12 Books for Christian Living

The Bible is our greatest guide to life and tells us how God wants us to live, how we should treat one another, and what we should be doing with our lives. But sometimes, I find it hard to always understand what the Lord is trying to tell me. And I know from experience that it helps me grow when I read about other people who have the same problems, the same struggles, as I do and have gone through it and successfully come out the other side. I also know that I need constant (daily, sometimes hourly) encouragement to make it through stressful times.

So, here are twelve books by four prominent Christian authors that can help us grow in our walk with the Lord. I have either read these books or will read them, and in fact, I plan on doing reviews for each of these books in future posts, so keep an eye out!

By the way, if you are interested in buying these books, just click on the images and it will take you to their Amazon pages where you usually can find the best prices.

#1. Blessed in the Darkness

by Joel Osteen

The premise of this book is that even though we all have to go through hard times in our lives, we can still keep a positive outlook. When we go through challenges in life, we need to have a good attitude if we want to be victorious and come through the other side stronger and more full of faith than ever before. We must trust that no matter what we are going through, God is always in control!

This book really resonates with this current time of my life, so I’m looking forward to reading it! I just ordered it and I’ll post a review when I’m done (and link it here).

#2. Think Better, Live Better

by Joel Osteen

This book, another by Joel Osteen (one of my favorite preachers), talks about how powerful our minds are and how important it is to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If we want to live better lives, we have to think better thoughts. The Bible actually talks about this a lot in the New Testament. We need to learn how to think the way God thinks instead of thinking the way the world thinks. That is the only way we will live a fulfilled, joy-filled life.

Yet another book that speaks to me right where I’m at now! I don’t think I ever realized how negative my thoughts really are until recently, and I know it is seriously time for a change. I’m tired of being negative and pessimistic. I want positivity and faith to be the foundation of my life – I want to radiate those two qualities so much so that other people can’t help but stop and take notice of it. I have read this now and if you want to see my review, check it out!

#3. The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today

by Joel Osteen

This is my last Joel book, I promise. I can’t help it though, he encourages me so much every day and helps me to stay positive! Anyway, this book is about the two words: I am. The Bible tells us all that we have and are in Jesus Christ. There are a lot of “I am’s” in God’s Word and this book helps us to focus on God’s truths and the strengths, talents, and abilities God has given us. Most of us are great are pointing out our own flaws and weaknesses. We are our own worst critics. But criticizing ourselves doesn’t bring us joy or peace, and actually prevents growth. It’s better to focus on what we are good at, or how we’ve grown, so we can continue to grow.

I am WAY too negative about myself and I know I need to see myself (and others) the way God sees me.

I have written a three-part book review of this book, so check it out!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

#4. Get Your Hopes Up!

by Joyce Meyer

I actually read this book back in August and it is what spurred me to have the faith to push my husband and me to move out of my parents’ home and to Tennessee with no jobs and only a little savings. And God has been providing for us for almost three months now while we do what we believe is His will for us. I’ll write a more thorough review of it later.

Anyway, this book encourages us to expect good things from God every day. That we need to live with hope and expectation every single day if we want to live a joy-filled and successful life. We can’t follow Christ if we are down and depressed all the time. The Bible talks about hope so much that it’s clear it is important to God that we have plenty of hope. But not hope in ourselves, other people, our careers, our stuff, etc. We are to have hope in the Lord God.

#5. Worry-Free Living: Trading Anxiety for Peace

by Joyce Meyer

If you guys have been reading my other blog posts, you know I need this book desperately. I’ve struggled with worry my entire life, so I look forward to reading this book and giving you guys a review. See if it truly helps me break the bonds of worry in my life.

In this book, Joyce explains that although we will all go through trials, God still wants us to find peace in the midst of them. You see, our peace (or joy) can’t come from our circumstances, but from the Lord God. We don’t have to live worried and anxious. We can learn how to lean on the Lord and live in peace, no matter what we’re going through.

#6. Enjoy Your Journey: Find the Treasure Hidden in Every Day

by Joyce Meyer

We are always waiting to be happy. “When I get a new job”, “When I have financial peace”, “When my business is successful”, “When I get married”, and the list could go on and on. This book reminds us that God wants us to enjoy every day of our lives. This doesn’t happen because our circumstances change; it happens because our attitudes towards our circumstances change. It happens because we put our focus on the Lord instead of on ourselves or on what’s going on around us.

