6 Life-Changing Christian Books and Bible Studies You Must Read

    I know some of you have asked about recommendations for good books or Bible studies to read, and honestly I could make a list a mile long, but in the interest of saving space, I’ve narrowed it down to six.

    Girls, it’s hard to make a list of recommendations that everyone will enjoy, and the truth is that just about any Christian book can be a Bible study if you take the time to look up the scriptures used by the author and journal about what you read.

    With that said, I’ve compiled a short list of Christian books that are really worth your time.

    • Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by Stasi and John Eldredge – When I first gave my life back to God, I tried reading various books about how to be a godly woman, and honestly girls, most of them made me feel bad about myself because my personality, likes and dislikes seemed so different from the women the authors were writing about. Captivating is different. Stasi Eldredge writes about what it means to be a godly woman from a unique and adventurous perspective. She shows that women are powerful warriors for God in their own right and not just supporting actresses in someone else’s movie. A companion study guide is available for Captivating.
    • Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live by David Platt – My husband, Dave, and I are huge fans of David Platt. In Follow Me, Platt discusses the truth of the Gospel and God’s call for us to die to the world and compares that to the Christianity many believers live today. A companion study guide is available for Follow Me in regular, teen and preteen formats.
    • Believing God by Beth Moore – This book has a companion Bible study available. And come on, it’s Beth Moore! When Christian women think about Bible studies, she’s usually one of the first names to spring to mind. Believing God is about just that—learning to trust and believe that what God says is true. There’s a big difference between believing in God and believing God. Believing in God is only the beginning, and once that’s accomplished, God wants us to move on to believing Him. Learning to believe God will really strengthen your relationship with Him and help you defeat lies from the enemy that keep you living in fear.
    • Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John and Addison Bevere – This is by far my favorite Bible study I’ve ever read. I buy extra copies of this book to give to friends who express interest in the Holy Spirit! We hear a lot about God and Jesus in church, but most of us don’t hear a lot about the specific job and personality of the Holy Spirit. It’s the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts and who is actively working out the will of God on the earth. Don’t you think that makes knowing Him kind of important? This book will help you begin to really deepen your understanding of the Holy Spirit, and it’s a book and Bible study in one!
    • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris – This book is a battle cry for teens to live surprising lives. The Harris twins conceived the idea for this book as teens and it’s their greatest desire to see teens in every generation live lives that shatter the world’s expectations of them before they even finish high school.


    You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)


    Girls, what books or Bible studies would you recommend?


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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I love Do Hard Things! Such a great book!
      Some of my favorite books are:
      – Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
      – Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers
      – Crazy Love by Francis Chan
      – The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
      – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

    2. Love, love, love Do Hard Things! Two books about being a godly, Christian teen girl are “Before You Meet Prince Charming” by Sarah Mally and “It’s (Not That) Complicated” by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin. The latter is a guy/girl relationship book that was eye opening for me. I can’t say enough about it if you really want to learn how to treat young men like brothers in Christ. Very insightful.

    3. I love to read and have been searching for a good, hardcore Bible study; thanks for the Beth Moore recommendation! A few of my current favorite books are:
      1. “Nowhere But Up” by Pattie Mallette (If you loved Nicole’s autobiography, ”Into The Light”, you’ll love this one!)
      2. “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.
      3. “Jesus Is” by Judah Smith.
      4. “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
      5. “Through My Eyes” by Tim Tebow. (C’mon, did you really think he wouldn’t make the list? Haha!)

    4. Becoming Me, also by Stasi Eldredge, is a great book – she’s just a great author/woman of God.
      Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis – this book has changed my life.
      Passion, by Louie Giglio (this book couldn’t be better if it tried)

    5. I think these books sound great! I love material by Beth Moore, as well as John & Lisa Bevere. Other great Christian authors I enjoy include Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and others. Thanks for keeping us informed on helpful material!!!

      • Hey Melisha!

        I just wanted to warn you to be really careful with material by Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. A lot of the stuff they teach sounds good, but is not biblically accurate. They teach what is called “Prosperity Gospel”, which is positive, feel-good doctrine that does not line up with what the Bible says. This article is very informative and eye opening and I really encourage you to take a look at it:

        Unfortunately, there are false prophets everywhere, including in the Christian community, and they are not always easy to pick out. Their ideology is false and through it they deceive many. Be careful to watch out and to test EVERYTHING (even works by Christian authors) to what the Bible says. As followers of Jesus we need to be well-grounded theologically and know exactly what it says, so that we are not led astray or vulnerable to false teachings.

    6. Undaunted by Christine Caine; This is hands down my favorite book and such a call to live a life undaunted (fearless) for God! I highly, highly recommend it and I give it an 11 out of 10!

    7. Most definitely “The Way of the Master” by Ray Comfort, and “Compelled by Love” by Heidi Baker.

      They’re both incredibly powerful books that will increase passion for the things of God…Comfort’s book is about evangelism, and Baker’s book is about learning to love the way Jesus loves.

    8. Spoken For by Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Jobes Gunn! I’ve been reading Robin’s books for about 5 years not and they are awesome! But then she came out with Spoken for and I love it beyond measures!!! I love letting my friends read it and then their responses when it get it back! They do such a great job explaining Gods love for us!

    9. A Muscle and a Shovel
      by Michael Shank!!!

      THIS BOOK IS SOOO AMAZING!!! It really makes you stop to think about Christianity and really provides a great basis for anyone searching or just looking to strength their faith.

    10. Crazy Love by Francis Chan! Oh my, that book is definitely one to look out for and read! It really challenges the reader to know what their faith is to them, and what the love of Jesus, is all about! Many of us, if not all, have known the lyrics “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the bible tells me so…” but rarely is it that we take a look deeper into those words and what they mean for us as Christians! Beautiful book!

    11. I’ve read Captivating, Do Hard Things, and Believing God. All of them were really good. I’d definitely add some C.S. Lewis to this! Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain…..

    12. I would recommend “Prescription Against Heretics.” The Church Fathers are great writers and their relationship with God is not based off of emotions. I would also recommend “Church History” where the divinity of Christ is explained. The vocabulary in this book is great and I would recommend you use Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. God Bless You Gals’!
      “Church History”
      “Prescription Against Heretics”

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