Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading from Retreat in a Bag

Below are recommended readings lists compiled over the years (and we will be adding to the lists regularly).  We believe these books to be ones that you can trust and recommend to others. But remember, the only book we can trust 100% is the Bible.

These recommendations have been broken down into the following subgroups:


Harvest, Chuck Smith

From Fury To Freedom, Raul Ries

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, John Bunyan

They Walked With God, James S. Bell, Jr.

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor

Rees Howells: Intercessor, Norman Grubb

Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot

Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur, Frank L. Houghton

My Husband My Maker, Sharon Ries

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot

George Müller of Bristol (Illustrated Edition), A.T. Pierson

Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God, David McCasland

Redeemed & Restored, Calvary Chapel Pastors’ Wives

Chuck Smith Autobiography: A Memoir of Grace, Chuck Smith

End of the Spear, Steve Saint

The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun, Brother Yun
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My Utmost for His Highest, Updated Edition, Oswald Chambers

Daily Light Devotional (Burgundy Leather) by Lotz, Anne Graham (1998), Anne Graham Lotz

Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings, L. B. Cowman and Springs in the Valley, Mrs. Charles Cowman

Edges of His Ways: Selections for Daily Reading, Amy Carmichael

Women Who Loved God: A Devotional Walk with the Women of the Bible, Elizabeth George

Daily With the King: A Devotional for Self-Discipleship, W. Glyn Evans

They Were Women Too, Joy Jacob

Joy and Strength: 365 Morning Light Devotional, Mary Tileston

Beside Still Waters: Meditation Moments on the Psalms, Millie Stamm

Psalms Today – 365 Daily Devotions Through the Psalms, J. Mark Martin

In The Secret Place Of The Most High An Invitation To Those Who Thirst For His Presence And Power, Cynthia Heald

Quiet Times for Couples, H.Norman Wright
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The Calvary Road, Roy Hession

Knowing God, J.I. Packer

Let Go, Fenelon

Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics), C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

Stepping Heavenward, Elizabeth Prentiss

Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud, Philip Yancey

In His Steps, Charles Sheldon

In His Steps, Philip Keller

The God Of All Comfort, Hannah Whitall Smith

The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life – Hannah Whitall Smith, Hannah Whitall Smith

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

What Happens When Women Pray, Evelyn Christenson

Lord, Change Me, Evelyn Christenson

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (Optimized For Kindle), John Foxe

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Living Water: The Power of the Holy Spirit in your Life, Chuck Smith

The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges

The Practice of Godliness: “Godliness has value for all things” 1 Timothy 4:8, Jerry Bridges

Kneeling We Triumph vol 1, E.F. & L. Harvey

Royal Purposes, E.F. & L. Harvey

Royal Insignia, E.F. & L. Harvey

Trusting in the Names of God: Drawing Strength from Knowing Who He Is, Catherine Martin

When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances, Carol Kent

Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials, Elizabeth George

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, Jerry Bridges

The Journey: Living by Faith in an Uncertain World, Billy Graham

Maybe God is Right After All: And Other Radical Ideas to Live By, Cynthia Heald

Intimacy with God: Revised and Expanded: A Bible Study in the Psalms, Cynthia Heald

Surrender: The Heart God Controls (Revive Our Hearts Series), Nancy DeMoss

Holiness: The Heart God Purifies (Revive Our Hearts Series), Nancy DeMoss

Brokenness: The Heart God Revives (Revive Our Hearts Series), Nancy DeMoss

Loving God with All Your Mind, Elizabeth George

The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation, D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

The Greatest Thing in the World, Experience the Enduring Power of Love, Henry Drummond

Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud, Philip Yancey

A Future and A Hope, Jon Courson

Think It Not Strange, Claudette Palatsky

Effective Prayer Life (Calvary Basic Series), Chuck Smith

Faith in the Night Seasons: Understanding God’s Will, Chuck and Nancy Missler

Only God Can Heal The Wounded Heart, Ed Buckley
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Lord, Heal My Hurts: A Devotional Study on God’s Care and Deliverance, Kay Arthur

Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: Speaking the Truth in Love, Carole Mayhall

And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity, Dannah Gresh

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them, Liz Curtis Higgs

Singled Out for Him, Nancy DeMoss

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, Lisa TerKeurst

8 Choices That Will Change a Woman’s Life, Jill Briscoe

Holy Estrogen: Every Woman’s Guide to Making Her Emotions The Holiest Part of Her!, Carol McLeod

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Prodigals and Those Who Love Them: Words of Encouragement for Those Who Wait, Ruth Bell Graham

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs, Emerson Eggerichs

Husbands Who Won’t Lead and Wives Who Won’t Follow, James Walker

The Mom Walk, Sally Clarkson

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart of Eternity, Sally Clarkson

Beloved Unbeliever: Loving Your Husband into the Faith, Jo Berry

Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God: Encouragement to Refresh Your Soul (Hearts at Home Book), Mary E. DeMuth

Beautiful in God’s Eyes (George, Elizabeth (Insp)), Elizabeth George

Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, Leslie Strobel

When Mothers Pray: Bringing God’s Power and Blessing to Your Children’s Lives, Cheri Fuller

Why Should I Be the First to Change?: The Key to a Loving Marriage, Nancy Missler

Intimate Issues: Twenty-One Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex, Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus

The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective, Martha Peace

The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective, Stuart Scott and John MacArthur

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, Gary Chapman

Rekindling the Romance: Loving the Love of Your Life, Dennis and Barbary Rainey

Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple to Couple: Fire Up Your Sex Life with the Song of Solomon, Joseph and Linda Dillow

Love Life for Every Married Couple, Ed Wheat
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Wounded by God’s People, Anne Graham Lotz (see review here)

High Call, High Privilege, Gail MacDonald (see review here)

The Privilege: Lessons from the Heart of a Shepherdess, Kay Smith (see review here)

On Being a Servant of God, Warren Wiersbe (see review here)

Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women, Susan Hunt (see review here)

Running with the Giants: What the Old Testament Heroes Want You to Know About Life and Leadership (Giants of the Bible), John C. Maxwell

Victorious Christian Service : Studies in the book of Nehemiah, Alan Redpath

Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda, Henry and Richard Blackaby

Servant Leader, Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges (see review here)

Personal Christian Worker (Life Essentials Books), R.A. Torrey

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman, Martha Peace (see review here)

Leaders Who Last (Re:Lit), Dave Kraft

Anointed to Be God’s Servants: How God Blesses Those Who Serve Together (Biblical Legacy Series Book 3), Henry and Tom Blackaby

Leading Women to the Heart of God: Creating a Dynamic Women’s Ministry, Lysa TerKeurst

Designing Effective Women’s Ministries: Choosing, Planning, and Implementing the Right Programs for Your Church, Jill Briscoe, Laurie Katz McIntyre, Beth Seversen
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Knowing and Loving the Bible: Face-to-Face with God in His Word, Catherine Martin

Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time: Discovering Radical Intimacy With God, Catherine Martin

How to Study Your Bible, Precept Ministries/Kay Arthur

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If I Gained the World (The Second Chances Collection Book #4), Linda Nichols

Not a Sparrow Falls (The Second Chances Collection Book #1), Linda Nichols

In the Shadow of a Secret, Lance Wubbels

Hinds Feet on High Places, Hannah Hurnard

And the Shofar Blew, Francine Rivers

Safely Home, Randy Alcorn
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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, Alex and Brett Harris
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Read-n-grow Picture Bible: Adventure from Creation to Revelation in 1,872 Realistic Pictures

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