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Devotionals and Bible Studies for Men, Women and Children

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We have had so many requests lately for recommendations for Bible Studies and devotionals to do at home so today our team member, Meg Thatcher, is sharing some of her favorites. Meg is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and has a passion for mentoring tween and teen girls. We are excited to share her recommendations and we’d love for you to share yours at the bottom of the post!

In God’s Word, we can learn about all aspects of his character. God’s Word teaches us about His unmatched majesty and beauty, while also teaching that God calls us to approach His throne where he is eager to meet us with grace. Immersing ourselves in His Word equips us to face the afflictions that have defined 2020. We learn that God doesn’t change his character when bad things happen. We open our Bibles and moor ourselves to His word to find consistency, encouragement, and promises of hope for the future. 

Opening your Bible can seem overwhelming. It takes time and discipline and faith that God will fulfill his promise to use His word to speak to you.  It is easy to replace our time in the Word with books and devotionals and Bible studies because they are often easier to understand. By no means are these books bad, but it is important to understand that they are not meant to be a replacement, but rather an encouragement to turn to and dig deep into God’s word. However, not all devotional books are the same and many use Scripture out of context and lead you away from intentional time in the Word.  It is important to be able to discern between a book that is replacing the Bible and something that is meant to be a tool to help you understand and interpret the Bible. 

Therefore, we must evaluate these books before we introduce them to ourselves, our family, friends or children. While there are many questions to ask in this process, the most important is how heavily it relies on paraphrases of the Bible and personal anecdotes rather than actual Scripture. 

Today, I want to share my favorite Bible studies and devotionals that are intentional in leading you to Scripture, emphasize the importance of context in the Bible and are biblically sound. As a seminary student, we were required to read a lot of books, in addition to our assigned Bible reading. I learned that the better you know Scripture, the easier it is to recognize something that is contrary. I believe these are books, devotionals and studies that help you to understand and interpret Scripture and dig deeper into God’s Word. 

For Men

Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
Other Tim Keller Favorites: The Reason for God and The Meaning of Marriage
To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler
Other Matt Chandler Favorites: The Explicit Gospel and The Mingling of Souls
Kingdom Man by Tony Evans
Other Tony Evans Favorites: God, Himself and Oneness Embraced
Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt
Other David Platt Favorites: Radical and Before You Vote

The Life Guide series has many books for individual and group Bible Studies for men and women. Lee is going through the one above with her oldest daughter. Also, the Illuminated Bible (shown above) is sold in individual books of the Bible, helpful for taking notes and journaling. A set makes a lovely gift, too! 

For Women 

Ephesians by Sue Edwards
Dr. Edwards' Collection of Discover Together Studies are Perfect for Digging Deep into the Bible
The Art of Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons
Ruth is a Mom to 6 Boys and is Well-Versed in the Craziness of Life! Her Books are Biblically Sound and Beautiful!
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
Other Jen Wilkin Favorites: In His Image and Women of the Word
I Am: Statements of Our Savior Study Book
She Reads Truth is My Favorite Destination for Topical and Book Studies that are Scripture Based

For Tweens and Teens 

Seamless by Angie Smith
This is my Favorite Book to Recommend to Tween and Teen Girls as They Grow Their Love for Scripture
The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
This Book is Great for Teen Girls and Boys and Would Be Great to Read With Parents, Too
Open Your Bible by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams
A Great Introduction to the Bible for Tween and Teen Girls
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Francis Chan Breaks Down God's Overwhelming Love - Good for Boys and Girls

The Write the Word journal is not a Bible Study or devotionals but a way to write, meditate and pray Scripture. It makes a great gift for teen girls. 

For Children and Family

The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Perfect First Bible-- Great for Children and Parents Who are Trying to Explain the Bible to Children
Defined: Who God Says You Are by Stephen Kendrick
A Bible Study Guide for Children Ages 6-8
Kids Read Romans: A Daily Scripture & Activity Book
Don't Miss the Children's Resources Available on She Reads Truth!
Dinner Table Devotionals
A great family devotional to do in mornings before school. For preschoolers, try One Year Devotions for Preschoolers

See Lee’s favorite Bibles for children click here.

Lee
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  1. Thank you for this post! I’m bookmarking all of these. I’m not able to find the Jesus and Women study by Jen Wilkin–there’s one she wrote called Women of the Word and then another by Kristi McLelland called Jesus and Women. Would love to know which one you recommend!