Summit Gift Giving Guide

Never know the right gift to get? The answer is always books! Whether you are shopping for grandma or a highschool grad, we’ve compiled some of our Summit favorites to make your Christmas shopping easy. Plus, these are gifts that keep on giving. When you order from Summit, you support the training of young Christian leaders, who stand as advocates for Truth & Relationships for years to come.

For Younger Kids

Barna Research has shown that children establish their worldview by age 13–so make sure they know the truth from the beginning! This is the age of “why,” so encourage them to start learning to seek the truth, and to see how God’s story is bigger than they think.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

Every story whispers his name. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their own story too!
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of all is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. From Noah, to Moses, to the great King David—every story points to him. He is the missing piece to the puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle.

Cold Case Christianity for Kids

Are Your Kids Sure Christianity Is True?
Children between 8 and 12 are at the critical age when they start to ask if Christianity is true. Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace knows the thrill of high-stakes investigation and presents the case for Jesus in a compelling way while training kids “how to think, not just what to think” as they examine their faith intelligently.
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids includes author illustrations, and is supported by an interactive website that allows kids to download chapter activities and “case note” fill-in sheets. When these are successfully completed and assembled in an “Academy Notebook,” readers will be qualified to earn a Cold-Case Academy “Certificate of Merit.” Plus, Cold-Case Christianity for Kids follows the same chapter sequence as Wallace’s adult book, Cold-Case Christianity, so parents and children can discuss and explore the evidence together, chapter by chapter.

For Teens

Most Christmas Lists are sharing the gadgets your teens want to help them fit in–but these books will help your teens be leaders that stand out!

Stand Up Stand Strong

If we live according to the gospel, we’re going to make waves. Why? Because the way of Christ is counter-cultural. It doesn’t go with the flow, compromise on the truth, or stay silent in the face of injustice–so neither can we. No matter how young or old we are, or how much or how little influence we think we have, God calls us to boldly engage our upside-down culture through the lens of his truth.

With powerful examples from Scripture and stories from teens today and through the centuries, Sara Barratt equips teens to live with a biblical worldview, approach today’s hot-button issues with godly wisdom, and influence their generation for the glory of God. Tackling tough topics like sexuality, addiction, identity, media, and much more, Sara offers practical ways to stay rooted in God’s truth while engaging culture with the redemptive story of the gospel–no matter the cost.

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desires, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story

From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships.

Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality‚ chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage‚ in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

Student Summer Conferences:
Give your kids a stronger foundation to embrace a biblical worldview and learn to navigate complex topics, such as abortion, doubts, evolution, gender identity, God’s existence, homosexuality, marriage and family, pornography, reliability of scripture, and much more.

For College Students

College is where the rubber meets the road, and they start really testing what they know is true. Give your students exact, precise answers to the attacks they are facing!

Letters to a Young Progressive

Written by the late Dr. Mike Adams, a dearly-loved Summit speaker: “It happens every year like clockwork. Thousands of bright young men and women matriculate at respected institutions of higher education, and within a few short months they’ve been “enlightened.” Suddenly, everything their parents believe in is stupid and evil. America is racist, sexist, and homophobic. Free markets produce nothing but inequality and oppression. Born-again Christians are hate-filled bigots. Our Founding Fathers were slave-owning villains. Once indoctrinated with these progressive myths, too many young people never recover their intellectual independence..

In a series of letters to “Zach”—a typical college student in the process of abandoning his faith and the conservative values he brought to campus—Adams applies his trademark razor-sharp wit to expose the contradictions in the progressive worldview, taking on feminists, Marxists, diversity-mongers, and their progressive allies. He also supplies much-needed practical advice for surviving—and thriving—on campus as a conservative. Want to defend free markets, argue effectively against abortion, or stand up for traditional values when you’re being accused of homophobia? Dr. Adams has the answers. And in Letters to a Young Progressive, he delivers them in a delightfully entertaining and insightful package.

