A Collection of Books on Getting Started in Your Christian Faith
If you’re new to the Christian Faith, I’ve got a collections of books and bible studies to help you get started!
Saying Yes! to Jesus is the best decision you’ll ever make.
But after that initial Yes! you’ll soon realize that there is so much to be learned about your God.
The Christian faith can feel a little overwhelming.
I remember when I first gave my life to Jesus.
I wanted to read my Bible every day.
I wanted to get to know this person who saved my soul, who turned my mourning into dancing.
And I did. For the most part.
Read my Bible that is.
But someone made the mistake of telling me that I didn’t need to read anything else. I could just read the Bible and learn all I needed to know about my faith.
While there is so much truth in this statement, this was not helpful to me as a new Christian.
Is the Bible the infallible Word of God? Yes!
Is the Bible filled with all I need in order to live the Christian faith? Yes!
Absolutely yes to all of this!
But here’s what that statement did to me.
When that person said I didn’t need, and even shouldn’t, read anything else for spiritual growth, they unwittingly limited my growth mindset and they limited the body of Christ.
First, they limited my growth mind-set.
The Bible tells us that when you believe in Jesus as your Savior, the old you passes away and the new you has been raised in her place (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:37-28).
By your faith, you have been made new, and you now have the power to defeat sin in your life because Christ has already overcome the world (John 16:33). In Christ, you are free, but, sister, the Word tells us to not use our freedom as an opportunity for the flesh (Galatians 5:13).
Right now, you are new to your faith, but as you pick up a growth-mindset, a mindset that says, “I want to learn everything there is to know about my God!” you will grow up into maturity in Christ (Read Hebrews 6 to understand what I mean).
Because that’s the goal – maturity in Christ.
Secondly, when this person said I didn’t need to read anything but the Bible, they limited the body of Christ.
God has given us teachers to help us with our Christian walk (Ephesians 4:11).
He has given us brothers and sisters in Christ to walk with us and help us keep close to Christ (Galatians 6:1-2).
Jesus’ last words before He ascended to Heaven was to tell His disciples to go make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20)!
We need each other, sweet sister.
I need you, as a new believer, to remind me of the simple Gospel and the power it has to save!
I need your new passion and zeal to awaken where I have grown lukewarm.
And you need me to tell you what I’ve learned and share the wisdom God has grown in me for the good of others.
And not just me, because I’m still on this journey of faith, too, we need other men and women God has given the gift of teaching to admonish and encourage us in various areas of our walk with Him.
But here’s why I think this person told me I didn’t need to read “all those books about God.”
At the core, you need to get to know the God who saved you.
The best place to do that is in His Word.
You can also do learn about Him by reading books, listening to sermons, subscribing to podcasts that talk about living the Christian faith, but you must be careful.
There is a warning that must be given!
Not everyone is teaching the truth.
Not every popular book, or best-selling author marketed by a Christian publisher is worthy of your attention.
I wish it weren’t this way, but it is.
And because it is I want to give the warning that you must be discerning.
As you read books written by others, be sure to check what they’re saying with scripture. Don’t adopt a belief until you’ve tested it against scripture for yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the gift of discernment as you read books written by those professing faith in Jesus.
Be teachable but also be discerning.
Where you are now is not where you’re going to stay.
It’s not where you want to stay right? You want to grow!
So, let where you’re growing be closer to Christ and more knowledgeable of who He is!
And do this with other Christians!
Therefore, today we’re sharing some of the best book we’ve found on getting started in your Christian faith.
We mined these out of the sea of Christian reading material to help guide you into taking another step on your Christian journey.
Because I believe the more we know, the better equipped we are to love God and love others with our words, actions, and attitudes.
Best Books for New Christian Women
My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers
The My Utmost for His Highest Devotional Journal is a beautifully designed devotional and journal all in one. Featuring meditations from Oswald Chambers’s best-selling devotional, this leather-like journal has plenty of room for writing the truths that God is revealing to you. Each day’s page offers two special sections—Biblical Truth and Personal Application—to help you focus your thoughts. You’ll even find designated space at the end for lengthier journaling.
Morning and Evening, by Charles H. Spurgeon, Edited by Alistair Begg
For over one hundred years, Christians have gotten up and gone to bed with Charles Spurgeon’s devotionalMorning and Evening as a companion. With a reading to begin and end each day throughout the year, you will come to appreciate Spurgeon’s emphasis on the importance of abiding in Christ and meditating on God’s Word. His wisdom and counsel provide a timeless guide through the trials and triumphs of the year. The richness of his biblical understanding offers readers a look into the heart of one of England’s foremost pastors and enduring Christian authors
Related Post: Tips for Choosing the Best Devotional Books
Women of the Word, by Jen Wilkin
How can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible? Offering a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture, this book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
How to Study The Bible, by D.L. Moody
There is no situation in life for which you cannot find some word of consolation in Scripture. If you are in affliction, if you are in adversity and trial, there is a promise for you. In joy and sorrow, in health and in sickness, in poverty and in riches, in every condition of life, God has a promise stored up in His Word for you.
To live a victorious Christian life, you must read and understand what God is saying to you. Moody is a master of using stories to illustrate what he is saying, and you will be both inspired and convicted to pursue truth from the pages of God’s Word.
Secrets of the Secret Place, by Bob Sorge
This book has one purpose: to fuel your passion for the secret place with God. Divided into 52 short chapters, it can serve as a companion to your devotional life. It will help defuse struggles related to the secret place and inspire you to develop a personal connection with God.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Donald S. Whitney
Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.
