By Kelly Wise Valdes

We always want what’s best for our children but when it comes to the pressures during the teenage years, it becomes increasing difficult to rally against outside influences. As parents, we naturally want our children to thrive in the best ways possible. Do not miss the opportunity to encourage them to develop a closer relationship with God. If they start early, they can begin to build a great foundation that will be valuable during the difficult years of adolescence. There is no greater joy than raising a teenager with a sweet spirit and faith in God. There are many books your teen may enjoy and below are a few of my selections.

Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Girls for Teen Girls

By Patti M. Hummel

The best way to gain perspective is talking to someone who understands, especially when that someone is one of your peers. Written for teen girls by teen girls, this unique 365-day devotional is filled with personal experiences. This book includes hundreds of teen authors and creates a safe, social atmosphere for girls to learn that they are not alone and that God is at work in their lives. Teens learn from others’ failures and triumphs and learn how to make the right choices.

3-Minute Devotions for Guys: 180 Encouraging Readings for Teens

By Glenn Hascall

Got three minutes? If so, you’ll find the wisdom and encouragement you need in this practical book. It packs a powerful dose of inspiration into three short minutes. Minute one: Scripture to think about. Minute two: a just-right-sized-for-you devotional reading. Minute three: a prayer to help you jump-start a conversation with God. Each day’s reading meets you right where you are and is a great way for you to begin or end your day.

A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God’s Way

By Elizabeth George

Today’s teens are bombarded with choices about attitudes, behaviors, friends, clothes, finances, and college. And with the rise of alcohol, drugs, sexual issues, and crime, they must make serious decisions daily. This book takes teens through the step-by-step process of making decisions that are life-affirming, godly, and wise in areas that include managing emotions and relationships as well as navigating troubled situations.

A Young Man’s Guide to Making Right Choices: Your Life God’s Way

By Jim George

Guiding a boy toward making right choices will equip him to think carefully about his decisions, assuring a more fulfilling and successful life. This book focuses on all the high points of a young man’s life and teaches the importance of friendship, social skills, and how to avoid temptation and peer pressure.

Young men will enjoy the personal and candid stories and will gain the skills they need for making right choices.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.