15 Books Every Christian Millennial Has Owned

A few gems from the bookshelves of yesteryear.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 37 and grew up in Christian culture, you’ve likely shared a lot of unique experiences with your evangelical friends. Youth group lock-ins, Acquire the Fire road-trips and fall Harvest parties (which despite having costumes, candy and taking place on Oct. 31, obviously, had no association with Halloween) were all a part of your formative years.

Of course, this sub-culture also applied to your reading material. Here’s a look at 15 books, that depending on your age, were likely a part of your wholesome personal library.

The Teen Study Bible

The official Bible of cool youth groups kids of the '90s.

The Student Bible

For when you got too old for that brightly colored Teen Study Bible.

Something from the Cooper Adventure series by Frank Peretti

Thanks to the awesome adventures of the Cooper kids, your childhood seemed totally lame.

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

Because you weren't allowed to read Goosebumps.

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

If you are a Christian between the ages of 21 and 38, there is a 99 percent chance you have read (or at least told your friends that you’ve read) this book.

Something with Psalty on the Cover

Looking back, Psalty was sort of a lame character (Oh cool, a talking book), but that didn’t stop well-meaning parents from buying almost anything featuring his image.

Several Stories from the Adventures in Odyssey Collection

Mr. Whittaker was sort of like Sandy Cohen, Indiana Jones and Doctor Who all rolled into a portly grandfather.

Jesus Freaks by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs

This book, which tells the story of actual Christian martyrs was branded like the DC Talk album of the same name. But don’t let the association with the fun-loving trio fool you. It was actually a pretty heavy read.

A Wally McDoogle Novel from Bill Myers

A deeper cut, but the truest depiction of Christian adolescent hijinks.

Thr3e by Ted Dekker

Because Frank Peretti was child’s play.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Still one of the greatest book covers ever created. Not only did it look awesome on the shelf at the book fair, it would be super killer airbrushed on the side of a van.

Left Behind by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins

Admit it, you owned a copy.

The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson

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The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

For a time, this was the best graduation gift a student could receive.

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

This article is dedicated to anyone who ever got dumped because their significant other read this book. You are not alone.

An earlier version of this article appeared in September 2014.

Top Comments

Erik Janssen


Erik Janssen commented…

I would say 'growing up in American Christian Culture'. I read and/or owned 6 of these, but some of the others I have never heard of here in Europe. Some good books though!


Pamela Melder


Pamela Melder commented…

I am now very grateful to be a member of Gen X. . .some of those books were well. . .well. . .you know I try very hard to live by Thumper's law, soooooo. . .

J. Austin Rodriguez


J. Austin Rodriguez commented…

Two of them I had when I was in my 20s: I Kissed Dating Goodbye and The Purpose Driven Life. Both books were helpful in my growth as a Christian especially when studied with another "millennial" brother in the Lord.

A couple more books that I wish would have made this list are: It's Not About Me by Max Lucado and Cat and Dog Theology by Bob Sjogren/Gerald Robison.

Chris Dagostino


Chris Dagostino commented…

I didn't accept Jesus until 1998 when I was in college, so I thankfully dodged the Legalistic bullet that was the "True Love Waits" fiasco.

I get the uncanny feeling that part of Joshua Pharisee's motivation for writing "IKDG" was to impose his own social failures and sexual repression on others. From what I've read, he succeeded.



Marko Requena


Marko Requena replied to Elle's comment

I don' think that was his intention. Sadly that was the outcome, to many parents and youth pastors decided that it will be better for kids to read his book so they will not date so that they will not have to deal with it; instead of teaching them. I love how in his second book "boy meets girl" he dedicated the first chapter to apologizing for all the damage that he, unintentionally, caused



Jordan commented…

Yep, 10 out of 15. A few given to me as gifts, a few handed down from older siblings. Loved Frank Peretti as a kid!

Marko Requena


Marko Requena commented…

3 out of 15. I am glad that i never read "I kissed dating goodbye" :)

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