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I read a lot. And I read a lot of Christian books. And I read a lot of Christian books for and by women. This list is a compilation of some of those books that have made a significant impact on my life and faith. I believe that each of these books have something unique to offer Christian women, and that is why I’ve named them my 7 Books Every Christian Woman Should Read.
1. Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
This book is one of my favorites, and I really think it captures the entire idea behind a list of books for Christian women. It goes through a dramatized story of each of the five biblical women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. It’s really five small books in one, each part telling a fictionalized version of the story of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary, respectively. I read this book along with several friends, and it was so neat to see how each of us related most to a different woman’s story.
All of the stories lead to Jesus both literally, through the actual genealogy, and figuratively, through the hope that these stories offer to women of all different backgrounds and walks of life. It helps you to put yourself in these women’s shoes and sympathize with their stories. Francine Rivers does a great job of depicting these women so that you see them not just as biblical women, but as real women.
2. Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
I had heard about this book for a long time before I ever read it. I thought I knew what it was about and had the gist of it figured out, so I didn’t feel very motivated to read it. But I read it last year and it was so good. I guess I expected it to be more about rules and structure. I did not expect it to be so encouraging and inspiring.
I was surprised that it’s largely an autobiography about Elisabeth Elliot and her relationship with her first husband, Jim Elliot, the famous missionary/martyr. She speaks so honestly about their relationship and their faith, it is so refreshing to read. She has a really unique perspective, having been widowed young twice, yet she still writes in such an uplifting way. I highly recommend this book – whether you are single, dating, or married, I think every woman can learn something from Elisabeth Elliot’s life.
Once again, going into this book I thought I knew what it was going to say – but it was actually super informative. It gives a very genuine perspective on the struggles of being a Christian woman, especially a teenager. I recommend this book for all young women. Dannah Gresh is able to give so much statistical and practical information without being dry or boring.
It’s a really eye-opening, perspective shifting book filled with great, biblical advice. I was recently talking to a friend about this book and she was saying how she wished she had read it in highschool as it would have saved her so much heartache and helped her to have some perspective about her life. I truly believe that this is a very important book for young women in today’s society.
4. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
This is the one book on this list that is not by a woman, and not specifically for women. It’s a book that I believe all Christians (and really all people) should read. There is so much doctrinal, theological, and biblical information packed into a relatively small book. There is a reason that this is still such a popular book more than 70 years after its original release. It’s a surprisingly easy read, considering the depth of the topics he addresses. I read this one when I was pretty young, so I definitely plan to revisit it in the near future to see what new things I glean from it. I think that it’s one of those books you can probably pick up on a new theme every time you read it.
5. Believing God by Beth Moore
This bible study has an accompanying video series which I have not watched, so I can’t personally vouch for them, but I love this book by Beth Moore. THe main theme in the book is the difference between believing God and believing in God. This is something that I’d never really thought about before reading the book. But it can totally change your understanding of scripture when you recognize the promises that God has kept in the bible, and in turn can learn to have confidence in the promises he has made to us.
I’ve never really had trouble believing in God, but in reading this book I realized that I don’t always believe God. I can easily become skeptical or cynical when others point to God’s work in their lives. This differentiation between believing in God and believing God has made a huge impact in the way that I understand the bible and ultimately how I view God.
6. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors
I just finished reading this book for the second time, and it was just as good the second time around. The first time I read it was just a couple years after it came out, so I was probably a Junior or Senior in high school. It made a huge impact on my faith and my heart for orphans at the time. It is an autobiography about Katie Davis and how she left her comfy middle class life in the U.S. to teach school in Uganda.
Each chapter starts with a look into Katie’s heart by showing an excerpt from her journal at the time. The chapter then goes into details surrounding what was going on in her life and the lessons she learned as a result. Hers is truly a story of a woman stepping out in faith and trusting that the Lord would guide her steps. This is an encouraging book for “missions minded” people, but it is such an important book for any woman who is just figuring out her place in God’s plan. Katie speaks genuinely and openly about what it means to truly follow Jesus and she is a great role model and inspiration for women of all ages.
7. Christy by Catherine Marshall
The last book, and the second novel, on my list is Christy by Catherine Marshall. This classic novel is a classic for a reason. I watched the TV series based on the book before I read it, but as usual, the book was very different from the TV show. So, if you’ve seen the TV show, don’t excuse yourself from reading this book!
The story is set in the early 20th century in the Appalachians. I think this is a part of history/culture that is very overlooked, so the setting is different from most novels I’ve read. It’s loosely based on the life of Catherine Marshall’s mother, so many of the anecdotes come from real life experiences. Although it is a fictionalized account, there is so much in the story that feels true to life. The characters are very real and believable. I won’t get into the synopsis of the story, but I’ll just end by saying that it is timeless and uplifting.
Let me know what you think of this list – am I missing any essential books? I’m always looking to add to my reading list, so your suggestions are very much appreciated!
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