The Wise Woman's Must Read List

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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 with 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.”

 

Pursuing 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

 

 

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