If you’re a fellow book lover, then this post is for you! These are my absolute FAVORITE books of all time. They have changed my life, and I think they may do the same for you!
1. Sensible Shoes: A Story About the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown
I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put this book down. I felt so loved by God the whole time I was reading it, and I came away with new spiritual disciplines to add to my daily life.
The best way I can describe this book is that it’s like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets spiritual disciplines. Sensible Shoes follows the stories of four women. One has been in ministry for 15 years, “forced” into a sabbatical by her pastor. She doesn’t know how to be loved by others or by God; she only knows how to give and give. Another is a perfectionist who has always been able to keep her life together on her own strength. Another is terrified and timid, overwhelmed by grief and loss that she has never dealt with. The last woman has been in bad romantic relationship after relationship, and struggles with low self-worth. They all end up sitting at the same table together in a class about the spiritual journey.
The book follows each of their journeys with God as they form a friendship together. It also shares a variety of profound spiritual disciplines (like different ways of reading Scripture and praying) that can help you grow closer to God.
Definitely my #1 recommended book for Christian girls!
2. His Princess: Love Letters from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd
I love this book so much that I bought close to 12 copies and have given or lent them all away! My friend first introduced me to this book during a very difficult time in my life, and I savored each of its daily devotional letters. Since then, I have read it time and again.
If you need to remember how much God loves you (and don’t we all?), then this book is for you. It’s 30 short “love letters” from God to you, based on Scripture verses. It’s the perfect thing to wake up to each morning.
3. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
I LOVE C. S. Lewis—and this book in particular! The Screwtape Letters is written from a unique perspective. It’s written as if a “head demon” (Screwtape) is training a “new demon” on how to tempt the humans. Through the letters written from Screwtape to the “new demon,” C. S. Lewis shares tactics the enemy often uses to try to lure us away from God. Some of the approaches he shares are totally unexpected, and I often thought, Oh my goodness, that is happening in my life! This book will give you greater insight and awareness about how to be on your guard and stand firm.
4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
This book is absolutely beautiful. It’s like a “modern-day” (if you can call the 1800s “modern day”) adaptation of the biblical book of Hosea, written in novel form. This is the kind of book you just can’t put down. I think I read the whole thing in three days, and it’s almost as thick as a Bible! It’s a beautiful love story that leaves you with a new awareness of God’s love, and how He keeps coming to find and rescue us over and over.
5. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
I loved this book so much that, once again, I bought multiple copies just so my husband and I could lend it to all our friends! This book reminds me of Micah 6:8, which says, “and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness [mercy], and to walk humbly with your God?”
Tattoos on the Heart is the story of how one man, Greg Boyle, endeavored to live a Micah 6:8 kind of life. Boyle was a Jesuit priest in the Los Angeles area who began working with local gang members. During the week, he began opening his church building for ESL classes, a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter. Then he morphed into prison ministry, and eventually created Homeboy Industries as a way to provide jobs for people who had been released from prison.
This book is gritty, raw and real. Heads up: There are some swear words in it because he quotes direct conversations with gang members. But that didn’t bother me at all because it was such a beautiful picture of how Jesus comes and meets us right in the midst of all our brokenness, and walks with us into healing.
And the stories—the stories of lives being changed! Wow! This book inspired me to ask myself, “What kind of life am I living?” It made me want to live a Micah 6:8 kind of life.
6. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
This book challenged me to the core! One of the big things I took away from this book is that all of life is one cosmic story about God, and my life is one part of the story. The whole story or play isn’t all about me; I’m just one of the characters pointing to God, part of the larger story about Him. It made me ask myself: Am I living as if my life is all about me, or as if my life is all about God? As I read this book, I realized that freedom from insecurities does not come when Jesus is just a part of my life; it comes when Jesus IS my life. That perspective changes everything.
7. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
One of the biggest struggles of adulthood is learning when and how to say no. This book helped teach me that skill. It talks about what healthy boundaries look like and how to set them for yourself. There’s also a version of this book specifically about boundaries in dating relationships. The authors are incredibly wise and the material is incredibly helpful. I think every girl needs to read this!
8. Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
This book is kind of like a modern-day Pilgrim’s Progress, following the story of “Much Afraid” as she journeys out of The Valley of Humiliation and into The High Places of the Shepherd. Her companions along the journey (besides the Good Shepherd, of course) are Sorrow and Suffering, but once they reach the kingdom, they are transformed into who they really are: Grace and Glory. This is an easy but profound read that provides insight into our own journeys with God. Beautiful!
So these are my favorite books of all-time for Christian girls. But what about you? What is your top book recommendation? I can’t wait to hear it! 🙂