These are some of my favorite books that have encouraged me, pushed me to grow and given me hope. I encourage you to read them ALL. Please note, I have included links to the books on Amazon, however I am not an Amazon affiliate.
Anxious for Nothing
By Max Lucado
I have a tendency to be quick to worry and fear. Anxious for Nothing has given me tools to combat my anxieties. This book encouraged my heart, helped me work through some negative thought patterns and helped me learn how to talk myself through fear and worry with God’s word. You can purchase it here.
Becoming a Prayer Warrior
By Elizabeth Alves
This book is a must have for every library. It breaks down prayer and makes it approachable. It not only explains why we pray, but how to pray. I have never read anything so practical. The last chapter of this book is a prayer schedule. It gives you different topics to pray for seven days. Each topic includes written prayers with scriptures backing everything up. If you are new to prayer, this book will give you the tools to help you become a prayer warrior. If you are a seasoned prayer warrior, this book will remind you of the basics and give you the tools to dig deeper. You can purchase it here.
The Best Yes
By Lysa Terkeurst
God didn’t create us to be overextended, stressed out women. He called us for a purpose and He called us to love people. We can’t do either of those things when we are stuck in a stressed out place with no time. This book is full of practical ways to say no. Practical ways to draw boundaries. Practical ways to break off the disease of people pleasing and the shame or guilt that can be tied to saying no. This book is also about saying yes! It’s about learning how to shine in the things that you are called to do. You can purchase it here.
By Bekah Jane Pogue
In this book, the author describes her journey to choosing “real” after her father passed away unexpectedly. The book was full of nuggets of wisdom to remind the reader that Jesus wants our heart with all the quirks and all the ugly parts included. Even if these are truths you know, this book is a reminder that we need to apply the truth we know everyday. You can purchase it here.
The Circle Maker
By Mark Batterson
This book is all about dreaming big dreams and praying bold prayers. It’s about being brave and letting go of fear. This one will stretch you and push you to dream BIG. You can purchase it here.
Dance Stand Run
By Jess Connolly
This book packed a punch I wasn’t expecting. Its a reminder that we are saved by grace, plucked out of darkness and called into a purposeful life. Because of theses truths we can put down the belief that we have to please God to be loved by Him. This book isn’t a list of “shoulds”, it’s a book to help us recall who we already are, who God has already named us. This book will step on your toes and make you think. This book will also deeply encourage you. You can purchase it here.
By Sharon Jaynes
Have you ever thought you weren’t good enough? That you were a failure? Ugly? Worthless? Maybe you have thought you’d be happy if you could just have one more thing or do one more thing? All of those questions are lies the enemy uses to break us down. The first 78 pages of this book are about recognizing lies, rejecting lies and then replacing them with truth. The rest of the book addressed specific lies (the ones I listed plus many more), and what truths from the word of God can be used to replace those ugly lies. You can purchase it here.
By Priscilla Shierer
We have an enemy and he isn’t holding back. He wants to destroy everything including our abundant life in Christ. The way he attacks is deliberate. Calculated. Personalized. This book is about understanding that we will be attacked, and creating strategies to combat those attacks. It will give you the tools to dig into scripture and work through ways that you can be ready for attack. You can purchase it here.
God’s Plan for PREGNANCY
By Nerida Walker
This book is full of truth! It lays out the foundation of who God is and why we can believe Him. It then goes on to describe what the bible says about childbearing and how we can apply those truths to our lives. This book is about speaking God’s word over conception, pregnancy and giving birth. I will go back to this book over and over again! It can be purchased here.
Gay Girl, Good God
By Jackie Hill Perry
This book tells an amazing testimony of a gay girl who was radically transformed by God – but that’s not all! It talks about temptation and walking with Jesus everyday! Before you think you couldn’t relate… Homosexuality may not be part of your story (or the story of someone you love) but I promise this book is still for you. At some point, we ALL were once lost in sin and Jesus left the 99 to find us. Your sin may have looked different, but it was still sin. Our Father chased you and continues to chase you because He’s good and He loves you. This book is about miracles and a good good God who loves us more than we can think or imagine. You can purchase it here.
