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AXIS Summer Book Club Recs 2020

Here’s Axis' list of top 10 spiritual formation books by authors your teen may have never read before. Start your own book club by reading along and discussing these works together.

  1. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. The challenge to love as God loves and to forgive as God forgives is the central theme of this emotional masterpiece.
  2. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Written in the 17th Century, this classic continues to help believers see the sacred in everyday life.
  3. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. An approachable look at living a liturgical life.
  4. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. The amazing story of a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century.
  5. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. This book is the centerpiece of Thurmon’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called “the religion of Jesus.”
  6. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittister. Prayer, work, and holy leisure are the characteristics of Benedictine life. Chittister shows how one can live into these ancient ways of being in the modern world.
  7. The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar Romero. To commemorate 40 years since the assassination of Archbishop Romero, read his thought-provoking work on justice and the heart of God. 
  8. Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you only read one book by Dr. King, make it this one, as he weaves together his theology of nonviolence and enemy love in the midst of racial oppression.
  9. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. One of the most creative autobiographical sketches ever produced. Merton’s path from prodigal son to sainthood is a transformative journey.
  10. The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris. Part memoir, part meditation, this thought-provoking record of a married Protestant woman’s time spent in a community of monks will inspire anyone seeking a more meaningful life in the modern world.


  • Bruchko, by Bruce Olsen
  • Counter Culture, by David Platt
  • Do Hard Things, by Alex & Brett Harris
  • Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper
  • Help, I’m a Student Leader, by Doug Fields
  • Lies Young Women Believe, by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
  • Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
  • Tactics, by Greg Koukl
  • Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand


  • The Giant Forest: Chapter Book for Parents and Grandparents of Preteens Who Love to Read, by Bill and Mia Belew (TKA Parents)
  • Blessed Child, by Ted Dekker
  • Charlie’s Choice, by M.L. Nesbitt
  • Float, by Laura Martin
  • Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
  • Kingdom’s Dawn (series), by Chuck Black
  • Medieval Fairy Tale Romance Series (1-6), by Melanie Dickerson,
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Peak, The Edge & Ascent (3 book series), by Roland Smith
  • Sir Malcom & the Missing Prince, by Sydney Baldwin
  • The Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park


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