Book clubs are a fun way to get teens thinking about a topic and discussing it. And a book club discussion can be held in person or virtually. All you need is a good book to be the foundation of your conversation.
Here are a few book suggestions to get you started:
The Great Divorce – This classic by C. S. Lewis takes readers on a bus ride through the afterlife. The reader visits both hell and heaven, helping promote discussion about good and evil.
The Hobbit – This is J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic which shows how a seemingly small and meek person can find the courage to fight evil. It is much shorter and easier to read that Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ender’s Game – This book by Orson Scott Card will help teens consider how they consume information and decide what is true. It could be a good lead into a further discussion of social media and how we discern what to do with the information which is presented to us.
The Screwtape Letters – This is another classic by C. S. Lewis which also examines the nature of good and evil. This one will prompt a discussion about how we are tempted and how things which might seem good can also lead us astray.
I Choose God – This book is a collection of stories from teenage Catholics. It tells of hope and faith. These are testimonies of how we can find a deeper meaning and purpose in life by practicing the Catholic faith.
Tattoos on the Heart – This is the true story of Fr. Greg Boyle and his work with gang members in Los Angeles. Through a series of antidotes, Fr. Boyle illustrates how compassion for those on the margins of society we can transform lives.
What are your favorite books for a Catholic teen book club? Add your suggestions to the comments below.