We each have different authors who have positively impacted our walk with the Lord. It is a glorious thing that God chooses and equips different men and women to write edifying books for the Body of Christ.
Currently, however, it seems it can be difficult for an unseasoned, perhaps new, Christian woman to discern whether or not an author or “Christian” book is biblical. One rule of thumb is to be very wary of the current, top-rated, best-sellers in the Christian and Spirituality section. Unfortunately, these books are not always biblical. You should definitely consult your pastor or elders about a book or author if you are unsure.
Nonetheless, here are some women authors you may want to check out. Each of them are solid in their theology, and their books have stirred up my affections for Jesus.
1. Jen Wilkin
Jen Wilkin is a Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas and a member of The Village Church, where she leads many bible studies that are available online. She is a fresh breath of air in a world where Christian women are being told “You are beautiful”, “You are the author of your life”, and “God wants you to be happy”. There is no fluff with Wilkin. She brings truth straight from God’s Word, and it is her greatest desire for women to see and savor the Jesus of the Bible.
One of Jen’s most popular works is Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. In it, she encourages all Christians, not just pastors and theologians, to study the Word of God. She says, “Both false teachers and secular humanists rely on biblical ignorance for their messages to take root, and the modern church has proven fertile ground for those messages.” While stressing the importance of being a student of the Word, Wilkin also provides practical and effective ways to study the Bible. This is a must-read for all Christian women today.
My personal favorite is her book None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us. In short, this book made me fall in love with God even more because Wilkin clearly illustrates 10 of God’s magnificent characteristics: Infinite, Incomprehensible, Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient, Eternal, Immutable, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Sovereign. Wilkin breaks down each of God’s attributes in a way that will make you understand God and yourself. Throughout the book, I found myself praising God in all of His glory, while also repenting of ways I’ve sinfully tried to be the god of my own life.
Jen’s most recent work is In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character. I’ve yet to explore this title, but, similar to None Like Him, Wilkin explores the characteristics of God; instead this time, she does so in order to help us understand who God intends us to be as His image-bearers.
2. Aimee Byrd
Aimee Byrd is a Bible study teacher, a speaker, blogger, and co-hosts The Mortification of Spin podcast.
Aimee’s first book, Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary, impacted my faith in many ways. Most importantly, she challenged me to be a theologian, which we are all called to be.
Similar to Wilkin, Byrd is passionate about getting women to read and study the Bible for themselves. Theology is the study of God, and if one’s theology is off, their entire worldview is reshaped in a negative way. This is why Byrd says it is the primary calling of everyone – including women – to be theologians.
In this book, she says, “Faith is a gracious gift from God, and this faith has content. It is not just faith in faith. When you fall in love with your husband, are you satisfied at that moment to learn nothing else about him? Of course not, the opposite is true; you want to know more and more of him. And your love grows in this way. Now think of our all-knowing, all powerful God. Can we ever exhaust our learning of him? What a privilege and an honor to be able to know our God!”
My personal favorite of Aimee’s books is Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith. The Bible calls us to have a fighting faith, but what does that look like? In this book, Byrd invites us to explore how the metaphor of physical fitness and training lends to theological fitness.
Throughout the chapters, Aimee breaks down Hebrews 10:23 which says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” By focusing on our call to persevere in the faith, even during suffering and dry seasons of life, I was left encouraged to work hard on my theological fitness and given practical ways to do so.
Other works of Byrd’s include: No Little Women and Why Can’t We Be Friends?, both of which are solid encouragements to the church and definitely worth reading.
3. Hannah Anderson
Hannah Anderson lives in rural Virginia working beside her husband in ministry and raising their three children. She has her own personal blog and contributes to a variety of Christian publications.
Anderson’s book, Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul, has been perhaps one of the most impactful books on my life. I’ve recommended this book to many friends of mine because it has revolutionized the way I pursue to live a life of peace and humility, free from anxiety.
Being a lover of gardening in her rural corner of Virginia, Anderson explores theological truths by considering the natural world. In short, the book is a poignant invitation to put off pride and to enter into the rest of humility that Jesus offers us. Her basic message seems to be, “You are not a god. Now rest in the Father’s provision and care.” This very anxious world needs the renewed perspective this book offers and I’m convinced that it will one day be considered a Christian classic.
Anderson has also written Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image. Similar to Wilkin’s In His Image, this book offers answers to the questions, “Who am I? Who has God created me to be?” The central theme is how our primary identity is as image-bearers, and Anderson practically shows us how to reflect God’s image properly, regardless of our unique callings and talents. Hannah writes, “When you commit yourself to Christ, he will make you the purest, most authentic version of yourself.”
Lastly, Anderson’s most recent book, All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment, will be released this October and is sure to be filled with wisdom. The purpose of this book is to teach Christians how to regain the lost art of discernment. I am very eager to be stirred up by this book when it comes out as I suspect it will be just as encouraging as her other books.
There are many other women authors worth exploring, but these ones have been particularly helpful to me in a world that seems to be filled with unhelpful books written to Christian women. I hope you find them just as encouraging in your walk with the Lord.