My favorite Books on Godly Womanhood

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I had a reader ask me what my favorite books are on biblical womanhood, marriage and the home, and homemaking. It seemed rather daunting to share all of those in just one post so I decided to break them up into a few posts. Unfortunately all my books are packed right now, so I’m going on memory here.

Please keep in mind that just because I share my favorite books, it does not mean that I endorse and agree with absolutely everything the authors have to say. :)

 

Biblical Womanhood Books and CD’s

 

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She Shall Be called Woman: Practical Wisdom from Victoria Botkin 

How does a wife help her husband be the man Christ wants him to be? How can she inspire him to love her? How can she discover the forgotten joys of being his true helpmeet? Victoria, beloved wife of Geoffrey Botkin and mother of seven, answers those questions and more in this 9-CD audio album from the immensely popular “Evenings with Victoria Botkin” webinar. Listen as Victoria shares biblical wisdom about woman’s great power, sinful tendencies, independence vs. submission, beauty, dress, makeup, respect, rights, hospitality, pitfalls of perfectionism, Hollywood expectations, trials, trust, and cultivating personality. 9-CD album and 200 page companion journal.

I enjoyed listening to this CD set. It was inspiring to hear from an older woman her thoughts on what womanhood looked like. Of course I didn’t agree with every word she said, but overall it was very thought provoking.

Order it from Vision Forum here or from Amazon here

 

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Let Me Be A Woman 

“In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her.” Working from Scripture, well-known speaker and author Elisabeth Elliot shares her observations and experiences in a number of essays on what it means to be a Christian woman, whether single, married, or widowed.

It has been a long time since I read this book, but I remember enjoying it and I always seem to learn from Elisabeth Elliot. She is my Titus 2 role model. :) It is a shorter book and an easy read.

Order it from Amazon here. 

 

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Lies Women Believe And The Truth That Sets Them Free

Satan is the master deceiver and his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.
“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy Leigh DeMoss. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”

In best selling Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women — lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life.

Nancy offers the most effective weapon to ounter and overcome Satan’s deceptions — God’s truth!

This book has been a very good, encouraging convicting book to read. I like Nancy Leigh DeMoss as an author, and found this to be inspiring.

Order it from Amazon here.

 

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Passionate Housewives Desperate For God

Have you struggled to reconcile God’s vision of virtuous womanhood with worldly myths that marginalize and mock the role of the homemaker? Do you wrestle with cultural messages that demean the homemaker s calling and exalt instead the emotionally androgynous power-woman—the wife whose worth is measured only by the degree of her self-ambition, the shape of her body, or her money-making skills?

Delightfully fresh and honest, Passionate Housewives Desperate for God debunks the modern ‘desperate housewife’ myth and provides fresh vision for the homemaker. Hear a former Christian feminist share how she went from a die-hard homemaker-in-training to a dedicated career woman, and then back again—after God gripped her heart. See the hollow counterfeit of whitewashed feminism and me-ology destroyed. And consider the beautiful picture painted in Scripture of the truly fulfilled homemaker who glories in the hopeful calling God created for her.

Pull up a chair, dust off the cookie crumbs, and join Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald as they they lay aside demeaning stereotypes like the ‘Stepford wife,’ and reveal the 1950s’ ‘perfect homemaker’ trap. Laughter and tears will flow, and hopefully you will be infused with a renewed vision for victory as a wife and mother. Discover what it means to be a passionate housewife ‘desperate’ for God alone!

I loved reading this book. I have been  inspired by Jennie Chancey and her story for a long time, so naturally I was drawn to this book when it first came out. It’s still a favorite of mine.

Order it on Amazon here.

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Stepping Heavenward

“”How dreadfully old I am getting! Sixteen!”" So begins ‘Stepping Heavenward’ by Elizabeth Prentiss, the journal-like account of a nineteenth century girl who learns, on the path to womanhood, that true happiness can be found in giving oneself for others. “”This book is a treasure of both Godly and womanly wisdom told with disarming candor and humility, yet revealing a deep heart’s desire to know God,”" says noted Christian speaker Elisabeth Elliot. “”I do not hesitate to recommend it to men, who need to understand the wives they live with, and to any woman who wants to walk with God.”"
I first read this classic book years ago as a teenager. Everyone was recommending it and I thought it would be the ultimate gem. I was….shall we say let down when I first read it? My overall impression of the book was that the main character was a spoiled selfish girl, and became a spoiled selfish wife. I then read it again to try and figure out what everyone was talking about. Slowly the golden nuggets started coming through, and even now when I read this book as a wife and mother I pick up on more truths that are nestled in the pages. Highly recommend this for every teenager and married woman!

