Courageous Teens is a student-focused presentation of Courageous Living by Michael Catt, executive producer of the hit film Courageous. Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more. Arranged into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence, this book is excellent for individual or small group use with discussion questions included at the end of each chapter.
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A new book by Michael Catt? Count me in! Fireproof is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I also thoroughly enjoyed Facing the Giants. Thus, it was with great anticipation that I awaited delivery of Courageous Teens.
Well, I walk away from this book with two diametrically opposed opinions. On the one hand, Courageous Teens might be a fabulous book for teens who are really seeking motivation to go deeper with their faith life. Teens who are ready to make courageous changes to follow Christ might wholeheartedly embrace this book. They are likely to find its message energizing, and I wouldn't doubt if this book changes quite a few hearts and lives. Teens who value Bible knowledge will enjoy the parallels drawn between the lives of Biblical characters and their own lives, drawing strength from their examples.
While a teen who is actively seeking the message of this book will not be disappointed, I would shy away from recommending this for the general Christian teen population. Anyone not already seeking to "go courageous" is likely to find this book a little tedious. Even when a very motivating point is made, it can almost be talked to death in some instances, thereby losing its impact. To be honest, I actually found this book difficult to finish; how much more-so for teens in the generation of fast-paced media and information exchange?! If the message goes long for their interests, they're on to something else, and Courageous Teens is forgotten.
A warning to Catholic families: a hero of the Reformation is discussed (pg 59), showing the Catholic church in a very negative light. Certainly all Catholics, at some point in their faith walk, will face these uncomfortable moments in church history; this warning is simply to alert Catholic parents to be ready to work through these questions with their teen who's reading this book.
I received this book free for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.
Once again I turned to my daughter Peanut to read and review a book for me. It is a book spin of the movie Courageous but as the title indicates it's especially for teens. By the sounds of Peanut's review she was pretty impressed. So read on...
I loved Courageous Teens. It really convicted me not to want to be happy being an average Christian or a second best Christian. It motivated me to want to be the best Christian I can be. It was really encouraging.
I liked the fact that the book had questions at the end of each chapter. The questions challenged me to want to try to be a better Christian or better person and to trust God more.
I will definitely read this book over and over again. It was an awesome book.
Two thumbs up for me!
Theresa here, I think this sounds like a great gift idea for a teen in your life who needs enouragement in their faith walk.
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Courageous Teens helps Teens build a wonderful foundation for building and keeping a courageous life. Teen-hood is hard enough with out all the outside influences but we all know teens have outside influences around them 24/7. They can never just step away from school and pressures around them like pre-internet life allowed.
Courageous Teens is a book that allows itself to be a individual bible study or a small group bible study. Each section is 2 or 3 chapters, ending with Think Courageously questions to ponder. Then at the end of each section you have a recap that ask some great questions and allows for practical application.
Do you have teens now, preteens that will be teens soon, then grab a copy of this book. I really thing it would be great to do as a family maybe make the communication lines open a little more. Not sure that is what your teen would want. Why not give it to them and they can do it by themselves or with a group of friends.
Lets help our teens lead and live a courageous life.
thank you Handlebar for allowing us to review this great Teen bible study book.
This book is a take-off from the film Courageous. Written in mind for our Teens. All Teens should have a copy of this book!
From the back cover of Courageous Teens: You need the courage to stand strong when everything eles is falling apart. You need the courage to say no when the world entices with diversions. You need the courage to be a faithful leader of the next generation.
The authors not only use the film Courageous but also the Bible for their resources in writing this book. They have chosen courageous people from the film and from the Bible as roll models for our teens. What better role models than the people God has chosen to lead by example.
This book can be used as a devotional, for inspiration, bible study and group bible study. The question presented throughout the book will peak the teens interest and encourage them to apply what they have learned in their daily walk with God.
Teens are always looking for a hero. There are so many great warriors, leaders and teachers in the bible. When you think of courageous people and the Bible at the same time who would you choose as a role model?
What is holding you back from being a Courageous role model to our youth?
Scripture: "DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED. BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS." JOSHUA 10:25 (HCSB)
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from HANDLEBAR-Central and B&H Publishing Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
"The story is told of a battle where the flag bearer got so far ahead of the regiment that the officer called back to headquarters and asked, "Shall we bring the flag back to the regiment?"
The commanding officer said, "No, make the regiment catch up with the flag!"
