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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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  1. Emmie Lou

    Posted by Emmie Lou on September 8, 2015 at 09:21

    I am reading God’s at war right now! And it is soooooo good! I also read do Hard Things. I thought it was good, but not great!

  2. N.E.S.

    Posted by N.E.S. on August 9, 2015 at 19:14

    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” http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/2501.htm
    “Prescription Against Heretics” http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0311.htm

  3. GraceGirl1379

    Posted by GraceGirl1379 on July 27, 2015 at 11:24

    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…..

  4. DauntlesslyDivergent

    Posted by DauntlesslyDivergent on July 26, 2015 at 15:35

    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!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kindra on July 26, 2015 at 14:53

    Th Reason by Lacey Sturm

  6. Volleyball4life

    Posted by Volleyball4life on June 21, 2015 at 12:57

    Do hard things is such a great book!! I love it!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by kittykitty33 on June 16, 2015 at 20:09

    When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy. Or any books by the Ludys! They are great books and challenge Christians to go above and beyond what is expected.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lovegodlj on June 16, 2015 at 18:09

    Crazy Love by Francis Chan!

  9. fixmyeyes

    Posted by fixmyeyes on May 21, 2015 at 14:34

    Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman

  10. fhureader

    Posted by fhureader on May 21, 2015 at 13:35

    The shack!!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by l_renee on May 21, 2015 at 11:43

    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.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by LuluT on May 21, 2015 at 10:15

    I Kissed Dating Goodbye
    by:Josh Harris

  13. SkylovesJesus

    Posted by SkylovesJesus on January 29, 2015 at 18:20

    christy Miller’s series by Robin Jones Gunn is amazing

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by kbloom on January 28, 2015 at 21:22

    “Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a good one!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by HisPrincessWarior on September 9, 2015 at 09:27

      YES! DEFINITELY LYWB! I have two books I “go back to” frequently in my mind– LYWB is one of them!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Amandapleaze13 on January 29, 2015 at 13:32

      This is my favorite Bible study book! I was in a hard time in my life and this book helped lift me out of it!!

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by mercygirl121 on December 27, 2014 at 02:16

    I would have to say safe people by cloud and townsen this book really helped me narrow down who my support system should be when I became a Christian.:)

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by msletten17 on January 1, 2015 at 16:08

      Mercygirl121, are you a current resident at mercy ministries, or did you graduate?

  16. Kyleen1997

    Posted by Kyleen1997 on December 19, 2014 at 09:38

    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!

  17. kbirkeland

    Posted by kbirkeland on December 9, 2014 at 09:29

    Training in Christianity and Gospel of Sufferings. Both by Soren Kierkegaard. Will change your life!

  18. tenacious.lish

    Posted by tenacious.lish on December 9, 2014 at 00:37

    *Just Do Something
    A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will
    Kevin L. DeYoung & Joshua Harris

    *The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you?
    Bill Thrall

  19. leahrtucker27

    Posted by leahrtucker27 on December 8, 2014 at 17:11

    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.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by mollydean14 on December 8, 2014 at 08:12

    Miss Match by Erynn Mangum is amazing!!!

  21. 16louise

    Posted by 16louise on November 9, 2014 at 18:47

    The Finishers by Roger Hershey, so good!

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by yojeitak on November 9, 2014 at 11:19

    “Crash The Chatterbox” by Steven Furtick Love this book so much!

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by LaurenLeising on November 8, 2014 at 20:36

    Not A Fan was incredible and challenging.

  24. ashlynnelizabeth97

    Posted by ashlynnelizabeth97 on November 8, 2014 at 19:33

    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!

  25. patientlywaitingforGodsplan

    Posted by patientlywaitingforGodsplan on November 8, 2014 at 19:06

    Do you have any free bible studies to suggest for teens?

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by Annie Fernandez on November 8, 2014 at 19:06

    Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby 🙂

  27. alyssamarie23

    Posted by alyssamarie23 on November 8, 2014 at 18:06

    Spoken For by Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Jobes Gunn. Every young lady should read it!

  28. lemondrop12

    Posted by lemondrop12 on November 3, 2014 at 04:03

    I have one that has changed my life. It’s called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I strongly advise it.

  29. Lkwebbs

    Posted by Lkwebbs on October 28, 2014 at 14:16

    Jesus calling by Sarah Young! My best friend gave it to me last year for Christmas and I have read it almost every day since!

  30. Sjbornman

    Posted by Sjbornman on October 28, 2014 at 06:57

    I’ve read do hard things and that book is amazing!! I just love it and recomend that book for everyone to read.

  31. Meesha

    Posted by Meesha on October 27, 2014 at 22:58

    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!!!

    • BJBritt42

      Posted by BJBritt42 on December 7, 2014 at 22:03

      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: http://churchismessy.com/2013/08/05/why-i-called-out-joel-osteen-and-joyce-meyer/

      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.

  32. Limitless

    Posted by Limitless on October 27, 2014 at 20:50

    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)

  33. AimieJo5e

    Posted by AimieJo5e on October 27, 2014 at 20:24

    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!)

  34. Rachel Winsor

    Posted by Rachel Winsor on October 27, 2014 at 19:10

    I would definitely recommend “Radical” by David Platt and Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley. (They are in no way connected by the way). They are incredible though.

  35. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on October 27, 2014 at 16:26

    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.

  36. angelagrhodes

    Posted by angelagrhodes on October 27, 2014 at 10:30

    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

  37. biblegirl

    Posted by biblegirl on October 27, 2014 at 06:55

    I recommend Jesus > Religion By Jefferson Bethke

  38. jbac2641

    Posted by jbac2641 on October 26, 2014 at 18:15

    Thank you for the list Jenn! I’ll definitely have to look into these!

  39. girlygirlheartsgreen

    Posted by girlygirlheartsgreen on October 26, 2014 at 13:46

    Not a fan by kyle idleman

  40. biblegirl

    Posted by biblegirl on October 26, 2014 at 09:11

    I will definitely look into these!! 😀