I don't know about you, but I love to know what books to read on different topics. So often, I have a difficult time figuring out what resources are biblical sound or not. So, to help you, here's a list of seven books I recommend on the topic of Christian living specifically for women. I hope that you find this helpful, and feel free to comment any other books you've found to be helpful! All the descriptions below are pulled from Amazon's synopsis.
Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus by Lydia Brownback "What Keeps Us from Flourishing? We all long to live out our faith with daily joy, but so often that joy eludes us. Why is that? More often than we realize, it’s because we’ve absorbed messages that curve us in on ourselves. These messages have even crept into the church, disguised as truth. It’s time we learn to discern teaching that’s toxic from that which is true and pure. Flourish equips us with tools to identify the lies that come at us about where to find real life. As we dig deep into what God says in his Word, we will learn to discern the worldly influences that threaten to warp our understanding of what it really means to be a Christian, and emerge with a faith that flourishes―full of the abundant life Jesus promises."
Social Sanity in an Insta World by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Melissa Kruger, Jen Wilkin, Emily Jensen, Laura Wifler, Ruth Chou Simons, Gretchen Saffles, Stephanie Greer, Ana Ávila "Why do I feel so irritated after being on social media? I just spent way too much time scrolling Instagram! Why is everyone on Facebook having more fun than I am? Should I delete all my accounts? Social media can be both a delight and a disaster for women who want to love God and love neighbor. The industry has grown so fast that it's been hard to figure out how to handle it wisely: in less than 20 years, more than 75 percent of American women have signed up for an account. The latest surveys show Americans spend more than two hours a day scrolling, posting, and liking. How can we navigate this area of our lives with grace and discernment? Join nine authors as they explore social media's potential and pitfalls―along with the biblical principles we need to honor the Lord online."
Damsels in Distress: Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face by Martha Peace "Covering issues from gossip and slander to PMS and legalism, Martha Peace, bestselling author of The Excellent Wife, offers biblical insight on problems women face. This straightforward, clear-cut book offers practical solutions in an ideal format for personal reading or group study."
Modesty: More Than a Change of Clothes by Martha Peace and Kent Keller "Modesty might seem like a "gray area," but it should matter to us because it matters to God! In the Bible, immodesty is forbidden for reasons that go beyond mere outward appearance. Martha and Kent write to teen girls in alternating sections, helping them to identify immodesty's causes and consequences, detect legalism, and seek modesty in their actions and dress. Includes discussion questions."
The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa Kruger "What’s truly at the heart of our desires? The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts. Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief–a mistrust of God’s sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion."
Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ by Melissa Kruger "Who am I? It's a question we all ask ourselves at some point. Depending on the season we focus our identity on our job performance, marital status, personality type, or social network, among other options. However, there's a larger question to consider. Who does the Bible tell me I am in Christ? From the wisdom and perspective of insightful authors-including Jen Wilkin, Hannah Anderson, and Jen Pollock Michel-we'll seek to answer this question by: Exposing our false notions of identity; Understanding the biblical truth of our identity in Christ; and Reflecting on what it looks like to live in our new (and true) identity. In 10 chapters we'll cover everything from our identity as children of God to citizens of heaven. At the end of each chapter, study questions will facilitate group discussion as you consider this glorious truth with your friends. Join us as we explore how knowing who we are in Christ changes every aspect of our lives."
(A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ by Abigail Dodds (*Note* this is my favorite book right now!) "A Woman Through and Through In a culture that can belittle womanhood on the one hand―making it irrelevant―and glorify it on the other―making it everything―it’s hard to know what it really means to be a woman. But when we understand womanhood through the lens of Scripture, we see that we need a bigger category for what God has called “woman.” This book breathes fresh air into our womanhood, reminding us what life in Christ―as a woman―looks like. When we see that we are women in all we do, we can be at peace with how God has created us, recognizing womanhood as an essential part of Christ’s mission and work."