I haven't done a "top 3" post yet but I get asked for book recommendations every week so decided to pass these on to you! One is a book from my summer reading list, one is a book I've read multiple times to mine the stories, and the third is practically curriculum for our youth ministry philosophy. Don't have a copy? Borrow mine!
1) Almost Christian - Kenda Creasy Dean. a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, opens this absorbing portrait of teenage religiosity by throwing down a gauntlet: the faith of America's teens is "not durable enough to survive long after they graduate from high school. One more thing: we're responsible." Read it. Let it challenge you. Let it change the way you view the Church as well as your own church.
2) Love Does - Bob Goff. Easily the most entertaining read, Bob seamlessly blends a whimsically joyful attitude with the deepest of scriptural truths to create beautiful stories that he lives into.
3) Sticky Faith - Kare E. Powell. Easily the most important book on youth and family ministry ever written. I have 10 copies, seriously come borrow one. Every parent and volunteer in our youth ministry should read this.