31 Books Every Young Woman Needs

31 Books: I may have forgotten a few….

on November 5, 2014 in 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs with 5 comments by

Well, y’all.

Those 31 books that every young woman needs… that was a fun series for me. I hope you liked it too! I think my favorite feedback was when you guys would email or tweet me and say, “OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE GOT TO INCLUDE [fill-in-the-blank]!! IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER AND EVER AMEN!”

You people. I like you a lot. But I like you the most when you have lots of feels about books.

Sooooo. Here’s what. Why don’t you write about your favorite book for young women on your blog this week and then come link up here? I thought that would be a fun way to make sure LOTS more books gets in front of the eyes of people like us who love to read.

(And don’t forget, I did save five books to share exclusively with my 31 Books VIP List— that email goes out FRIDAY, so you gotta sign up before then!)

Wanna play along?

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31 Books Every Young Woman Needs: A List

on November 2, 2014 in 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs with 1 comment by

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Perfectly Unique

Graceful

Let Me Be A Woman

My Utmost For His Highest

Pride and Prejudice

Speak Love

Christy Miller Collection

Popular

Hinds Feet on High Places

Christy

Jesus Calling

Let’s All Be Brave

The Nesting Place

Tables In The Wilderness

Passion and Purity

NIV Quest Study Bible

Redeeming Love

Letters To A Young Poet

Celebration of Discipline

Barefoot Contessa Back to the Basics

Anne of Green Gables

Moral Revolution

The Divine Dance

From Blah to Awe

Rescuing Hope

The Fault In Our Stars

A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

Spoken For

Praying God’s Word

Abide in Christ

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(These books are also listed, along with their cover art,

on the 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs pinterest board!)

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31 Books: Abide In Christ (Book #31)

on October 31, 2014 in 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs with 3 comments by

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abideinchristTitle: Abide in Christ

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Author:

Andrew Murray

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What the book is about:

Taking its title from the Book of John, Abide in Christ works to encourage readers to step past the doorway and into God’s throne room. Pastor Andrew Murray simplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ, using 31 daily readings taken from books within both the Old and New Testaments to help Christians, and even those who are curious, accept the invitation and move closer to the fellowship of God and Jesus Christ. Abide in Christ presents an intense, enthusiastic message with the kind of depth and simplicity all readers can appreciate.

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Why I like it:

This is the 31st book on purpose. If you only purchase one of the young woman in your life, make it this book. It is deep, like oceanic deep. And if she is anything like me, she will read the book over and over again and never tire of the wisdom and growth that comes from it. To abide in Christ is one of the most challenging and most rewarding goals within the Christian faith and something we can continue to grow in, no matter our age. This is possibly the most impactful book (besides the Bible) that I have experienced personally.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: Praying God’s Word (Book #30)

on October 30, 2014 in 31 Books Every Young Woman Needs with no comments by

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prayingTitle: Praying God’s Word

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Author:

Beth Moore

(You can read more on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

Praying God’s Word is the perennial favorite Scripture-prayer resource designed to help us decisively overcome specific strongholds: pride, idolatry, addiction, loss, depression, unbelief, temptation, and more.

No matter how overwhelmed or out of control a person may feel today, Beth boldly reminds us that nothing is bigger or more powerful than the Lord. With this landmark book we learn to wield the sword of the Spirit, praying God’s Word to break free from anything that has a hold on us until the joy and authority of Christ rules in our lives.

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Why I like it:

This book sits on the table beside my chair where I read my Bible and journal and I bet I pick it up three times a week, easy. What Beth has done in this book is outline some common areas of struggle and prayer focus and give you the Bible verses to pray over for that particular topic. It is a lifesaver and a God-send and I use that puppy like nobody’s business. Don’t tell my small group, but they are all going to get a copy this year. I think it is one of the most valuable tools to have in your daily walk with Christ.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: Spoken For (Book #29)

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spokenforTitle: Spoken For

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Author:

Alyssa Joy Bethke (You can read more on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!)

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Robin Jones Gunn (You can read more on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?

In Spoken For, Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke speak to your heart about what it means for you to belong to Christ, who you are because of His love, and how that affects the way you live. Drawing on biblical promises and their personal experiences, these two friends share what it’s like to live out God’s unfolding love story.

You are not up for grabs. You are spoken for.

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Why I like it:

When I read this book, I underlined it like it was my job. The stories are so good and the lessons are SO RIGHT ON. This is another great relationships/dating/marriage book that teen girls are going to fawn over (Alyssa and Jeff’s love story is ADORABLE!) but also glean tons of truth from the stories and advice. This book also comes with discussion questions and journaling prompts (girls after my own heart), so you can read it as a group or a young woman can read it alone and have lots to process. I absolutely loved this book and I think you will too.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: The Christy Miller Collection (Book #28)

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christymillerTitle: The Christy Miller Collection

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Author:

Robin Jones Gunn

(You can read more on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she’ll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy’s high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she’ll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a “peculiar treasure.” Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.