Grace not Perfection
By Emily Ley
This book was written by a woman who runs her own business, mothering young children and trying to find balance to do everything else. It’s a straight forward easy read that says it’s okay not to have it all together. It’s okay to to say no. It’s okay to simplify. All those things make it possible for us to actually enjoy life. This book is also a reminder that being ourselves, is always better than being what we perceive everyone else needs us to be. This book is full of truth, but it is also full of practical ways to learn how to say no and to simplify our lives. You can purchase it here.
If You Only Knew
By Jamie Ivey
This book is Jamie Ivey’s story. She shares her heart regarding some tough decisions she made. She also shares how she broke free from the the guilt and shame she carried… and how God responded to her. What I love about this book is that it a reminder of how powerful our stories are. The enemy wants us to be quiet. He wants us to believe we are alone in our guilt and shame. After telling her story, the author described how we need to surround ourselves with other women who keep us accountable. When we mess up (and we will because we are imperfect people) we need women we can go to that will not push us away because of the ugly decisions we made. Instead, they will remind us of who we are in Christ and then help us not make those same decisions again. Such good truth! You can purchase it here.
In Due Time
By Caroline Harries
The author of this 60-day devotional is my dear friend. Caroline writes an incredible blog called In Due Time (check it out here). She is also the founder of Moms in the Making, a ministry to support women who are on the journey to become Mamas. In this devotion, Caroline shares bits of her story each day, and encourages the reader to praise God through waiting and grief. The devotional is for all people who are waiting. It can be purchased on Caroline’s website here.
In His Image
By Jen Wilkin
Jen Wilkin is the type of author that makes me really think. She challenges me, encourages me and quite frankly, completely blows my mind with the truths she pulls out of scripture. In this book, she conquered the question “What is God’s will for my life?” She challenges the reader to change the question from “What should I do?” to “Who should I be?” She then goes on to explain why changing our perspective changes everything. If you are wondering what your next steps are in life – what is God’s will for you – I challenge you to read this book. You can purchase it here.
In the Middle of the Mess
By Sheila Walsh
The author of this book dealt with suicidal thoughts for most of her life after her father committed suicide when she was 5 years old. This book is a reminder that no matter how broken we think we are, we are fully loved daughters of God. This book was about some heavy stuff, but what I loved about this book is that it was also a reminder that nothing is too petty for God. This book was such a sweet reminder of the love our Father has for us. He is your covering, your safe place and wants you to tell Him everything. There is beauty when we live open, yet broken, with Christ. The book can be purchased here.
By Julie Manning
Julie Manning was a healthy young woman with a 20 month old son and an 8 week old son when she learned she was in heart failure. This book is her testimony. Through stories, journal entries and letters to her boys, Julie tells what it was like to be faced with the question “What am I really living for?” and how God helped her answer. This book is about who God is in hard seasons, how He sees us, and how He uses us in ways we never could have imagined if we are brave enough to be obedient! It’s for sure a sweet read that not only encouraged me… but also convicted me to ask myself “What am I really living for?” You can purchase it here.
No More Faking Fine
By Esther Fleece
In No More Faking Fine, Ester Fleece shares pieces of her story. While telling her story, she encourages the reader that it is okay not to have it all together. It’s okay to be sad, hurt and angry. It explains what it means to lament (a passionate expression of grief or sorrow) to God. It also explains HOW to lament in a way that still honors God. What I loved most about this book is that it explained that being raw with God actually encourages intimacy with Him. It gives God room to come into our lives and comfort us in a way only He can. The book can be purchased here.
None Like Him
By Jen Wilkin
This book took ten characteristics of God and described them. I admit, I have grown up in the church and I was skeptical that this book would be full of any new revelations. I was SO wrong! The way the author broke down the characteristics of God was like nothing I had read before. This book will teach you more about who our God is. It encouraged my heart and, honestly, blew my mind! You can purchase it here.
The Sacrament of Happy
By Lisa Harper
Have you ever wondered if God wants you to be happy? Maybe you have been happy once, but life’s hard stuff has made you wonder if you will ever know happiness again. Maybe you see others around you who are happy in the midst of some really hard things, but you just don’t get it. If you identify with any of those thoughts, this book is for you. Lisa Harper is a brilliant story teller who also has a deep understanding of the word of God. The way she described happiness – while also sharing some of her daughters adoption story – was so simple, but also so profound. You can purchase it here.
By Debbie Lindell
In She Believes, Debbie shares what happens we will choose to live a faith-filled life. She describes how living by faith not only changes us, but all of our circumstances. The best part of this book is that it felt like I was sitting with Debbie just chatting. I laughed and cried. This book felt like I was with my best friend and I loved it. I was encouraged and convicted to live with bigger faith. You can purchase it here.
