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Reading books is one of the most rewarding disciplines for a Christian.

The choice is endless and this inexhaustible list continues to grow every year.

Often, the hard choice is picking books that speak to your current season and encourage your growth as a believer.

To make your work simpler, we compiled a list of the top seven books that we think (it is a subjective list) that every Boomer Christian woman should read.

How did we compile this list?

First, we looked at new and classic books loved by women in leadership. Next, we checked how long these books remained in publication and if they are popular and currently recommended by boomer generation women.

This list isn’t exhaustive by any means, and there are many others that should be on the list, but it is sufficient to get you started:

#1 Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Our list starts with Sarah Young’s spiritual insights in a collection of memorable and thought-provoking daily devotionals.

Jesus Calling is written from Jesus’s point of view in a touching first-person narrative that makes the scriptures personal and direct.

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The devotionals read like a dialogue with a real person, as if the Savior opened up His journal to inspire readers to a closer relationship to God.

The book address questions around trust, fear, and building intimacy with God.

# 2 The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Identifying and learning to communicate in your spouse’s primary love language is the key to a rock-solid marriage.

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The premise of this easy-to-read book is that every person receives and expresses love through these primary languages – acts of service, words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, quality time.

A helpful book for couples, the principles in this book flow into other relations as well, not just primary romantic relationships.

It also provides tools to help individuals figure out what others can do better to communicate love and affection better.

When you want him to feel the love you are trying to communicate, you must express it in his primary love language.

#3 Choosing To See – Mary Beth Chapman

Death is the great equalizer.

It shows no regard for status, wealth, or character. When it strikes someone we love, we want to find a meaning to explain the tragic loss.

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Marked by the tragic death of her five-year old, Mary Beth shares her struggles with clinical depression, marital challenges, and how it all fits into God’s over arching plan.

Read this book to find hope when life becomes overwhelming.

#4 The Shack – William Young

Another gut-wrenching story of loss, The Shack portrays God’s grace when there is no explanation for the brutality of life.

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The book follows the healing journey of Mackenzie Allen Phillips, whose youngest daughter, Missy gets abducted during a family vacation. Evidence is found in an abandoned shack that she may have been brutally murdered in the Oregon wilderness.

Mack receives a divine invitation that leads him back to the shack four years after the horrifying loss of his daughter. What he finds in the shack changes his life forever.

Although the theology is flawed (the book is based on a dream), it does not detract from the central message of God’s grace, healing, and salvation through Jesus Christ.

#5 The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom’s story is a riveting account of how her family risked their lives to help Jews escape from the Nazis in World War II.

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Corrie, the lone survivor in her family became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.

The courage shown by Ten Boom’s family is even more relevant to the needs of our present times.

You will find yourself inspired by this groundbreaking story that shines a light on one of history’s darkest moment.

A real life story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

#6 Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers

Often, the greatest truths communicated to us are in the form of stories. This classic novel, based on the narrative of Hosea in the Old Testament highlights God’s relentless and persevering love.

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Angel, a young woman is sold into prostitution and suffers years of abuse before a kind farmer rescues her from her harsh reality and marries her. Despite the chance at a new life, Angel runs away repeatedly and returns to her former life as a prostitute.

She eventually succumbs to a far greater realization, the pursuit of God’s love.

#7 Switch On Your Brain: The Key To Peak Happiness – Dr. Caroline Leaf

How does a book about neuroplasticity feature on our list of essential books for Christian women?

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Dr. Leaf manages a masterful interweaving of brain science and the word of God. Echoing scriptures that exhort that our life is what our thoughts make it,

Featuring the 21-Day Brain Detox Plan, Dr. Leaf shows how to improve your memory, concentration, focus, and to literally rewire your brain.

Curious about our recommended list of books for Christian Boomer Men?