50+ Favorite Book + Devotional Recommendations
I’m really excited about today’s post because I’ve heard from you all over and over again that you love when I share books I’m reading or my morning devotionals — and it makes me happy to know you all love to read as much as I do. I’m actually obsessed with learning (now that it’s no longer in school) so the kind of books on this list are my jam. Putting this list together actually makes me want to figure out a good way to do a book club together, or something similar (let me know if you’d be into that!) — but for now, here’s my (+ your) list of favorites.
50+ Favorite Book + Devotional Recommendations
Starting with this one by my girl, HB, for two reasons. 1. I feel pretty confident in saying it’s without a doubt the best study / devotional / guide I’ve ever done. And you’re really going to like my second reason… 2. it’s FREE! It seriously blows my mind but you can download Hannah’s study for free just by signing up with your email.
It’s less of a devotional and more of a Bible study. She describes it as, “a 15-session study on following Jesus in a follower-obsessed world.” You’ll dig into scripture, do some work answering questions and as always, I can’t get enough of Hannah’s voice as a writer. This study is just so relatable and relevant for our generation and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I did this 40-Day Prayer Challenge back in the first couple years after I graduated college and I actually just bought it to go through again. I remember loving it and highly recommend if you’re looking for a deeper, more passionate prayer life.
My sister has done it more recently than I have and here’s her quick endorsement: “Draw the Circle to me, is the best devotional I’ve ever done. I’ve done it 3 times. It teaches you how to pray for BIG things.”
This is the devotional I’m currently reading and that I’ve shared with you all multiple times. The focus on finding peace in God when we’re busy is just so relevant for me right now and I’m truly enjoying this every morning.
Definitely my top recommendation for a more traditional devotional. I’ve recommended it to so many friends and actually gave it to my dad for Christmas. It’s great for anyone and everyone, and makes the perfect gift for a believer or non-believer. His daily writings are always spot on and relatable while sharing so much wisdom and encouragement.
This is a devotional I haven’t actually read but comes highly recommended by my sister, my husband and my dad. And Tony Dungy is the man, so you know it’s good.
100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding and Start Living Wild and Free. I can’t get enough of the concept of this devotional. It has two covers and a flip-book design — one side is Always Enough, the other is Never Too Much. The devotions are topical, so you can pick which applies to what you’re currently struggling with or what you need most.
Not exactly you’re typical devotional but I’m a big fan of these journals as they give you a simple way to spend time in scripture. They give you a verse and you literally write the word every day, copying it down onto the blank lines on that day’s page. There’s also space for reflection, prayer and to choose one word for your day. Such a cool practice.
Hi, my name is Kaci and I’m obsessed with Shauna Niequist. She’s easily one of my favorite authors and I’ve read a couple of her books (on the list below) multiple times. If you love Shauna like I do, this devotional may be a little repetitive for you, as some days are excerpts from her books. But if you haven’t read her books multiple times through like I have, you’d love this devotional. Her words are gold.
I haven’t personally used this devotional (as I’m not a mom) but I’ve heard it’s amazing and bought it for a few friends / relatives who’ve had babies recently!
I can’t go into quite as much detail on these or I’ll be writing this post forever, but I’ll include some quick notes that stand out as I go. Feel free to message me or leave a comment if you want to know more about any one specific book!
Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley - my current read. It just launched and is selling out at retailers all over the country. P.S. Jordan’s coming to Cincinnati on June 5 for her book tour — I’ll be there, let me know if you’re coming!
Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly - I’m here for anything and everything Jess writes. Met her in Charleston and she’s the real deal. This is one of my favorites I read last year.
You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You by Jess Connolly - more by Jess. Not even out yet (fun fact, it launches on our anniversary) but you bet I pre-ordered. You should too.
Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher - y’all know my love for Hannah. Can’t recommend this enough.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis - if you’ve been living under a rock and somehow either haven’t heard of or read Rachel Hollis’ books yet, do yourself a favor and add to cart.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis - see above. Love her.
