I was a young, teenage mom when I gave my life to God. I had completely gotten my life off track, but when I prayed that prayer of relinquishment I trusted that God could do something with my life. Boy, He didn’t disappoint.
Over the years I’ve been involved in wonderful churches with dedicated believers. I’ve walked through life with a godly man, and I’ve done my best to encourage and inspire others … but looking back most of what I’ve learned about discovering God’s will for my life I’ve learned from some really powerful books.
Below are six books that have transformed my life. They’ve helped me to focus on the most important things. They’ve helped me to set my eyes on eternity. They’ve guided me in discovering God’s will.
All of these books are biblically based. And in the case of Joanna Weaver and Sally Clarkson, I know these women personally, and they truly live what they write about. In the other cases, I’ve watched these godly people for a long time, and they also live what they believe.
It’s important to open our hearts to God’s Word. (Very!) It’s important to seek the wisdom of others, too … even if it’s in the pages of the book.
I hope you take time to read one … read three … read all six! And when you do I want you to send me and note and tell me how their words have impacted you, too!
Finally, take time to ponder the quotes I’ve selected. The key to discovering God’s will is taking time to think about God’s plans for this earth, for eternity, and His plans your place in both.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
What are a few books that have impacted your life? Share in the comment section for the chance to win a surprise set of books!
Experiencing God Workbook
“The truth is that God can do anything He pleases through an ordinary person who is fully dedicated to Him.”
― Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing God
The Circle Maker
“Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don’t just pray. Keep a prayer journal. Define your dream. Claim your promise. Spell your miracle.”
— Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Own Your Life
“From the moment we take our first breaths, our days are numbered, so how we live matters. The decisions we make—the important ones and, yes, the mundane ones too—they all matter. Everyday decisions add up to form the life we live and the legacy we leave behind.”
— Sally Clarkson, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
“All over the world, people go to unimaginable lengths to find God–which is sad when you consider the unimaginable lengths God has already gone to find us”
— Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life
The Purpose Drive Life
“You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.”
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life What on Earth am I Here For?
“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
— Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
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Shirley Chapel says
Tricia I have read 2 of these books. I recently finished Experiencing God and I was true my enriched by what I read in this book. The thing is to focus on God. I liked where it said to pray about something and then watch and wait. Especially while reading God’s word. The answer will come. Sure enough I did pray for an answer to something that was weighing on my heart. Not long after that I did read something in the Bible that was an answer to my prayer. This really works.
Also I have read The Purpose Driven Life. I took a while with this book as Rick requires we read only one chapter a day. I made up a poster and put sticky notes on it each day about what impacted me the most about that chapter. That was in 2009. Both books are definitely keepers and should be read more than once.
Caryl Kane says
Bob Sorge’s THE FIRE OF DELAYED ANSWERS. This one has really helped me during the wilderness season.
Andrea Cox says
Tricia, my mom and dad said Experiencing God really impacted their lives too. It’s totally on my tbr list. Thanks for the other recommendations as well. I’m always looking for new (at least to me) books that will help me dig deeper with God.
Blessings and hugs,
Own Your Life, The Fitting Room, The Sweet Side of Suffering and books by Elizabeth George have all helped me in my Christian walk.
Gail Hollingsworth says
Experiencing God and Crazy Love I’ve both read and studied. They have real impact for lives if you open yourselves up to be changed for the better.
I have a church friend that belongs to Soroptimist Tuscaloosa. I found out recently that part of their ministry is to teenage mothers. I won your book Life Interrupted a few months ago and am going to donate it to her so that it can be used to help others. Thank you so much!
Emily Copeland says
There are some great books mentioned in this post! I’d say Margaret Feinberg’s The Organic God and Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts would be on my list of books that impacted me the most.
The purpose driven life by Rick Warren was a big influence on me. It was part of a 3 year process of changing my life and my relationship with God. I read the Bible the first year, joined a Bible study the second year, and found a church–actually Pastor Rick’s local church. It was an influence because I saw my purpose in terms of my place in eternity. I really want to read Experiencing God–since you’ve recommended it. You are a huge inspiration to me, Tricia. Right now I’m reading a book you contributed to–31 Days of Prayer for the Dreamer and the Doer! I was also influenced by Stormie Omartians’s book, Stormie. I love how God worked in her life and all of her circumstances.
Tammy Cordery says
empty. (living full of faith when life drains you dry) by Cherie Hill. It is helping me with understanding why God does what he does.
Karen M says
I have read so many good books and want to read all of the ones on this list. Some of my favorites are Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine and Hope for the Desperate Mom by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
Lynn @ TDHGP says
I’ve read several of these you’ve listed and would agree that they breathe life. Actually, the only one I haven’t read is Own Your Life. I need to remedy that because I love Sally Clarkson.
Isn’t it amazing how books can touch your heart and pierce your soul? Some of my favorite life-changing, point-me-to-GOD books over the years are:
The Friendships of Women by Dee Brestin, The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian, Yes by Ann Kiemel Anderson, and The Shack by William P. Young.
Wow! Some of those reach way back and there are even others that had major impacts on my life. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
I’ve read 4 of the 6 and I can say that all are worth reading again. (The other 2 have been on my waiting list for a little while.)
Circle Maker and Experiencing God have been pivotal in my walk and relationship with the Lord. I’m so thankful that God has brilliant authors that can bring across the true message of the Gospel.
Rhinda Siffin says
I don’t know if I can narrow it down to 6.
1. The Bible
2. I Never Told Anyone (Stories by …) – Edited by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton
3. A Reason to Live – Melody Beattie
4. Why Me? The Story of Jenny – Patricia Dizenzo
5. The Water is Wide (Conrack) – Pat Conroy
6. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosney
7. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
8. The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
9. all of the Torey Hayden books
Sally Davison says
Top 6 is difficult expecially at my age (I’ve read so many). Here is what I recall:
1. Holy bible
2. The Purpose Driven Life
3. Created to be his Help Meet
4. The Mind of Christ
5. The Mark of the Lion Series
6. Experiencing God
Melissa Buck says
Two of the books on your list are on mine 🙂
1. The Bible
2. Experiencing God
3. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
4. The Shack & Crossroads
5. The entire Left Behind Series
There are so many, but these have had significant impact on me, for sure.
Jenn Miller says
The Fringe Hours by Jessica N Turner
Surprised By Motherhood by Lisa -Jo Baker
For The Love Of God by Jenny Lee Sulpizio
Rachel B says
1. A Quiet Heart: Discovering Peace and Power at Jesus’ Feet — by Carla Jividen Peer
2. My Utmost for His Highest — by Oswald Chambers
3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking — by Susan Cain
4. The Hospitality Commands — by Alexander Strauch
5. Another Place at the Table — by Kathy Harrison
I am so lost right now. I feel God lead me to this blog for a purpose. Years ago I read books by Chuck Swindoll, but cannot think of any of the titles right now. God Bless
Shirley Strait says
It goes without saying the Bible is on the list. Also The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Also The Singnificant Life by George Weaver.
Thank you for the post! I’m a new Christian and so eager to learn all I can. My husband and I were given Crazy Love but I have not read it yet and the others were new to me. I’m adding them to my ‘to read’ list 🙂
dyson dc33 says
Great article, just what I wass looking for.