6 Go-To Books I Recommend to Girls
Below you will find a list of my go-to books that I recommend to high school and college girls along with some of their thoughts of the books.
Before I suggest a book to a girl, I read it. My goal is that the book will give us opportunity to engage in conversations, so I need to know the content, not just that it is a “good book”. I want my girls to wrestle with what they believe or have always been told with fresh perspective, so that in the end they will think for themselves and seek God’s word for truth.
Love Does by Bob Goff
Love Does is one of my new favorite books. In fact it is one that I read with my children. It is an easy, fun read. But more than that, Love Does inspires readers to “love completely and unconditionally because of the impact it has on everyone around us!” –sophomore in college
“It [Love Does] inspired me to be more spontaneous in what I did! I enjoyed it because I loved reading about how amazing his [Bob Goff] life was.” –senior in high school
”I enjoyed reading it because I got to see up close and personal how a one on one relationship with Jesus can affect not only ourselves, but the people we share this earth with. It inspires me to unlock the boundaries that I put on love and love with all my heart in every moment in all my actions, just like Jesus did!” –freshman in college
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
I love going through Crazy Love with girls. This book helps them to view their obedience to God is not as an obligation but in the way that demonstrates our love for Him. It is exciting to see girls eyes open to this love that God has for them and how they can respond to Him.
“Crazy Love was a great recommendation because it made me realize that I need to take my relationship with God more seriously, not out of guilt but because I want to. It encouraged me by reminding me that I didn’t want to have an average life; I want to do something amazing for God.” –sophomore in high school
His Princess: Love Letters From Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd
His Princess is a book I use a lot. It is full of “love letters” from God. There are so many letters that are great for so many seasons of the girl’s lives. Here is a thought from one of my girls about the letters in this book.
“I like them because I feel like they are written specifically for me and no one else. They’re personal and written like how I imagine God to talk to me. They encourage me because it makes me realize that God really is that personal and loving, I’m just not diving deep enough to find out. They make me long to get to know Him and the other fantastic truths He is waiting to share with me.” -senior in high school
“I think the love letters help me see my relationship with God in a way that I always have trouble envisioning it. It’s hard for me to view God like a lover because the world has so distorted our views of love. The letters remind me of the way that love is supposed to be; the way God loves us. It reminds me that He is always there for me, has faith in me, and believes that I can do the things that everyone else says I can’t; because with my strength that I receive through Him, anything is possible. They remind me that God is the only one who can fill the holes in my heart. They remind me that He has a plan for me and He knows want I need, and He will provide for me. They show me the model for what the man I give my heart to should strive to be like. I like the letters because they remind me who God is for me.” –junior in high school
For Young Girls Only by Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa A
I use For Young Girls Only in two ways. One as a resource for preparation of a “boy talk” I do at our girls retreat. The other is walking through it with mature girls who are ready for the information that this book has.
“I thought that was a great book, it really solidified the fact that boys have WAY different brains than us, and gave me little tips for how to treat guys. Either in a romantic way or just friendship way. And I also loved how it was still centered around God and also gave tips to how to encourage them in their faith too.” –sophomore in college
Lies Young Girls Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh
Lies Young Women Believe has been a good book to help girls process the lies they believe verses the truth of God’s Word. The conversations that have I have had from parts of this book have been life changing for some girls as the have realized the lies they were believing.
“This book hit home with a lot of issues I was struggling with at the time and helped a bunch.” –freshman in high school
Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis
This past summer we had the blessing of leading a student missions trip to Uganda, Africa. I personally enjoyed reading this book as Katie was able to say so much of what I felt and experienced on that trip
“I like it [Kisses From Katie] because I can relate so much from it. It encourages me to have more faith in God and trust Him in everything.” –sophomore in high school
Other Books Worth Mentioning: Captivating, And the Bride Wore White, Bad Girls of the Bible, and The Hiding Place.
I’m always looking for new books to share with my girls, what are some recommendations do you have?
Kim Bowers is an amazing youth worker who is married to a youth pastor in Southern California. She recently wrote some amazing curriculum about the women in the Bible….be sure to check it out!