I often get asked what books I would recommend for older boys.
I love this question, because I think it is great for boys to read good and honorable books
filled with adventure, godly character and big words.
I am not fond of twaddle, thinking it just as wasteful as the abhorred video games.
Believers ought to be very intentional and gravitas about raising their young men to be tomorrow's leaders,
full of integrity and godly morals.
Thus, I am a firm believer in filling a young man's mind with good, wholesome, hard, stretching books.
These qualifications may make it more difficult to find the books you want,
but places like Vision Forum and Amazon are great helps,
and authors such as
G.A Henty are always trustworthy.
Here are our top picks for Jr High age boys:
The Young Carthaginian, G.A. Henty
The Golden goblet
In Freedom's Cause, Henty
The Cat of Bubastees, Henty
The Endless Steppe
Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyun
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Walking Drum, L'Amour
The Dragon and the Raven, Henty
Wulf the Saxon, Henty
The Life of Stonewall Jackson
The Story of Robert E. Lee
The Bronze bow
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Adventures of Huck Finn
In the Heart of the Rockies, GA Henty
For High Schooler's, we like these titles:
Foxes Book of Martyrs
Do Hard Things, Harris
The Fields of Bannockburn
Lives of the Signers
The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis
Mere Christianity,CS Lewis
The Case for Christ, Strobel
Eternity In Their Hearts, Richardson
The Mark of the Lion Trilogy, Rivers
Through Gates of Splendor, Elliot
Every Man's Battle, Arterburn
Lords of the Earth, Richardson
Peace Child, Richardson
The Measure of a Man, Getz
What He Must Be, Baucham
I am sure there are some that I missed.
It would be great to hear from you your favorite top 5 for Jr high,
and again for high school.
"Lord, I pray that my son will have a deep reverence for You and Your ways. May He hide Your Word in his heart like treasure and seek after understanding like silver or gold. Give Him a good mind, a teachable spirit, and an ability to learn. Instill in him a desire to attain knowledge and skill, and may he never turn away from learning, but rather may he always turn to You for the knowledge he needs."
-Stormie Omartin, Prayers and Promises for my little boy
"Teach me good judgement and knowledge,
for I believe Your commandments." Ps 119:66