Books for Students


Gifted Hands

The Ben Carson Story

Ben Carson (224 pages)

Ben Carson, M.D., works medical miracles. Today, he’s one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33. Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible as he takes you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives. Filled with fascinating case histories, this is the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson’s struggle to beat the odds — and of the faith and genius that make him one of the greatest life-givers of the century.

Do Hard Things

A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Alex & Brett Harris (242 Pages)

A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”
A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today’s culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God.  And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.

Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life.  Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.

Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.


The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis (Seven Book Series)

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil — what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, written in 1949 by C. S. Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there.  Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a world where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

The Pact

Three Young Men Make A Promise And Fulfill A Dream

DRS. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, And Rameck Hunt (272 Pages)

We often hear about the dangers of male friendships in which peer pressure prevails over common sense. But for the authors, it was a powerful antidote to the pitfalls of street life in Newark, New Jersey.  They made a vow to be there for one another, to encourage each other every step of the way, until they overcame the odds and became doctors.  In The Pact, they share the story of their struggle to keep the pledge they made — a pledge that ultimately led to success they could barely imagine.


The Journey Of An Urban Pilgrim

Judah Ben (184 Pages) 

In a prison cell, over 330 years ago, John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegory that became the most widely distributed book in the world, second only to the Bible. It is the story of a pilgrim named”Christian,” who depicts the lifelong struggle of every believer in the journey we call “the Christian life.” Unfortunately, life then was a whole different story than life in the 21st century-especially life in the streets!

Kai’Ro: the Journey of an Urban Pilgrim recasts Bunyan’s timeless and powerful tale in modern language on an urban stage. You will find yourself both spectator and fellow traveler with Kai’Ro as he faces the blistering sarcasm of The House of Mockers, the haunting pain of his past in the Alley of the Shadow of Death, and the amazing gift of insight at the Interpreter’s House. With unflinching honesty and courage, Kai’Ro faces the unrelenting obstacles that entangle modern urban youth, including racism, sex, fatherlessness, violence, and hopelessness. You’ll be introduced to characters like Pain, Broken, ChurchBoy, Quitter and Phanatik, whose lives are too real to be ignored. Young or old, urban or suburban, you will find parts of yourself and those you know in Kai’Ro.

Tears of a Tiger & Forged by Fire

Sharon M. Draper (197 Pages) 

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald’s life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together.

As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

Sharon M. Draper has interwoven characters and events from her previous novel, Tears of a Tiger, in this unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.

Young Man in the Mirror

Patrick Morley (147 Pages)

Patrick Morley teaches young men what it means to be a man from a Christian perspective, equipping them for the major choices they will make and teaching how to find God’s will for their lives.