Tactics: 10th Anniversary Edition

This expanded anniversary edition includes updates and expansions of existing tactics, as well as the addition of an all-new tactic and a chapter on Mini Tactics filled with simple maneuvers to aid in discussions.

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In this 10th Anniversary Edition of Tactics, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus. Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.

    Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows readers how to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
  • Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack

Student Summer Conferences
They’ve experienced a year of college, and had first-hand experience with the attacks the world offers. Give them the answers they need! Student Conferences give your kids a stronger foundation to embrace a biblical worldview and learn to navigate complex topics, such as abortion, doubts, evolution, gender identity, God’s existence, homosexuality, marriage and family, pornography, reliability of scripture, and much more.

For Parents

Give practical insight, and inspiration of God can use our homes powerfully!

Screens and Teens: Connecting to Our Kids in a Wireless World

If you feel like you’re losing your teen to technology, you’re not alone.

Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world.

In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She:

  • Exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen
  • Guides you in countering those lies with biblical truths and helpful practices
  • Shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other
  • Kathy’s research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.

Grab a pen and get ready to underline, circle, and write “That’s so us!” in the margins. Be equipped to keep your family connected.

The Gospel Comes With a House Key

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.

With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same radical ordinary hospitality to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our every day, sometimes messy lives‚ helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

For Grandparents

What better gift for grandparents than stories that inspire–and show the moving power of truth!

Truth Changes Everything

America has passed a tipping point. A majority of Americans now say that truth is up to the individual and that ultimate truth cannot be known. Learning to “speak our own truths” was supposed to lead to dignity and harmony. Instead, our society struggles with unprecedented levels of social conflict, purposelessness, and loss of identity. And still, the “Truth versus truths” tension continues to grow.

Is all hope lost? In this inspiring book, Dr. Jeff Myers tells the fascinating stories of Jesus-followers who lived for Truth and transformed their world in times of crisis. These inspiring figures led the way in human dignity, science, art, medicine, education, politics, justice, and even the idea of meaningful work.

No matter what is going on around us, the truth is worth fighting for. If you long for a positive, restorative role in our own chaotic era, it’s time to discover how truth changes everything.

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope

Coming Out, Then Coming Home
Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her.
Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality.
God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”—Luke 15:20

For Yourself!

After all this shopping, you deserve to curl up with a good book–especially with ones that encourage you, and build up your understanding of the truth!

A Good and True Story

Young adults today want authentic answers to their soul-deep questions about God. They want meaningful ways to communicate those answers to others. Most of all, they want to know that they are living a life that matters.

In A Good and True Story, philosopher, apologist, and international speaker Paul Gould leads readers on an engaging journey through eleven clues that suggest Christianity is not only true but satisfies our deepest longings. This creative foray into the foundations of Christian truth explores the universe, morality, happiness, pain, beauty, and more for readers looking for culturally informed apologetics.

Saving the Bible From Ourselves

Does the Bible need to be saved? Over the course of the centuries, Bible scholars and publishers have increasingly added “helps” chapter divisions, verses, subheads, notes to the Bible in an effort to make it easier to study and understand. In the process, however, these have led to sampling Scripture rather than reading deeply. According to author Glenn R. Paauw, the text has become divorced from the Bible’s literary and historical context, leading to misinterpretation and a “narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation.” Rather than being a culture-shaping force, the Bible has become a database of quick and easy answers to life’s troubling questions.
But these deficiencies can be corrected by engaging in what the author calls “big readings.” In these pages, Paauw introduces us to seven new (to us) understandings of the Bible as steps on the path to recovering one deeply engaged Bible. With each “new” Bible presented, deficiencies in how we currently interact with the Bible are explored, followed by recommendations for a new practice. The Bible’s transformative power is recovered when we remove the chains Christians have applied to it over the centuries. The Bible does not need to be saved because of any defect in itself, but because we have distorted and misread it. Saving the Bible from Ourselves provides students of the Bible a new paradigm for reading and living the Bible well.