Resources for Spiritual Growth

Whether you’re a doubter seeking answers about the claims of Christianity, someone interested in a new relationship with Jesus Christ, or a Christian seeking a deeper walk with God—the following resources can help.

And I didn’t want it to look like I was putting myself in the same category as the first three great faith leaders listed below, so I’ll mention my Want Jesus? video here, if you’d like to check it out. 🙂

Learn about Jesus

From David Jeremiah

From Chuck Swindoll

From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA):


These are the translations/versions I use in Bibles and Bathrobes™:

Beyond Suffering Bible (NLT) Produced by Joni & Friends, Inc. and Joni Eareckson Tada (affiliate link). “There is hardly a person who doesn’t know someone dealing with a disability, disease, chronic illness, or other form of personal suffering. The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study Bible to directly address those who suffer and the people who love and care for them…”

NIV Bible Published by Zondervan (affiliate link). “With a new, easy-to-read typeface, the NIV Thinline Bible, Large Print invites you to linger over, engage with, and deeply explore God’s Word…”

The Open Bible (NKJV) Published by Thomas Nelson (affiliate link). “The Open Bible, New King James Version is designed for the hungry reader. This Bible is filled with amazing study aids including comprehensive book introductions and outlines, 64-page concordance, Read-Along references and translation notes, and the classic Biblical Cyclopedic Index covering more than 8,000 textual entries…”

The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language Translated by Eugene H. Peterson (affiliate link). “Thoroughly reviewed and approved by 20 biblical scholars, The Message combines the authority of God’s Word with the cadence and energy of conversational English…”

The Ryrie Study Bible (NAS)  Study notes by Charles C. Ryrie (affiliate link). “Charles Ryrie’s life work has been to help people know and understand the Bible…The Ryrie Study Bible reflects this lifetime of biblical scholarship in a single, powerful work…”

Christian Devotionals

​Bibles and Bathrobes™—Brief daily video devotionals with Sue Montgomery delivered directly to your inbox with a free subscription. 

Pray Every Day Podcast – A great new resource Sue discovered when she “met” Mary DeMuth in the Book Launch Blueprint. A short, uplifting, biblical prayer time with Mary each morning.

Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray (affiliate link) “Andrew Murray knew what it meant to be continually in the Father’s presence. Read these thirty-one heart-searching readings and learn how to live daily in closer communion and fellowship with Him…”

Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life by Chuck Swindoll (affiliate link) “Chuck Swindoll offers 144 devotional readings that take you through each season of the year, challenging and encouraging you to discover what’s truly important in your own life…”

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young (affiliate link) “After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her…”

Jesus Calling Morning and Evening Devotional by Sarah Young (affiliate link) “The beloved #1 bestselling devotional Jesus Calling® is now available in a morning and evening edition, allowing you to meditate on the hope and peace of  Jesus throughout each day and as the evening draws to a close…”

Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence by Sarah Young (affiliate link) “With scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young, brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every day…”

Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence by Sarah Young (affiliate link) “Whether you need a lifeline in your discouragement and hurts or are longing for a close intimate relationship with the Lord, you will delight in this new devotional book –  a sequel to #1 bestselling Jesus Calling®.”

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers (affiliate link) “For years, millions of Christians the world over have trusted the spiritual companionship of Oswald Chambers’ beloved daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest…”

With the Word: A Devotional Commentary by Warren Weirsbe (affiliate link) From one reader: “I would recommend this to anyone that wants to understand biblical context without too much theology. It is really informative and understandable.”

Christian Classics

Knowing God by J. I. Packer (affiliate link) “For over 40 years, J. I. Packer’s classic has been an important tool to help Christians around the world discover the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God…”

My Heart-Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger (affiliate link) “More than ten million readers have enjoyed Robert Boyd Munger’s spiritually challenging meditation on Christian discipleship…”

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren (affiliate link) “Licensed in over eighty-five languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey…”

The Purpose Driven Life Journal: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren (affiliate link) “Features Scriptures and quotes by Rick Warren, plus space to record reflections, prayers, and goals while seeking God’s plans for your life.”

The Spirit of Christ by Andrew Murray (affiliate link) “Andrew Murray, a classic Christian writer with knowledge and experience of the Holy Spirit, will show you the power that God wants to give you…”

With Christ In The School Of Prayer by Andrew Murray (affiliate link) “Few books have had as much impact on calling the church to prayer as Andrew Murray’s classic, With Christ in the School of Prayer…”

What On Earth Am I Here For? Study Guide (The Purpose Driven Life) by Rick Warren (affiliate link) “In this six-session small group bible study Rick Warren helps users discover the answer to life’s most fundamental question: ‘What on earth am I here for?’ This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life and is designed for use with the DVD.”

What On Earth Am I Here For? (Video Study) by Rick Warren (affiliate link) The companion to the study guide.

For Skeptics

Answers to Tough Questions Skeptics Ask About the Christian Faith by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart (affiliate link) “The authors tackle 65 of the most-asked questions about the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, miracles, other religions, and Creation in a question-and-answer format…”

Basic Christianity by John R.W. Stott (affiliate link) “John Stott’s clear, classic book, now updated, examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. Here is a sound, sensible guide for all who seek an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith...”

(podcast) “Through two lives vested in Christ, your hosts Hilary and Rachel, take you on a unique journey of exploring years of biblical teachings. They believe it’s time for current culture to understand there is a relatable way to apply God’s Word to your everyday lives. This is the daring and brave podcast that is willing to explore the thoughts of everyday Christians while inviting those that might be uncertain to join the conversation.”

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus  by Lee Strobel (affiliate link) “Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields…”

The Case for Christ Study Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel (affiliate link) “…Strobel invites you and your group to investigate the truth about Jesus Christ leading to the facts that guided Strobel from atheism to faith in Christ…”

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel (affiliate link) “In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God’s unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief―the eight “heart barriers” to faith…”

The Case for Faith Study Guide with DVD: A Six-Session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel (affiliate link) “In this six-session revised small group Bible study, Strobel explores the most common emotional obstacles to faith in Christ…”

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