Let the wise hear and increase in learning and the one who understands obtain guidance.

Proverbs 1:5

In different stages of my life, I have loved reading very differently. As a kid, I got lost in mystery books like nobody’s business. Then I had to start reading for grades and fiction was no longer my jam. It wasn’t until college that I began to really love reading about theology. Reading other brothers and sisters’ words about how God had spoken to them.

Reading these books helped shape my love for The Book. Their encouragement and admonishing have been tools in my discipleship.

Being a student of the Word is necessary for believers. Over and over, proverbs reminds us of the value of learning. In 2 Timothy, Paul tells Timothy that Scripture is for teaching. The New Testament sings of listeners who are also teachers of the Word.

Being a student of the saints is necessary for believers. Though other Christians are not perfect in their words, God has given us one another. He has put people in this world who’s gift is to encourage through pen and paper.

Being a student should always be our battle cry. 

Because of that, I have compiled a list of books that have changed the way I walk. They have shaped the way I love the Scriptures. They have encouraged me in my prayer life.

The Bible

I would be remiss if I did not begin with this point. As someone who loves to read and write, it can be easy to want to pick up a thousand books and get all their perspectives while forgetting that the breathed Word of the Living God is laying on my coffee table. While I believe the books listed below are great for discipleship and are written by saints who worshipping next to us (also saints) at the foot of the Savior soon, their words are not perfect. They may be inspired by God, but they are not the Inspired.

Read, oh Christian. Be a student always. But be a student of God’s Word first and foremost.

If you’ve come to this page to find books that will aid you in getting into the Bible, here is my suggestion: don’t start with a Bible study. Make a habit of your own study first. I know it seems hard, but by His Spirit, we can and will have a love for His Word.

If you need a tool to help, check out this seven-day guide to making Bible study a habit!

Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds by Beth Moore

All of that being said, studies written by other Christians who have devoted their lives to studying God’s Word can be so helpful to our own walks. Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore is one of those.

Prayer is consistently one of the greatest blessings God has given us: communication with Himself. It is also a discipline that can be difficult to keep up with.

In this study, Beth Moore teaches how praying through Scripture can not only help us develop a habit of prayer but use that discipline to break free from the strongholds that keep us from the advantages of freedom in Christ.

A Peculiar Glory by John Piper

In a similar fashion of Praying God’s Word, A Peculiar Glory by John Piper is a great tool for learning to love Scripture deeply.

This beautifully written book reminds us of the authority of the Scriptures from beginning to end by defining the miraculous nature of the fulfillment of prophecies, the gathering of Biblical manuscripts, and the multitudes of testimonies that came after Jesus raised from the dead.

Read this book, and have a greater context for the perfect Scriptures God has given us.

What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert

What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert will not only be an awesome tool to help you better know the Gospel, but it is a book that reiterates our deep need for this central theme of the Scriptures.

We should read this book and books like it because, without the Gospel, we are just reading words on a page. It is the point of the cross and should be the point of our hearts. Reading the Gospels more leads to loving the Gospel more leads to sharing the Gospel more.

United by Trillia Newbell

So far all these books have been really heavy on teaching about the Scriptures. That’s because God’s Word has to be our compass for everything else.

It is also imperative that we be able to speak to the things going on in our day through that Biblical lens. United by Trillia Newbell is an awesome tool to gain a Biblical understanding of race, diversity, and God’s glory.

Reading a book like this can better help us develop relationships that glorify God in a world that thrives off of division.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35) 

Entrusted by Beth Moore

Entrusted is probably my favorite Bible study of all time. This study takes you through the book of 2 Timothy–the last book Paul wrote. It is a final cry from Paul to a man he discipled to be faithful in his calling because he had been entrusted with the Gospel.

This Bible study is one of my favorites because it calls to action. Not just any action, but it asks us to consider our calling. It may be to take the Gospel to the other end of the world. It may be to head up a ministry. It may be to raise your children up in grace. Whatever it is, it is to be done for the glory of the Gospel.

It. Is. So. Encouraging.

(For a chance to win a free Entrusted study, keep on reading)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

(2 Timothy 4:7)

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Thanks for reading! I hope that these books are encouraging to you and help you grow to the glory of God, sweet sister.

Earlier today, I posted a giveaway to my Instagram of the Entrusted study and a notebook! Check it out and enter for your chance to win by clicking on the photo below!

What books would you add to this list?! Comment below so I can read yours!




Originally posted 2018-04-26 20:18:21.

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