How’s Your Soul? by Judah Smith - next on my list. Sis & Husband highly recommend.
Everybody Always by Bob Goff - because Bob Goff’s the man.
Love Lives Here by Maria Goff - and his wife is equally amazing. Fun side-note: my sister was the best maid of honor this world has ever seen. She killed it with the little things. Her final act as MOH, she gave Kurt a copy of Love Does by Bob Goff and me a copy of Love Lives Here by Maria to read on our honeymoon. I finished this one in two days on the beach. Highly recommend.
Love Does by Bob Goff - classic. Must-read.
Circle Maker by Mark Batterson - the book counterpart to the Draw Your Circle devotional I mentioned above. Definitely worth the read.
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin - 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)
In His Image by Jen Wilkin - 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character
A Love Letter Life by Audrey Roloff - just got this when it launched recently and am excited to read.
Start with Amen by Beth Guckenberger - I think the world of Beth (and her husband Todd). Together, they actually married us and led us in our premarital counseling. Beth digs into the meaning of the word amen and why it’s more than just a word to end our prayers, but is actually a declaration of who God is and who we are in relation to Him.
Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan - When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth. I haven’t read this yet but have heard great things.
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist - since I already confessed my love for Shauna, I’ll just say this is one of my all time favorites.
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist - another all time favorite.
Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott - Stuart Scott is the G.O.A.T. and his story is incredible. Kurt actually gave me this book for my birthday just a few days after our first date so I could read it on my birthday trip to Florida and wrote the sweetest note inside. Makes this book a little extra special for me, but I also laughed, cried, was so inspired and couldn’t put the book down until I finished (just two days into my trip).
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey - another one I haven’t read yet but I do love some Jamie Ivey so I imagine it’s fantastic.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller - another book in my up next stack. My sister and husband both loved it.
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner - I feel like this book was everywhere for awhile and I have no idea how I still haven’t read it. It’s also gorgeous, so makes a great coffee table book.
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick - Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others. Kurt can’t stop talking about this book on overcoming the lies that hold us back.
Scary Close by Donald Miller - another one I’ve heard about for years and can’t believe I haven’t read yet.
Prayer by Timothy Keller - Prayer is something I’ve really wanted to focus on this year. This might be my next resource on prayer after I finish the Draw the Circle study.
The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller - we read this while we were engaged and I’d highly recommend it to any newly engaged couple (or any couple for that matter!).
You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan - can’t recommend this enough for anyone who is married, getting married, or even thinking about getting married one day. It’s a challenging, convicting book on what God really says about marriage and the meaning of marriage in light of eternity.
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge - must-read for any and all women
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge - must-read for all men. But I’m planning on reading it too to better understand how God created men.
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist - told ya, I love her. This is her most recent and one of my favorite reads.
The Magnolia Story - because who doesn’t love Chip and Jo? It truly is a really great book.
Unscripted by Ernie Johnson - it’s been awhile since I read this one but I remember it being so good.
Crazy Love by Francis Chan - I actually almost forgot about this one and might need to re-read soon, it’s that good.
If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg - another one I’m definitely re-reading soon! It’s based on the fact that inside all of us lies the faith that led Peter to step out of the boat and walk across the Sea of Galilee towards Jesus — it’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone and is a phenomenal read.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkheurst - I haven’t read this yet but hear it’s great and is such a great topic. She writes about how to find faith and strength when life leaves you disappointed or goes differently than you expected.
Remember God by Annie F. Downs - adding this to my reading list. I’ve heard great things and I’m a big fan of Annie F. Downs so I’m sure it’s great.
Uninvited by Lysa Terkheurst - my favorite Lysa Terkheurst book so far.
PS46 Tribe Favorites
All of Tim Tebow’s books
This is the Day - love that you recommended this! Kurt just read it and loved it.
Anything by Shauna Niequist - amen to whoever recommended this! See all of her books in my list above.