If you’re new around here, you may not know this, but I love to read. I constantly have a book on hand ready to read at a moment’s notice.
Fiction used to be my first choice, but most of the books I’ve read in recent years have centered around personal development.
Learning about growth and self-improvement is so much fun for me. I am always looking for ways to improve and love learning from those who have the results I want in my life.
My focus has shifted lately from strictly personal development (which I still love) to books with an emphasis on faith.
I am a Christian who desires to follow God’s will in my life every step of the way, whether that’s personal growth, business growth, or spiritual growth.
Fifteen books for women who want to grow their faith
Are you a woman who wants to grow her faith or learn more about the Bible? I am right there with you, girl.
I see nothing wrong with trying to improve any aspect of yourself or your life, but we have to be careful to make sure there is an element of faith attached if we truly want to fall in line with God’s will.
Below are fifteen books for women who want to grow their faith. I’m adding these to my reading list right now!
1 // It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Lysa Terkeurst
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances and shows readers how to live assured when life doesn’t turn out like they expected.
What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely.
We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God.
In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:
- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
- Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.
2 // Look at You Girl – Caitlin Zick
Synopsis: Look at You, Girl is a book for girls and women of all ages. It is a kickstart to seeing yourself the way God does a bit more clearer.
Girls, we invest so much in our looks, but do we ever slow down and look inside? Can you imagine if we started investing in our souls?
Take a week to shift your focus from what you see on the outside, to look at how He made you inside and out.
Our life’s purpose is far greater than how we will fit into that dress, what mascara we use or what we’ll look like in a bikini.
Grab your girls and start this one-week journey together, it’s time to start seeing yourself through a fresh set of lens and gain a clear perspective of who you were made to be.
“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The struggle with “self-acceptance” stops the second we actually begin to see ourselves the way God does.
Watch as His Word comes alive in you and gives you that strong foundation for who you are and Whose you are.
Together we will throw away the lies that don’t belong in your beautiful mind, and start walking in your new pair of shoes—shoes of peace.
This short book is full of scriptures, stories, sayings and even songs that will bring you to a place of God-confidence.
3 // Women of the Word – Jen Wilkin
Synopsis: We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture.
How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?
Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
4 // How to Study Your Bible – Kay Arthur
Synopsis: Beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur’s inductive study method has helped millions of people discover the truth of God’s Word for themselves.
This bestselling and dynamic guide, written with David Arthur and Pete De Lacy, invites readers of all levels of Bible literacy and learning to dive deeper into God’s promises.
Now you can cultivate the inductive skills of observation, interpretation, and application and become an active participant in God’s Word.
In 15 easy-to-understand chapters, the authors present a systematic approach that includes key words, context studies, comparison and contrasts, topical studies, and more.
This life-changing way of understanding and exploring Scripture reveals the Bible’s message and helps you live boldly and confidently in God’s truths.
5 // Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes – Brandon J. O’Brien
Synopsis: What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text.
- When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to “dress modestly,” we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty–that Christian women not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry.
- Some readers might assume that Moses married “below himself” because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying “above himself.”
- Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family.
Biblical scholars Brandon O’Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible.
They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text.
Drawing on their own cross-cultural experience in global mission, O’Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways.
Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.
6 // How to Survive a Shipwreck – Jonathan Martin
Synopsis: Life is turbulent. On that, we can all agree. Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks.
In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the love that can only be discovered on the bottom.
How to Survive a Shipwreck is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your soul.
Jonathan’s clarion call is this: No matter how hard you’ve fallen, no matter how much you’ve been hurt, help is on the way—just when you need it most.
With visionary artistry and pastoral wisdom, Jonathan Martin reveals what we’ll need to make it through those uncharted waters, how we can use these defining experiences to live out of our depths, and why it will then become impossible to go back to the half-life we once lived.
7 // Nothing to Prove – Jennie Allen
Synopsis: All too many of us struggle under the weight of life, convinced we need to work harder to prove to ourselves, to others, and to God that we are good enough, smart enough, and spiritual enough to do the things we believe we should.
Author and Bible teacher Jennie Allen invites us into a different experience, one in which our souls overflow with contentment and joy. In Nothing to Prove she calls us to…
* Find freedom from self-induced pressure by admitting we’re not enough—but Jesus is.
* Admit our greatest needs and watch them be filled by the only One who can meet them.
* Make it our goal to know and love Jesus, then watch what He does in and through us.
As you wade into the refreshing truth of the more-than-enough life Jesus offers, you’ll experience the joyous freedom that comes to those who are determined to discover what God can do through a soul completely in love with Him.
8 // Hope Unfolding – Becky Thompson
Synopsis: God’s love, plans, and promises for you are forever unfolding. I get it, Momma. I totally get it. Every day you wake up and try your very best.
You love, give, and pour out your life for the ones who call you Momma. But no matter how much you offer, there are still days you feel as though you come up short.
You worry, Am I loving these babies enough? Is this ever going to get easier? Why does it seem like I am the only one who cannot balance it all?
Sometimes, we just need hope (and maybe a long uninterrupted nap). We need someone to help tune our hearts to the voice of the Father and to remind us that He has not forgotten about us.
In Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson is a friend who reminds you that you aren’t alone, and that God is still writing your story.
She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength, but also a fresh confidence.
And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today.
9 // All That’s Good – Hannah Anderson
Synopsis: Look out over the world today, it seems a far cry from God’s original declaration. Pain, conflict, and uncertainty dominate the headlines.
Our daily lives are noisy and chaotic—filled with too much information and too little wisdom. No wonder we often find it easier to retreat into safe spaces, hunker down in likeminded tribes, and just do our best to survive life.
But what if God wants you to do more than simply survive? What if he wants you to thrive in this world, and be part of its redemption? What if you could rediscover the beauty and goodness God established in the beginning?
By learning the lost art of discernment, you can. Discernment is more than simply avoiding bad things; discernment actually frees you to navigate the world with confidence and joy by teaching you how to recognize and choose good things.
When you learn discernment and develop a taste for all that’s good, you will encounter God in remarkable new ways. Come, discover the God who not only made all things, but who will also make all things good once again.
10 // Becoming Mom Strong – Heidi St. John
Synopsis: Have you ever looked into the faces of the people who call you “mom” and wondered what in the world you got yourself into?
If you’re like many Christian moms today, you’ve been reading the headlines and watching the rapid-fire changes in our culture with frustration and fear.
Let’s face it: Moms today are facing questions that previous generations didn’t even see coming, and even our right to determine what is best for our own children is under fire.
Popular speaker and blogger Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom) believes that today’s mothers need a special kind of strength. We need to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
We dare not rely on human strength for the battles we’re facing right now. In Becoming MomStrong, Heidi has a powerful message just for you―the mom in the midst of it all.
Through encouragement, practical prayer points, and authentic “me-too” moments, Heidi equips you for a job that only you can do: to train your children to hear God’s voice and to walk in truth no matter where our culture is heading.
God wants to use this generation of mothers to do something extraordinary:
- To be strong in the Lord
- To know who you are in Christ, and
- To impart that strength to your kids.
In other words, He wants you to be MomStrong! So if you’re feeling tired or inadequate today, get ready to find new strength as you join Heidi St. John in Becoming MomStrong.
11 // One Thousand Gifts – Anne Voskamp
Synopsis: Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences.
‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties?
What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long–and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’
In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts.
It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others.
We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved–by God.
Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.
Come live the best dare of all!
12 // Eat Pray Hustle – Havilah Cunnington
Synopsis: Eat Pray Hustle is a 20 day Bible study derived from the life of Abraham. He was a man just like us, and he was on the road to his promise.
He had a dream deposited in him as a seed, and he was doing everything he could to help it grow. He was eating, praying, and hustling most days… just like many of us!
This whole study is designed to help you understand the attributes of a God Dream. We will uncover what a Dream Chaser looks like and the signs of your greatest dreams revealed.
We will expose what Dream Killers look like and what we can do to stay protected. We will learn to nurture the dream, care for it and live it out.
Understanding these truths will change your life and give you a lasting legacy of fulfilled promise. Why wait any longer to chase your God dreams? You can start today!
13 // Girls with Swords – Lisa Bevere
Synopsis: What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it? Move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God!
“If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!”
If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now.
Yet the Word of God is a sword we often are more comfortable studying than wielding. It’s time we give girls swords and watch them connect heaven to earth. Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide.
Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In Girls with Swords she explains a spiritual enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level.
It’s time women become the heroes God created them to be and stand—courageous, discerning, forgiving, and wise.
Creatively forging the imagery of swords, the Word of God, and the Cross, Girls with Swords will teach you:
• How to speak the language of heaven on earth
• What it means to intercede
• What it means to carry your cross
• What it means to be discerning
• How to disarm the enemy
• Why women are the enemy’s target—and why God needs them to be heroes
It’s time to take up your sword and be a hero.
14 // Own Your Everyday – Jordan Lee Dooley
Synopsis: Jordan Lee Dooley has built a massive online following, and her “SHE” podcast garnered over 1 million downloads within 12 weeks of its debut.
Widely recognized for her tagline “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here,” Jordan has become a go-to source that women around the world look to for daily inspiration to find their purpose in life.
Now for the first time in book form, she is helping you–and them–discover how to chase after something more while also finding contentment where you are, with what you have.
Rooted in faith and jam-packed with tangible takeaways, this book pairs Jordan’s relatable voice with her unique perspective, powerful motivation, and practical tools to equip you to:
* tackle such obstacles as disappointment, perfectionism, comparison, and distraction
* remove labels and break out of the box of expectations
* identify and eliminate excuses and unnecessary stress about an unknown future
* overcome the lie that you can’t live your God-given purpose until you reach a certain goal or milestone
15 // Letters to the Church – Francis Chan
Synopsis: If God had it His way, what would your church look like?
The New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love challenges readers to be the Church as God intends.
- Do you want more from your church experience?
- Does the pure gospel put you in a place of awe?
- Are you ready to rethink church as you know it?
Sit with Pastor Francis Chan and be reminded that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself, something sacred.
In his most powerful book yet, Chan digs deep into biblical truth, reflects on his own failures and dreams, and shares stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world.
Chan says, “We’ve strayed so far from what God calls Church. We all know it. We know that what we’re experiencing is radically different from the Church in Scripture.
For decades, church leaders like myself have lost sight of the inherent mystery of the Church. We have trained people sitting in the pews to become addicted to lesser things. It’s time for that to change.”
When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for His Bride—even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was … and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.
Now, it’s your turn
I’ve already purchased a couple of these books. I’ve linked them again below in case you want to grab a couple for yourself.