Bible Studies to Get Started in Your Christian Faith
That I May Know Him & The God Who Cares and Knows You, by Kay Arthur
Kay Arthur’s life-changing series brings readers face-to-face with the truth of God’s precepts, promises, and purposes—in just minutes a day.
In That I May Know Him, readers discover for themselves the truth about who Christ is. This study of Philippians and Colossians encourages believers to find joy in every circumstance and to walk worthy of their high calling.
The God Who Cares and Knows You is an inductive study of the Gospel of John. Readers will discover the God who longs for His people to deeply know Him. As they learn to observe, interpret, and apply the text themselves, readers will come to a fresh understanding of God’s incredible love and intimate knowledge of them, and the assurance that they can trust Him to lead and guide their lives with mercy and grace.
Some great posts here at IBG that will help with Bible study are any of these:
10 Bible Studies for Women that Are Worth Doing
Bible Reading vs. Bible Study
How to Create Your Own Topical Bible Reading Plan
Where to Start Reading Your Bible
Get to Know Your Christian Faith:
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Humble Roots, by Hannah Anderson
Humble Roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace. “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden,” Jesus invites us, “and you will find rest for your souls.”
So come. Learn humility from the lilies of the field and from the One who is humility Himself. Remember who you are and Who you are not, and rediscover the rest that comes from belonging to Him.
Union with Christ, by Rankin Wilbourne
To experience why the gospel is good news and answer life’s most foundational questions about identity, destiny, and purpose, we must understand what it means to be united to Christ.
Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ. The recovery of this reality provides the anchor and engine for your life with God—for your destiny is not only to see Christ, but to actually become like him.
Brokenness, Surrender, & Holiness, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is beloved for her openness, insight, and boldness in urging women to give themselves wholly to God. You’ll see why in these three powerful works.
The Normal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee
This great Christian classic unfolds the theme of Christ our Life. Nee reveals the secret of spiritual strength and vitality that should be the normal experience of every Christian. His fresh spiritual insights on the cross and resurrection of Christ have proven a blessing to many.
You Who? by Rachel Jankovic
Christians love the idea that self-expression is the essence of a beautiful person, but that’s a lie, too. With trademark humor and no nonsense practicality, Rachel Jankovic explains the fake story of the Self, starting with the inventions of a supremely ugly man named Sartre (rhymes with “blart”). And we–men and women, young and old–have bought his lie of the Best Self, with terrible results.
Thankfully, that’s not the end of our story, You Who: Why You Matter and How to Deal with It takes the identity question into the nitty gritty details of everyday life. Here’s the first clue: Stop looking inside, and start planting flags of everyday faithfulness. In Christianity, the self is always a tool and never a destination.
Other posts that may encourage you to be intentional in your Christian Faith:
- 4 Ways to Be More Intentional in Your Spiritual Life
- FREE Guide to Developing Your Own Mission Statement
- 5 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Bible Study
- What Does It Mean to Be a Woman: Made to Give Life Podcast Episode 2
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Sweet Leigh Ann, I am not a new Christian. I don’t remember when I didn’t go to church. My mother used to tell me stories of things that happened in church when I was too young to remember. Like going to church being pulled on a sled in the winter in Illinois and going to the bathroom before we left for church and forgetting to put my panties back on and she didn’t notice until I bent over during church!
I was married young and continued to attend church. My husband went a few times with me before marriage, but even less after we were married. I have two children a boy aged 53 and a girl aged 46, and 4 granddaughters. ages 29, 23 (two of them) and 10. I taught school for 37 years as an elementary teacher. I am now retired and am busier than ever! I am a hope springs eternal type! Sometimes that is hard! My husband is a nonbeliever of sorts. He believes there might be other ways to explain the universe. His son has often said to him “All God wants is for you to get on your knees and ask for Him to forgive you and allow Him in your heart.” It just so sad to me that he just can’t let his guard down and just believe.
There are many things that happened to him in his young life and he is soooo afraid that he will be vulnerable. At least that is my theory! I couldn’t make it through a single minute without my faith in God.
I am very busy with my work within the church and take my faith very
seriously. I feel very blessed.
I so enjoy your blog. I am always looking for material that I can use to fullfill my quest of knowledge about my Saviour. I read constantly. I feel naked if I am not reading. My tastes have really changed through the years. I guess you could say I have a very “eclectic” library!
My husband is now ill and requires a lot of my attention. He is a very negative person and his health hasn’t changed that! He demands my attention more and more and doesn’t treat me with much repspect considering all I do for him. I know he is very angry about his situation and that doesn’t help. No one seems to be able to figure out how I put up with it all. I just try to do the best I can each day the good Lord gives me. My family and friends worry about me alot, but I truly feel I am doing and am where I am supposed to be. I get down somewhat from time to time, but the Lord seems to know what I need during those times and I just keep ticking!
Thank you so much for your thoughts and your fantastic blog. Gayla
Walking with God in the season of motherhood by Kruger
It’s amazing! I’m so thankful for this book. It’s geared towards moms but there is so much wisdom in it for anyone I think. It’s also just so beautifully back to the basics. I’m not an intellectual either so it’s not a book that’s going to go over your head.
“Saying yes to God is the best decision we will ever make.” I agree, there’s no way we will have better life apart from God. We can only find true life in Jesus. Also, I am amazed by your life stories. Keep sharin’ and thank you.