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30 of the Best Christian Books for Women

spiritual growth Oct 15, 2021

I could spend all day reading on the beach if I could, and I would not be the woman of faith I am today without a few Christian books that changed my life.

Wondering what book to read next?

Looking for good Christian fiction books for women or a book for spiritual growth?

In this blog post, we discuss 30 of the best Christian books for women to read, including:

  • 5 Books every Christian woman should read
  • The best Christian books for young women or women in their 20s
  • Inspirational Christian books for women
  • Christian spiritual growth books for women
  • Christian books for women fiction
  • Christian books to help deal with life's disappointments

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Best Christian Books for Women– 5 Books Every Christian Woman Should Read

We have to start this list with 5 books every Christian woman should read. If you haven't given any of these books a read, start here my friend.

These books changed my life, and I pray that they change yours as well.

1) Discerning the Voice of God

By Priscilla Shirer

Understanding who God is and who you are as a daughter of God affects everything you do in life.

For so long, I had no idea what my purpose was or what I was supposed to do with my life, but all that changed when I did this Bible study.

This book led to my salvation—my decision to give my life to Christ and to follow Jesus. God showed me who he was and showed me who I was in return as a daughter of God. He opened my eyes to what a relationship with him looked like.

And I loved the bible study format of this book. It helped me start to reading the Bible regularly and helped me establish my morning quiet time with God.

I highly recommend this study for anyone who wants to strengthen their relationship with God, or if you want to hear God’s voice more in your life.

Grab your copy of Discerning the Voice of God

2) The Purpose Driven Life

What on Earth Am I Here For?

By Rick Warren

If you are still trying to discover your purpose in this world or how to live out your best life as a Christian, this is a must read.

And if you are focused on fulfilling your unique purpose that God has for you, but you are missing out on the bigger picture of being a Christian altogether, you need to read this book.

Whether you are a new Christian or have been walking with God for a while now, this book breaks down our purpose and calling as a Christian in such an easy-to-understand format.

The book discusses the purpose we all have in this world as Christians as well as how God reveals the unique purpose and calling he has on each of our lives.

Highly recommend for anyone who wants to better understand their purpose in general as a Christian or if you want to find your unique purpose and calling that God has for you.

Grab your copy of The Purpose Driven Life

3) Sex and the Single Christian Girl

Fighting for Purity in a Rom-Com World

By Marian Jordan Ellis

My list of books every Christian woman should read would be incomplete without a book on dating and relationships.

And since I spent most of my 20s doing things completely wrong when it came to sex and dating, this book is my #1 book recommendation for women trying to approach sex, dating, and romantic relationships in a godly way.

This is also known as my go-to purity book, but I realized that the word ‘purity’ leaves some people running for the hills.

If you want to do thing’s God’s way when it comes to dating and sex, this is a must read. Learn why God’s way is important, and why all the stuff the world tells you about dating and sex is causing more harm than good.

This is my go to purity book. I read this numerous times when I was first learning about purity and what the Bible says about sex. This book showed me that it is possible to surrender sex to God and that it is possible to wait until marriage to have sex.

It gave me practical advice and steps to take to surrender my purity to God and to be redeemed from my past sexual sin.

I give this purity book to anyone at my church that is struggling with purity.

If you are struggling with surrendering your sex life to God or if you want to learn more about how to obey God’s design for sex, this is a must read.

Grab your copy of Sex & the Single Christian Girl

4) Angels Walking

By Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. If you haven’t read Christian fiction before, this is one of the best Christian books for women fiction.

Not sure what fiction is again? Christian fiction is a basically a good story that is faith based.

Ever need a good book to read on vacation or just to unwind after a long day? This book is perfect.

I’ve given this book to some of my friends who aren’t super close to God and they still loved it. I love how this book talks about issues and struggles we face in life and the power of God and his angels that protect and support us along the way.

Highly recommend if you are looking for an enjoyable read and a powerful story of the love and power of God working in our lives.

Grab your copy of Angels Walking

5) The Bible

This list would be incomplete with The Bible. I didn’t read the Bible for so long because I thought it was boring and outdated.

But after God showed me who he was in the Discerning the Voice of God Bible study, I finally understood why reading the Bible was so important.

I finally understood that there were people that actually did read the Bible, and I’ve already experienced how reading the Bible can change your life.

If you’re new to reading the Bible, learn more about how to read the Bible as a beginner, including recommend Bible translations to start with.

