What Are the True Woman Bloggers Reading?

If you’re looking for some books to read, this post is for you.

We recently asked the True Woman bloggers: “What are you reading and loving?” They were excited to share lots of recommendations with us (and you)! Maybe you’ll find some new gems for your next library run or online book order.


40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast by Alicia Britt Chole

“A forty-day devotional through the Lenten season about learning to say with John the Baptist: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease.’” —Kelly Needham

“It’s not necessarily about fasting or observing Lent, but about clearing out the ‘clutter’ in your life, be that bad habits, false ideals, or misplaced desires.” —Leanna Shepard

The Quiet Place by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

“I purchased this book at True Woman ’16 as I was looking for a new daily devotional to provide nuggets of applicable truth in addition to my daily Bible reading. This book fits the bill perfectly, providing encouragement, conviction, and purpose for my daily walk with Christ.” —Laura Elliott

Seasons of the Heart: A Year of Devotions from One Generation of Women to Another compiled by Donna Kelderman

“This is a devotional book that has not left my bedside table since I received it as a gift three years ago. Each page has a short passage written by faithful women of the past, many who suffered yet persevered in faith, such as Susannah Spurgeon and Mary Winslow. This book is a treasure-trove of truth. It does not cater to my feelings but points me to the real attributes of God and the truth of the Scriptures.” —Bambi Moore

Spiritual Disciplines

Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas Watson

“This is one of the best books I’ve read in years and has been a great tool of the Lord in my life to teach and encourage me in the spiritual disciplines. I picked it up because it was highly recommended by a pastor I respect, and now I understand why!” — Bambi Moore

The Power of Praying Through the Bible by Stormie Omartian

“This devotional journey from Genesis to Revelation includes thoughts about prayer and issues related to prayer that are encouraging me to consider my prayer life from new perspectives. Each day begins with a Scripture reading and ends with a prayer to personalize. The short devotionals are both convicting and motivating, and I’m making many application notes in the margins—and acting on them!” —Dawn Wilson

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers edited by Arthur Bennett

“I have found the written prayers in this book a helpful aid in lifting my spirits, pointing my thoughts upward, and shaping my own prayers.” —Leanna Shepard


Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

“This is actually my second time through this book, only this time I’m going at a much slower pace. My mom and four sisters and I are group calling each week from three different states to read and discuss this together, chapter by chapter. I have a feeling this second time around is going to be much more meaningful!” —Leanna Shepard

Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear by Scott Sauls

“Having recently written a book on friendship, I was highly interested in Sauls’ take on the subject but from a different angle. I wasn’t disappointed. Sauls encourages us to befriend those who are most unlike us and therefore those we typically avoid. In each chapter, he speaks of a different 'type' of person and how befriending them teaches and changes us." —Christine Hoover

Christian Life

From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover

“I haven’t started this book yet, but its subtitle alone, ‘Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel,’ convicts me. Like many women, I still struggle at times with trying to harness more of God’s love through ‘being good.’ I can’t wait to get into this grace-filled gem.” —Laura Elliott

Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

“This book really helps readers see how the more we are awakened to the gospel, the more it will impact and influence our daily lives.” —Linda Green

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

“A good writer takes profound concepts and makes them no less profound but simple and graspable. Hannah Anderson has done this well with the subject of humility. She shows us how our everyday responses and worries are symptoms of pride and how we can cultivate humility instead. This is a convicting and beautiful read.” —Christine Hoover

“This may be my favorite book that I read this year. Anderson looks at humility as an antidote to stress and anxiety. Not only is the writing beautiful, but it’s also packed full of wisdom and practical application.” —Christel Humfrey

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung

“Reading this because I have ten children! This book has some great insights on prioritizing and discerning between the good and the best uses of time, goal-setting as a Christian (Hint: Christians have different goals than unbelievers), and even a helpful chapter on the busyness of parenting in particular.” —Bambi Moore

I Burned for Your Peace: Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked by Peter Kreeft