 Order it on Amazon here.

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A Woman After God’s Own Heart

Elizabeth George, who has led women’s ministries for 40 years, explains how the pursuit of God is a woman’s true priority and what is most necessary for her to become a woman who loves her husband and children; with sincere delight in a woman’s role at home, the author passes on her enthusiasm to her readers for this calling.

Genuine peace and joy come when women follow God in every area of their lives and become women after His heart. With warmth and grace, Elizabeth George shares practical, scriptural insights on how you can pursue God’s priorities concerning:

- your husband-foster a deep commitment to serve and honor him
- your children-pray faithfully for them and teach them God’s word
- your home-create a nurturing atmosphere and a tapestry of beauty
- your walk with the Lord-grow through love of Scripture and in discipleship
- your ministry-learn to reach out and become an encourager

Let God fulfill His greatest desire in you. Allow Him to transform you by preparing your heart and mind to embrace His incredible work. You’ll find lasting joy and peace in a life of prayer, a life of priorities, a life as a woman after God’s own heart.

This is another book that I read first as a teenager. It’s a gentle easy read. I view this book as reminder book to reinforce things we should already know about biblical womanhood. Unfortunately we often need many reminders, so this is on my recommended reading list!

Order it on Amazon here.

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Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World

An invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough.

The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the
New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.

Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose “the better part”–a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service.

With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver shows how all of us–Marys and Marthas alike–can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

It’s been a long time since I read this book, but I remember it making an impression on both my sister and I. Being a biblical woman is more then just looking the part and filling the role of wife and mother. It’s about having an intimate relationship with God as a woman.

Order it on Amazon here.

Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite book on Biblical Womanhood! 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your list! I’ve read about half, but haven’t sat down with the others! This gives me a nice concise list for when I’m looking for that “next book”.
    Thanks again!
    ~ Jenny@SmallTownHippies

  2. Thanks for this post!! I hadn’t read any books like this and didn’t know where to start. I received one for Christmas and I see its on your list. Now I will know what other ones to look into. Thanks again

  3. Some of these are old favorites, and some are new to me! I will have to make a list for my next trip to the library :) I am about half way done with Angie Smith’s book “What Women Fear” and God has really been using it to speak to me in a challenging time of my life right now.

  4. I’m looking through your list thinking, wow, I really need to broaden my horizons a bit. I haven’t heard of any of these except for the last one, which I read last year and really loved. I’ll have to add the others to my ever growing Kindle book list. :)

  5. Correction…I’ve also read A Woman After God’s Own Heart.

  6. i have been greatly encouraged and strengthened in my walk with God through Kay smith’s books: reflecting God, pleasing God and her joyful life bible studies. she is the pastor’s wife of my home church.

  7. Stepping Heavenward is one of my favorite books! I try to read it at least once or twice a year. Thanks for your other recommendations, too!

  8. We must have similar taste in books! :) Many of these are my favorites, too. I’ve been wanting to get the Victoria Botkin CD’s, but haven’t been able to yet. I got “Lies Women Believe” for free from Paperback Swap! I read “Let Me Be a Woman” during the early days of my engagement to my husband. “Stepping Heavenward” has long been a favorite, and it’s been a joy to see my oldest daughter benefiting from it now.

  9. Read all of these but the first two…off to check them out! Hard to pick out my favorite, but really like Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.

  10. My top 10 books on Godly womanhood are found in the Bible. ;) The three books I have read on the list were pretty good, but God’s Word is perfect!

  11. Thank you for this list! Not being raised in a Christian family, I am having to learn all of this mostly on my own (one of the reasons that I love your blog!). I immediately went online to see which ones I could find from our library to check out. I started with “Passionate Housewives Desperate For God” and am really loving it! It puts into words what has been in my heart all along :-) One book that I have also enjoyed is “God’s Priceless Woman: A Bible Course for All Ages.” It is a workbook format and really does a great job teaching womanly Biblical principals. One request for you when you do get a free moment, would you list your favorite parenting books?

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