How to help graduating youth

As high school graduations come up in the very near future, you might be asking yourself- “What should I get my graduate to help them in their personal life?”

Maybe a new Bible or devotional? A book on spiritual formation that is written for them to enjoy? The reason you’re doing this is because you want to see them continue to grow in their faith as they enter college, the job market, or even the military. I wanted to give you a list of recommended materials you could give as a gift that might be  helpful for your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or whatever relation you might be to that special someone who is graduating high school this year.

1. Number 1 has to be the gift of a new Bible.

The rates of biblical illiteracy in our country are profound. One thing that I found helpful was getting a compact Bible because I can throw it into any bag or even carry it in my back pocket when I need to. Having to carry a large and heavy Bible is not always the most desirous thing. Maybe get their name engraved on it if that is a personal touch you want to do.

2. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.

This is a good book that will inspire kids because it shows examples of young people doing things that make a difference in their world for God.

3. Plugged In: Connecting to the Heart of God’s Biblical Principles 10 Minutes at a Time by Doug Fields.

This book uses the 5 purposes from the Purpose Driven Life philosophy- Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism- to give practical and biblical application for everyday life.

4. A prayer journal.

Maybe your graduate likes to journal? A prayer journal is good because they can use it to write their thoughts, feelings, and doubts about their career path, spiritual life, and classes to develop intimacy with God. Then they can look back to what they have written and the responses or outcomes of their journaling. This can often show them how they have grown and how God has worked in their lives.

5. Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman.

This is a good book written by Pastor Kyle Idleman about the importance of really following Jesus, not just being a sideline participant in personal faith. I have read this book and think that it is a good tool.

These are just five ideas. What have you done in the past? What resources are good that you have seen? I also saw a few packages geared toward  high school graduates on the Simply Youth Ministry website. Praying for your kids and those you care for is the best gift you can give overall!


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