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Youth Ministry: Discipleship Resources

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LifeTeen Podcasts

Sunday Sunday Sunday.
The Bible Geek, Mark Hart, prepares you for the upcoming Sunday Catholic Mass readings. Don’t show up to Mass unprepared! Pray through the readings, listen to this podcast, pay attention at Mass, and get ready to grow that much closer to Christ!

The 171.
In this bi-weekly podcast, we answer your faith questions (and the ones you’re afraid to ask) in two minutes. Then we break it open with discussion between our host, a priest, and a variety of special guests.

Love Life.
Real questions (and real answers) about love, dating, and teenage relationships.

The Mix.
Talks, music, interviews, and reflections from talented Catholics around the country. Combining interviews, in-studio acoustic recordings, guided prayer reflections, The Mix is just that: a mix of the best and brightest in the Catholic world.

Movie Reviews
A Catholic look at the week’s biggest movie. Pope Benedict XVI has said that those "who are exposed to what is aesthetically and morally excellent are helped to develop appreciation, prudence and the skills of discernment.” We aim to give honest and intelligent reviews that recognize the spiritual impact of film on the soul.

Catholic Rockers
"Bringing you the best Catholic rock bands and solo artists today. We'll cover hard rock, modern, alternative, rap and jam bands. We'll share some music, interviews and a whole lot of fun." iTunes podcast page

Fire on the Earth
Peter Herbeck encourages his listeners to engage in the new evangelization through personal conversion and boldly living out Gospel truths. Interviews give inspiring examples of what God can do in our lives. Program length: 14 minutes. Get it on podcast, RSS, or go to the mp3 archive

Food for the Journey
Sr. Ann Shields highlights God's promises to us through the practical application of Scripture in teaching, stories and inspirational challenges. Great as a prayer-starter. Program length: 14 minutes. Get it on podcast, RSS, or go to the mp3 archive

Books

Do Hard Things
Authors: Alex and Brett Harris. "Written when they were 18 years old, Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message 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 redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact." From the authors' website,TheRebelution.com

Positively Dangerous
Author: Frank Mercadante. "Today's teens want to live their faith with conviction and passion--they're ready to stand up and be heard! With Positively Dangerous, learn to share your contagious faith through a genuinely Catholic evangelical approach. Positively Dangerous gives young people the tools not only to share the Good News but also to become good news." St. Mary's Press

Waking the Dead
Author: John Eldredge. Shows readers why real Christianity is a process of restoration, where the broken parts of our hearts are mended and the captive parts are set free. Amazon's listing

Prayer Aids

35-Day Spiritual Workout
By Bob Rice of Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville. Looking to grow stronger in your Catholic faith? In the “35 Spiritual Workout," every day you will get 4 verses from Scripture, a quote from a Saint or the Catechism, and reflection to apply it to your life. It’s a great way to get focused on Christ and learn more about the Church. Found online here

Girls' Interest

The Rebelution Modesty Survey
The Modesty Survey is an exciting, anonymous discussion between Christian guys and girls who care about modesty. Hundreds of Christian girls contributed to the 148-question survey and over 1,600 Christian guys submitted 150,000+ answers. The results may surprise you! Check it out at therebelution.com/modestysurvey

For Young Women Only
Author: Shaunti Feldhahn. "For Young Women Only dives into the mysterious inner-workings of the teenage male mind so that you can begin to understand why guys say and do what they do. Exploring critical topics including respect, insecurity, appearance, physical affection, and the “tough and tender”-ness of guys, this book is also packed with “ask the expert” sections, quotes, and fun personal stories from guys in all walks of life. This book will help you grasp how God wired the opposite sex so you can enjoy your relationships with them." FYWO Official Website

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
Every little girl has dreams of being swept up into a great adventure, of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are often swept up into a life filled merely with duty and demands. John and Stasi Eldredge show readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describe how the feminine heart can be restored, and cast a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God. Amazon's listing "Gift-sized" summary version

Guys' Interest

For Young Men Only
Authors: Jeff Feldhahn and Eric Rice. "Why do girls sometimes seem like alien beings? For Young Men Only reveals the real truth about what teenage girls think, what they want, and how average teen guys can build healthy friendships with high quality girls. Drawing on a fresh national survey of 600 teen girls, as well as hundreds of personal interviews, FYMO delivers help straight from the girls themselves in a fun, easy-to-read format." Amazon's listing