I’ve ordered this book as well because I really need to learn how to be happy no matter what is going on in my life. I don’t want to be a bitter, sour Christian. I want to glow with the joy of the Lord and have people want what I have (salvation).

#7. Fearless

by Max Lucado

When I saw this title, even without reading the synopsis, I knew I needed to read it. I have lived with fear my whole life. I don’t like dealing with things that frighten me – I prefer to run away. But you can’t run from your problems. You have to face them. And while there are some things in life we just have to do, even when afraid, there are other times we don’t need to fear at all – our fears are irrational. That’s why I want to read this book (and have ordered it).

Anyway, this book is about how life is just full of fear. In fact, it seems there are more reasons to be fearful every day, especially now that we have mass media and internet so we get to hear ALL the bad news (rarely the good) and live our lives afraid. What if? What if? What if? But God doesn’t want us to live that way. In fact, the Bible says that we were not given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of sonship with which we can cry out Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15) Max Lucado talks about how faith should be our default reaction, not fear, to the threats around us every day. He wants us to imagine what life would be like if we could live each day choosing to trust God and not be afraid.


#8. Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

by Max Lucado

Again, if you’ve been reading my blog, I’m sure you know why this book stood out to me. I hate my constant anxiety. It is getting better, I’m happy to report, but it definitely needs improvement. That’s why I’ve ordered this book and I’m going to read it for myself and give you guys a review of it.

Max Lucado takes the Scriptures of Philippians 4:6-7 and goes deeper into them. For those who don’t remember, those Scriptures are: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

He teaches why we need to trust God and not let anxiety rule our lives. That, while we can’t avoid anxiety altogether, and he’s not saying we’ll never experience it, anxiety doesn’t have to take control of us. We can learn to manage our anxiety and put our faith and trust in the Lord, learning to live in peace, joy, and contentment.

#9. You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times

by Max Lucado

My readers know that this time in my life is the hardest I’ve currently experienced. Money problems seem to be the flavor of the year and are something I have to constantly give back to the Lord every single day, trusting that He will get us through to the other side. That’s why I’ve ordered this book as well because I know I need more hope in my life, and I’m sure you do too.

Max Lucado, using the story of Joseph from Genesis 50:20, reminds us that even though we all go through trials and tribulations, they really don’t last forever. They may not end as quickly as we’d like, but they do end. God always promises not only a way through, but that when we do come out the other side, our lives will be better, He’ll bless us more richly, and we will have grown and matured.

#10. Learning from the Giants: Life and Leadership Lessons from the Bible (Giants of the Bible)

by John C. Maxwell

I actually don’t know much about John Maxwell except that both my mom and my husband love him as a writer. That’s why I chose him for my last three books on this list. I’m going to read each one and write a review because I don’t want to recommend anything I haven’t read or am going to read in the near future.

This book is about the stories of Elijah, Elisha, Job, Jacob, Deborah, Isaiah, Jonah, Joshua, and Daniel. Maxwell takes us through their trials and triumphs and how we can learn from their lives. Through their examples, we can learn more about ourselves, how we can be leaders in whatever sphere of influence we have, and how we can grow in our relationship with the Lord God.

#11. Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success

by John C. Maxwell

The premise of this book is that we, as people, focus too much on our past and future and often ignore the importance of today. Maxwell tells us that today is the most important day of our lives because if we don’t take the right steps today, we will never be successful. He gives us 12 decisions and disciplines we can use if we want to learn how to make today successful so we can reach our goals for the future.

#12. No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity

by John C. Maxwell

The reason many of us don’t achieve what we dream of achieving is that we put a cap on our abilities. We don’t believe in ourselves as much as we should. Maybe we don’t think we’re good enough, or maybe we think a certain goal is just unreachable. Well, Maxwell gives us 17 core capacities with advice we can take to use them to increase our own potential and stop limiting ourselves. If we can blow the caps off these areas in our lives, we’re much more likely to achieve our goals and accomplish our dreams.

I hope you guys like my list! Please realize that all links do go to my affiliate account, so if you purchase any of these books I do get a little money from it (not a lot), but I do have a family and I need to make money too. That doesn’t mean I don’t fully recommend these books. I’m not doing this for the money, but because I truly believe these books can help you and me to improve our lives and become happier, more successful Christ-followers.

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