Title: How to Stay Christian in High School
Author: Steve Gerali
Major Themes: Non-Fiction, Christian Teenagers, Christian Life
Synopsis: A real look at what it means to be, think, and behave like a Christian when a teen in high school, with real-world examples that will strengthen, stretch, and encourage you.
Encouraging, inspiring, thought-provoking, and memorable. Those are the words that come to mind when I remember How to Stay Christian in High School. Even though I read it over a year ago, the encouragement and inspiration have stuck with me. I’m privileged to be a homeschool student, and I know I haven’t faced the peer pressure, questions and other things that go along with being a public school student. Even so, while it is aimed primarily for the public school student, this book was encouraging to me.
From the get-go, Steve Gerali states the purpose of the book: To take a look at what it really means to be, think, and behave like a Christian in high school. He shows teens first of all why it’s important to think of whose we are—we’re Christ’s now that we’ve accepted His free gift, and are no longer our own. Woven throughout the chapters are little stories illustrating the points. And, at the end of each chapter (and sometimes part-way through!) there are questions to help us think it through – really get it settled in our minds.
Following the first chapter, we get five special stories from the Bible about teenagers, each brought into a new light with thoughts of application through the narrative. The stories are retold with a modern-day twist, something I absolutely loved because instead of being something that happened “back then” I could see how it would have been if they had happened now. Possibly even something that could have happened to myself, or a next-door neighbor, or a friend. Bringing out those stories really made an impact on my thoughts about those in the Bible. The stories became real.
How to Stay Christian in High School strengthened, stretched, supported, and reinforced my beliefs and thoughts. It blew on the flame in my heart, making me want to be more like the Lord in every way. I recommend it to all Christian teenagers, although I think even adults would find it uplifting as well. This venture of faith we have is not for the fainthearted, but the Lord does provide and lift us up. I hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did.
WARNING: This book deals with things very common on the young adult front: lust, sex, parties, etc. I had no problem with the way the material was presented and appreciated the fact that the author continuously pointed back to the scriptures for guidance, but some parents may wish to review chapter four if they are uncomfortable with their teen reading such things.
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above