliot, Mike Work, Youth Specialties

Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them 
by Ginny Olson, Youth Specialties

Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them 
by Steve Gerali, Youth Specialties

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters: A Practical Approach for Connecting with Youth in Conflict
by Scott Larson; Larry Brendtro, National Education Service

At Risk: Bringing Hope to Hurting Teens
by Scott Larson, Group Publishing

Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context 
by Fernando, Jr. Arzola, IVP

The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis 
by Rich Van Pelt, Jim Hancock, Youth Specialties

Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences for Youth Ministry 
by Dan Kimball, Lilly Lewin, Youth Specialties

Shaped by the Story: Helping Students Encounter God in a New Way 
by Michael Novelli, Youth Specialties

The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church
by Manuel Ortiz, IVP

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity
by Soong-Chan Rah, IVP

Being Latino in Christ: Finding Wholeness in Your Ethnic Identity
by Orlando Crespo, IVP

Raising Up Young Heroes: Developing a Revolutionary Youth Ministry
by Efrem Smith, IVP

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change
by Brenda Salter-McNeil, IVP

More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership And Faith 
by Nikki A. Toyama, Tracey Gee, Kathy Khang, Christie Heller de Leon, Asifa Dean, IVP

Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship
by Jeanette Yep, Peter Cha, Paul Tokunaga, and Greg Jao, IVP

The Hip-Hop Church: Connecting With the Movement Shaping Our Culture 
by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson, IVP

A Theology As Big As the City
by Ray Bakke, IVP

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate
by Matthew Soerens, Jenny Hwang, and Leith Anderson, IVP

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It
by Mark Devries, IVP

Power and Poverty: Divine and Human Rule in a World of Need
by Dewi Hughes and Christopher Wright, IVP

Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community
by Andrew Marin and Brian McLaren, IVP


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