And download my free Bible reading plans for the stories and scriptures I recommend reading.

Get your own Bible here

Best Christian Books for Young Women or Women in Their 20s

I discovered who God was and who I was in my late 20s. But for most of my 20s, I was living in the world and not interested in a relationship with God.

These are the best Christian books for young women that I read that I highly recommend for women in their 20s to read.

Discerning the Voice of God

By Priscilla Shirer

 

Like I said above, this Bible study book is in my top 5 books every Christian woman should read. Especially for young women or women in their 20s.

Understanding who God is and who you are as a woman of God will affect everything you do in life.

And I loved how this Bible study talks about who God is, the role of the Holy Spirit in our life, and how we can hear God speaking to us personally.

If you are a new Christian or still struggling to figure out God’s will for your life, this is a must read. Get ready for God to open your eyes, and speak to you personally like never before.

Learn how to become rooted in Christ and how to discover the plans that God has just for you.

Get your copy of Discerning the Voice of God

Consider the Lilies

By Shari Rigby

Get Rooted In Your Destiny By Discovering God's Plan

If you want to know what God created you to do in this world, this book is for you.

This book talks about how to discover the unique plan and purpose that God has for your life, and how to use the gifts God has given you to help those around you.

I love how this book has questions to reflect on and space to journal at the end of each chapter.

If you’re still not sure what your purpose is or how to discover the gifts God has given you, this is a must read.

Get your copy of Consider the Lilies

Relationship Goals

By Mike Todd

This book is a must read if you are looking to date in a way that honors God. I love how relatable and honest Mike Todd explains sex and dating from a biblical perspective.

And if you ever wanted to learn more about soul ties, this is the Christian relationships book to read.

Get your copy of Relationship Goals

Girl Defined

By Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird

If you are a new Christian or struggling to understand how to live set apart as a woman in this crazy world, Girl Defined is a must read.

I love how the Girl Defined sisters talk about God’s design for women and how to identify the false lies that culture tries to define women.

Get your copy of Girl Defined

Love Defined

By Kristen Clark & Bethany Baird

The Girl Defined Blog was the first Christian blog for women that I started reading. I learned so much about God, my role as a woman, and purity through their blog and this book.

I loved how Kristen & Bethany aren’t afraid to discuss the tough questions or issues that nobody wants to talk about (porn, masturbation, dating a nonbeliever, etc.)

Highly recommend if you are looking to better understand purity and how to date in a way that honor’s God.

Get your copy of Loved Defined

Inspirational Christian Books for Women

Need some extra inspiration to pursue the life that God has for you and to live unashamed as a Christian?

These inspirational Christian books for women will leave you ready to go after those God-sized dreams that God has put on your heart.

Love Does

By Bob Goff

Such a heartwarming book of stories that will make you want to spread love wherever you go.

This book talks about the power of love and faith expressing itself through action.

Bob has such a unique way of telling stories that connect the love of Jesus with our everyday lives while making you laugh in return.

After reading this book, I learned how to love those people that God had already put in my life and how to be a better friend. I also had more compassion to love people around me that were more difficult to love.

Highly recommend this book if you want to be inspired to love others in your everyday life and if you want to know what love looks like in action.

Get your copy of Love Does

Strong

By Lisa Bevere

If you want to live more confident as a woman of faith, this 90-day devotional is for you.

Learn how to grow your relationship with God and how to have the strength to pursue the life that God has created you to live.

This is only one of many of inspirational Christian books for women by Lisa Bevere.

Get your copy of Strong

X: Multiply Your God-Given Potential

By John Bevere

If you want to learn what God created you to do and how to discover the unique gifts and talents that he’s given you, this is the book for you.

Learn how to multiply the gifts God has given you to serve God and others around you, and to live a life feeling fulfilled in return.

I love how John Bevere incorporates biblical truth and stories from his life experience to demonstrate that all of us were created for a purpose, to make an impact on this Earth.

Get your copy of X: Multiply

Dream Big

By Bob Goff

After reading this book, you’ll feel like Bob Goff is your best friend and like you can accomplish anything in this world.

Don’t let the lies or limiting beliefs from this world hold you back.

Learn how to dream big and how to apply God’s truth to figure out the God-sized dreams God created you to pursue.

And you may have noticed that Bob Goff has made the list twice. He has such a heartwarming approach to love and Christianity, easily making his books one of the best Christian books for women to read.

