I like football movies, sushi, and dark chocolate. But the biggest, most crucial, most significant thing about me is that my life's task is to follow Jesus. He is the One who changed my life.
That's what this book is about. It's for teenagers eager to reject the status quo and low standards our culture sets for us. It's for those of us who don't want to spend the adolescent years slacking off, but rather standing out and digging deeply into what Jesus says about following Him. This book will help you see how the truth about God changes everything - our relationships, our time, our sin, our habits, and more - freeing us to live joyful, obedient and Christ-exalting lives, even while we're young.
"This book is fearless, lucid, God focused, and gospel drenched, all applied in concrete practices... These precious years are not the time to slack off... it's the time to stand out. This book stands out as a valiant work from one teen serving other teens!"
--- Tony Reinke, Staff Writer and Researcher, desiringGod.org; Author, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
Studying God's Word as a teenager changed my life . . . And it can change yours, too.
The Bible is more than just an ancient religious document. It’s a book filled with the actual words of the living God, meant to be read often and studied deeply that we might experience its life-changing power.
If you’re a teen who’s tired of low expectations and weightless platitudes, this book will help you dig into the Bible and make the time you spend reading count for eternity. Katherine Forster walks you through three simple practices that changed how she reads Scripture—observation, interpretation, and application— so you too can begin to understand what God has said in his word and discover how God’s truth can literally transform you from the inside out.
“Dear teenager, you are not too young to study the Bible for yourself. It’s not too hard, too overwhelming, or too confusing. Instead, it will give you everything you need for life and godliness and the deepest joy you can imagine.That’s the message ofTransformed by Truth—and that’s a message I’ve personally seen lived out in the life of Katherine Forster. Teens, you need to be transformed by truth. It happened to Forster, and in this book, she shares how it can happen to you too. Her writing is accessible, relatable, theological, and highly practical. She’ll change how you view the Bible and increase your love for Christ.Transformed by Truthis a must-read for the Christian teen.”
“Christian teens are often embarrassed to admit that they’re unsure how to study the Bible—or worse, that they find the Bible boring. With relatable candor and honesty, National Bible Bee champion Katherine Forster goes toe-to-toe with many of the common threats to a teen’s biblical literacy.Transformed by Truthis filled with solid encouragement and practical tools for teens hoping to develop a joyful dependence on God’s word.”
--- Lindsey Carlson,author,Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Why?
You Are Not Too Young
How God Reveals Himself
The Big Story
God’s Will for My Life
How to Obey God’s Will
Part 2: How?
Part of Your Life
Getting Started with Bible Study
The Most Important Tool
Observation: “What Does It Say?”
Interpretation: “What Does It Mean?”
Application: “How Does This Change Me?”
Epilogue: Shelby Kennedy Appendix A: Recommended Resources Appendix B: Memorization Tips and Helps Glossary of Abbreviations and Key Terms Notes General Index Scripture Index