Books for Your Friends {a gift guide for bibliophiles}

Books for Your Friends {a gift guide for bibliophiles} If you love to gift books, this list is for you! Twenty-five book recommendations along with the friend who might find each one most encouraging and useful.

Books are my favorite thing to give and to receive.

But sometimes I have a hard time figuring out the perfect book to give. Maybe you do too?

Here are twenty-five book recommendations along with the friend who might find each most encouraging and useful.

And, you never know, you might find a book or two you’d like to add to your own wish list as well.

Okay, y’all, ready for this??

This is going to be super easy to follow. A short description of a friend and a book that I think might be perfect for her. And, I’ve gathered all these recommendations up in one easy to shop spot — my Amazon store. From there you can read full descriptions and reviews, order books for your friends and add them to your own wish list.

So, here we go …

Books for Your Friends {a gift guide for bibliophiles}

If you love to gift books, this list is for you! Twenty-five book recommendations along with the friend who might find each one most encouraging and useful.

Books for Your Friends … a gift guide for bibliophiles

I tried to put these in categories … but they didn’t all fit perfectly hence the “hodge podge” at the end. 🙂

Encouragement for Real Life

For the friend whose life hasn’t turned out quite like she planned — A Redesigned Life by Tracy Steel {I was honored that Tracy invited me to share a bit of my story in her book.}

For the friend who isn’t sure where she belongs — Back Roads to Belonging by Kristen Strong

For your “Martha” friend — Made Like Martha by Katie M. Reid

For your friend who’s feeling overwhelmed or hurt — It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

For your friend who isn’t sure she’s doing anything that matters — The Middle Matters by Lisa-Jo Baker

For your friend who struggles with anxiety — Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons {We’ll be reading this early in 2020 in my Lopsided Living group — want to join us?}

Spiritual Growth

For your friend who wants to get serious about spiritual growth — Sick of Me by Whitney Capps

For your friend who keeps saying she’s going to read the Bible in a year — Day-by-Day Chronological Bible by George Guthrie {This is what I plan to use in 2020.}

For your friend who loves Bible study — Entrusted by Beth Moore {This is hands down my favorite Bible study I’ve done in the past five or six years.}

For your friend who wants to study the Bible but isn’t sure how — Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin {Hands down my top resource for Bible study.}

For your creative spiritual friend — The Art of Prayer by Catherine Bird

Marriage & Parenting

For your friend wants to focus on her marriage — Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

For your mom friend who needs a good pep talk — Brave Moms, Brave Kids by Lee Nienhuis {Read her guest post here.}

For your friend who has a special needs child — Unexpected Blessings by Sandra Peoples

For your friend who wants more peace in her home — The Grumble-Free Year by Tricia Goyer {I endorsed this one and love it! Listen to my conversation with Tricia about this book here.}

For your friend who wants to pray Scripture for her daughter — Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood {Hey! I know her!!}

For your friend who wants to pray Scripture for her son — Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin

For your friend who wants to raise her little ones with a focus first on Christ — First Ask Why by Shelly Wildman {Read a little Q&A we had here.}

Ministry to Women

For your friend who likes to mentor younger women — Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

For your friend who serves or leads ministry to women — Word-Filled Women’s Ministry by Gloria Furman and Kathleen Nielson, et al.

Hodge Podge

For your friend who loves devotionals — A Moment to Breathe from (in)courage {I contributed a few devotions to this book!}

For your highly sensitive friend — Sensitive & Strong by Cheri Gregory & Denise J. Hughes {If you’ve ever felt like a highly sensitive person or known one, this book is for you.}

For your friend who loves to cook — A Place at the Table by Kelly Minter {Listen to this conversation between Annie F. Downs & Kelly Minter and I’ll guarantee you want this book for yourself too!}

For your personality test loving friend — The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile {I am a huge enneagram fan. It has helped me in ministry and life in more ways than I can count.}

For your friend with the gift of hospitality — The Turquoise Table by my dear, dear friend Kristin Schell. {Everyone needs this book. Ev. Ev. Y. One.}


So, there you go … 25 books that would make great gifts for almost any of your friends. Remember, you can shop for these books easily in my Amazon shop!

Tell the truth, how many of them do you want for yourself???

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