Book Review – This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

Book Review – This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

As a pastor, and former youth pastor, I have read a lot of Christian books written for youth and early adults and honestly I have been completely underwhelmed by most of these books. This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe is a huge improvement over most of what is out there for young people to read. Crowe is able to show how the Gospel impacts a person’s heart and life once it is truly believed.

This book is mostly about how a Christian teen is to live in this unbelieving and difficult age of intolerance toward Christian views. While I think I have a pretty good understanding of what teens face today, Crowe was able to help me see just how difficult it is to be a young Christian with the philosophies that are rampant in our high schools and universities. This is a real struggle and the church needs to be aware of this so that we can help our young people treasure Christ and follow Him. 

Perhaps Crowe’s greatest achievement in this books is the emphasis she puts on being involved and committed to the local church. As a pastor, I greatly appreciate her dedication toward the church. This is something teens and young people simply don’t seem to care about today. Crowe understands the value of being a member of a local church and how crucial other believers are in the sanctification of young people. The church is to hold each other accountable in sin and a young person (like any other person) needs that accountability.

Crowe writes, “Accountability is a significant component of the church, but it’s also terribly misunderstood, especially by the world at large. People think accountability means the church polices people, waiting to stab anger of gleeful judgment in their faces. Ironically, those people fail to see that accountability is actually the opposite—it’s instead an outpouring of grace. It’s a shimmering implication of the gospel, the church’s way of saying, Look and listen, world. We hate sin and we love holiness. It’s grown out of community and grounded in love.”

It’s pretty impressive to hear words like this from such a young mind. While, believers of more maturity might not be able to get all that much out of Crowe’s work. Younger believers and specifically teens will be blessed by the wise counsel of a fellow teenager who is facing the same difficulties as them. This is going to be the new book I give all my high school graduate in my church and I hope you will do the same.

You can purchase This Changes Everything by clicking here.