Monday, September 24, 2012

Courageous Teens

Courageous Teens
Michael Catt & Amy Parker
(B&H Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1433679063
September 2012/176 pages/2012

Courageous Teens is a student-focused presentation of Courageous Living by Michael Catt, senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church and executive producer of the hit film Courageous.

Catt brings fresh insight to “stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe . . . (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to my heart.”

Teen readers will be inspired to resolve to live for God as they learn more about Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Ruth, Daniel, and many more.

Best-selling youth market author Amy Parker arranges the heart-stirring material into four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence. Discussion questions are also included at the end of each chapter.


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.


(My girl is a senior in high school and volunteered to do this review for me. I have posted her comments below without editing them.)

Courageous Teens is a very well-written book. Unlike some religious books, this book is gripping, using script from the movie Courageous, relatable Bible stories, and current day examples of living courageously for God. I loved how Michael Catt and Amy Parker use example after example of young adults living courageously for God in the Bible, such as Joshua, Esther, and Joseph. He makes the stories and characters come alive and I had no sense of monotony in reading them despite having heard about Joseph and his coat of many colors and Esther saving the Jews since I was a little girl in Sunday school. The book inspired me to stop living life on the sidelines and truly live for Christ. I definitely recommend this book for the teenager near you!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar Central and B&H Publishing as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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