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Spiritual Growth Resources

Growing closer to Jesus is the most important thing we can do. The more than we know him, the more we love him. We live better lives for knowing him. If you are looking to grow in your relationship with God, you will enjoy the resources outlined below. 

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Jessica Hayes

→ My current spiritual growth favorite: Jen Wilkin’s Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with our Whole Hearts and Our Minds.

Really, anything by Jen Wilkin is a great choice. She is approachable and is strongly rooted in the Bible. The women’s ministry at my church is reading through this one right now!

A Spiritual Growth Toolkit

Your number one tool for growing closer to God is finding a great Bible! Yes, you could read the Bible on your phone, but if you really want to dig in and grow with God, a tangible copy is best. 

How to find a great Bible? You’ll want a faithful and readable translation and a comfortable layout. My favorite translations include the NIV, ESV, NLT, and CSB. Make sure the font size is one that you are comfortable reading. It is also helpful if the Bible includes some notes on the history of different books of the Bible and a reference section in the back, to guide you when you have questions.

She Reads Truth Bible (pic from Amazon page)
Photo from Amazon

A great Bible to choose is the She Reads Truth Bible. It comes in many different colors and the layout is beautiful. In fact, it is specifically designed for women to enjoy opening the Word of God. The CSB translation is the Christian Standard Bible, a highly readable and highly reliable translation.

  • Each Bible includes 200 devotionals
  • There are wide margins for journaling
  • It includes colorful timelines and maps to help you understand the history of God’s people
  • There are designed key verses to help you memorize and dwell deeply in God’s Word

Beyond the Bible itself, there are some additional resources that I recommend. Many women find that having these items in their “toolkit” prepare them for deeper, more consistent, richer devotional times in prayer and reading.

  • Journal: Get a fun journal (I love the look of this genuine leather Ps. 46:10 journal!) where you can jot down thoughts, prayers, and questions.  
  • Plan: The Christian Planner is a great option for a day planner. This planner not only maps out your days and months, but also provides sections such as habit tracking, goal setting, and other special sections to help you purposefully pursue Christ each day.
  • Prayer: Have a plan to list out your prayers. This is a beautiful prayer journal that will help you remember and focus on the people and things that are most important to you.
  • Fun: Make it fun, with cute bookmarks, colored pencils, highlighters, and more. (If you want to highlight in your Bible, make sure you use no-bleed Bible highlighters, like these.) 
  • Learn: There are some great commentaries out there, which can help you better understand what’s going on when you read the Bible. I personally use the ESV Study Bible for helpful notes and background information with the Scripture right there. When I was newer to reading the Bible, the Matthew Henry Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible was a helpful starting point.

One last reminder on your toolkit… having the “perfect” tools will never give you the perfect devotional time. What really matters is showing up and inviting God in. He’s there. He’s speaking. He’s with you.

Bring on the Books!

Books are a great way to dig deeper into almost any topic. The books listed below are practical and helpful ways to learn about God, how to pray, how to read the Bible, and other strategies for healthy Christian growth. 

The Cost of Discipleship
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
an old classic that was very influential in my early Christian walk

The New City Catechism Devotional: God’s Truth for Our Hearts and Minds
this devotional goes along with The New City Catechism, which also has a great Kids edition that we use with our children

Training in Faith

I highly value the resource below. We get their paper magazine and I receive daily emails from them as well. We are not affiliates with WORLD and you can get a ton of value for FREE from them online!

  • WORLD News Group – This is a Christian current event news group, providing sound journalism from a biblical worldview. You can sign up for free daily emails on various topics that interest you and they also offer a print-issue weekly magazine.