Get your copy of Dream Big

Christian Spiritual Growth Books for Women

If you want to grow spiritually and take your relationship with God to the next level, these Christian spiritual growth books are a must read.

Purpose Driven Life

By Rick Warren

As mentioned above, this book is one of the 5 books every Christian woman should read and one of my favorite Christian spiritual growth books.

If you are still trying to discover your purpose in this world or how to live out your best life as a Christian, this is a must read.

Whether you are a new Christian or have been walking with God for a while now, this book breaks down our purpose and calling as a Christian in such an easy-to-understand format.

Highly recommend for anyone who wants to better understand their purpose in general as a Christian or if you want to find your unique purpose and calling that God has for you.

Get your copy of The Purpose Driven Life

Crazy Love

By Francis Chan

If you really want to know what it’s like to love or follow Jesus, read this book.

This book will convict and make you question your love for God and love others in the best way.

It will encourage you to lay down your life for God in ways that you never thought were possible. It will encourage you to lay down your life to love others around you.

This book will encourage you to become a real follower of Christ and not just a lukewarm Christian, who only follows God on Sundays or when you feel like it.

If you’re ready to take your faith with God to the next level, this book doesn't compare to the other Christian spiritual growth books. Get ready to be challenged and inspired to really lay down your life for God.

While some of these Christian books for women will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, Crazy Love will challenge you and inspire you to grow in your faith in the best way.

Get your copy of Crazy Love

When Women Pray

By T.D. Jakes

10 Women of the Bible Who Changed the World through Prayer

If you’re ready to level up your prayer game, this book will inspire you to take your prayer life to the next level.

This book walks through 10 women of the Bible, and how prayer played a crucial role in their story.

Since this book talks about so many important women in the Bible, it's one of the best Christian books for women that every woman of faith should read.

I recommend reading the scriptures in the Bible as you read about each woman for a self-guided Bible study.

Grab your copy of When Women Pray

Good or God?

By John Bevere

If you are stuck between following the ways of the world vs. following Jesus, this is the book for you.

John discusses how to discern God’s will from the distractions around you, and how to recognize something that appears good vs. God’s best for your life.

The Enemy loves to distract us with things that seem good, but really lure us further away from God and the plans he has for us.

Grab your copy of Good or God?

Right People, Right Place, Right Plan

Jentezen Franklin

I’ve read this book twice and both times God spoke to me so powerfully. I love how this book goes in depth on the Holy Spirit and how God reveals the plans he has for us.

If you want to learn more about the Holy Spirit and how God speaks to us, this book is a must read. We face so many decisions throughout our day and life and this book will help you hear God’s voice and see his direction guiding you more clearly.

At the end of each chapter, there were even questions to consider and journal which makes it a great book to read with others as a book study.

Grab your copy of Right People, Right Place, Right Plan

Christian Books for Women Fiction

This list would be incomplete without mentioning some of my favorite Christian fiction books for women.

And if you don't read fiction books, you are missing out my friend.

Reading a fiction book is like watching a movie come to life through the pages.

These stories are packed with inspiration that depict God's love and truth for issues that women face in this world.

These are perfect books to read on vacation or when your brain needs a break after work all day.

And the best part? They show a good story while still honoring God!

Angels Walking

By Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. If you haven’t read Christian fiction before, this book is a must read. Christian fiction is a basically a good story that is faith based.

Ever need a good book to read on vacation or just to unwind after a long day? This book is perfect.

I’ve given this book to some of my friends who aren’t super close to God and they still loved it. I love how this book talks about issues and struggles we face in life and the power of God and his angels that protect and support us along the way.

Highly recommend if you are looking for an enjoyable read and a powerful story of the love and power of God working in our lives.

Grab your copy of Angels Walking

Redeeming Love

By Francine Rivers

Ask any fiction lover and they will tell you that Redeeming Love is the must-read Christian Fiction novel of all time.

 If you don’t read fiction, or if you’ve never read a book from the Christian Fiction genre, you won’t be disappointed with Redeeming Love.

The story is a page-turner that shows God’s love and grace in such a relatable way. If you are still doubting whether God can completely forgive and redeem your past, Redeeming Love is a must read.

Grab your copy of Redeeming Love

A Lineage of Grace

By Francine Rivers

Another one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I love how Francine takes stories from the Bible and adds more detail and color to what the characters must have gone through.

