A couple of years ago I decided to make reading a priority in my life. Between finishing a Master’s degree, having a baby, and starting a blog, free time for reading was scarce. But when I finished grad school and adjusted to my new roles of mom and blogger, I longed for more books in my life.
By setting the generic goal to “read more,” I’ve now finished over 100 books in the last two years. I’ve read physical books, eBooks, and listened to audiobooks. They all count! And since I’ve kept track of the books I’ve read, I wanted to share some of my favorites. Today I’ll be sharing my favorite Christian books to help you grow in faith.
Christian Books to Grow your Faith
Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs
About: Annie F. Downs admits she’s not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents’ home in Georgia, she’s never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she’s on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same.
Why I loved it: After the first page, I wanted to be Annie’s best friend. She is relatable, funny, and encouraging.
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul Miller
About: Best-selling author Paul Miller tackles these tough questions at the heart of our struggle to love head-on. Drawing from the book of Ruth, A Loving Life offers the help we need to embrace relationship, endure rejection, cultivate community, and reach out to even the most unlovable around us as we discover the power to live a loving life.
Why I loved it: Paul Miller took a familiar story and made it new for me.
How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp
About: What does it take for lasting change to take root in your life? If you’ve ever tried, failed, and wondered why, you need How People Change. This book explains the biblical pattern for spiritual change in a clear, practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life as a Christian.
Why I loved it: This book has all the lessons I’ve learned the hard way but explained way better than I’d ever be able to do. I was constantly taking notes on all the good insights the authors offer.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin
About: We all know it’s important to study God’s word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. Women of the Word has helped countless women with a clear and concise plan they can use every time they open their Bible. This book will equip you to engage God’s word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
Why I loved it: It reignited my passion for Bible study. I love how Jen breaks down the process of studying the Bible for yourself.
Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman
About: Alive in Him draws us into the main themes in the book of Ephesians, showing us how the blessings we have received in Christ empower our obedience and love for God. Designed to be read alongside an open Bible, Alive in Him helps us apply Paul’s letter to our daily lives, reminding us of our purpose on earth and directing our gaze to the love of Jesus Christ―a love that has the power to transform how we live.
Why I loved it: While it’s not a Bible study, Gloria expects you to open your Bible and read Ephesians while you’re reading this book. I’ll admit, I didn’t do it this way. But, after I finished this book, it left me wanting to study Ephesians even more, which I have been doing.
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
About: Stillness as a virtue is a foreign concept in our society, but there is wisdom in God’s own rhythm of work and rest. Jesus practiced Sabbath among those who had turned it into a dismal thing, a day for murmuring and finger-wagging, and He reminded them of the day’s true purpose: liberation-to heal, to feed, to rescue, to celebrate, to lavish and relish life abundant. With this book, Buchanan reminds us of this and gives practical advice for restoring the sabbath in our lives.
Why I loved it: Mark Buchanan not only explains why we should rest, but gives tons of practical advice for actually resting in a way that restores your soul. Spoil alert, practicing Sabbath isn’t a one-size-fits all discipline.
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
About: Sit with Pastor Francis Chan and be reminded that you are a part of something much bigger than yourself, something sacred. In his most powerful book yet, Chan digs deep into biblical truth, reflects on his own failures and dreams, and shares stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world.
Why I loved it: Francis Chan loves the church. Even though he offers criticism on how many churches operate, he does so in a gentle way. He admits his own failings as a pastor and encourages improvement in, not an abandonment of the church.
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin
About: Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
Why I loved it: Sometimes I think everything would be better in life if I was in full control, but None Like Him reminded me how much better it is that God is God and I am not.
Curious to know what books in this genre I’m most looking forward to next? Here’s my shortlist.
- Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie
- Everybody Always by Bob Goff
- Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
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