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Why I like it:

The first time I met Robin Jones Gunn, this is what I said to her, through tears: “CHRISTY MILLER WAS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL.” I know. So dorky. But SO TRUE. That’s the beauty of these books- you become friends with the characters and because Robin is a total baller, the books continue as Christy grows up through high school, college, and young adulthood. So yes, this is a little bit of a cheat because I’m calling this “Book #28” but it’s actually a series and yes, I think you need to read them all. In fact, any young woman would love getting to know Christy and her dude Todd and their friends. Christy is a great influence on any young lady… and she’s a great friend. 🙂

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Buy it (them?) here.

 


 

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31 Books: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years (Book #27)

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Title: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

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Author:

Donald Miller

(You can read more on his website or follow him on Twitter or Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller’s life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years chronicles Miller’s rare opportunity to edit his life into a great story, to reinvent himself so nobody shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll. Through heart-wrenching honesty and hilarious self-inspection, Donald Miller takes readers through the life that emerges when it turns from boring reality into meaningful narrative.

Miller goes from sleeping all day to riding his bike across America, from living in romantic daydreams to fearful encounters with love, from wasting his money to founding a nonprofit with a passionate cause. Guided by a host of outlandish but very real characters, Miller shows us how to get a second chance at life the first time around. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is a rare celebration of the beauty of life.

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Why I like it:

For me, this book was a game-changer. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is all about story and how to live a good one and how our lives are always flowing in the stream of story. It’s beautiful and life-giving and will really inspire. I have read it twice and gifted it over and over again to students graduating high school and students in college.

This probably, however, isn’t a book that a 13 year old teen will enjoy, but anyone 16+ would quickly add this to their list of favorite reads.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: The Fault In Our Stars (Book #26)

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TFIOSTitle: The Fault In Our Stars

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Author:

John Green

(You can read more on his website, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Why I like it:

This weekend I’m featuring the PG-13 books and to me, that includes The Fault In Our Stars. You may disagree with me on including this one, as the characters make some choices that I do not consider wise choices and the kind to be emulated by teen girls (though the same could be said for To Kill A Mockingbird, eh?). But that is the reason this is included in our PG-13 weekend. This is not a book to be read alone by young teens- not just for sexual reasons (though there are those), but also because there is deep heartache and pain and loss and joy and love that are best read and discussed with an adult who can speak into the emotion. (Heck, I needed to talk about the book after I read it!)

This book has important themes worthy of reading and discussing. I highly suggest you add it to your reading list and the list of the young woman in your life.

(If you want to know more of my thoughts, I wrote about the movie here.)

(If you want to see me interview the author and stars of the movie, you can watch those here.)

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: Rescuing Hope (Book #25)

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HopeTitle: Rescuing Hope

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Author:

Susan Norris

(You can read more on her website, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal. She could be a neighbor. A friend.Your sister. Your daughter. You. At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope s troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life. Hope s disappearance sets a community in motion. She s one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she s lost forever. Will you?

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Why I like it:

This weekend I’m featuring the PG-13 books. Rescuing Hope is a hard and PG-13 level graphic read. BUT. The reason you and your daughter or you and the young woman you mentor may need to read it is that sex trafficking is happening HERE, all around us. And Rescuing Hope really does an amazing job of telling a story of one young woman going from her normal suburban life to a sex slave in Atlanta. It’s an important story that I feel Susan has handled with grace.

The other reality is that many college-aged women are growing in passion and conviction to be a part of helping end slavery in our generation. This book is tells a unique perspective of the story and what we can do here and now.

Again, it is an important read but it is also mildly graphic. Read it first (if you’re the adult in the situation) or read it together, depending on the age of the young woman you are sharing this book with.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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31 Books: From Blah To Awe (Book #24)

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blahtoaweTitle: From Blah To Awe

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Author:

Jenna Lucado Bishop

(You can read more on her website or follow her on Twitter or Facebook!)

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What the book is about:

Everyone, especially teenagers, struggles with being bored with God from time to time. Sometimes church services and Bible reading don’t seem that exciting, and it’s easy to get busy and not make time to pray . . . but when this happens, we are missing out!

Jenna Lucado Bishop shares her testimony and others’ stories to see what a radical, living relationship with God looks like. But this book is not just based on feelings. The Bible gives steps that will help girls hunger and thirst for more of God.

This book will not only offer girls a fresh perspective, but it will also help them do a little soul-searching and discover where they are in their own lives. Plus, it will let them in on the world’s greatest secret—that the Creator of the Universe loves and cherishes them deeply and that a fulfilling relationship with Him is the most exciting they will ever have.

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Why I like it:

I love the idea of asking teen girls to dig into their faith and what it means when everything feels boring in their church life. What Jenna does in this book is really peel back the layers of what we see in our own lives and asks to reader to look more deeply into what is going on in the heart. It’s a great read for any age young woman- from the early teens to the college. I’d also really suggest this book for small group study.

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Buy it here.

 


 

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