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Q&A – What Are Good Books to Read When You Need to Feel Inspired?


What are good books to read when you need to feel inspired?


Here are my five favorites.

The Language of God by Francis Collins

A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles by Jack Canfield

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

And saving the best for last, The Bible- God’s true word which is flawless and endures forever!

Girls, share your favorite inspirational books in the comments below so that we have a list we can always refer to for great ideas!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by dedicated on September 7, 2012 at 23:23

    Wow, reading about all these books and adding them to my list has been amazing – and kind overwhelming too! I feel kind of bad though, because I find it so much easier to read books like this rather than the Bible. I’m getting better, I think. It’s been a couple years 🙁 and I just finished Song of Songs this week. I have to wholeheartedly agree with anyone who mentioned the Christy Miller Series – I heard about it from someone mentioning it on Project Inspired, checked it out, and gobbled up the series. It really changed my outlook, especially now with reading this stuff about Dating or Courting as well. Someone also mentioned Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul, which is very inspiring and metaphorical. I’d also like to add The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Spear, about some Israelites during Jesus’s day.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Cici on June 10, 2012 at 13:45

    I love “Heaven is for Real!” It’s such a great book and I cried when I read it, I’m glad it’s on the list! 😀

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Imarunner13 on April 17, 2012 at 09:46

    I just finished reading Heaven is For Real. It is truly inspiring and I totally recommend it!!

  4. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on March 30, 2012 at 06:41

    I like this book about Esther called Hadassah: One Night with the King. By Tommy Tenny.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Julia on February 8, 2012 at 14:20

    SHE Teen by Rebecca St. James is really good and perfect for a girl’s book club. Also, Soul Surfer books by Bethany Hamilton are amazing!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by AbbyLovesToDance on February 5, 2012 at 20:17

    Heaven is for real, is AMAZING! I loved that book 🙂

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by xALIYAH on January 22, 2012 at 11:30

    maybe you can try also jocye meyer books 🙂

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Brainsbeauty on January 8, 2012 at 18:19

    My favorite’s were the Christy Miller series and others By Robin Jones Gunn she’s a great author….

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Imarunner13 on April 17, 2012 at 09:48

      I love the Christy Miller series!! My friend and I are reading it together. We haven’t finished the series yet though. 🙂

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by godgirl4ever on January 4, 2012 at 09:22

    There is this good series ive been reading that are really inspiring!! I havent been able to put them down! They are called the Christy Miller series! Trust me you will like them!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by redsem52 on December 12, 2011 at 13:19

    karen kingsburry’s Baxter Family drama – for those who love to read and want to understand God further in a real life way. plus study questions in the back!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Simpsonslover on December 2, 2011 at 23:46

    Love comes softly is a Chritian book and it’s very good!!! 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Imarunner13 on April 17, 2012 at 09:50

      I didn’t read the book but I watched the movie. And you are right
      It is REALLY good!! Have you read any more of the books in the series?

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by aliceinapark on December 2, 2011 at 16:25

    A good series to read is the “Mother Daughter Book Club” series. It follows 4/5 girls and their mothers who start a book club and it’s a very fun and easy read! It also shows how the girls (who go from 6th grade-10th grade and continuing) deal with realistic problems (boys,family,etc.) but it is appropriate and fun!

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer4Him on November 30, 2011 at 21:20

    I’m really a book worm, but some of my favorites are:
    Dragonkeepers, Donita K. Paul
    Kingdom series, Chuck Black
    Knights of Arrethtrae, Chuck Black
    A Life of Faith, Martha Finley
    Scared, Tom Davis
    Priceless, Tom Davis

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kasey on November 29, 2011 at 19:34

    God Ventures is really uplifting and FULL of miracles 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kasey on November 29, 2011 at 19:40

      Also the Heavenly Man, very incouraging, but somtimes hard to read. 🙂

  15. Posted by on November 25, 2011 at 16:34

    The Shack by W.Paul Young is such a good book. It talks about forgivness and the union between God,Jesus and the Holyspirit.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by freinds23 on November 1, 2011 at 16:19

    is Harry Potter or Twilight ok if you aren’t totally insane about it and study about God everyday and still belive that he is good???? I really like the books but i dont read them all the time i like kinda sci-fi mysteries things with alot or action and drama in them what books do u think would be good for me to read??? 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by dedicated on September 7, 2012 at 22:13

      I’ve read a ton of different stuff (I love reading), some of it has been moral, some hasn’t. Only recently I think have I really gotten into reading Christian stuff, and I’ve found out how much I absolutely love it and how it makes me focus much more on my relationship with God. So, I’m saying this to say that it’s fine to read books not specifically Christian, but try to keep away from books that implant bad morals or books that God may be telling you not to read. You may find like I have that you feel more fulfilled after reading Christian stories as well.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Imarunner13 on April 17, 2012 at 09:55

      Same here, I like sci-fi mysteries, action, drama, and fantasy. I don’t know if it’s okay to read them or not since I’m a christian and a lot of it has magic and stuff. I don’t know what to do either.

  17. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 14:48

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers!!!!!!!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kasey on November 29, 2011 at 19:36

      I love The Mark of the Lion series, but I would definatly recomend it to only older girls 🙂

  18. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:34

    Ummmm, how about, the Bible? Lol it’s the best written resource there is!

  19. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 16:17

    I LOVE the Christy Miller Series, it basically is about an ‘average’ teenage girl, who waits for her husband 🙂

  20. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 16:41

    Check out “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan! 🙂 I’m beginning to read that book! Another personal favorite is “Leadership from the Inside Out” by Kevin Harney. The second one talks about how we should live from the inside, especially as leaders whom need to set the example for those that they lead! It’s a great book and extremely inspiring and convicting!

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  22. Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 14:08

    Nicole sione i shared my testimony and it brought him closer to God and i was wondering should i share my testimony with all of my youth group

    • Posted by Nicole on October 25, 2011 at 13:18

      yes share it with them!! they will be touched and maybe grow closer to God because of you!

  23. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 23:57

    I’m a fantasy girl- Narnia and other books by C.S. Lewis are always good- they are based on different elements of God’s teaching. Also, Harry Potter has many of God’s deepest, most profound messages woven into an intricate and enjoyable story- laws about love, sacrifice, courage, good and evil, friendship and faith. Don’t believe anything people say about Harry being “an invitation to the occult” or whatever they say now- it is not in any way, nor was it ever intended to be.

    James Herriot and Laura Ingalls are also good- don’t ask me why James Herriot inspires me, I don’t know, but seeing the courage of Laura and her family has in the face of hardships, and also their extreme humanity has inspired me since I was very little.

    • Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 22:58

      Just to let you know the lady who wrote Harry potter practiced witchcraft, so that book is obviously not something God would want you to read.

      • Posted by on November 29, 2011 at 10:45

        That’s a rumor. The woman was homeless and HArry Potter saved her from sleeping in the streets.

  24. Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 19:49

    “An Old Fashioned Girl’ by Louisa May Alcott. It’s an oldie, but amazingly relevant to girls today, about going against popular culture and staying true to your values. It has a really sweet innocent love story and fun situations- definitely check it out!

    • Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 07:01

      Another great Louisa May Alcott book is ‘Little Women’. I read it over the summer and it has a lot of morals and values in it. It’s a little long, but it’s really worth it!