You know that glow that remains after something wonderful happens? That’s what I’m feeling right now.
As you’re likely aware, we’ve recently wrapped up a study on prayer. Most of my posts for the last two months were related to this study and equipping women as they build this discipline. The Lord was on the move, let me tell you! It was an incredible blessing and honor to walk through the journey with new friends. I’ve seen tremendous growth, confidence that has erupted, and the joy of the Lord in God’s presence. Wow!!
I know that we can all use a boost in our prayer lives, whether we’re seasoned or new to the practice. On the week of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books on the topic of prayer. Perhaps they’ll make good gifts for someone on your list, perhaps they’ll serve as hints for those purchasing gifts for you, or maybe they’ll help build your Amazon wishlist and eventually make it into your library.
Any way you look at it, this will be a good resource whenever you need it. I suggest you bookmark this post if you think you’ll refer back to it later. 🙂
Let’s get to it! Here’s the list of my top nine books on prayer. At the end of this post, I’ll also share a few more of my favorite things.
Number One: Fervent
by Priscilla Shirer
I had the privilege of watching this book in action and it was amazing! We used Fervent as a backdrop for our Lord, Teach Us to Pray study. Many in the group were blessed through Priscilla’s direct approach and practical wisdom. Some said it was the best book they read all year.Purchase Fervent Here
Number Two: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
Purchase Fresh Wind Fresh Fire here
by Jim Cymbala
Number Three: Praying God’s Word
by Beth Moore
Beth simply speaks my language. I am always blessed by her teaching and this book is no exception. My highlighter worked overtime in this book. She shares her teaching journey and gives us a “behind the scenes look” at her ministry – while encouraging readers to dig into God’s Word and pray it right back to Him.Purchase Praying God’s Word Here
Number Four: The Power of a Praying Woman
by Stormie Omartian
Stormie has written extensively on the topic of prayer and you’re sure to find blessing through any (and all) of her work. In this particular edition, Stormie encourages us to pray for something we tend to neglect: ourselves. It’s not selfish, it’s not idolatry. Praying for our own needs is a BIG part of self-care that equips us to meet the needs of those around us. As women, we often pour out at work, as a parent, as a spouse, as a daughter, as a sister, and as a friend. This is God’s reminder that He’s willing to pour into us. What a gem.Purchase The Power of a Praying Woman here
Number Five: The Heart of a Woman Who Prays
by Elizabeth George
To me, this is a bare-bones basic instruction manual on how and when to pray. Elizabeth has a wonderful way of making things simple and easy to follow. You’ll grow spiritually as you read her work, and this book helps us all strengthen our prayer by putting it into practice.Purchase The Heart of a Woman Who Prays here
Number Six: The Battle Plan for Prayer
by Steven and Alex Kendrick
Like Fervent, this book came out of the inspiration of the movie War Room. It takes beginners and seasoned prayer warriors through simple and attainable practices to engage in prayer. My favorite quote from this book is “When prayer becomes your immediate reflex instead of your last resort, the whole battlefield begins to tilt in your direction.” The Kendrick brothers show us how to use prayer as the first weapon we grab when trials strike. This will make a great gift for the men in your lives, and you’ll find encouragement in its pages as well.Purchase The Battle Plan for Prayer here
Number Seven: What Happens When Women Pray
by Evelyn Christianson
Here’s a moment of transparency. I haven’t read this one. It was recommended to me by my dear friend and mentor who worked with Evelyn in her ministry. When I purchased it… I bought the wrong book. (It was by Evelyn Christiansen and it blessed me immensely – the link to that book is here.) At any rate, I have no doubt of its excellence. Evelyn led the charge for prayer groups forming around the world in the 70’s and 80’s. We have much to glean from her wisdom.Purchase What Happens When Women Pray here
Number Eight: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald S. Whitney
This book goes far beyond prayer and covers many different faith-building practices. I include it in this list for its comprehensive encouragement in both prayer and fasting, which go hand in hand. Don’t let the word “disciplines” scare you – for the most part, they’re simple ways to engage with the Lord and build a strong, foundational relationship with Him. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to deepen their walk with Christ.Purchase Spiritual Disciplines here
Number Nine: War Room movie
(I know, it’s not a book).
If you haven’t yet viewed this movie, you must. It shares a great story of a woman who’s learning, for the first time, to pray through her trials and provides heartfelt motivation to get on your knees. Seriously, this is a must-see for anyone who follows Christ. Just do it. It’s worth owning, but you can rent it on Amazon Prime as well.Purchase War Room here
And as promised, here are a few more of my favorite things:
I created this journal to inspire myself to record my prayers, to remember how I prayed so I can watch the Lord move through my prayers, and to remember to praise and thank Him daily. It’s a lot of fun to share personal tools with all of you. I’m giving this journal to several people on my gift list. Maybe your friends will find blessing through it too!Purchase My Prayer Journal here
My heart thrills with a new journal and colorful pens. Many in our prayer group feel the same way, so here is a look at some of the pens I most enjoy using. I’m going to spare you the commentary because each would say, “I love these pens so much – they’re my favorite!” Instead of sharing that redundancy, I’ll just let you know which I like. It’s all about mood for me – the type of tip my fingers happen to anticipate and the color that strikes my fancy. Yes, I have a large pen collection… scattered everywhere in the house.
There you have it – my current list of favorites. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I do and that they will help you begin to build your own library and collection. 🙂