“The author takes key statements from Augustine’s classic book, Confessions, and unpacks them, explaining what they mean and applying them to our own faith. He helps the reader see how much we in our modern day can relate to the questions and issues Augustine poses to God in his book, which is really a prayer.” —Christina Fox

Current Events

They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz

“As a journalist, Mindy Belz has reported on what’s happening in the Middle East for a number of years. She traveled and stayed with Arabic Christians, learning from them firsthand what life is like for them, being hunted and persecuted for their faith in Christ. She gives us an up close and personal look at people and places we’ve only heard about on the news and shares her reflections on what she witnessed there.” —Christina Fox

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

“A book on the migration of black Americans from the South to the North in search of a better life. I am reading this in effort to become a humble and empathetic learner in our racially tense world.” —Kelly Needham


Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview by John MacArthur with The Master’s College Faculty

“In a culture that advocates no absolutes and elevates personal opinions, I wanted to read something that appeals to a solid Christian worldview. Topics include cultivating a biblical mindset, understanding the postmodern world, profiling Christian masculinity, portraying Christian femininity, reflecting honestly on history, and so much more. Not an easy read, but a highly informative one!” —Dawn Wilson

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey

“This is a good resource for learning about other belief systems and knowing how to defend your faith. I’m not good at remembering the definitions of all the ‘isms’ (i.e. rationalism) out there, so this has been a good refresher.”—Leanna Shepard


No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God by Aimee Byrd

“A thought-provoking read on women’s ministry and how we can strengthen all women in the household of God.” —Kelly Needham

Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson

“This is a life-changing book—the kind of reminder I need beat into my head daily—about God’s immeasurable love and grace to me as His beloved, chosen, forgiven child. I may never stop reading this book.” —Leanna Shepard

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman

“As a pastor’s wife, I often feel at a loss to know how to minister to those around me who are suffering. Furman writes from his own personal experience of living with chronic pain, giving us an insider’s perspective, but he also draws in biblical truths of how we can engage the hurting. I found it to be practically helpful in my ministry.” —Christine Hoover

Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life by Dale Hanson Bourke

“This book is challenging me as I grow older to reconsider some of the cultural messages I hear about middle age and beyond. It makes me want to make my life count even more for Christ and His kingdom and spur others on to do the same.” —Dawn Wilson


The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie

“Every morning, I read the day’s Scripture along with Nancy’s brief explanation of the text. Then, I join my heart in the prayer that she has written. I am deeply grateful for the way this book continually points me toward God’s character, the truth of the gospel, and the reality of eternity as I pray for my children.” —Laura Booz

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp

“Another parenting book? Seriously? Yes. This one is saturated with gospel truth and approaches parenting, evangelizing, and discipling your children from a viewpoint that is theologically sound, realistic, and, frankly, fearless.” —Laura Elliott

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids by Kristen Jenson and Gail Poyner

“This is a great resource for talking to young kids about pornography. I read this book to my boys, aged nine, seven, and five.” —Christel Humfrey


None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (And Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

“I read and loved Jen’s first book, Women of the Word, and have just begun this one. What could be better than 158 pages on the character of God? I can’t wait to read more.” —Laura Booz

Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne

“This book explores how union with Christ is foundational to the gospel and Christian living. It explains what union with Christ is, why it’s undervalued, how it provides identity, hope, and purpose, and how we can take steps to practically live in light of our union with Christ everyday. He uses a lot of word pictures that stick with me. So far it’s been very encouraging!” —Jeanne Harrison

Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification by R.C. Sproul

“This book brings clarity on the evangelical doctrine of justification, showing the differences between the Protestant Reformers and Roman Catholic beliefs.” —Linda Green

Biblical Studies and Sermons

The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books by Nancy Guthrie

“As I am reading through the Old Testament, this has been a really valuable companion. Written as a Bible study that can be done individually or as a group, Nancy is helping me see Jesus in the Old Testament in fresh ways.” —Kelly Needham