This book takes you through the story of 5 women from the Bible – Rahab, Ruth, Tamar, Bathsheba, and Mary. You’ll see their life and story from a new perspective through this book. You’ll get a better understanding of what they thought, felt and dreamed of as well as how their faith in God made their story possible.

Read their stories in the Bible and you’ll see that the key details in this book are from the Bible.

Highly recommend if you want to learn more about the different women in the Bible in a fun but in depth way.

Grab your copy of A Lineage of Grace

A Distant Shore

By Karen Kingsbury

This is one of Karen Kingsbury’s more recent novels, and it won’t disappoint. A Distant Shore captures a love story while addressing the real-world issue of human trafficking.

While this book is still written in Karen’s trademark life-changing fiction style, this novel includes more suspense to leave you needing to figure out what happens.

And it takes place on the tropical coast of Belize, making it a perfect beach read to fly through on vacation.

Grab your copy of A Distant Shore

Stay With Me

By Becky Wade

I recently discovered Becky Wade’s contemporary romance novels and I’ve become a huge fan. While romance is the focus of the book, Becky also incorporates other themes and topics that add depth to the story.

And these aren’t your typical cheesy, romance novel. I love how she addressed a real issue that woman may struggle with, an addiction to pills, and how to receive God’s grace when we fall short.

Grab your copy of Stay With Me

One Transforming Love

By Erin Elise Kiu

This list would be incomplete without mentioning my own Christian fiction novel that is based on my testimony of how God transformed my life.

One Transforming Love is one of the best Christian books for young women or any women who is struggling to resist the temptations of the world to follow God. Specifically, the story addresses how hard it is for women to say no to the sexual pressures and drinking culture of the world.

And if you still don’t know what it’s like to leave your old life behind to go all in for Jesus, this book will open your eyes to the world you were created to live with God.

Grab your copy of One Transforming Love

Best Christian Books for Women for Dealing With Life’s Disappointments or When God Feels Far Away

Life as a Christian woman isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. God even says we will face trials in this world, and it’s easy to say God will help us through anything, until we experience a trial for ourselves.

If you find yourself in a disappointing season with God, or have just experienced loss or rejection, check out these books to draw close to God and to learn how to process what you are feeling.

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

By Lysa TerKeurst

When you find yourself somewhere you never expected or wanted to be, this book is a must read.

Lysa has such a gift of addressing anxiety and life’s disappointment while pointing back to who God is as our loving Father.

Grab your copy of It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

How Did I Get Here?

Finding Your Way Back to God When Everything Is Pulling You Away

By Christine Caine

This is one of the latest Christian book by Christine Caine. And if you haven’t read her books or listened to her podcast, you are in for a treat.

Christine has such a powerful way of delivering the gospel, while talking about trauma and loss in such a graceful way.

She was sexually abused growing up, and you’ll be able to witness the grace and goodness of God through her testimony as you listen to all that God has done in Christine’s life.

 Check out the Christine Caine podcast.

And if you haven’t listened to her podcast, this is a must listen to!

I love how most of her podcasts are about 15-25 minutes long. Perfect to start the day as I get ready for the day or in my car.

Get your copy of How Did I Get Here?

 Thank You for Rejecting Me

By Kait Warman

Transform Pain into Purpose and Learn to Fight for Yourself

 Kait Warman, the founder of the Heart of Dating podcast, releases a book that addresses the topic so many single women struggle with.

God, why did they reject me? Why didn’t it work out this time?

If you recently went through a breakup, or are feeling rejected from relationships, this is a must read.

Get your copy of Thank You for Rejecting Me

God, Where Are You?!

By John Bevere

Finding Strength and Purpose in Your Wilderness

If you’re feeling far away from God, or like you haven’t heard from God or felt his presence in your life in awhile, this book is for you.

We all go through seasons as a Christian, where we feel super close to God and feel like we are hearing his voice a lot in our lives.

And then there are those seasons where we may feel spiritually dry—like God is no where in sight even though we’ve been doing all the Christian-like things.

I recently read this book and it encouraged me so much when God felt far away and when he was moving in my life like I had been praying for.

I love how John Bevere talks about that there is purpose in the wilderness season, and that it is not a punishment.

Grab your copy of God, Where Are You?!

Do You Want to Grow Closer to God?

There you have it! My list of best Christian books for women & 5 books every Christian woman should read.

As you wait to start your next book, download a free, Spiritual Goals Worksheet, for examples of how you can grow closer to God in 10 different areas and to set your own spiritual goals.

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