We've all been there. Standing in the doorway of Barnes and Noble with a cup full of coffee and a heart full of giddy excitement, wondering what we're going to read next! There are seriously thousands and thousands of books for Christian girls to choose from!
Sadly, many books don't line up with the words of Philippians 4:8, telling us to fill our minds with things that are pure, true, noble, honorable, excellent, lovely and admirable. It can be a real challenge to find good books for Christian girls! So if you're a bookworm who is looking for her next favorite read, check out this list of suggestions!
We rounded up an amazing team of young women for this collaborative post, and they were excited share their favorite finds! So without any further adu, meet Halee, Riley, Amanda, Anastasis and the books they love!
"Sophie LaCroix is a dreamer. And sometimes, it gets her into
trouble. Like when she wanders away from her school group on a field trip
because she’s lost in a daydream. It’s gone far enough; she simply can’t
continue to wander off like this! So, Sophie meets Dr. Peter, who helps her
learn to control her mind rather than the other way around. But he’s also
always there when Sophie is having a problem at school, or at home; he always
listens, and he’s always got a Bible story to fit her problem!
And there you have a quick overview of basically all twelve Sophie books! Nothing I’ve read by Nancy Rue has been a disappointment. I love her stories. These were no exception. They cover Sophie’s last year of elementary school, and her transition to middle school. These books tell of all of Sophie’s daydreamish adventures with her friends, the corn flakes; but they’re also incredible stories of how Sophie must learn to rely on God no matter what the situation is; whether it’s fitting in, a close friend with cancer, or cyberbullying. These books may be aimed at 8-12-year-old’s, but they are each enjoyable to read and have great lessons to learn, regardless of age." - Riley
"This. Is. Amazing. *Heart pounds tremulously.*
Mrs. Gunn takes you through the life of an average teen girl . . . but in such an un-average way! I think the BEST PART about these books is that they’re so stinkin’ relateable. I can’t tell you how many times during the series I was like AH I’M GOING THROUGH THIS or AH THAT’S HOW I SHOULD DEAL WITH THAT!" - Amanda
"If you want fluff, check this out. This book is loosely Christian fiction; the main character, Bella, prays to God a few times, but there aren’t any “devotional” type passages like in The Christy Miller series. However, I have always appreciated Jenny’s amazing sense of humor (it helped me hone my own during the doldrums of middle school) and the mystery aspect of this novel was written extremely well!" - Amanda
"It has been many years
since I read this series, but it was a favorite of my preteen/early teen years.
It follows the life of a sweet and innocent girl, Elsie, who loves the Lord.
Some have complained that Elsie is “too perfect,” but I appreciated how clean and sweet these books were. Elsie was a very humble girl who still made mistakes, but was quick to repent and change as well as inspire change in others." - Anastasis
"This book is about the
slave trade. It’s a powerful Christian novel by Alicia A. Willis. There are
three main characters. Russell is the “moral” atheist captain of a slaving
ship. Elizabeth is an oppressed rich daughter who everyone tries to control but
who is passionate about the abolition of the slave trade. Finally, Jack is a
Christian cabin boy on Russell’s slave ship with a fiery temper.
This book deals with many tough topics but is never graphic or explicit. There is some innuendo, though it is always portrayed in a negative light, as well as one scene on the shores of Africa where tribal women are trying to seduce Russell, though they do not succeed. Because of these few mentions and this one scene, I would recommend this to 13+, unless a parent gives consent to a younger girl.
There is a strong thread of mercy and grace throughout this book. The characters reach the end of themselves and ultimately, only God saves.
Alicia’s books are always exceptionally well researched. You will definitely feel immersed in the culture and time of this book!"
"Charlie West, a Christian, American, generally good kid, has never had a problem with trusting God. Maybe it just hasn’t been that hard to. He’s got the normal teenage guy problems, of course- those math problems, that dreaded history report, and getting the attention of that pretty girl. But that’s nothing compared to what his former best friend Alex is going through. His parents just divorced, he and his mom were forced to move to a rough side of town, and he’s gotten in with the wrong crowd. Alex questions Charlie: “I mean, it’s easy to believe in things when everything’s going right…But, I mean, what if all that stuff’s a lie, Charlie?... Where’s God- what’s he doing about it?” Only does Charlie really start to feel the weight of these questions when he wakes up, strapped to chair, beaten and bruised, wondering how he got there and trying desperately to think of the last thing he can remember.
