Here are some books, devotions, and Bible studies that have inspired or challenged me to grow over the years. As I add more to the list, I’ll figure out the best way to organize them.
Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control by Elisabeth Elliot
God Came Near by Max Lucado – A devotion book that helped me begin to think about God’s presence in my life. This is made of short chapters that can be read a little at a time. Max Lucado has several like them.
The Power of a Praying® Parent and The Power of a Praying® Wife by Stormie Omartien – These are books I use during quiet times when I want to use specific scriptures for specific things. Sometimes, we just don’t have the right words to say. She has prayers with scriptures to go along with them.
Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore – This is similar to the Stormie Omartien books listed above, except these are more specific to overcoming destructive obstacles such as addiction, unbelief, food-related strongholds, and more. Again, scripture references and prayers are a part of the content.
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction by Beth Moore – This is a group Bible study about how to handle the betrayals of trust by those in church leadership.
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Workbook) by Henry Blackaby (2007-08-01) by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King – I went through this study twice, 20 years apart. This is a serious, group Bible study with a decent amount of homework. I found the questions and discussions to be very direct and challenging. At times, it can seem to make know God’s will feel formulaic and too difficult, but I believe the need for a dynamic, personal, and trusting relationship with God is at its heart.
Last updated February 24, 2017 (added Amazon links to titles)
Added two books January 25, 2018