Reading Materials

I have to give credit to several books that have helped to bring me to where I am now.  Read these if you want to explore teen strengths and the challenge of emerging adulthood with me!

What I’m Reading Right Now:

The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros 

Books I’ve Blogged About:

Escaping the Endless Adolescence by Joseph Allen, PhD and Claudia Worrell Allen, PhD

I’ve written one post about this book, and be on the look-out for another soon!

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (click here for blog articles – several of them!)

Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex & Brett Harris (click here for blog article)

The Truth About You by Marcus Buckingham (click here for blog article)

Books That Inspired Me At the Beginning:

I haven’t written specific posts about these books, but they have been instrumental in helping me build my ideas.  Please enjoy my thoughts on them here

Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris

This is a book written by teens, for teens.  I was 24 the first time I read it, but it still lit a fire in me, challenging me to step out of my own comfort zone in order to accomplish great things.  But even more, it excited me to see such tangible reinforcement of the incredible power that teens can have to change the world.  Alex, Brett, and every other teen story they tell in this book are proof that it’s possible.  I just want to help more teens fulfill the potential outlined in this book

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens to the Twenties by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

This book was written by the leading researcher on the phase of life now known as “emerging adulthood.”  It’s not a light read, but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down. Arnett tracks the rise of emerging adulthood due to the growth of higher education, the delay of marriage and family, career instability, more opportunities leading to more options to explore, etc.  Essentially, he claims, young people are not reaching the markers of adulthood until their late 20s.  Arnett seems to see the rise of emerging adulthood as a positive thing, but not everyone agrees.

Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood by Christian Smith

Ok, I have to admit that I only got halfway through this book before I had to return to the library, and I haven’t been able to pick it up again yet.  But still, the title says it all.  Again, this book reads like a textbook and references detailed research in response to Arnett’s findings (above).  Smith and his co-authors identify the emotional, moral, and practical consequences of young people spending their 20’s in a state of limbo and drifting

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham

I don’t normally pick up books that tell me how to “fix” my life, because quite frankly, I think I’m doing a pretty good job, thank you very much.  But I heard Marcus Buckingham speak at a Women of Faith conference, and I had to read this book.  He completely changed how I think about my strengths and fulfillment in my career.  This was the book that ultimately made me shift my focus away from strictly being a teacher and looking into guidance counseling as a career choice.

Books I want to read (but haven’t yet):

Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick

Instant Relevance: Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons, by Denis Sheeran

Ditch That Homework: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete, by Matt Miller

Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator, by Dave Burgess

Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, by Bernard D. Bull

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Edward Veith

Other Links and Resources:


The Marcus Buckingham Company

The Rebelution

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