The best Christian devotional books to build your faith

Who am I?

Books have been an important part of my faith journey. I set aside time each morning to read scripture, and devotional material, to meditate and pray. As I read about the experiences of others my faith increases and I know God better. As a writer I express my own faith through words and invite others to know God better by experiencing Him with time set aside in the mornings. More Love is part of a series of small books that I have created to give readers experiences to connect with God and to know His love. 

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More Love: Experiencing God's Love

By Betsy Duffey,

Book cover of More Love: Experiencing God's Love

What is my book about?

Have you wondered about God? For those who have never known God, those who desire a deeper connection with God, or those who feel unworthy of love, this book is for you. More Love provides 30 short exercises, prayers, and reflections to help you experience God’s love. Through prayer, breathing, and imagery you can draw closer to God and experience His love.

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Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

By Mark Batterson,

Book cover of Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

Why this book?

Mark Batterson writes, “If you press into God’s presence like never before, you will experience God like never before.” This small book has led me back to a richer prayer life again and again. I’ve prayed through it many times and have given away countless copies to others. Each day Batterson invites a new way to look at prayer and a practical way to start a morning devotion time all grounded in scripture. As a writer I love the focus on creativity and honoring ideas. He writes, “I don’t type on a keyboard, I pray on one.” 

Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner

By Frederick Buechner,

Book cover of Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner

Why this book?

Fred Buechner writes, “Listen to your life. All moments are key moments.” These 366 short writings taken from the works and books of Frederick Buechner are rich and deep. A few moments with a daily reading can shift my perspective from an earthly one to an eternal one. I come back to his books often to absorb his wisdom and the example of his faith. One of Buechner’s great strengths is his gift of storytelling which permeates the readings giving life to the words and wisdom.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

By Sarah Young,

Book cover of Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Why this book?

Sarah Young writes as if Jesus is speaking to the reader, “All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to my hand for strength and direction.” This book speaks to me, especially in difficult years. It brings me to an awareness of God’s comfort and love for me. Simple, short daily readings are based on scripture. Sitting with this book in the morning is like spending time with Jesus. 

Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David

By Eugene H. Peterson,

Book cover of Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David

Why this book?

Eugene Peterson writes, “Morning prayer anticipates the day in hope.” This gentle book of Psalms and prayers is a gem. Each day has just a few sentences from Eugene Peterson to take me deeper into the Psalm or scripture passage. The thoughts are reassuring and peaceful, helping me start the day with a focus on God. 

Celtic Devotions: A Guide to Morning and Evening Prayer

By Calvin Miller,

Book cover of Celtic Devotions: A Guide to Morning and Evening Prayer

Why this book?

This beautiful book includes thirty morning and evening readings of Celtic prayers, poetry, and quotations. I love the fresh look at nature and God through the eyes of the Celts. Readings are from Psalm 119 and from the Carmina Gadelica, a collection of traditional Gaelic Songs.  A lovely and inspirational way to start and end your day. 

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