The Ultimate Reading Guide for Christian Women

This post: books for Christian women.

If I have a super power, it’s reading.

I am an INTJ female, after all.

Books are my friends.

I thought I’d share a list of my favorite reads over the years.

Kind of an introduction of my paper-and-ink friends to my real-life friends.

I’m always happy to connect the two worlds.

So here you go-

the Ultimate List of Books for Christian Women to Read

To keep things simple, I divided the books into lists according to topics.

Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of books in this post.

I didn’t read all these books in one year, and you probably won’t either.

My advice:

Read one book each month.

You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn in a year… and a lifetime.

I first compiled this “ultimate reading list” in 2014, and I update it every year.

The list is always growing, so please pin it so you can come back and visit again. 

Books for Christian Women to Read

In no particular order. 

Inspiration & Devotionals

Lies Women Believe, Nancy Leigh Demoss

Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh Demoss

Keep a Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliot

Dancing With My Father, Sally Clarkson

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippits

Big Love: The Practice of Loving Beyond Your Limits, Kara Tippits

Biblical Portrait of Womanhood, Nancy Leigh Demoss

A Woman’s Walk With God, Elizabeth George

You Are Loved, Sally Clarkson

Own Your Life, Sally Clarkson

Unglued : Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, Lysa Terkeurst

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out & Lonely, Lysa Terkeurst

One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp (study guide)

Personalities & Relationships

Every list of books for Christian women should include a reading guide about personalities. 

Here are my favorites-

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

The Color Code,Dr. Taylor Hartman

Color Your Future, Dr. Taylor Hartman

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman

The Five Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman

The Spirit Controlled Temperament, Tim LaHaye

The Spirit Controlled Woman, Beverly LaHaye

Books for Christian Women About Leadership & Personal Growth 

These are must-reads for my fellow pastor’s wives-

Taking Motherhood to Hearts, Sally Clarkson (great resource for women’s ministry)

Own Your Life, Sally Clarkson

Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud & John Townsend

How Successful People Think, John Maxwell

How Successful People Lead, John Maxwell

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

The Color Code,Dr. Taylor Hartman

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal Paine (read my review here)

Safe People, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?,Dr. Karyl McBride

Marriage

Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior, Kimberly Wagner

The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage, Suzanne Venker (the author is secular, but the book is tremendous)

Letters to My Daughters: the Art of Being a Wife, Barbara Rainey

Sacred Marriage, Gary Chapman

The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian

Sheet Music, Dr. Kevin Leman

Intimate Issues, Linda Dillow & Lorrain Pintus

What’s it Like Being Married to Me?, Linda Dillow

Love & Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs (workbook)

Boundaries in Marriage, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Books for Christian Women About Being a Mom

Love and Respect in the Family, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Mother & Son: the Respect Effect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Heartfelt Discpline, Clay Clarkson

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl, Dannah Gresh

Mom’s Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World, Nancy Rue (read my review here)

Different: the Story of an Out-of-the-Box Kid, Sally Clarkson

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, Sally Clarkson

Boundaries with Kids, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Boundaries with Teens,Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

10 Gifts of Wisdom: What Every Child Must Know Before They Leave Home, Sally Clarkson

Our 24 Family Ways: A Famlily Devotional Guide, Clay & Sally Clarkson (my favorite devotion for kids, read more)

Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jancovick

Fit to Burst, Rachel Jankovic

The Shaping of a Christian Family, Elisabeth Elliot

Raising Real Men, Hal and Melanie Young (read my review here)

Samuel Learns to Yell and Tell: A Warning For Children Against Sexual Predators, Debi Pearl

Sara Sue Learns to Yell and Tell: A Warning For Children Against Sexual Predators, Debi Pearl (read 5 Tips for Talking to Daughters About Sexuality)

The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

More Than Rules (ebook), Bambi Moore

Grouchy to Great (ebook), Ruth Shcwenk

The Ministry of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson

The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces, Dannah Gresh

 

Home Education

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, Clay & Sally Clarkson

The Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola

Making Brothers & Sisters Best Friends, Sarah Mally

Caught Up in a Story, Sarah Clarkson

Read for the Heart, Sarah Clarkson

A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual, Catherine Levison

Check out my ebook, Homeschooling Day by Day!

