Looking for a worthy read to add to your summer reading list this year? We’ve rounded up some of the most recommended Christian books that we hope will help bring growth, faith and courage to your journey!
1. Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff
In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times best-selling 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.
2. Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose by Sadie Robertson
Sadie Robertson, best-selling author and contestant on Dancing with the Stars, has an important message for her generation: You don’t have to be held back by fear, anxiety or loneliness anymore. In Live Fearless, Robertson takes the reader on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!
3. Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere
Using the mediums of Scripture and story, New York Times best-selling author Lisa Bevere takes readers on a journey into the Mountain of God, to the one place they can learn not only to abide in God’s unshakeable truth and love, but also become adamant—people who are unmovable, determined and steadfast. With conviction and passion, Bevere unpacks the concept of the adamant for readers, linking together the grand story of Scripture and God’s purpose in their lives. Readers will see that God’s plan is revealed as we dwell in him; it is there that we are forged and shaped. As we abide in Christ our Cornerstone, we are shaped into the image of the adamant.
4. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
Based on the popular seminar by the same name, A Praying Life has discipled thousands of Christians to a vibrant prayer life full of joy and power. When Jesus describes the intimacy He seeks with us, He talks about joining us for dinner (Revelation 3:20). A Praying Life feels like having dinner with good friends. It is the way we experience and connect to God. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.
5. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin
Sometimes we ask, What is God’s will for my life?, when we should really be asking, Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God.
By exploring 10 characteristics of who God is—holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful and wise—this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image.
6. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Rachel Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.
From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.
7. Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus by Paul E. Miller
In Love Walked Among Us, Paul Miller invites us to get to know Jesus, to observe his life and His love as they unfold in the Gospel narratives. The book investigates such questions as: How do you love someone when you get no love in return, only withdrawal or ingratitude? How do you love without being trapped or used by another person? How do you love when you have your own problems? When do you take care of yourself? When you’re compassionate, people use you, but when you’re honest, people get angry—so how do you love with both compassion and honesty? In every way, Jesus’ life exemplifies the full potential of what we were intended to be. And the better we know Him, the more we will be drawn to follow His perfect example.
8. Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine
In Unexpected, beloved author Christine Caine helps us walk into the life God has for us—unknowns and all. Using dramatic examples from her own journey, Caine offers real-life strategies and biblical inspiration to help us move from fear and worry about ourselves to hope and trust in God. As we learn new ways to manage disappointment, strengthen our hearts and build our faith, we can enjoy a new adventure with God that is more fulfilling than any day we spend trying to anticipate what will happen next.
9. Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
Alone with God. Alone with His Word. Eager to hear His voice. Prepared to humbly and obediently respond. The author hopes, more than anything else, that the daily insights you receive in these pages will challenge, encourage and strengthen you in every way.
10. 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 to Brave 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 Downs 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.
We’d love to hear from you ladies! What other book recommendations would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!