The 2017 List

Hello everyone! Here is it, the 2017 list. The vision behind this list was inspired by our retreats theme of "A Wise Woman Builds Her Home" (Proverbs 14:1) While past years have been more of a shot gun blast, with a wide range of categories and something for everyone, this year we wanted to focus on the women and bring resources to help her as she seeks to be wise.

Some of these are older and you have probably heard of them, some are newer, but all of them are worthy of a read in our humble opinion. So take a look and as always if you have questions please feel free to contact us. 

-MaryAnne & Ashley 


A Wise Woman Builds...


None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing)

Why Grace Changes Everything by Chuck Smith

Unfolding the mystery of God’s grace

Living Water by Chuck Smith

Understanding how the Holy Spirit works in the life of believers

Strategy of Satan by Warren Wiersbe

Exposing tactics of the enemy and how they can be overcome

One Minute Answers to Skeptics by Charlie H. Campbell

Concise answers to common questions about Christianity, the Bible and God

Believers Bible Commentary by William MacDonald

Easy to understand guide to exploring the deeper meaning of every book of the Bible



Prayer 101 by Warren Wiersbe

Answering our deepest questions on prayer with practical tools

Power of a Praying Series by Stormie O’Martin 

Guides to directed prayer for the different people you love

Pray Big For Your Marriage by Will Davis

The power of praying God’s promises for your relationship

Pray Big for Your Child by Will Davis

The power of praying God’s promises for your child’s life

Praying for Your Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn

Preparing your heart for his, whether you know him yet or not!    




Proverbs for a Woman’s Day by Elizabeth George

Choosing a life of excellence with a journey through all 31 chapters

A Year With C.S. Lewis

Daily meditations from Lewis’ celebrated classics

Wisdom for Today by Chuck Smith

From Genesis to Revelation, 365 readings to help you discover God’s wisdom

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

A unique collection that point us to the everlasting peace and love of God

From the Grave by A.W. Tozer 

40 insights on faith, repentance, suffering and redemption

(in)Courage Blog-

Online devotions from a collective of women in all seasons of life

NLT One Year Expressions Bible

Space for journaling and illustrations to color help fuel reflection on the Word



A Woman’s Walk with God by Elizabeth George

Experience the joy of living in the Lord’s power by growing in the fruit of the Spirit

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Christian community as God designed it, revealed in the powerful vision for all women from Titus2

Craving Connection by Crystal Stine, Editor 

How to have real life engagement with God, friends and your community



Heartstrings by Jill Briscoe

Finding a song when you’ve lost your joy

Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz 

Discovering how God’s love heals our hearts

And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick

Finding joy again by turning to the Bible accounts of women who suffered

What Grieving People Wish You Knew by Nancy Guthrie 

What really helps and what really hurts those dealing with loss



Letters to My Daughters by Barbara Rainey

A spiritual mom responds to questions on the art of being a wife

The Most Important Place on Earth by Robert Wolgemuth

What a Christian home looks like and how to build one

Unseen Companion by Michelle Lynn Senters

Single mothers, you are not alone, God is with you

What Makes a Man Feel Loved by Bob Barnes 

Practical insight and wisdom for understanding what a husband needs. 



By Searching by Isobel Kuhn 

A journey through doubt to faith

A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot

The life and legacy of Amy Carmichael

Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

5 young missionaries who gave their lives for Christ, as told by one of their wives

50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe 

Learning from the giants of the faith

Redeemed and Restored by June Hesterly & Sandy MacIntosh

12 ordinary women transformed by God’s extraordinary power

Harvest by Chuck Smith & Tal Brooks

Drug addicts, mental patients and gang members transformed by God


We asked wise women in different decades of life the question “If you had a list of a few books every Christian woman should read, what would be on it?” Many responded with the same titles from the youngest to the eldest. Here are their answers, with some quotes directly from the women themselves.

One Year Wisdom for Women Devotional/365 Days through the Proverbs by Debbi Bryson

Learn how God addresses every facet of life through the practical and powerful book of Proverbs

“Year after year, I learn something new from Debbi’s book!” 

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan w/ Judith E. Markham and Warren Wiersbe 

Classic allegory of the Christian life with updated text and helpful notes by Wiersbe

“This edition helped me understand the allegory and I got so much more from the story.”

Fragments that Remain by Amy Carmichael

12 “basketfuls” of spiritual nourishment

Lies Women Believe by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Dispelling the lies that are at the root of most of women’s struggles

“This book challenged me and changed me when I first read it and it continues to with every new reading.”

Discipline a Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot 

Trusting God leads to obedience and walking in discipline in all areas of life

“Every time I pick up her book, I imagine her as a spiritual mom and I love her no-nonsense approach to Gods' Word. I receive guidance and instruction and chastening - but with grace, love and humility. I always know that I'm going to walk way challenged and more in love with Jesus.”

Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P Freeman

Letting go of the try hard life 

"Even though this book is on the newer side it has a message that I believe is timeless and women of every age can benefit from. I remember being shocked to discover that I was living a try hard life, it sneaks up on you! This book is a grace filled journey to teaching you what it really means to walk in the freedom of Christ. In 25+ years I think I will still be recommending this one. Remember, all classics were new once." 

Loving God w/All Your Mind by Elizabeth George

Learn to handle your emotions and discover peace that comes from focusing on what is true

“God used this book to change the way I think, and helped me overcome anxiety and fear.”

Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

Allegorical tale of a woman’s search for guidance from God

Heart of the Gospel by Martyn Lloyd Jones

Examines and exposes many misconceptions about Jesus

Humility by Andrew Murray 

Study the character of Christ to be filled with His grace

“The best book on the subject of Humility I’ve ever read.” 

Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray 

Clear and simple explanation of biblical surrender

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

The novel of the journey of a woman’s life, from foolish girlhood to wise womanhood

Victorious Christian Service by Alan Redpath

How the book of Nehemiah reveals the abundant life of Christian service

“VCS taught me that serving God was for me, and what I learned in it

I still apply to God’s calling on my life 20 years later.” 

Christ Indwelling and Enthroned by J. Oswald Sanders 

Classic messages that will help you walk in the victory that is yours in Christ

Pleasing God by Kay Smith

Learn the secret of the simplified life, living as a fragrant offering to God

 “My all-time favorite go to!”

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

A woman’s story of resistance in WW2, from surviving a concentration camp to modeling forgiveness

I recently re-read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and was so amazed by the wonders of God in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations. Even though it's just her story, it speaks loudly of God's powerful work.”

The Pursuit of God  by A.W. Tozer

Be spurred into a genuine hunger and thirst to truly know God

Bible Exposition Commentaries by Warren Wiersbe 

The “Be” series, available in individual books or volumes

“So encouraging and heart stirring!”

On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe 

Thirty short "armchair chats" to encourage and strengthen ministry workers

Anything by Francis Schaffer, Andrew Murray, and C.S. Lewis