The Spirit-Lead Heart
By Suzanne Eller
In this book, Suzanne describes who the Holy Spirit is and why He is important. She breaks down the book of Acts and explains how the Holy Spirit is still moving as He did in the Bible. If you have ever wondered about the Holy Spirit and how He moves or maybe you’d just like a deeper understanding of Him – this is a book for you. If you are looking for more boldness or deeper faith in your Christian walk – this is a book for you. You can purchase it here.
by Kris Vallotton
This book is about spiritual warfare and the unseen. This book will change your prayer life, but it will also change your perspective on fear and worry. It will help you choose freedom. If you are looking for a book that will encourage, challenge and push you to grow, this is it! You can purchase this book here.
By Ann Swindell
The tagline of this book is “hope for when God doesn’t give you what you want”. This book is about waiting for a healing. Ann tells her personal story with waiting while retelling the biblical story of the Bleeding Woman. The way she parallels the two stories is so amazing. This book encouraged my heart so much because it reminded me over and over again that God is in the waiting. You can purchase it here.
By Jackie Mize
This book is an easy read that shares how believing God’s promises can impact conception, pregnancy and delivery. My favorite part of this book is how full of scripture it is. I will go back to this book again to remind myself about what scripture says when I feel fearful of conception, pregnancy and delivery! You can purchase it here.
By Christine Caine
This book is about how to handle the unexpected shocks, stressors and uncertainties of life. BUT it is also about how God uses situations in our lives unexpectedly. We have a great calling on our life’s and how God uses that calling may be unexpected! This book was a good reminder that God is good, God does good and God wants good for me! You can purchase it here.
By Lysa Terkeurst
Have you ever been offended? Have you ever responded to someone in a mean crazy way? Have you ever stuffed all your annoyance, anger or frustration down so no one can see it? Have you ever felt out of control because the situation you are in is out of control? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you! In this book, Lysa shares we do not have to be slaves to the raw emotions that hit us. We don’t have to allow our feelings to dictate how we are going to react. There’s a better way.. and it’s our choice to choose! You can purchase it here.
By Lysa TerKeurst
This book talks about rejection. I know, that is probably the last thing you want to read about, but the truth is rejection is something we all face. This book reminds the reader that with Jesus we are safe, accepted, held, loved and invited in. It’s is full of truth to help heal and let go of the hurts that come along with rejection. More than that, this book describes how to live with an abundance mentality so that we can live loved. When we live loved, our perspective is completely different. You can purchase it here.
When God Says Go
By Elizabeth Laing Thompson
In When God Says Go, Elizabeth uses biblical stories to encourage us to be brave when God calls. She teaches how to learn and listen to God’s voice. She encourages you to learn what your gifts are and how to use them for the kingdom of God. She shares how to know when to stay and how to know when to leave. She also gives tools to prepare you while you for God to say go. This book will change you!!! You can purchase it here.
When God Says Wait
By Elizabeth Laing Thompson
Each chapter of this book highlights a biblical hero’s story of waiting and the truths we can find in each story. This book was an easy read, however the truths found in this book impacted me in a BIG way. This book gave me the tools to walk the hard journey of waiting without completely losing my mind. This book encouraged me to wait well. It’s not about just surviving my wait, but truly thriving in it. You can purchase it here.
Women of the Word
By Jen Wilkin
This book is a quick read that breaks down how to study the Bible. It starts by explaining why we study the Bible and pitfalls we can fall into while studying the Bible. The study method presented in the book is straight forward. If you are new to digging into the word of God, this book will help you figure out how to start! If you have been studying all your life, this book will open your eyes to some new methods and ideas. Finally, this book finished with how to teach the Bible. You can purchase this book here.
By Nicki Koziarz
Nicki Koziarz’s life completely changed when she became pregnant at 19. She got married just 6 weeks later, and didn’t get into college. These “failures” caused her to look at others and compare herself. As she compared herself to what others were doing she started to feel like what she had and who she was simply wasn’t enough. In this book, Nicki shares how comparison can steal everything from us. She uses the story of Leah and Rachel in Genesis to show how the lies of comparison can destroy us. She also shares how we can break free from the lies comparison tells us. You can purchase it here.