A Massive Reading List for Christian Women

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list? Check out this MASSIVE reading list for Christian women… over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Looking for resources to start the new year off on the right foot? Check out this list of must-read books to get you ready for the New Year with intention and purpose!

The other day I shared a bit on how I’m fitting in more reading time and the reading goals I have for this year. I’ve been asked by many of what exactly I plan to read to meet those goals so today I thought I would share my MASSIVE list with you.

Note: Yes, it’s a huge list and there is a good chance I may not get to read every single book on this list but I believe in the value of aiming high¬†to reach big goals. I am purposely committing myself to read these books this year, especially the ones I have on my bookshelves that are waiting to be read.

My reading goal is to read at least 4 books a month with the goal of reading 50 books this year. Hopefully, I will read more than that because I have more than 50 books on my list but this is the number I am aiming for.

My reading goal is high so don’t set your goals based on mine. Aim for a number that you know is realistic for you but still challenges you to read more. Perhaps you have gotten out of the habit of reading, so maybe your number is 6 books read this year.

Set a realistic reading goal for your life!

When I sat down to make my reading list, I made sure I had a variety of categories to choose from. Not only would this make sure my reading included a variety but also to challenge my to read some books I may not normally pick up to read.

You can read more specifically about each category here, but the categories I am included this year are:

  1. Spiritual Growth
  2. Biblical Homemaking
  3. Biography/Memoir
  4. Personal Growth
  5. Blogging & Business Growth
  6. Contemporary Fiction
  7. Classic Fiction
  8. Favorite Re-Read

Each book I included in my reading list had to be a book I already owned — either physically or on my Kindle — or was available from my library as a traditional book, an ebook or an audiobook.

I do have a handful of titles of books I want to read that I don’t own or aren’t currently available in my library system. I have left them off of this list but if I get the chance to purchase them (with an Amazon gift card I earn through Swagbucks) or they do become available from the library, I will add them in.

So without further ado, here is my massive list of books I am planning on reading this year.

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Spiritual Growth

  1. Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  2. Good News for the Weary Women by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  3. Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  4. Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller
  5. She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams
  6. Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie
  7. Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney
  8. Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges
  9. The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
  10. Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes
  11. Full by Asheritah Ciuciu

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Biblical Homemaking

  1. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman
  2. Parenting the Wholehearted Child by Jeannie Cunnion
  3. Together by Carrie Ward
  4. Make Room for What You Love by Melissa Michaels
  5. Triggers by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake
  6. The Super Mom Myth by BeckyKopitzke
  7. The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Clarkson
  8. The Lifegiving Home Experience
  9. Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson
  10. Everyday Confetti by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer 
  11. The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels
  12. Having a Martha Home the Mary Way by Sarah Mae
  13. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  14. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
  15. The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Biography/Memoir

  1. Roots & Sky by Christie Purifoy
  2. Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
  3. Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman
  4. The Beauty of Grace by Dawn Camp
  5. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  6. A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle¬†
  7. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
  8. Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs
  9. Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch
  10. Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee
  11. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Personal Growth

  1. Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley
  2. Personality Plus by Florence Littauer 
  3. The 5 A.M. Miracle by Jeff Sanders
  4. Margin by Richard Swenson
  5. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin 
  6. Quiet by Susan Cain
  7. 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Blogging & Business Growth

  1. iBloom in Business by Kelly Thorne Gore
  2. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
  3. Make It Happen by Lara Casey
  4. Authority by Nathan Berry
  5. Sell Your Book Like Wide Fire by Rob Eager
  6. Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk 
  7. Quitter by Jeff Acuff
  8. The Right to Write by Julia Cameron 
  9. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
  10. Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson
  11. Platform by Michael Hyatt 

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Contemporary Fiction

  1. Still Life by Louise Penny
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  3. The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
  4. A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
  5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 
  6. Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos 
  7. While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
  8. So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
  9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  10. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson 

Classic Fiction

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  3. Emma by Jane Austin

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

Favorite Re-Read

  1. Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
  2. Spiritual Discipline for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
  3. The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
  4. Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup
  5. Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
  6. Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur

I told you it was massive! And if you are doing the math, there are more than 50 books on this list.

Some of these books are quick reads or books I will be able to listen to allowing me to get through them faster than others. Some months I will probably be able to read more than 4 (like during my prime summer reading time), other months I may struggle to get in 4.

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

To start the year, my January picks are:

Comforts from the Cross — I’ve been reading a chapter each morning after I read my Bible. It’s a daily devotional style book designed to be read over one month and it is powerful! Rooted deep in Scripture, every single day I am challenged, convicted and reminded of God’s great love for us.

Own Your Life — I love everything Sally Clarkson writes and this one is no exception. I first read Own Your Life about 2 years ago. It’s the perfect book to start the New Year with!

Grace Not Perfection — This book is gorgeous! It’s hardback, with full-color pictures, it’s a book you will want to display. Plus it’s filled with encouragement and grace. I haven’t learned anything new or earth shattering but I’ve been thinking a lot about our routines and rhythms in our home.

Roots & Sky — I’ve been slowly reading this one since last fall but it’s a beautifully written account of one family’s life within the span of a year. The only downside? Now I want to live in an old farmhouse!

The Book Thief — I’m reading through this one with a group of friends. It’s been on my reading list forever so I’m glad we decided to choose this one for our first book to read together.

iBloom in Business — I love reading business books from a Christian woman’s perspective and this book is such a fresh air as it’s rooted in building your priorities first. There is¬†also a built-in journaling and reflection questions that are allowing me to process what I’m reading and create some big plans for the blog and business this year!

The Lifegiving Home — I’m going to be slowly reading this one over the next few months, as well as working through the monthly companion book all year long. I love Sally Clarkson so much, her wisdom and teachings are also so inspirational and encouraging to me.

This year I am tracking my reading goals and the books I want to read on Goodreads, as well as posting monthly here what I’m reading each month and how I’m staying on track to reach my goals. I would love to have you join me too!

If you are on Goodreads, follow me here so I can follow you too. Having some good old fashioned reading accountability and community is KEY!

I’m also going to be sharing my reading progress on my Instagram page using the hashtag #chkreadingchallenge. Follow the hashtag and use it yourself when you share your own reading progress this year!

Feel free to share with me your own reading goals, as well as your January reading list below in the comments and be sure to watch out for my monthly reading posts towards the end of each month. Let’s encourage one another to make 2017 our best year of reading!

What are your reading goals for this year & what books are you planning on reading this month?

Need some inspiration for books to add to your reading list for 2017? Check out this MASSIVE list... over 50 suggestions for Christian women in all sessions of life. These are must read books for your year!

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4 Comments

  1. I’m thing about The Excellant Wife as my next book. What did you think of it??

    1. Tammy, I read it pre-kids, so it’s been a while and I don’t remember anything! Ha ūüôā That’s why it’s on my re-read list but as I was flipping through my copy, I had a lot of things underlined so it must have been good the first time I read it!

  2. That is a great list of books. I am impressed that you map out what you will read for the year to the actual book. I have a list of categories.

    1. I have found that when I write out the books I want to read it is helpful to keep me reading. Most years I don’t read every book I want to but just having the goal helps me to read more. I love that you have created categories! I bet that is so helpful to keep you reading a variety of different books ūüôā

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