I regularly get asked what books I would recommend specifically to teen girls. Here are 5 I joyfully suggest.
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different From Us by Jen Wilkin — If we're going to have a right view of ourselves, we need to start with a right view of God. Jen beautifully and compellingly draws women to God's word and concretely connects theology to practical life. Every woman (young or old!) should read this book.
The True Woman by Susan Hunt — My rule: I pay attention when Elisabeth Elliott says this about a book: "Striving to be a true woman of God? This book is a valuable guide." That's exactly what she says about The True Woman, and I couldn't agree more. Mom and I have read a lot of books in the biblical womanhood genre, and this has to be my favorite. It's not fluffy, frilly, or patronizing. It's written for real women who want to make an impact for God.
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller — Every human has a humility problem, especially us young women. As we struggle amidst a selfie culture, this slim book is a stunning perspective-shifter and a supreme mic drop.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle — The biggest concern in a teen girl's life is not boys, fashion, fads, or Facebook. It's holiness. It's dealing with sin and pursuing godliness. This old book is full of wisdom for young women.
The Valley of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett — I recommend this book to every Christian I can. This is perhaps my favorite human-authored book in existence. It is a collection of Puritan prayers that are packed with life and passion and joy and emotion. They are beautifully written but their truth is even more compelling. If you want to learn how to pray more and better, this is a book you must read. And for young women who are trying to face life with courage and faith, they need to pray.
What books would you recommend for teen girls?