The best Christian books that help you find your own adventure with God

Who am I?

Hi, I'm Elizabeth Bristol and I’m just a regular person. For a long time, I ran from God because, well, I didn’t want Him telling me what to do. Then something amazing happened. Mary Me: One Woman’s Incredible Adventure with God describes my journey into this wild new relationship with God through Jesus Christ who helped me break free from the lies I’d believed so I could be the me He created me to be. I found out God’s way cooler than I ever imagined and that He has an adventure for everyone. So, I became passionate about wanting to help others find theirs because no matter where you are with God, there's always more!

I wrote...

Mary Me: One Woman’s Incredible Adventure with God

By Elizabeth Bristol,

Book cover of Mary Me: One Woman’s Incredible Adventure with God

What is my book about?

God? No way! That’s what this globe-trotting party girl thought as she threw on her backpack and ran. Elizabeth just wanted to be happy. After the abortion, the date rape, and the accident in Africa, drug abuse only masked her pain. Her own worst enemy, she wondered, How do I fill the void inside and find the ultimate journey worth living?

Elizabeth thought life as a Christian would be boring. But she found the adventure of a lifetime, a variety of unique and special friends, and an infinitely loving God. As she hung out with Him, He led her back to the people involved in the painful parts of her past. She found healing she didn't even know she needed as God taught her how to use her superpower of forgiveness.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Experiencing God Study Book

Elizabeth Bristol Why did I love this book?

Every time I read this workbook, I notice that a lot of people ask, “You say you hear God, but how do you hear God?” 

They do that because when I apply the practical steps the workbook teaches, I end up with a lot of stories that start with, “This is what God’s been showing me...”

I don’t know about you, but practical instructions really help me! 

This book not only shares information and testimonies, but it also teaches you how to converse with God and that's exactly what I wanted to learn how to do.

If you’ve been wanting to hear God, this book is for you!

By Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, Mike Blackaby , Claude V. King

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Experiencing God Study Book as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Experiencing God Bible Study Book includes revised printed content for 12 sessions, personal study between group sessions, and applicable Scripture. Also, each Book contains unique codes that enable you to access teaching videos for each session.

Over the years, God has used the truths of Experiencing God to awaken believers to a radically God-centered way of life. As a result, millions have come to know God intimately, to recognize His voice, and to understand His will for their lives. This new edition is revised, updated, and ready to help you again—or for the very first time—experience your Creator.

God is…

Book cover of Friendship with Jesus

Elizabeth Bristol Why did I love this book?

I love how this author puts you smack dab in the middle of a scene from the Bible and lets you experience it for yourself!

I was thinking about how I wished I could be baptized by John the Baptist, but how was that going to happen?

That's when my seminary teacher assigned this book. I opened it to the first page and God blew me away by making a seemingly impossible dream come true.

I got baptized by John the Baptist 😳. . .and you can, too!!

Are you looking to have some personal experiences with God? You’ll have some as you read this book.

By David L. Miller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Friendship with Jesus as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Build a powerful friendship with Jesus through the ancient art of contemplative prayer.

Perfect for individual or group use, this guide and workbook helps readers to actually experience events recorded in the Gospel of Mark, so that biblical times, places, and people come to life vividly. As the events unfold before the reader's eyes, God's revelation becomes a present event, and Jesus becomes a companion and friend.

In his brief introduction, David Miller explains how the ancient art of contemplative prayer helped strengthen and deepen his relationship with God. After explaining the principles and practice of ´praying the Scriptures,´ Miller…

Book cover of Becoming Fire: Experience the Presence of Jesus Every Day

Elizabeth Bristol Why did I love this book?

Miley does similar things in Becoming Fire as Miller does in Friendship with Jesus but with her own flavor.

Every week, she camps on a different story of the Bible.

You walk a mile in the sandals of a different character each day. That way, you develop a deeper understanding of the passage than you would if you just read it once and connected with the characters you naturally understand. 

Take the story about the sisters, Mary and Martha. Everyone relates to Martha who's super busy. That's our culture these days, right? But not as many people relate to Mary who camps at Jesus’ feet wanting to take in everything He has to say. 

