Top 15 Books For Graduates


It is that time of year again to celebrate a key milestone in the life of our students.  Since many will be considering what they could give these students, I wanted to provide a resource for my most recommended books for high school graduates and college students.

I will put my recommendations into four categories that I think are especially important for these students: Theological, Rational/ Apologetic, Pragmatic/Wisdom/Living, and Personal Growth.


  1. Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God by Joshua Harris.
  2. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Rational/ Apologetic

  1. Christ or Chaos by Dan Dewitt
  2. Jesus or Nothing by Dan Dewitt
  3. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  4. Budziszewski, How to Stay Christian in College
  5. Apologetics Study Bible


  1. Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung.
  2. Wheaton, University of Destruction
  3. What’s Best Next by Matthew Perman
  4. Chediak, Thriving at College
  5. Morrow, Welcome to College
  6. Opitz & Melleby, The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness

Personal Growth

  1. Live Smart by Dan Dumas
  2. The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst