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Transformed by Truth: Why and How to Study the Bible for Yourself as a Teen (Forster)

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Studying God's Word as a teenager changed my life . . . And it can change yours, too. 

The Bible is more than just an ancient religious document. It’s a book filled with the actual words of the living God, meant to be read often and studied deeply that we might experience its life-changing power.

If you’re a teen who’s tired of low expectations and weightless platitudes, this book will help you dig into the Bible and make the time you spend reading count for eternity. Katherine Forster walks you through three simple practices that changed how she reads Scripture—observation, interpretation, and application— so you too can begin to understand what God has said in his word and discover how God’s truth can literally transform you from the inside out.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Why?

  1. You Are Not Too Young
  2. How God Reveals Himself
  3. The Big Story
  4. God’s Will for My Life
  5. How to Obey God’s Will

Part 2: How?

  1. Part of Your Life
  2. Getting Started with Bible Study
  3. The Most Important Tool
  4. Observation: “What Does It Say?”
  5. Interpretation: “What Does It Mean?”
  6. Application: “How Does This Change Me?”



“Dear teenager, you are not too young to study the Bible for yourself. It’s not too hard, too overwhelming, or too confusing. Instead, it will give you everything you need for life and godliness and the deepest joy you can imagine. That’s the message of Transformed by Truth—and that’s a message I’ve personally seen lived out in the life of Katherine Forster. Teens, you need to be transformed by truth. It happened to Forster, and in this book, she shares how it can happen to you too. Her writing is accessible, relatable, theological, and highly practical. She’ll change how you view the Bible and increase your love for Christ. Transformed by Truth is a must-read for the Christian teen.”

- Jaquelle Crowe Ferris, author, This Changes Everything

“Convicting, informative, and extremely practical! This book takes you through the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Bible study in a fun and relatable way. A valuable resource for all Christian teens (and adults)!”

- Hannah Leary, Cohost, National Bible Bee

“Christian teens are often embarrassed to admit that they’re unsure how to study the Bible—or worse, that they find the Bible boring. With relatable candor and honesty, National Bible Bee champion Katherine Forster goes toe-to-toe with many of the common threats to a teen’s biblical literacy. Transformed by Truth is filled with solid encouragement and practical tools for teens hoping to develop a joyful dependence on God’s word.”

- Lindsey Carlson, author, Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ

“This book will inspire you to not only begin memorizing the word of God, but also to pursue a closer relationship with the person of God.”

- Michael Farris, President and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom