41 of the Best Christian Books for Women (That Will Change Your Life in 2023!)
Top Christian Books for Women, by Genre and Category
Need some encouragement in these stressful times? Check out this list of the best Christian books for women that will change your LIFE!
As a self-professed book junkie, I know the feeling of overwhelm as you walk the aisles of Barnes and Nobles or Lifeway trying to find the perfect book or at least the next right book. If you have decision fatigue in choosing your next book, I’ve created this reading list of Top Christian Books for Women that will steer you in the right direction.
Good Christian Books for Women of All Ages
For every book I have read there are two more sitting in my nightstand drawer begging to be pulled out. There’s something to be said about those times you can curl up and find solace in a good book.
Over the years my favorite genre has been Christian non-fiction books, whether I was reading books on spiritual growth, self-help books or devotionals. More lately, I have delved into the Christian fiction genre and have been very pleasantly surprised.
But no matter what your life stage is or interest level, there are plenty of good Christian books for women over a variety of topics and life stages.
Christian Books Every Woman Should Read in 2022
This list of my favorite books for Christian women isn’t exhaustive, because, let’s be honest, there are hundreds of thousands of amazing books on the market. But, every single book on this list has made a lasting impact on my life or the lives of other women I know:
- Women’s Spiritual Growth Books
- Christian Self-Help Books for Women
- Christian Devotionals for Women
- Christian Books for Moms
- Christian Marriage Books for Women
- Christian Books for College Students and Twenty-Somethings
- Christian Books for Teens
- Home Decor & DIY Books by Christian Authors (Female)
- Books for Women
- Best Christian Books for Women in Business
- Favorite Christian Women Authors
Even if you aren’t an avid reader, there are so many options for great books. During some of the busiest seasons of life, I like listening to books on Audible. Be sure to click the Amazon link at the bottom of each listing to see what digital products are available.
So whether you are looking for a new book for yourself or your favorite book junkie as a Christmas gift, I’m sure you will find something in this list to spark your interest.
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- 1 Top Christian Books for Women, by Genre and Category
- 2 Christian Books Every Woman Should Read in 2022
- 3 Quick Access to The Top Books for Christian Women
- 4 Women’s Spiritual Growth Books by Christian Authors (Female)
- 4.1 1. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
- 4.2 2. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa Terkeurst
- 4.3 3. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver
- 4.4 4. The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman
- 4.5 5. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer
- 6 Best Christian Self Help Books for Women
- 6.1 1. Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode and into a Life of Connection and Joy by Aundi Kolber
- 6.2 The Lazy Genius, New York Times Best Seller, by Kendra Adachi
- 6.3 3. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Cron
- 6.4 4. Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- 6.5 5. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
- 6.6 6. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch
- 7 Best Devotionals for Women (by Female Christian Writers)
- 7.1 1.Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons
- 7.2 2. 5-Word Prayers: Where to Start When You Don’t Know What to Say to God by Lisa Whittle
- 7.3 3. 100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie F. Downs
- 7.4 4. Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst
- 7.5 5. Freedom from Emotional Eating: A Weight Loss Bible Study by Barb Raveling
- 7.6 Top Christian Books on Anxiety and Depression
- 7.7 Renovated Faith – Transforming Your Heart & Home
- 8 Best Christian Books for Mothers
- 8.1 1. Hands-Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford
- 8.2 2. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
- 8.3 3. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
- 9 Top Christian Books for New Moms
- 10 Books on Being a Godly Wife (Top Christian Marriage Books for Women)
- 10.1 1. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy and Kathy Keller
- 10.2 2. Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary L. Thomas
- 10.3 3. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
- 11 Best Books for Young Christian Adults -(Christian Books for 20 Somethings & College Christian Books)
- 12.1 1. Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and the Future by Jonathan Pokluda and Kevin McConaghy
- 12.2 2. Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age by Ben Stuart
- 12.3 3. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff
- 13 Top Christian Books for Teens
- 15 Home Decor and DIY Books by Christian Authors (Female)
- 15.1 1. Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith
- 15.2 2. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
- 15.3 3. Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home by Marian Parsons, Miss Mustard Seed
- 15.4 4.So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection by KariAnne Wood
- 15.5 5. Designing a Life: From House to Haven: 10 Steps to Become a Haven Maker by Sarah Symonds
- 16 Christian Fiction Books for Women by Female Christian Fiction Authors
- 18 Favorite Christian Women Authors
- 19 Christian Women’s Book Club List
- 20 Which of the Top Christian Books for Women Do I Read First?
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- 22 Top Books by Women Christian Authors (Female Writers)
Women’s Spiritual Growth Books by Christian Authors (Female)
These books are by Christian women authors on various topics of spiritual growth and encouragement. The objective was to list the books (in no particular order) that have had the most impact on myself or women I know.
1. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
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 in the word of God in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart. Click here to see the current price.
2. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa Terkeurst
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others may shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness and if He can be trusted.
Lysa TerKeurst, the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, understands this deeply in facing her own life’s trials. 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 very own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor helps us to process unmet expectations and not panic when God actually gives us more than we can handle. Click here to see the current price.
3. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy With God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver
With nearly a million copies sold, Joanna Weaver’s popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him.
An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough… isn’t loving enough… isn’t doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet… but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him… yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Then comes Jesus Christ, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”-a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him. Instead of empty busyness in an effort to have a good life while doing good things for Him, God shows us His grace and the opportunity to abide in Him.
How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us -Marys and Marthas alike- can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. Check the current price here.
4. The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman
Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn’t obvious, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction before we take the leap.
If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you’ve always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing.
With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing. Check the current price here.
5. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer
You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.
So this book is your chance to strike back. With the power of prayer. With a weapon that really works. Every chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down.
Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit. Click here to see the current price.
6. Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose by Rebekah Lyons
As a society, we are in the throes of a collective panic attack. Anxiety and loneliness are on the rise, with 77% of our population experiencing physical symptoms of stress on a regular basis. We feel pressure chasing careers, security, and keeping up with life.
We worry about health, politics, and many other complexities we can’t control. Eventually, we find our minds spinning, trying to cope or manage a low hum of anxiety, unlike ever before.
But it doesn’t have to stay this way.
Rebekah Lyons draws from her own battles with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to establish four life-giving rhythms that quiet inner chaos. Click here to see the current price.
7. I Give Up: The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life by Laura Story
Newlywed Laura Story thought she had control over the great life ahead of her. After all, she followed Jesus and had a promising new job as a worship leader. Why would God not want to fulfill her dreams?
But when Laura and her husband, Martin, faced a brain tumor, infertility, and a son’s birth defect, she realized she’d been looking for a happiness that comes from circumstances, rather than a deeper joy that comes from God. Again and again, Laura had to surrender her vision for her life so she could embrace God’s vision.
And again and again she learned that even in the midst of shattered dreams, God’s plans brought greater joy than she could have imagined. Click here to see the current price.
Best Christian Self Help Books for Women
1. Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode and into a Life of Connection and Joy by Aundi Kolber
In a world that preaches a “try harder” gospel―just keep going, keep hustling, keep pretending we’re all fine―we’re left exhausted, overwhelmed, and so numb to our lives. If we’re honest, we’ve been overfunctioning for so long, we can’t even imagine another way. How else will things get done? How else will we survive?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Aundi Kolber believes that we don’t have to white-knuckle our way through life. In her debut book, Try Softer, she’ll show us how God specifically designed our bodies and minds to work together to process our stories and work through obstacles.
Through the latest psychology, practical clinical exercises, and her own personal story with mental illness, Aundi equips and empowers us to connect us to our truest self and truly live. This is the “try softer” life. Click here for the current price.
The Lazy Genius, New York Times Best Seller, by Kendra Adachi
Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t.
Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra’s thirteen Lazy Genius principles. Any Christian woman in your life will adore this book as it will help her focus on what’s important to her: The Lazy Genius (click here for the current price).
This book is also listed in my post on the 41 Best Gift Ideas for Christian Women (click here)!
3. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Cron
Ignorance is bliss―except in self-awareness.
What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves.
Funny and filled with stories, this book allows you to understand more about each of the Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about yourself.
Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help you get on the road that will take you further along into who you really are―leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become. Check the current price here.
4. Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Boundaries is the book that’s helped over 2 million people learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of their lives.
Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems. Or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits and limitations. Or maybe it’s all of the above.
In the New York Times bestseller, Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself in a way that’s solidly biblical. Click here for the current price.
5. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
“I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last year, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, rest, play and God’s love. And it’s changing everything when focusing on being a godly woman.
“Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and striving to be the woman God wants.” Click HERE for the current price.
6. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch
From a biblical perspective with detailed research, Edward To Welch shows us that shame controls far too many of us in Shame Interrupted. Worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, humiliated, failure…it all adds up to wishing we could get away from others and hide. We know what shame feels like.
The way out, however, is harder to find. Time doesn’t help, neither does confession, because shame is just as often from what others do to you as it is from what you have done. But the good news is that the Bible is about shame from start to finish, and, if we are willing, God’s beautiful words break through.
Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people. God cares for the shamed. Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed. Click here for the current price.
Best Devotionals for Women (by Female Christian Writers)
1.Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons
Recently I discovered Ruth Chou Simons’ Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship. Not only is it a Wall Street Journal Best Seller, but it is full of her own illustrations.
The artwork is absolutely beautiful but her words are equally (if not more) captivating! This is also a wonderful gift for friends! You can find Beholding and Becoming along with her other books here: Books by Ruth Chou Simons
2. 5-Word Prayers: Where to Start When You Don’t Know What to Say to God by Lisa Whittle
Do you find yourself saying the same things to God over and over again? Does a thriving prayer life feel completely out of reach?
Maybe all it takes to open up to God is five little words. Each entry in this forty-day devotional will provide you with a simple five-word prayer, a corresponding Bible verse, and thoughts to encourage you in your communications with your heavenly Father. The short prayers in this book include…
- I need You desperately today.
- Set my burdened heart free.
- Help me to forgive myself.
The strength of your prayers lies in your heart intent, not your word count. Discover a new joy in your conversations with God! Click HERE to see the current price.
3. 100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie F. Downs
You were always meant to be brave.
Whether you’re making a major decision, dealing with a difficult transition, or facing a fear, 100 Days toBrave will give you courage and confidence to move forward.
Annie F. Downs felt her challenges were too difficult, too scary, too much. Then she decided to stop allowing fear to hold her back. It wasn’t easy or simple. But it was good.
With honesty and relatable humor, this compilation of best-of writings and new pieces from Annie will give you the inspiration to embrace the path and the plan God has for you and experience personal growth.
Dare to spend the next 100 days discovering that you are braver than you know and stronger than you thought possible. Click HERE for the current price.
4. Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst
Embraced is the beautiful new devotional from Lysa TerKeurst, the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to Crave. It features 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving them a godly perspective on the issues they face each day.
A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It’s not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us flings their arms wide open and pulls us in close.
Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created.In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the Ultimate Embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity. Welcoming us into the safety and hope of His grace and His love. Click HERE for the current price.
5. Freedom from Emotional Eating: A Weight Loss Bible Study by Barb Raveling
Do you eat when you’re bored? Or when you’re worried or stressed out? Is it something you do for fun or to avoid doing something else? If so . . . the truth will set you free!
In this Bible study, you’ll get hands-on experience with taking off the lies that make you overeat and putting on the truth that will set you free from the control of food. Through daily Bible studies and practical renewing-of-the-mind tools such as truth journaling and Scripture prayers, you’ll develop a habit of going to God rather than food for help with life.
The author also has a website and podcast that will encourage you as you go to God for help with breaking free from the control of food. Click HERE for the current price.
Top Christian Books on Anxiety and Depression
I’ve listed some resources for women in my post How Should Christians Respond to Anxiety and Depression. My favorite book on the subject is Try Softer By Aundi Kolber (listed above or click here). You can read about more resources by clicking HERE.
Renovated Faith – Transforming Your Heart & Home
Best Christian Books for Mothers
1. Hands-Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford
DISCOVER THE POWER, JOY, AND LOVE of Living “Hands-Free”
If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.
But this isn’t the way it has to be.
In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections.
She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.
Hands-Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. Click HERE for the current price.
2. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
Are you living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul?
Lysa TerKeurst is learning that there is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. In The Best Yes she will help you:
- Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
- Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
- Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process.
- Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
Click HERE for the current price.
3. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Kids bickering? Schedule jam-packed? Dishes and laundry both piled up high? Perhaps it’s time you pressed pause.
Whether you’re juggling a career, kids’ schedules, and church commitments or you’re covered in spit-up and anxious about what the next eighteen years might hold, you can carve out a few quiet moments to rejuvenate your spirit.
Pressing Pause offers you a calm way to start your day, to refresh yourself in Jesus, and drink deeply of His presence so that you are ready to pour out love, time, and energy into the people who matter most to you.
These 100 encouraging devotions for moms will help you begin each day with Scripture, drawing on God’s power, ingesting His Word, and learning practical ways to love and serve more like His Son.
Just a few minutes each day can help you center your heart and mind on what God has for you as His beloved daughter. So resist the rush. Halt the hustle. Press pause and find some calm in the chaos. Click HERE for the current price.
Top Christian Books for New Moms
All of the above inspirational books make great reads for new mothers that don’t have a lot of extra time on their hands. I also recommend a book by Kevin Leman that has been a huge help to many new moms navigating those first few years.
First-Time Mom: Getting Off on the Right Foot From Birth to First Grade
If you feel nervous about this new role of parenthood (and who wouldn’t?), Dr. Kevin Leman will put you at ease. While affirming your joy, wonder, and fear, First-Time Mom prepares you for this influential task by sharing the essentials of child-raising, including the personality traits and typical interactions you can expect to have with your first child. Click here to see the current price.
Books on Being a Godly Wife (Top Christian Marriage Books for Women)
1. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy and Kathy Keller
Based on the acclaimed sermon series by New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller, this book shows everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of what marriage should be according to the Bible.
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life. This is also a great book if you are a pastor’s wife. Click HERE for the current price.
2. Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? by Gary L. Thomas
Happy is good. Holy is better.
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully and love him more deeply. What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy?
Sacred Marriage doesn’t just offer techniques to make a marriage happier. It does contain practical tools, but what married Christians most need is help in becoming holier husbands and wives. Sacred Marriage offers that help with insights from Scripture, church history, time-tested wisdom from biblical times, Christian classics, and examples from today’s marriages.
Sacred Marriage reveals how marriage trains us to love God and others well, how it exposes sin and makes us more aware of God’s presence, how good marriages foster good prayer, how married sex feeds the spiritual life, and how to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading to have a close relationship. Click HERE to read more.
3. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
Simple ideas, lasting love
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?
In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.
The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.
Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one. Click HERE for the current price.
Best Books for Young Christian Adults -(Christian Books for 20 Somethings & College Christian Books)
Every day, another Millennial becomes an adult. For many young people, the transition is a bumpy one, fraught with opportunities to make mistakes and bad choices. The clear expectations they had at home or in school are gone, and they may feel unprepared to face what comes next.
But sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Combining entertaining personal stories, insights from biblical wisdom, and compelling evidence from research, “JP” Pokluda lays out a roadmap for how to navigate life as a young woman, addressing topics like
– friendships and dating
– career and money management
– interpersonal conflict
– controlling anxiety
– recovering from addiction
– and discovering your purpose on this earth
Any young adults struggling to find a footing in the world of adult life will welcome this witty, non-patronizing guide as one of the best Christian books for young women. Click HERE for the current price.
Navigating the Four Critical Seasons of Relationship
The vast majority of young people will still pass through the key phases of singleness, dating, engagement and marriage in their twenties. Yet they are delaying marriage longer than any generation in human history. Why?
For the first time in history, the average age for an American woman having her first child, 26, is younger than the average age of her first marriage, 27. More children than ever are growing up in fatherless homes, despite the overwhelming evidence that in every measurable way this is bad for the child.
Like a sailor on turbulent seas, we need to look up and see the North Star: the fixed points in the sky whereby we might navigate the objective realities in life. We need the skill-set to know how to journey through life and how to select the right people to journey alongside. In this book we will chart a course through the four relational phases that the vast majority of human beings on the planet will pass through in their twenties: singleness, dating, engaged and married. In each of these phases, we will look at what eternal purposes should be pursued in each stage, and how to pursue them.
Our desires for intimacy are powerful. This power can be constructive or destructive. This is one of the best books for single Christian women as it shows our satisfaction and our safety will be ensured if we can aim these powerful desires toward divine purposes. Click HERE for the current price.
3. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff
What happens when we give away love like we’re made of it?
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.
Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned–often the hard way–about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same. Click HERE for the current price.
Top Christian Books for Teens
1. Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis
For many girls it starts early. The desire to be perfect. The need for approval. The longing for acceptance and being liked by a lot of people.
Thanks to social media, these desires now get channeled online. Girls can curate an image, build a following, and test-drive identities until they find one that draws attention and applause.
But in this quest to be liked and noticed during the teen years, girls often fail to feel loved and known. The result is a generation of girls who hunger for real and authentic relationships – yet are unclear on how to create them.
From popular blogger and bestselling author Kari Kampakis comes a powerful book for girls in the digital age. Designed to empower teens and tweens through the Christian faith, it’s packed with godly wisdom and practical advice related to identity, friendships, social media, and a relationship with God. Click HERE for the current price.
2. Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie F. Downs
You’ve heard, “Think before you speak” a hundred times, and probably shrugged it off just like that other insightful phrase, “Your face will freeze like that if you’re not careful.” But unlike a facial expression, our words do stick around. (Just think about middle school a sec. See?) Which means everything you say―from what tell your friends, whisper about your enemies, post online, mutter to yourself, or even say to the celebrity you ran into at the coffee shop―carries a whole lot of power.
The question is, are you ready to use that power to make a real difference? Because the truth is, you could be part of the first generation who uses their words to build up and not tear down, and even kill the mean girl mentality. Through very funny stories, Scripture, and a real understanding of the good, bad, and ugly ways we can use our words, Annie Downs explores the difference you can make when you speak love to others, to God, and even to yourself. Because when you speak love, you speak life. And that’s what matters. Click HERE for the current price of one of the best bible study books for young women.
3. The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel
“My road to atheism was paved by science…but, ironically, so was my later journey to God.”―Lee Strobel
During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant―or so Strobel thought.
But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason. Has science discovered God? At the very least, it’s giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe.
Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you’ll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator. Click HERE for the current price.
Home Decor and DIY Books by Christian Authors (Female)
1. Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith
More Style, Less Stuff
Cozy Minimalism isn’t about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It’s simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.
You want a warm, cozy, inviting home, without using more resources, money, and stuff than needed. Why use more if you don’t have to?
In Cozy Minimalist Home, accidental stylist and bestselling author Myquillyn Smith guides you step by step on making purposeful design decisions for your home. You’ll have the tools to transform your home starting with what you already have, and using just enough of the right furniture and decor to create a home you’re proud of in a way that honors your personal priorities, budget, and style. No more fretting when it comes to decorating your house! Click HERE for the current price.
2. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Are you ready to see your fixer-upper?
These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.
The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day. Click HERE for the current price.
3. Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home by Marian Parsons, Miss Mustard Seed
Some little girls get giddy over a new pair of shoes. Marian Parsons gets giddy over room makeovers. With a lot of ingenuity, a little bit of effort, and a tight budget, she has transformed her home into a beautiful space and filled her heart with a lot more contentment. Thousands have found inspiration at Marian’s blog, missmustardseed.com, and now she shares dozens of new projects, ideas, and DIY adventures in the pages of Inspired You.
Marian will remind you that homes don’t have to be magazine material to be special, comfortable, and inviting. The goal you’re working toward is home. Not a perfect home. Not an “impress the neighbors” home. Just home―one whose walls and rooms tell the story of the family members who live there. Beautiful homes start with inspiration and a willingness to try. So uncover your God-given creativity. Be encouraged, be willing, and be inspired. Click HERE for the current price.
4.So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection by KariAnne Wood
This is a book celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us. It’s also a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow.
(Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.)
Fans of The Magnolia Story and The Pioneer Woman will love this debut memoir from the beloved Thistlewood Farms blogger. So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost right―and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the “you” God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along. Click HERE for the current price.
5. Designing a Life: From House to Haven: 10 Steps to Become a Haven Maker by Sarah Symonds
What if you could transform your house into a haven in 10 simple steps? What if you became intentional about enjoying the design journey as much as the end result? How can a change in mindset relieve stress in the home design process? In Designing a Life: From House to Haven, popular blogger and stylist Sarah Symonds guides you through the intentional process of home design. This book will empower you to become a haven maker! A well-decorated house is not the ultimate goal. The real goal? Creating a haven to refresh, rejuvenate and restore your family to achieve the ultimate goal of designing a life. Click HERE for the current price.
Christian Fiction Books for Women by Female Christian Fiction Authors
1. The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
Dynah Carey knew where her life was headed. Engaged to a wonderful man, the daughter of doting parents, a faithful child of God, she has it all. Then the unthinkable happens: Dynah’s perfect life is irrevocably changed by a rape that results in an unwanted pregnancy. Her family is torn apart and her seemingly rock-solid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life: to embrace or to end the life within her. This is ultimately a tale of three women, as Dynah’s plight forces both her mother and her grandmother to face the choices they made. Written with balance and compassion, The Atonement Child brings a new perspective to the most controversial topic of our times. Francise Rivers is an incredible writer of historical fiction and you also don’t want to miss her best seller Redeeming Love. She is truly one of the best Christian fiction authors for women today. Click here for the current price of The Atonement Child.
2.The Hedge of Thorns by Mary Martha Sherwood
Based on a true story, here is a gripping account of a young boy who learns the hard way that the choices we make can harm those we love the most. Because he desperately wants to know what is on the other side of a hedge of thorns, he puts his little sister in great danger. From his experience, we learn that God places boundaries in our lives because He loves us and wants us to make wise choices in regard to those boundaries. Click HERE for the current price.
3. Mark of the Lion : A Voice in the Wind, An Echo in the Darkness, As Sure As the Dawn (Vol 1-3) by Francine Rivers
This classic series has inspired nearly two million readers. Both loyal fans and new readers will want the latest edition of this beloved series. Books in this latest edition include a foreword from the publisher, a preface from Francine Rivers, and discussion questions suitable for personal and small group use.
#1 A Voice in the Wind: Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, a young girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
#2 An Echo in the Darkness: Turning away from the opulence of Rome, Marcus is led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from the darkness of his soul.
#3 As Sure As the Dawn: Atretes. German warrior. Revered gladiator. He won his freedom through his fierceness . . . but his life is about to change forever.
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4. Sapphire Ice: The Jewel Series, Book 1 by Hallee Bridgeman
To ROBIN BARTLETT, men were nothing more than violent users. After a hair-raising childhood, Robin and her two younger half sisters battled simply to survive. Determined to give her sisters a very different life from that of their mother; to never have to rely on a man for anything, she worked two jobs and put them both through college, while accepting help from no one. Her heart had turned to ice and she had no use for men or God.
ANTONIO “TONY” VISCOLLI had grown up on the streets, homeless. At seventeen, he entered a downtown church with the intent of casing it, but found himself on his knees at the altar. Lovingly fostered by the youth minister, Tony learned about God. Striking out on his own, he let God lead him to eventually become a very successful businessman. In a fallen world, Tony was a gem. When he bought the restaurant where Robin bartended, she immediately resented his intrusion into her well-ordered, but exhausting, life. She suspected his special attention and constant kindness came with expectations of something from her in return, something she wasn’t willing to give. Tony knew God had led him to Robin. Would she ever allow herself to trust him? Could she ever allow herself to trust God? Or would the winter of their tragic youths rise from the shadows of the past and freeze any chance at happiness? Click HERE for the current price of Sapphire Ice and other contemporary Christian fiction by Hallee Bridgeman.
5. Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings #1) (Volume 1) by Lynn Austin
Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah’s mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings. Click HERE for the current price.
Favorite Christian Women Authors
These women writers have written numerous bestselling Christian books for women and I couldn’t pick one particular book for each of them. So I’m listing them as so many of their books are worth reading!
Beth Moore – Beth is one of my favorite Christian authors, founder of Living Proof Ministries, and one of the most well-known writers of women’s non-fiction books today. Her books, Bible studies, and devotionals are all phenomenal and you can see them all here: Christian Books by Beth Moore
Lysa TerKeurst – Lysa is a #1 New York Test bestselling author with her book Uninvited. She also is the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries where you can find Bible study options and articles to help you grow in your faith. You can see all of her books here: Christian Books by Lysa Terkeurst
Francine Rivers – Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). You can check out each book series and their digital platforms here: Books by Francine Rivers
Ann Voskamp – Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today you can find books for women of faith by this renowned author here: Books by Ann Voskamp
Sarah Young – Sarah Young is the author of the bestselling 365-day devotionals Jesus Calling and Jesus Always, which has sold more than 30 million books worldwide. To see this short but powerful little book and her other devotionals, click here: Devotionals by Sarah Young
Stormie Omartian – She is the best-selling author of The Power of a Praying book series with over 32 million books sold worldwide. You can see her books and Amazon reviews here: Books by Stormie Omartian
Priscilla Shirer – Priscilla Shirer is a wife and mom first, but put a Bible in her hand and a message in her heart, and you’ll understand why so many women enjoy her books and Bible studies. She is the daughter of Pastor Tony Evans and my favorite Bible study of hers in Discerning the Voice of God: More Books by Priscilla Shirer
Classics by Female Christian Authors – If you are interested in Christian classics, you can’t go wrong with these: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boon Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
Christian Women’s Book Club List
You can also use this resource to help you find good books for a Christian women’s book club. Some friends and I are starting what we are calling a “No Pressure Book Club” in January. Each person will pick their own book and once a month she will share a little about what she learned. If she didn’t finish the book after one month, that’s ok! The point is that we come together and find out what God is showing one another. We have already seen that several on this list make the best Christian book club books!
This list of books is not helpful to find Christian books for women’s book clubs but is also a great resource for church ministry teams looking for Christian books for women’s groups and Bible studies.
Top Christian Podcasts for Women
Several of these authors also have podcasts and you check them out by going to my post Top Christian Podcasts for Women!
Which of the Top Christian Books for Women Do I Read First?
For those of you who want to get in the habit of reading, don’t let this list overwhelm you. How do you eat an elephant?!? One bite at a time. My challenge to you is to pick ONE book off this list and start.
Pick a time to read each day and set a very small attainable goal to read. Say you set a goal to read 5 pages every night before you go to bed. Before you know it, you won’t have to work to maintain your goal each day because reading will be a part of your day you look forward to! So now, go pick that book!
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I completely agree with what you have written. I hope this post could reach more people as this was truly an interesting post.
Thank you so much for that Ken. I appreciate it.
I definitely think these are truly awesome Christian Books for women. My wife will love these as she’s really into filling up her library with all these Christian Good stuff! I myself am in the middle of finishing a book by our Pastor Keion and I’m already on the look out for my next book to read!
This is a useful and excellent share. Will definitely share it with people I know.
Thank you for this list!
You are so welcome Ariel!
What a great list, and perfectly timed! I have been looking that next great book. Also, so glad you included a list of podcasts. Lately, I have been drawn to books on the apologetics, like The “Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel.
Hey Karin! Thanks for the information your article brings. I see the pureness of your writing, I will share it with everyone to read, especially with women in my life. I wish to read many more of your write ups and articles in future. Keep sharing!!
Thank you so much James! I really appreciate that.
You have compiled a fantastic list! So many I already have on my TBR list for the year so I feel I have a good start on the year. I am reading Choices right now, it’s by Jacquelyn Lynn. It’s so good, I love a contemporary story and she’s nailed it. Her inspirational stuff is what I read from her mostly, but this one is too good not to read! joyfulcupstory.com is her site with her info, she is amazing!
Check out Indie Author Minnie Letcher on Amazon. Her books are free this week.
Thanks Carrie! I’ll do that.
Hi Karen..I love your creative ideas…I really do, you are truly gifted…However I am asking you to be careful when it comes to promoting books especially for women. Not sure if you have really researched some of these writers?..especially Lisa Tyrkeust for example…please ask God for DISCERNMENT because many women will just innocently follow.
Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement Shelley. I really appreciate that. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any concerns. Have a good day!