This book series right here would be my absolute favorite! The Homelanders series, by Andrew Klavan, who is an amazing author. I could not put this four-book-series down. It’s written in first person, told from Charlie’s perspective, and there’s never a dull moment. I loved it. And it constantly shows how Charlie relies on his relationship with God to get him through the toughest of situations. And they are tough. He seems to hit the bottom a lot, and yes, I cried a little! But when he trusts in God to see him through, He always does. This series always leaves you wondering what’s going to happen next. It’s going to be hard to put down at night guys, but hey! You gotta get some sleep! I loved this series, and highly recommend it." -Riley
"I loved this book! It takes you through
the book of Ruth and encourages you to find satisfaction and contentment in
Jesus Christ instead of pining away for your future husband.
Every time I pick it up, I find something fresh and inspiring! A lot of the book deals with the heart issues behind always being “on the hunt” for a guy, but there is plenty of practical advice. This book was actually what inspired me to start Morning Glory Ministries! So I have a fond association with this book." -Anastasis
"This is such a
good book and the Lies Young Women Believe blog is fantastically done too! Sin is built on lies:
the first sin was built on the lie that eating the forbidden fruit would give
Eve the wisdom God didn’t want her to have (complete,
flat-out LIE!! *seethes*).
And all sin since then has been rooted in a despicable lie straight from Hell.
This book confronts some of the most common lies that young women believe (they also have an older women version of the book but this one is way more applicable for most of us). I read the whole book, even the sections with lies that I didn’t believe. I found each chapter to be refreshing whether I was struggling with that lie or not." - Amanda
"I have to admit: the writers of this book often referred to
their past experience of having been models and I just found it super unrelateable. I’m five foot one,
of average build, and have brown hair. So reading about how tall, skinny, and
blonde they were didn’t really ring a bell with me.
BUT OTHER THAN THAT . . . this book was soooooo good! I especially loved the “homework assignments” at the end of each chapter to put into practice what you learned, as well as the little discussion sections. You will come away from this book better appreciating what it means to be a girl, and you’ll have the tools to use your girlhood to benefit others. This is a super good read!" -Amanda
"Hence the subtitle, this book teaches us girls how to relate to guys in a healthy, same, and Biblical way. They explain how to deal with romantic relationships, but also that you CAN have friendships with guys that are strictly platonic." - Halee
Anastasis Faith is the founder of Morning Glory Ministries,
an organization encouraging girls to pursue Jesus with their whole hearts
through the Morning Glory Daily
Devotional and blog. She is passionate about
writing, blogging, and teen girl discipleship. When she’s not blogging, she’s
typically studying, working, playing piano, or spending time with her family.
You can connect with her on her blog at MorningGloryPursuingJesus.blogspot.com or
on her Instagram @anastasisfaith.
Riley is a Christian, teenage girl who loves to write! She's been homeschooled since the second grade, and loves playing piano and guitar. She also enjoys writing, lettering, drawing, and reading. She's a singer and and actress in church plays and local theater. She's currently sophomore now, with hopes of publishing her first book and becoming an author one day.
Halee Westbrook is a regular 15 year old teenager with a passion for being a shining beacon of light in a dark world. Halee's key goal in blogging is abolishing low expectations for teenagers, helping young people rise to a new standard, and equipping them with the resources and support they need to live a set apart life for Christ. Check out her blog!
Amanda Brown is a 17-year-old writer and the founder of SKGfun. When not pasted in front of a computer screen, Amanda feels most at home dancing in the rain, reading Jane Austen movies, and playing soccer with her brothers. She has also written poetry and composed two original pieces for the piano, complete with rather feely words. Amanda does not like egotistical guys, flirtatious girls, and books with poor plots.