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Twelve Christian Women To Read


One of the many things I am grateful for in our church (and in many other churches) right now is how many women are hungering for more of God and more of His Word. It is so awesome to hear of women young and old in our congregation who are not satisfied with lukewarm, “fluff” teaching, but truly want the meat of the Word.

As a result, one of the questions I am regularly asked is this: “Who are some solid, women Bible teachers and authors that I can learn from?" Well, in light of this question, I've decided to share a short list of several women that I very much appreciate, have learned much from, and endorse without hesitation. Now, in saying this, I want to always be careful to remind each of us to test every teacher according to our ultimate standard: the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 1 Thes. 5:21, 1 John 4:1). For only the God-breathed Scriptures are infallible. That being said, in my observation and experience, the following women truly seek to faithfully and unapologetically teach the truth of God's Word for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). So, while this is in no way an exhaustive list, if you want to read some good, solid stuff to help you grow, check out the writings and teachings of these twelve godly ladies:

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, author, and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences nationally and internationally, and through books and DVDs such as the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

Gloria Furman is the author of Glimpses of Grace, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, The Pastor’s Wife, and Missional Motherhood. She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her husband, Dave, a pastor, and their four children. Gloria is a member of Redeemer Church of Dubai and blogs at gloriafurman.com.

Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community that numbers 610 million people worldwide. This organization operates out of the new Joni and Friends International Disability Center located in Agoura Hills, California. Joni is not only an international disability advocate but an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Pearls of Great Price, Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious Than Silver, the Platinum award-winning Joni, Heaven: Your Real Home, When God Weeps, and The God I Love.

Jackie Hill Perry is a writer, poet, and artist whose work has been featured on The Washington Times, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since becoming a Christian in 2008, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. At home she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden and Autumn.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is a pastor’s wife, full-time homeschool mom, writer, and speaker. She taught English and women’s studies at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. After her conversion to Christ in 1999, she taught and ministered at Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) and served on their board of trustees. Rosaria has written two books, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey to Christian Faith and Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ.

Melissa Kruger serves on staff as women's ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina and they have three children. She blogs for The Gospel Coalition, and you can follow her on Twitter @melissabkruger.

Jen Oshman is a wife and mom to four daughters and has served as a missionary for almost two decades on three continents. She currently resides in Colorado, where she and her husband serve with Pioneers International, and she encourages her church-planting husband at Redemption Parker. Her passion is leading women into a deeper faith and fostering a biblical worldview. She writes about that at www.jenoshman.com. Her first book, Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self, is forthcoming with Crossway.

Megan Hill is the author of Praying Together. She is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition and Her.menuetics, and she has also written for a variety of publications, including Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Reformation21, and byFaith. A pastor’s wife and a pastor’s daughter, Megan counts it her great privilege to serve the church of Christ. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three children.

Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth has touched millions of women's lives through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, and books. She has authored eighteen books, including Lies Women Believe, A Place of Quiet Rest, and Seeking Him. More than 2.7 million copies have been sold, and they continue to transform women’s hearts and lives.

Catherine L. Morgan is married to her best friend, Michael, and has survived adventures in church planting, inner-city ministry, and parenting three great kids. She works for the William Tennent School of Theology in Colorado, and is the author of Thirty Thousand Days and Sparrow. You can follow her blog at catherinesletters.com!

Kathleen Nielson is director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has taught in the English departments at various collegiate institutions, directed and taught Bible studies at several churches, speaks and writes extensively, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. Recent publications include Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah (with D. A. Carson, editor) and Word-Filled Women's Ministry (edited with Gloria Furman). Kathleen and her husband, Niel, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four granddaughters.

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