The word “theology” is defined as “the study of God and religious beliefs.” While I believe the Bible is the ultimate resource, these are the books that have helped me build what I believe. These are the books that have helped me understand and explain concepts that have been too big for me to understand before. These are books that have stretched me and made me think about the bible and God’s character in ways I never have before. Don’t let the word theology scare you away from reading these books. It’s important to read books that challenge us, because the more we understand Him, the better we represent Him.
By Lisa Bevere
When we hear the word “adamant” we often think of stubborn or strong opinions, however Lisa introduced me to a new definition. She described “adamant” as immovable, uncompromising and invincible. She opened the book by describing an age old search for an indestructible stone – an adamant stone. She goes on to explain that while an adamant stone may not exist in the natural, there is an adamant stone in the spiritual – Jesus. This book was full of scripture that shows how we can live adamantly. We can be people who are immovable and invincible, people who love well and are holy, because we are found in Jesus. This book can be purchased here.
All That’s Good
By Hannah Anderson
Philippians 4:8-9 says “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” These verses are some of my all time favorites and this book takes these verses and dissects them in ways I haven’t thought about. It teaches how thinking on these things is the start of discernment. So many times I have thought discernment was a big gift I’d always work for, but maybe never fully get. However, this book taught me that discernment is simply learning how to look for good things. Learning what is not only good, but what is best. This book can be purchased here.
God is Good
By Bill Johnson
In this book, Bill Johnson dives into the goodness of God and how our view of God’s goodness changes everything. Most of us have said and probably believe “God is Good”, but this book dives deep into that goodness. It tackles ideas and thoughts that may seem to conflict with the idea that God is Good. It addresses hard questions and describes who God is and how His goodness matters in the midst of those questions. One of my favorite truths from the book is, “The goodness of God is the cornerstone of our theology. “ How we understand Gods goodness will shape the rest of our faith! This book can be purchased here.
How Joyful People Think
By Jamie Ramussen
Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite scriptures, because it has changed my mindset so much. Focusing my thoughts on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent and praiseworthy has changed my perspective again and again. “How Joyful People Think” is a deep dive into Philippians 4:8, with each chapter devoted to one word. If you enjoy learning about the original Greek words, this book is for you! Understanding the root meaning of each word and how it’s used throughout the Bible gives us a fuller, richer understanding of exactly what this verse means. Studying Greek can be really intimidating, however the author of this book made it super approachable and easy to understand! Not only that, this book helped remind me the importance of renewing my mind when it comes to choosing joy. The book can be purchased here.
By Hannah Anderson
This book is all about learning to cultivate humility, and it convicted me so deeply. I have never considered myself prideful, but the more I read, the more I realized I needed more humility in my life. This wasn’t an easy read for my heart, however I would 100% recommend it! Also, if you’re a person who loves to get your hands into the soil, I think you will find this book especially engaging! The relationship between soil and humility Hannah uses is really quite beautiful! This book can be purchased 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.
Made for More
By Hannah Anderson
This book started with the age old question “Who am I and why am I here?” After posing the question, Hannah explains our identities are found when we fully embrace that we were created to be an “image bearer”. We were created to reflect who God is. I loved how this book broke down exactly what that means and described how we will never know ourselves and never fully be ourselves apart for Him. This 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 Grace of God
By Andy Stanley
Have you ever read the Bible and struggled with how God showed grace in the Old Testament compared to how he showed grace in the new New Testament? Or maybe you have heard about grace, but still struggle to see it throughout scripture or in your day to day life. In this book, Andy Stanley starts from the beginning. He paints a story of grace that started before creation even began and he continues to tell that story all the way through the New Testament after Jesus’ resurrection. 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.
What if it’s True
By Charles Martin
Martin dives into that question “Is the bible true?” and “What does it mean to me if it is?” and helps the reader dig their way through it. I fully believed the bible was true before reading this book, however reading this left me feeling closer to God with a stronger appreciation for the great amount He loves me. If you fully believe the bible is true, you will walk differently. You can purchase this book 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.
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