The Flow of the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson

“Robertson’s book has opened my eyes to see the Psalms’ structure and theology. I am reading this as part of my prep for a women’s Bible study. It turns out that the Psalms are not a random collection of poems, but five books carefully edited with structure and intention!” —Christel Humfrey

Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards

“This is a book of sermons on 1 Corinthians 13 by the Puritan pastor Jonathan Edwards. Each chapter is a sermon on the different aspects of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13. It explores the depths of what godly love looks like.” —Christina Fox


The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace

“My children and I read this satisfying collection during tea time. We laughed at the girls’ antics and were thoroughly delighted by the old-fashioned and enduring friendships of Betsy, Tacy, and Tib. What a delight! I think my children will always remember reading this together around the table.” —Laura Booz

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

“This English Literature teacher never read it when it was assigned in high school. I’m making up for lost time.” —Laura Booz

The Lake House: A Novel by Kate Morton

“I mainly read fiction at night, so I like novels that are well-written but not too heavy. So far this title fits the bill well. It was a bit of a slow starter for me, but Morton’s descriptive writing spurred me on, and now I’m disappointed when my eyes get heavy and reading time is done for the night!” —Laura Elliott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“I can never get enough of Alcott’s novels, particularly this one! I’ve basically had this audio book on repeat for over a year now. It is definitely my go-to for easy reading or when I can’t sleep.” —Leanna Shepard

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

“After listening to a friend share about the profound influence this author has had on her life, I was intrigued and decided to pick up one of his books to read for myself. I’m glad I did.” —Leanna Shepard

What Was Mine: A Novel by Helen Klein Ross

“It’s about a woman who kidnaps a baby from a shopping cart and raises her as her own for twenty-one years before being caught. It gave me a lot of perspective on the pain of infertility, and it is beautifully and emotionally written. Although it is a ‘clean’ novel, it is not written from a biblical worldview.” —Jeanne Harrison


Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi

“A fascinating and helpful testimony of a devout Muslim who encounters Christianity and the way God brings him to faith in Jesus. This book compels us to befriend Muslims, using love and gospel proclamation to woo them to Christ.” —Linda Green

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

“This book is light and easy to read, and I am interested in it because like others, I have a curiosity about this unique couple. I’m a big fan of the show and my husband is a bivocational pastor who does home renovations.” —Bambi Moore

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

“After hearing the extended conversation between Rosaria Butterfield and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, a dear friend (and unabashed book-pusher) gave me Butterfield’s book detailing her conversion and experience as a former lesbian feminist being embraced by a local church body. It is insightful and provides much wisdom as we relate to brothers and sisters struggling with sin and coming to terms with their new identity in Christ.” —Laura Elliott


Hope When It Hurts, Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering by Sarah Walton and Kristin Wetherell

“My daughter (Sarah Walton) and her whole family (including four children age nine and under) have chronic Lyme disease, and every day is a fight for faith. This book is God’s doing—beauty out of ashes.” —Linda Green

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

“Reading this book was timely after I had just received a definite ‘no’ to a longing in my heart. It gripped me from the very first page. Although written in the 1600s, it is not difficult to read, and every sentence is packed with solid biblical truth and comfort for those under any kind of affliction.” —Monica Hall

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes

“When Joni Eareckson Tada speaks about suffering, we all need to listen up. She has lived a life of beautiful faithfulness through deep suffering, and she writes about it with compelling honesty. They tackle the most difficult questions in this book, and answer them with Scripture and doctrine. The best way to handle suffering in your own life is to prepare for it before it comes, and reading books by those who have suffered well is a great way to do that.” —Monica Hall

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Note: All recommendations are solely those of our bloggers. Listings do not imply endorsement.

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Hayley Mullins

Hayley Mullins

Hayley Mullins manages the True Woman blog for Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Hayley chasing adventures in libraries, on hiking trails, and through deep conversations. She lives in the South Bend, Indiana area, where she worships with a small PCA congregation.

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