Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker was released mid-September. It is a book written for teens, to challenge them to live a life that is courageous in every sense of the word. The book has four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courage Influence. Biblical examples of the lives of Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and others help teens see how they need to lead their generation, their peers, in taking a stand for the Lord and their faith.
I think this is a great book that will also inspire a generation of adults to lead courageous lives. Here are some quotes from the book that challenges me to be like the ordinary people of the Bible whom God chose to do great things for His kingdom. (emphasis mine)
Leaders rise to the occasion. In reality, courageous leaders like Joshua rise to the top because they’ve learned to bend their knees to God. There are no shortcuts to spirituality. There’s no pill for courage. It is developed and defined in the quiet places with God. page 46
Let me ask you a brutally honest question: Which is more important to you – texting, shopping, and gaming, or spending time in God’s Word? If you spent as much time on your extracurricular activities as you do on your walk with God, how god would you be at them? If you spent as much time on your walk with God as you do on your hobbies, what kind of person would you be? page 75
Proverbs 25:25 says, “A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.” We claim to be individuals, but we look and sound like clones of the culture. No one seems to be in the mood to be different. I’m not talking about being weird; I am talking about making an impact. It’s time to raise the bar. page 129
About the Book
It’s hard to be a teenager in today’s society. There are a lot of issues that require an incredible amount of courage on the part of our next generation of leaders. In Courageous Teens, Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, and best-selling youth market author Amy Parker, work together to inspire today’s teenagers to live with strength and courage.
About the Authors (from Amazon.com)
Michael Catt has served as senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, since 1989 and is executive producer of the popular films Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous that originated from the congregation. He also authored Fireproof Your Life and founded the ReFRESH revival conference. Michael and his wife, Terri, have two children. Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer and three Mom’s Choice Awards winners. Amy and her husband have two children.