Favorite Books for Growth

I encourage all Christian women to take up the discipline of reading to honor God and for the growth of the church. In addition to the Bible, which books should Christians read to help them grow? I’ve pulled titles below from my personal bookshelves and recently revised my list. I appreciate the work from these authors that has served me well in my personal growth and development. In addition, many of these books have become staples in my library for use in evangelism, discipleship, mentoring, biblical counseling, and teaching.

The Bible

  • How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
  • Grasping God’s Word by Scott Duvall and Daniel Hayes
  • How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
  • Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie
  • Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks
  • 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer
  • Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul
  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin


  • The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges
  • Habits of Grace by David Mathis
  • Think by John Piper
  • Your Mind Matters by John Stott
  • Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life by Donald Whitney


  • Truth for Life: 365 Daily Devotionals by Alistair Begg
  • Take Heart: Daily devotions to deepen your faith by David Powlison
  • Beside Still Waters by Charles Spurgeon
  • New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp


  • 50 Core Doctrines of the Christian Faith by Gregg Allison
  • Historical Theology by Gregg Allison
  • The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls by Matthew Barrett
  • None Greater by Matthew Barrett
  • Simply Trinity by Matthew Barrett
  • Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof
  • Visual Theology by Challies/Byers
  • A Visual Theology Guide to the Bible by Challies/Byers
  • Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
  • The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson
  • Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton
  • Saved Without a Doubt by John MacArthur
  • Standing Strong by John MacArthur
  • Concise Theology by J.I. Packer
  • The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
  • Delighting in God by A.W. Tozer
  • Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  • Knowing Christianity by J.I. Packer
  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  • Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
  • Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves
  • The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders
  • Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  • Do You Believe? by Paul Tripp
  • Words of Life by Timothy Ward
  • None Like Him by Jen Wilkin


  • Counter Culture by David Platt
  • Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid


  • The Lost Art of Disciplemaking by LeRoy Eims
  • Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt
  • Rose Guide to Discipleship by Rose Publishing
  • Women & God by Kathleen Nielsen
  • Flourish by Passion City Church
  • Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace
  • Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Marriage and Family

  • Christian Living in the Home by Jay Adams
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
  • God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Kostenberger
  • The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  • Preparing for Marriage by Dennis Rainey
  • Peacemaking for Families by Ken Sande
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp


  • Parenting by Paul David Tripp
  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Pain and Suffering

  • Seasons of Sorrow by Tim Challies
  • Be Still, My Soul by Nancy Guthrie
  • Where is God in All of This by Deborah Howard
  • Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Tim Keller
  • Suffering by Paul David Tripp


  • Aging with Grace by Betters and Hunt
  • Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney
  • Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns
  • Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
  • The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges
  • When God’s Will and My Will Disconnect by Terry Burlingame
  • The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
  • Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
  • Maturity by Sinclair Ferguson
  • Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Living Life Backward by David Gibson
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller
  • The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
  • Awe by Paul David Tripp
  • Putting Your Past in its Place by Stephen Viars
  • Created to Draw Near by Ed Welch
  • When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

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