Last Updated on June 22, 2022 by Avi Steen
These are seven of the best women’s Bible study devotionals to help you grow in your faith, elevate your spiritual life, and help you dive into the Bible deeper. You will be so inspired and encouraged by these devotionals that you will have multiple reasons to give God praise!
Bible study devotionals are truly books I have leaned on to help me become the woman God has destined for me to be and I know that they can help you do the same thing sis.
I remember the first time I picked up my first faith-based book that wasn’t the Bible. It was a book given to me by my mother-in-law and was called Having a Mary spirit in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.
It made me look at books from a totally different perspective. Up until then I was certainly a bookworm but never had the foundation in my church or a spiritual leader to give me directions or resources that I so desperately needed.
And then God introduced devotionals into my life. Which in turn introduced me to more time with Him in devotion, in prayer, and in reading my Bible. It was truly a transformational point in my faith journey.
Through devotionals, I was able to realize how other people experience God for themselves. In sharing their testimonies I was able to dive deeper into my own relationship with God.
This is something that I hope to share with you today. I want to give you the best devotional books I’ve read to help you grow in the following 365 days of your life.
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Best Women’s Bible Study Devotionals
- The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
Do you know the saying “eat the meat but spit out the bone”. Sis, this book is all meat! It is so good and that’s coming from someone who lives a largely plant-based life. All jokes aside this devotional and mainly Bible study has me looking at the world in a completely different way.
It focuses on the armor of God and how we can use specific armor in our faith life to overcome the struggles in this world, specifically against the enemy. This book is the battle strategy you didn’t know you needed and Priscilla lays it all out for you chapter by chapter in goes so deep into the word of God to explain each and every facet of the armor.
If you are currently feeling stuck in your faith and don’t know how to get prayer out then this book is for you.
- What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst
Okay, so this one made me cry. Lysa uses her life experiences to show you what obedience is and is not when it comes to Go. My favorite chapter is chapter two: Hearing God’s voice.
She breaks down 5 questions you can ask yourself to help you determine if what you’re hearing is from God or not. This is a game-changer, especially for women who struggle to hear His voice.
And I’m telling you sis… Really I’m giving you my honest thoughts when I tell you this, a majority of the book that I have in my possession is either highlighted or underlined.
Another great thing I love about this book is that she provides a Bible study after each chapter so that you can go deeper into the word of God in regards to what she shared during the chapter.
- 100 Days of Believing Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels
This is one of those books that will make you think. In true devotional style, Marshawn writes out of paragraph or two of faith-based devotion with scripture to back it up. And then on the following page, she has a journaling question, that once again will make you think.
The book gives you space to journal your thoughts and then has a prayer written out to follow. She does this over 100 days so it is a 100-day based devotional of course. In every 20 days or so is a different category focus.
If you love to journal then this book is for you.
- Brave Surrender by Kim-Walker Smith
Yet another tearjerker. Brave Surrender is about accepting and letting in God’s love. it takes you through Kim’s troubled life as a child In to her testimony as a growing adult learning what it means to experience God’s love.
It’s not necessarily a Bible study more so than it is a testimony of God’s goodness. Nevertheless, it’s an amazing story of how we can turn our troubles into testimony.
- Silent Seasons by Heather Lindsey
So I’ve read this one twice. it’s definitely more so Bible study driven where it shares different scriptures based on the chapter you’re currently reading.
Silent Season is about trusting God. The reason I read it twice is that I often feel like I’m in a silent season with God. Do you sometimes feel that way as well?
I believe this book helps me get through those seasons and realize that God is never silent. It helped me realize that what I don’t understand isn’t necessarily God shutting me out. I have to trust in the season that God has me in and be open to the opportunities that lie ahead that I’m not quite yet aware of.
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
All right sis if you have never read Jesus Calling I want you to hop on Amazon right now and go grab it. I’ve read this devotional so many times that it is falling apart at the seams. The book is probably as tattered as my Bible.
It’s a 365-day devotional that I will definitely be starting again next year. I love this devotional so much because it is written as of Jesus himself is speaking to you.
It uses scripture that is written at the bottom to speak directly toward your heart. I have nothing else to say but to go buy it.
- Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst
Okay, I don’t actually have this book in physical possession but I listened to it during my postpartum journey with baby number 2 on Audible. It was the only way that I could finish this book y’all, especially with two children under two years old.
I had heard so many good things about Made to Crave that I just had to get my hands on it. Coming from a healthy lifestyle and healthy community of faith-based women I knew this would only elevate my spiritual life as well as my physical.
This book gives you a different perspective on how to approach food, based on biblical principles. It’s definitely a book that I now recommend to all of my fertility and fitness clients.
How to Start Reading the Bible
- Pray First Before Opening The Bible
You’ll want to pray for understanding. Pray that God opens your mind and heart to receive what He has for you during your study.
- Read It Again
Learning anything new takes a couple of tries to get it sometimes. Reading the Bible is one of those new things that can sometimes be hard to understand. If you’re stumped by what a certain verse means, read it again. Still stumped? Read a different translation like NLT or take it to your spiritual leader.
- Start With The New Testament
Starting with the New Testament will help you learn more about Jesus and the current purpose for this world. It’s also a bit easier to understand compared to the Old Testament.
What Does A Good Devotional Include?
A really good devotional is definitely bible-based. Sometimes I’ll read different books or listen to various books on Amazon that claim to be devotionals or faith-based content and right away I can feel a different presence that is NOT the Holy Spirit. When in doubt, choose another book.
A good devotional also is one that speaks to your current situation. I love love love reading personal and professional development books that help me in the current situation that I am in. For example, I am a blogger and So currently I am reading a book on blogging.
If you are a Christian woman and struggling with nutrition and food a good book, for example, to read would be Made to Crave as we discussed earlier.
A good devotional will simply allow you to experience God on a deeper level.
Beginners Guide to Bible Study
- Read One Chapter A Day
A good habit to start with is a chapter a day. You can even set a timer, say 15 minutes, if you have a certain time restraint. But the important part is reading it daily.
- Write down scriptures that speak to you.
This is how we build our arsenal of favorite scriptures. Even taking the time to write it out on a post-it or on your phone to take with you and memorize is even better!
- Ask questions
Get into a Bible-based church and attend Bible study either in person or virtually. Ask questions about what you’re currently reading and be willing to learn more about the word.
I’m so glad God introduced me to devotionals as a way of understanding His word and His people. The way that I experience God is so different now that I have this time of devotion with him that I feel like it’s truly given me a new perspective on life.
I pray that this list has been helpful for you if you’ve been wondering what to read next or maybe have been wondering what a devotional actually is.
At the end of the day just find a devotional that speaks to you and your heart as you navigate this life.
Which devotional book are you thinking about starting next? Any that you recommend that aren’t on this list?
Octavia Steen is an NBDA certified fertility doula, health coach, certified fitness nutrition specialist, aspiring missionary with the COGIC, and owner of Mother Mindset. She helps future and current mamas become more consistent in faith + fitness and grow closer to God so they can create a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!