 

Books for Christian Women About Wellness 

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

The Naturally Healthy Woman, Shonda Parker

Herbal Antibiotics , Stephen Harrod Buhner

Herbal Antivirals, Stephen Harrod Buhner

The How to Herb Book, Velma J. Keith

Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Ellie Phillips (read my interview with the author, here)

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World, Sharon Heller

A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use, Rosemary Gladstar

Cure Tooth Decay: Heal & Prevent Cavities With Nutrition, Ramiel Nagel

Cancer: Step Outside the Box, Ty M. Bollinger

 

Natural Motherhood

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D.

Trust Your Intuition, Jenni Wilson (I wrote a chapter for this book; more details here.)

Making Babies, Shoshanna Easling (read my review here)

The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy, Shonda Parker

Natural Child Birth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutcheon

Mommy Diagnostics, Shonda Parker

The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults, Randall Neustaedter O.M.D.

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, Dr. Robert W. Sears

Baby Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, Vimala Schneider McClure (read more on baby massage here)

Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Karyn Seroussi

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies, Kenneth Bock

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World, Sharon Heller

Teating Fevers Naturally (ebook), Meagan Visser, RN., F.H.

Be Your Child’s Pediatrician, Rachel H. Weaver

Be Your Own Doctor, Rachel H. Weaver

Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Dr. Ellie Philips (read my interview with the author here)

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Inspo for the Modern Homemaker 

The Lifegiving Home, Sally Clarkson (the companion journal and CD are great too)

The Lifegiving Table, Sally Clarkson (companion journal)

The Magnolia Story, Chip & Joanna Gaines

Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home, Miss Mustard Seed

Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted, Karen Mains

Once-A-Month Cooking, Mimi Wilson

Clutter Free with Kids (Kindle book), Joshua Becker

Books for Christian Women About Finances

Money Saving Mom’s Budget,Crystal Paine

Money Making Mom, Crystal Paine

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom, Tricia Goyer (Kindle book)

The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey

Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony (Kindle book), Jonni McCoy

How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul, Ruth Soukup

The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home,Carolyn McCulley (Kindle book)

Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood,Christin Slade (Kindle book)

Books for Christian Women About Nutrition 

Trim Healthy Mama, Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett

Nourishing Traditions,Sally Fallon

The Maker’s Diet, Jordan Rubin

Virgin Coconut Oil, Brian & Marianita Jader Shilhavy

The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food, Kaayla T. Daniel

Seeds of Deception, Jeffery M. Smith

Nourishing Broth: An Old Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World,Sally Fallon

Gardening & Green Living

Making Vegetables, Shoshanna Easling

The Backyard Homestead, Carleen Madigan

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, Edward C. Smith

The Flower Gardener’s Bible,Nancy Hill

Vinegar Fridays, Hana Haatainen Caye

Clean & Green: The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping, Annie Berthold-Bond

The Naturally Clean Home, Karyn Siegel-Maier

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Carla Emery

 

Missionary Stories & Biographies

Hungry Devils: And Other Tales from Vanuatua, Bryan Webb

The Savage, My Kinsman, Elisabeth Elliot

Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot

The Jungle Pilot, Russell T. Hitt

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot

Dorothy Carey: The Tragic and Untold Story of Mrs. William Carey, James R. Beck

Kisses From Katie, Katie Davis

The Heavenly Man, Paul Hattaway

The Sons of Cannibals, Bryan Webb

Heroes: Then and Now missionary biography series, Geoff and Janet Benge

Here's an ultimate list of books for Christian women to read- quite possibly the BEST reading guide you'll ever find.

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3 thoughts on “The Ultimate Reading Guide for Christian Women”

  1. Thank you so much, sweet friend! What a pleasure to read your comment.

    We are doing quite well and looking forward to what God has in store for another year.

    Blessings to you!

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  2. Hi, Kristy,
    I thought of you and had to stop by! I love almost all of these books and have either read them or have them on the shelf. I hope you are well and your family growing in the Lord! Have an awesome 2015.
    Blessings 🙂

    Reply

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