Book Recommendations

IMG_6435I have enjoyed rich quiet times with many authors.  Below is a list of my favorites.  Some are classics, some are newer.

To begin with, I love reading one Proverb a day.  There are 31 chapters, which easily coincide with days of the month.  I have read through Proverbs countless times and always find fresh insights.

One year, I read through the Psalms using One Year Book of Psalms.  It was a refreshing change of pace. I’m sure I’ll do it again sometime.



Ruth Myers
31 Days of Praise
31 Days of Prayer
ChristLife: Embracing Your True and Deepest Identity

Jerry Bridges
I Exalt You, O God:  Encountering His Greatness in Your Private Worship
I Will Follow You, O God: Embracing Him as Lord in Your Private Worship
I Give You Glory, O God: Honoring His Righteousness in Your Private Worship

John Piper
Pierced by the Word
Life as a Vapor

Stormie Omartian
The Power of a Praying Parent
The Power of a Praying Wife

Jennifer Kennedy Dean
The One Year Praying the Promises of God (co-authored with Cheri Fuller)
Pursuing the Christ: 31 Morning and Evening Prayers for Christmastime

JKD is one of my favorite authors.  She has a new devotional book coming out in October – 365 Conversations with the Most High.  I’m sure it will be amazing!

Elisabeth Elliot – These are excerpts from her newsletters
Secure in the Everlasting Arms
Music of His Promises

Others that I Love
A Quiet Knowing: Anchors for the Heart in the Turbulence of Life, by Gigi Graham Tchividian
My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer — This is not a book you can rush through.  The chapters are short, but very rich.

Quiet Moments for the Heart and Soul, by Emilie Barnes
This one is very special to me.  I grew up having regular quiet times, but I went through a time in my adult years that I set everything aside.  This book was recommended to me as a way to “start fresh” and set things right again.  God used this devotional to rebuild intimacy with Him.  The devotions are not very long, but they are very practical.

I have two favorite books on the Whats, Whys, and How to’s of quiet times.

Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time: Discovering Radical Intimacy with God, by Catherine Martin
A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy with God Through a Daily Devotional Life, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

If you are interested in more in-depth study, the following two books are excellent:

Knowing and Loving the Bible:  Face-to-Face with God in His Word, by Catherine Martin
Living by the Book, by Howard Hendricks

I also highly recommend Precept-Upon-Precept Bible studies.  Similar to the method taught in Living by the Book, you will learn how to discover truth for yourself in God’s Word.  It will change your life!