Updated: Aug 7
Girls Gone Wise by Mary Kassian
This is a splendid book! While some of its references may be dated (it came out in 2010 and is mainly directed toward women who are working, havi children, or are wives, but I found it extremely useful in my late teens/early twenties too!)
This book contrasts the Proverbs 31 woman with the Proverbs 7 (aka the adulterous woman with whom a father warns his son against). It takes several characteristics of both and puts them side by side, and comes with a great guide with discussion questions.
The Right Kind of Strong by Mary Kassian
Another lovely book by Mary Kassian, which came out a few years later than GGW, and also has a study guide. It details how to be strong—not in your own strength or power, but in God's strength and relying on Him. It encourages women to make godly decisions, to rely on Christ, and to depend on Him for our strength.
Not Part of the Plan by Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal
Girl Defined has just finished a book club series for this book on their podcast! This book is so helpful for when you are struggling with worry, anxiety, unexpected life changes, and much more. The authors truly want women to flourish, to be rooted in God's truth, and to find joy in hard times. I would recommend this book to anyone who's struggling right now, whether it's with their faith, their family, their friends, or something else.
There are study questions at the end of each chapter.
Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal
If you're struggling with where to place your identity and find your worth—whether you're placing those things in your appearance, your studies, your career, or your relationships—this is the perfect book for you. I would say Girl Defined and this book are marketed more towards teen girls, but this is definitely a good book to read if you want to remind yourself of solid Biblical truth.
There are study questions at the end of each chapter.
Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley
Radical Womanhood helps explain how we got here: how we went from the so-called patriarchal, oppressive past that was horrible to women (apparently) to today's feminist present. Though it's a short book, it helps you to understand femininity and what womanhood means in a femininist world.
Prayer by Tim Keller
I love this book for its in-depth discussion, explanation, and examples of how to pray. This book is not a book of prayers, it is a guide on how to pray, a definition of what prayer is, and also offers helpful tips on praying based on studying the Bible or Christian meditation.
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Sex and the Single Girl by Juli Slattery
This book is a book and workbook in one, with helpful questions at the end of each chapter. It explains what the Bible says about sex, the attitudes Christians should have toward sex, and the godly attitude to have toward sex as a single girl. This book is the book you need if you have questions about sex as a Christian girl but don't have anyone to ask (or you're too shy to ask!)
How To Be A Lady by Harvey Newcomb
This is an extremely outdated book in terms of topical references—it came out in the nineteenth century—but I absolutely love it. This is not some patriarchal guide on how to submit to your husband or a conduct book about which fork to use or what dress to wear to a ball. It is a practical, timeless book of advice that helps young women to become ladies. It covers the topic s of how to behave with annoying siblings, how to behave in school, how to form the proper virtues of punctuality and obedience to one's parents and the like. It is also suffused with Scripture and godliness. I genuinely love this book and highly recommend it, and it's avilable for free on Apple Books and as an ebook it's probably very cheap as well. You can also get it on Project Gutenberg.
Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy
A friend recently recommended Leslie Ludy's books to me, and her books have become such a staple in my reading as well as a source of encouragement, conviction, and biblical wisdom and truth for me that I simply could not write a book list for Christian girls without adding one of her books. I absolutely love her writing style, her honesty, and her godly love that shines through the pages.
You're Not Enough (and why that's okay) by Allie Beth Stuckey
Allie Beth Stuckey's book is extremely relevant to our current time, which sells self-love, self-care, and self-empowerment as the cure to absolutely everything. Are you overweight? Just love yourself more! Are you depressed? Just buy the latest self-care product! Are you miserable? Just repeat some affirmations about how you're beautiful and worthy!
These are all caricatures of the current self-love and narcissistic self-focused society, but they represent a lie: that we are enough and we just need to believe it. We are not enough. We need a Saviour and we need God. This book rejects all of those lies.
Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer
On a similar note, Phylicia Masonheimer's book dives deeper than typical women's conferences or women's groups teachings. It rejects the surface-level "you are a princess and a daughter of God" or "you are a beautiful daughter of God" (not that these things are false, but they are shallow) and moves into how women can grasp their faith firmly and understand it fully.
How could I write a post about books Christian girls should read without including this one, of course? I hope you are already reading the Bible in a solid translation such as ESV, KJV, or even NKJV, but if not, take this post as your sign to go get in God's word.
I hope this has been a useful post! Please let me know if there are any other books you recommend! If you want my free study guide, click here.
P.S. Want some Christian fiction reads? Check out my Christian contemporary romance books!