What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?

by Linda Dillow

This is one of the only books on marriage I have read cover to cover on multiple occasions. I have walked several groups through this book as well and every time I read it I am challenged. This book causes you to focus on the things that only you can change in your marriage. See here for more that I have written about this book.

For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men

by Shaunti Feldhahn

I have taught this book to several groups as well and love it every time. It is a great resource that will help you understand and love your husband as the man God created him to be.

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage

by Willard F. Jr. Harley

This classic book is amazing. It identifies the ten most vital needs of men and women and then shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouse.

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry

by Les & Leslie Parrott

I love Les and Leslie Parrott. Their advice is always so practical and helpful. This book gives wonderful advice on setting healthy expectations before marriage.

Personal Development

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others

by Steven Furtick

Best book I read in 2013. I am not just saying that because he’s my husband. This book will help you overcome the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation and discouragement with the promises of God. See here for more that I have written about this book.

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You

by Stasi Eldredge

This book surprised me. It caused me to really think through who I am as the woman God uniquely created me to be. See here for a blog post I wrote on it.

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

by Lysa TerKeurst

My friend Lysa wrote an honest and practical book that will help you to make wise choices based on God’s truth rather than your emotions. See here for more that I have written on this book.

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

by Joyce Meyer

This classic book will help you learn how to overcome negative thinking by renewing your mind with God’s truth. And if you have never read one of Joyce’s books, this is a great place to start.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

My husband recommended this book and it was really out of my comfort zone in a good way. Pressfield will help you identify the resistance you face in your life and give you practical ideas to overcoming it.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story

by Donald Miller

I read this book years ago. It really challenged me to view my life as a story and challenged me to live a good story.


Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

A book that discusses the concept of boundaries and how to set healthy ones in your relationships with others. This is a great book for those of us in ministry who often have to balance our lives with so many people who need our help.

Leading and Loving It: Encouragement for Pastors’ Wives and Women in Leadership

by Lori Wilhite & Brandi Wilson

My friends, Lori and Brandi are pastors wives who lead so well. Hear their secrets to loving leadership. To read more about this book on my blog click here.

For Women Only in the Workplace: What You Need to Know About How Men Think at Work

by Shaunti Feldhahn

Again, Shaunti comes through with a book that will help women find a better way to interact with their male coworkers. Great for women in full time work or ministry.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Ultimate Compliment for any Woman Daring to Change Her World

by Bobbie Houston

The legendary pastor’s wife, Bobbie Houston, co-leader of the Hillsong movement explains why our lives as women leaders should be the ultimate example of Christ-influenced character. She helps us discover our potential and overcome obstacles we face.


Bringing Up Boys

by James C. Dobson

This book with help you to understand boys emotional and physical development and the best way to motivate them to become godly men.

Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter

by Vicki Courtney

Five topics to discuss with your daughter to encourage her to believe the truth about life rather than the lies that our culture wants us to trust in. It applies to girls from birth to 18 and beyond.

Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days

by Kevin Leman

I love Dr. Kevin Leman. I have listened to so many of his teachings on Focus on the Family broadcasts. He has really helped me be a better mom. This book is such a great parenting resource.

The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood

by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

This is my very favorite book on how to care for an infant. It is a balanced perspective that includes lots of love yet also a good schedule. I read this book while pregnant with all three of my kids.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth M.D.

This book is my go to reference when I can’t get my kids to sleep. It talks about the importance of sleep for all ages from infancy through the teenage year.

Small Group Study

Believing God

by Beth Moore

I have done close to a dozen of Miss Beth’s studies and this one is by far my favorite. I still remember the 5 finger pledge that helped me define what I believe about God and myself.

Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life.

by Steven Furtick

This book is a study on the life of Elisha by my favorite author :). The group study materials are really great. You will learn to identify and embrace God’s vision for your life. A great study for any age but especially the high school and college age. See more that I have written on this book here.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food

by Lysa TerKeurst

This study has been done by thousands of women over the past few years. Lysa takes you on her journey with food but helps all readers learn how to fill their deepest desires with God. Great study guide and video. See more that I have written on this book here.


Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

by Sarah Young

This sweet devotional was written to help you experience God’s presence in a fresh way. I really love this book.

Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

by Steven Furtick

My favorite author again :). Discover how to live a life of audacious faith by none other than the man who has greater faith than anyone I know. See more that I have written about this book here.

Experiencing God Day-By-Day: A Devotional and Journal

by Richard Blackaby

This classic Bible study turned into a devotional that will challenge you to understand and incorporate God in your every day life.

Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

by Beth Moore

I love this book. You can topically look up issues such as fear, insecurity, discouragement etc and find scripture that will pray you through your situation. So well done.

My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today’s Language

by Oswald Chambers

A classic, easy to read daily devotional that gives practical insight to scripture. Great for wherever you are in your walk with Christ.

Kid’s Books

Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White

Charlotte’s web is a classic tale of a spider and a pig. The book also has some great illustrations.

Ramona the Pest

by Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest is about Ramona going to kindergarten. I have read this book to each of my boys the summer before they started kindergarten. They always love hearing about the trouble Ramona seems to get herself into.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

We have a tradition of reading this book every holiday season. It is short enough to get through in a few weeks and teaches a great message about the true meaning of Christmas.


by Louis Sachar

This is my all time favorite kids book (and probably in my top all time favorite books). It is a clever story of a boy who finds himself falsely accused. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

This is the story of a dog and a preacher’s daughter and all the lives they are able to touch in their small Florida town.

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a gorilla who lives in a small habitat in a mall. This is loosely based on a true story. If you like books where animals talk and feel, you will love this one.