I certainly didn't until God Mary'd me so much so that I ended up writing a book about it.

Through Becoming Fire, God will personalize the Scriptures for you, too!

By Jeanie Miley,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Becoming Fire as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Becoming Fire invites the reader to engage in the age-old practice of listening to stories to activate our creative imagination. Thirty-three meditations arranged for daily reading would enhance the prayer and Bible study of people who are seeking a personal, vital love relationship with Jesus Christ.Ideal for all ages, Becoming Fire will be of interest to the serious seeker as well as a useful tool for beginners in their spiritual journey. Each daily entry is followed by a question for contemplation and personal spiritual growth.

Book cover of A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

Elizabeth Bristol Why did I love this book?

This is one of my all-time favorite books.


First, I love sheep. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I identify with all of Jesus’ examples about those simple creatures.

And I get that I need as much of God's help as they do.

Second, I love the way Keller applies the gospel to his life as (a shepherd) in helpful and practical ways that help readers more fully understand what Jesus meant by what He said.

Just talking about this book makes me want to go back and read it again.

If you’re a dog person, Keller also wrote a similar book called Lessons from a Sheep Dog. That’s a good one, too! (Please don't tell my sheep dog I recommended the sheep book over of the dog book. ☺️)

By W. Phillip Keller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Travel the Shepherd's path to the green pastures and cool, refreshing waters of Psalm 23. As a shepherd himself, W. Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep--and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you.

Keller infuses new hope into our relationship with Christ. This timeless classic:

Is perfect as a treasured self-purchase or gift for any occasion Showcases Scripture which has been the…

Book cover of Comparative Study Bible

Elizabeth Bristol Why did I love this book?

I never understood how cool it was to read more than one version of the Bible until I lived with a friend who had a bookshelf full of them.

As I wrote my papers for seminary, I used every single one.

The Message always makes me pick up another to compare the passage. Often, I choose the King James because it's more literal. The writers of that version aimed to translate the Bible word for word from the original languages.

It's not that the translations say anything different like they've sometimes been accused of doing. No, it's that the Amplified Bible's list of synonyms partnered with the word pictures in the Message expand on the simplified words of the Contemporary English version makes it easier for us to understand.

Reading several versions helps me come to a new and deeper perspective.

Try it and see what you think!

By Zondervan Publishing,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Comparative Study Bible as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"Size 6 7/16 x 9 1/4 inches. 3,120 pages."Each two-page spread contains a complete Scripture portion"from these versions: KJV, NIV, Living Bible, NRSV. Clear,"easy-to-read print. Printed on high quality Bible paper.Full-color Hardcover. White page ed

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Book cover of The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy

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Who am I?

A long time ago, I was an early-aviation historian, but eventually realized that I knew only half the story—the part about airplanes. But what about airships? Initially, I assumed, like so many others, that they were a flash-in-the-pan, a ridiculous dead-end technology, but then I realized these wondrous giants had roamed and awed the world for nearly four decades. There was a bigger story here of an old rivalry between airplanes and airships, one that had since been forgotten, and Empires of the Sky was the result.

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From the author of Washington’s Spies, the thrilling story of two rival secret agents — one Confederate, the other Union — sent to Britain during the Civil War.

The South’s James Bulloch, charming and devious, was ordered to acquire a clandestine fleet intended to break Lincoln’s blockade, sink Northern merchant vessels, and drown the U.S. Navy’s mightiest ships at sea. Opposing him was Thomas Dudley, an upright Quaker lawyer determined to stop Bulloch in a spy-versus-spy game of move and countermove, gambit and sacrifice, intrigue and betrayal.

Their battleground was the Dickensian port of Liverpool, whose dockyards built more ships each year than the rest of the world combined and whose merchant princes, said one observer, were “addicted to Southern proclivities, foreign slave trade, and domestic bribery.”

The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy

By Alexander Rose,

What is this book about?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Washington's Spies, the thrilling story of the Confederate spy who came to Britain to turn the tide of the Civil War-and the Union agent resolved to stop him.

"Entertaining and deeply researched...with a rich cast of spies, crooks, bent businessmen and drunken sailors...Rose relates the tale with gusto." -The New York Times

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