“Love Riot: A Teenage Call to Live with Relentless Abandon for Christ” Book Review

Hey guys! I finally have the book review I promised! I was reading it with my pen pal and we were both pretty busy, but it’s here now. Enjoy! 🙂

From the back of the book:

Have you ever thought about walking away from the church? Have you already left it in your heart? Does it seem like it’s not relevant to your life?

It’s time for a revolution. A holy uprising. A love riot.

Love Riot: A Teenage Call to Live with Relentless Abandon for Christ by first-time author Sara Barratt is a timely call to action from one teen to another. The book is conveniently organized into bite-sized chapters that can be read as a devotional, and each chapter includes five “Going Deeper” questions to help readers genuinely engage in its message.

What I love most about Love Riot is how relatable the content is. Several times when I was reading it I would think, “Oh yeah, that’s me” or, “Wow, that’s so true.” One reason that this book is so relatable is that Sara Barratt is a teenage Christian herself and has experienced some of the same roadblocks that I have. I never once felt like I was being preached at or got the impression that the author thought she knew better than me. She wrote out of experience, yet was able to do so with humility in such a way that I as the reader knew I wasn’t alone in my struggles. I appreciated her friendly tone and the one-teen-to-another writing style that she used throughout the book.

Love Riot is not a book to be read without a pen or pencil in hand. I underlined points and sentences in every single chapter, and was often tempted to underline entire paragraphs because of how saturated with truth they were. As a life-long Christian myself, it can be easy for me to disregard or skip over something simply because I’ve heard it a thousand times over. However, this book still challenged me and made me ask questions about how I’m living my life by putting everything into the perspective of love: Do I do this because I feel like I have to, or because I really, truly love Jesus? The book is well written and the author presents the age-old truths in a very fresh way.

Another reason I enjoyed this book is that the author uses stories from her own life, as well as the lives of others both past and present, to give examples, inspire us, and spur us on to action. She also includes practical tips and advice on how to specifically apply those stories to our own lives. I always knew what steps I needed to take after reading a chapter, and I was never left wondering, “Well, that was great, but now what?” The author states what the problem is, demonstrates how other students overcame that problem, and encourages us to do the same.

The last thing I loved about Love Riot is how comprehensive it is. It isn’t just a time management book, a dating book, or a how-to-pray book. It covers all of those areas, but also so much more! It gives a very nice overview of the teenage Christian life and explains how a deep love for Jesus should be the reason for everything we do.

I’ve tried to think of something I disliked about the book for the sake of this review, but honestly, nothing comes to mind. It’s very well done and one that I think every Christian teenager should read. No matter what season of life you find yourself in, Love Riot is sure to have something that will speak to you!

If you haven’t already, I recommend that you check out this incredible book by Sara Barratt. Our world is in desperate need of the love riot she describes, and YOU have the opportunity to be a part of it. Like the introduction says: “God doesn’t need perfect people, but He does want passionate people.” (p. 16) Let’s be a passionate people for Jesus and get this love riot started!

Thank you so much for checking out my review!