It’s graduation time! Wise words from both past and present can eloquently speak to young people at this exciting stage of their lives, as they prepare to head off to college or look for a job. Do you want to celebrate this joyous, major milestone by giving a practical gift that offers not just a classy, quality presentation, but that has a spiritual impact? Here are our suggestions for graduation gifts that inspire…
Stepping Out On Your Own: Devotions for High School Graduates, by Kara Lassen Oliver – Ms. Oliver, a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, began her ministry at the United Methodist Youth Organization, where she discovered a love for and commitment to the questions of young people. She has compiled a book of simple devotions (which are really poems written by teens!), along with a congratulatory introduction making it a great gift for high school grads!
NIV College Devotional Bible – This Bible will help you strengthen your walk with God as you find your own way in life. It’s filled with stories that connect Scripture with the struggles, questions, and decisions every college student faces. In fact, it’s the same approach that Jesus used in his parables—taking stories from everyday life to illustrate eternal truths. The book includes a practical reading plan that helps you stay connected to God during the nine months of school each year, with 222 devotions and applications on relevant topics.
God’s Promises for Graduates: Class of 2019, by Jack Countryman – The #1 bestselling graduation gift book, this keepsake gift has a ribbon marker, gilded edges, and a Leathersoft over hardcover design in a beautiful silver camouflage color. This book shows God’s promises on topics that will resonate with graduates, such as character, integrity, loyalty, focus, respect, and perseverance. Each topic includes scripture passages straight from the NIV Bible.
Think on These Things: Wisdom for Life from the Book of Proverbs, by Ray Comfort – The book of Proverbs is a piece of advice that’s as relevant today as it was when it was written. In Think on These Things, Ray Comfort imparts encouragement to grab hold of this advice and use it to change our lives—always living with eternity’s values in view. An elegant little gift book in imitation black leather with silver decorations on the cover.
Pocketful of Bible Promises For Graduates, by DaySpring – This treasury of timely insights and timeless Bible promises specifically for graduates is the perfect graduation gift. Beautifully packaged at a great price, Pocketful of Promises gives graduates guidance and wisdom for life from God’s Word. With reassuring Bible verses, short devotions, inspirational quotes, and heartfelt prayers, this small, pocket-sized book is a topically arranged resource that gives graduates wisdom for living no matter the occasion or circumstance they may face. In these pages, young adults will explore what God says about anxiety, worry, failure, fear, hope, making mistakes, and 70 more relevant topics for this season of life.
The Smart Girl’s Guide to God, Guys, and the Galaxy, by Susie Shellenberger – The subtitle underneath says “Save the Drama! and 100 Other Practical Tips for Teens.” This book combines wisdom with humor, making it enjoyable to read. You will be encouraged and challenged with sound, biblically-based advice equipping you to stand up for your faith and live the Christian walk every day. . . plus, you’ll encounter some fun, common-sense tips along the way.
The Guy’s Guide to Four Battles Every Young Man Must Face, by Jonathan McKee – With humor and honesty, McKee offers practical, spiritual advice with real-world applications to help you face today’s distractions which include screens, sexual temptation, controlled substances, and self-esteem. The good news? You’re not alone. And there is a way to fight these battles head-on, overcoming the past, pressing forward, and becoming the person God designed you to be.
Before You Go: Following Jesus and Growing in Your Faith After High School, by Gerald Fadayomi – As you prepare to leave high school behind and move into a new season of college and “adulting,” this book will serve as a guide to help you maintain and grow your faith in college. In the pages of this short book you’ll find letters from college freshmen, 10 ideas that will help prepare you for what’s ahead, and questions to help you process and apply what you’ve read.
Growing in Wisdom: Called to the Adventure of College, by Dale Goldsmith – A “survival manual” for Christian students in college that embraces the full spectrum of issues, from athletics to zoology, from the explicit to the implicit curricula, from the academic to the social. The author’s goal is to make college a positive experience in faithful learning, and he looks at college as a tremendous opportunity to bring Christian discernment into the decisions students make regarding their courses of study and their social lives.
Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way, by Dr. Seuss – The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. With over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection makes a perfect gift for graduation!
A book full of timeless and practical wisdom is a great gift for a grad! If you are looking for a suitable graduation gift to inspire a recent high school or college graduate, look no further than the ten books on this list. 🙂