Today we need young people with the hearts of warriors; people who will run to catch up with the flag Christ carries ahead of us. People who won't turn back. But the responsibility to mentor those young people falls to me, to my generation. During our Disciple Now weekend in 2012, Tally Wilgis, pastor of one of our church plants in Baltimore, was our greatest speaker. Talley asked the students, "How many of you know for certain that one of your parents has led a person to Christ in the last year?" Out of the 250 students, only 12 stood in agreement.
In a church filled with "Bible-believing" people, it's hard for me to imagine we are that apathetic about sharing our faith. It is a denial of the Great Commission and a bad example for you, our next generation. Faith works or it is not faith. Faith gives evidence by what it does.
Unless the people of my generation take time to equip you, our young people, with spiritual courage, the church is just one generation away from extinction. In this book, I explore the examples of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when playing it safe would have easier. Each section begins with a segment of Joshua's story of courage and throughout we explore other leading examples of courage in the Bible, Esther and Moses, Daniel and Jesus - each story challenges us to keep moving forward. They cause us to examine our priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to our hearts. They call us to have a faith that matches our mountains.
If we can raise up an army of courageous soldiers for Christ, we can once again recapture that adventuresome faith of biblical days and win the world for Christ. It's not too late. We need to step out in faith! We need to be courageous! We need to do it now!" (pg 1-3)
In the book, Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker, the challenge for this next generation is laid out for teens to rise up and become empowered to lead the world in whatever capacity they can to Jesus Christ. Written by the creators of the movie Courageous, each chapter opens with a scene from the movie, and then moves on to a specific Bible passage to reference the chapters contents that lay out how to develop a courageous heart with a passion and call to follow Christ. The chapters close with some thinking questions.
This book would be an incredible resource to use in youth groups, church camps and Bible Study's to enable this next generation to be equipped in what is to be expected, how to develop courage, how to face an unknown future, creating the courage to lead on all levels, how to become a humble hero, how to do what's right when faced with what's wrong, and so many more topics. I am super excited to share this with our youth pastor so he can use it with middle schoolers and high school students to inspire them to be a positive change in the world. There is even a resolution pledge, much like the one listed in the movie Courageous that teens can sign showing their commitment to follow through on what they have learned through this book!
I received this book compliments of Handlebar Central and B & H Publishers for my honest opinion and can't wait to see how this generation can be equipped to carry on the Great Commission with boldness, courage, and all the right tools to be successful in sharing their faith and their personal testimonies. I easily rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to working within my own family and church to encourage our youth in the right direction when it comes to their faith. I look forward to hearing more stories of just how God will use this resource to help our younger generation prepare for the future.
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Review 6 for Courageous Teens
Do Our Teens Know Real Courage?
Date:September 14, 2012
"You have withing you the capacity for something God-sized, Something so big that God is glorified through your life."
In a world full of peer pressure and teens who are doing anything just to fit in, this book is a call for our teens to live courageously by faith, instead of succumbing to the world. They are called to be separate and stand out; to follow the examples of Biblical heroes. Rather than attempting to copy the celebrities of our day whose God is this world.
Some examples the author gave were: Daniel- a teen in a foreign culture who took a stand for his faith and refused to compromise his beliefs no matter what the cost. Esther- also a teen in a worldly culture, surrounded by people who did not share her faith and unequally yoked, yet she took a stand for God's people.
The author addresses: Courageous Faith Courageous Leadership Courageous Priorities Courageous Influence Then concludes with a challenge for teens. We Need You!
"Anyone can believe God once he has all the facts, but courageous faith obeys regardless of the situation."
As a mother of a teenager myself I understand how magnetic the pull of the world can be on our teens - To have and to be something... Sometimes the church doesn't seem to have the same effect. But when our teens get a hold of God with a faith of their own, God can use them in mighty ways to make a difference. It takes courage to live for Him in this world, but the impact it could make and the future rewards are unimaginable. This is certainly a book I am going to request my daughter take time to read, and would encourage any teen, youth minister, or parent to do the same. Challenge your teens to be all they can be for God!
This book is from the creators of FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS (the movie)
*I received it from Handlebar for the purpose of my review, and am not required to make a positive review.*
The opening statements in Courageous Teens were brilliant. I grabbed my iPad (ebook version) and settled in for an encouraging read. But I have to say, I was a little disappointed. Though all the stories told in this book are great - I found it to be a little long winded. I began to wonder how many teens would actually take the time to read this book. I write YA fiction, I read a lot of YA fiction - I know teenagers' attention can be lost in a second. This applies to both fiction and nonfiction. I do hope many teens find this book and stick with it to learn the invaluable lessons within and close the book inspired.