Do you keep a “to read” list? I know I do, and it’s usually a mile long!
Here are seven books written by Christian women that I would definitely recommend putting at the top of your “to read” list. I personally gained a great deal from reading each of these, and I think you will too!
1. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis with Beth Clark
This one I discovered when I was in college, and it absolutely set my heart on fire. Reading the story about a typical girl my age who walked away from her comfortable life in the U.S. to live out the Great Commission in Uganda deeply touched me.
Perspective: Don’t be content to live a common Christian life- use your one, short life to make a difference!
2. Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa Terkeurst
I found this book during a difficult season in my life when I was dealing with a variety of emotions, most of which felt out of control or misplaced. With a quirky sense of humor and totally relatable anecdotes, Lysa teaches how to harness your emotions and shows you how they are actually a gift from God.
Perspective: You can’t control what happens to you, but you can- and must- control how you react to it.
3. 1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
If you battle depression even a little, I cannot recommend this book enough. In fact, I beg you to read this book. After a difficult childhood that spawned a painful adulthood, Ann began to search for a way out of her darkness. She found the answer in one Greek New Testament word: eucharisteo. I won’t spoil any more for you- just go read it.
Perspective: “Breath in grace – exhale praise.” – Ann
4. The Renewing of the Mind Project: Going to God for Help with Your Habits, Goals, and Emotions by Barb Raveling
If you love practical, actionable books, this is the book for you. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a Christian book like this one. Really, reading it felt like being a member of some sort of support group (in a good way). Barb lays out a biblical step-by-step plan for how to gain control over an area of your life- you pick the area. Another amazing feature of this unique book is the in-depth reference sections. She has lists of verse references for nearly every struggle, as well as lists of questions to ask yourself to help you examine your heart in light of Scripture to help you conquer issues. Sound helpful? It is.
Perspective: Take a few steps back from your troubles, and evaluate them from a biblical lense.
5. The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian
I think my favorite thing about this is all the Scripture that is woven throughout. Stormie shares page after page of truth, all taken straight from the Bible. While prayer is the most powerful weapon we have against the Enemy, this book goes beyond simply encouraging you to pray- it offers help and hope for every area of your Christian life.
Perspective: God wants to enable you to live an effective life through His strength.
6. Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona & David Murray
This book came to me during a time when I was truly needing a refresh, and searching for the proper pace for my life. Pastor David Murray and his sweet wife, Shona both suffered breakdowns during their ministry as a result of trying to “do all the things.” They write about Shona’s experience and the things that God used to bring her out of her suffering. Since Shona is a pastor’s wife, mother, and medical doctor, she speaks from all of these areas of expertise to paint a comprehensive picture of what healthy living looks like.
Perspective: Stress will harm you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually; the answer is to stress is to submit your schedule to God and let Him direct your priorities.
7. Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth wrote a series of letters to her daughter just prior to her marriage. These letters and other insight are compiled in this book about godly womanhood. She shares advice about marriage and how women are part of God’s plan. Sounds basic, but it’s definitely not. There is applicable truth here for women young and old, married or single.
Perspective: God created men and women with unique roles in His plan, and together we are called to live out His grace.
Have you read any of these titles? What are your favorite Christian life books for women? Share in the comments below!