Finding a good Bible Study can be daunting, which is why I wanted to share with you the best Bible Studies for women that I’ve read and recommend, as well as Bible Studies for women that are on my list to read in 2021.
I love taking a closer look at scripture and learning more about God. While reading the Bible is great and definitely my first recommendation, sometimes it is difficult to understand what a certain passage is trying to say.
For me, that is where Bible Studies are helpful. They take a deeper dive into either a certain topic or specific scripture to help us better understand what we are reading.
If you haven’t already snagged my Bible verse printables for contentment, you should! They help remind you to seek contentment each day and can be found for FREE in my Resource Library!
Before I dive into the best Bible Studies for women, I want to share with you what I believe a good Bible Study includes.
1 // Biblical truth – I want the things I’m learning in a Bible Study to be pointed directly back to scripture. The purpose of a Bible Study is to help dive deeper into the scripture, so I believe being pointed back to scripture is a must.
2 // Engaging – I enjoy answering thought provoking questions throughout a Bible Study. It isn’t just enough to consume information, but also put it into action.
3 // Conviction – I say this with hesitation, but honestly, I want to see ways that I can grow as a Christian as I read a Bible Study. Some studies I have completed felt like they were skirting the truth or not really helping me see the error in my ways, and in my humble opinion, that isn’t helpful.
Best Bible Studies for women that I recommend
I’ve completed several Bible Studies over the years, and I have a few that have really changed my life. My hope is that they are able to change your life as well!
1 // Life Application Study Bible
My Study Bible is by far my favorite Bible! I’ve had several, so I’m not just saying this.
What I love if I don’t understand something in scripture, there are notes to help clarify it.
2 // Lies Women Believe
This was one of the first Bibles Studies I did that I really enjoyed. It helped me see things from a completely different perspective than I had before going through it.
While I didn’t agree with everything in this Bible Study, I gained so much from this study and highly recommend it!
My favorite second was definitely Week 9: Lies Women Believe About Emotions. It really helped me see things outside of my emotions and more clearly.
Synopsis: Counter the lies that keep you from abundant living.
Satan is the master deceiver; his lies are endless. And the lies Christian women believe are at the root of most of their struggles.
“Many women live under a cloud of personal guilt and condemnation,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “Many are in bondage to their past. Others are gripped by fear of rejection and a longing for approval. Still others are emotional prisoners.”
In this bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!
3 // The Power to Change
This Bible Study was written during the early part of 2020 when COVID-19 first started spreading in the United States.
What I loved about this Bible Study was the positive and encouraging message of changing behaviors and habits to better serve God. I had been praying for a while that God would send me something to really help me change my circumstances, and boy did He deliver!
The conviction and encouragement I felt as I worked through this Bible Study helped me change into a better person and gave me a clear direction for how I could change my circumstances with God’s help.
Synopsis: Do you believe you can actually change?
Life change happens at the moment you begin a relationship with Jesus. You have been rescued. But what happens when daily temptations and distractions from following Jesus leave you feeling overwhelmed and stuck in the same discouraging patterns? This six-week study with Jennie Allen, Matt Chandler, and Oneka McClellan will help you understand the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and the process of sanctification. There is no checklist to follow, but there is a daily act of surrender to a God who will continue to mold and shape you. The more you know God, the more you can live like him.
Change is possible because the gospel changes everything. Let’s discover what it looks like to work out our salvation.
3 // 20/20
Christine Caine is a wonderful and exciting person, and her Bible Study definitely delivers some real truths.
I’ll be honest, this Bible Study was a difficult one for me, because I had so much conviction working through it.
However, I really enjoyed how much Christine connects her lessons to scripture. It is very interactive and thought-provoking.
20/20 isn’t just about how to clarify how we see others, but also ourselves, through God’s eyes.
Synopsis: Christine Caine is passionate about seeing every woman equipped to live her life on mission for Jesus.
In this 7-session study, you’ll develop a new understanding of how God sees you and has chosen you to help make Jesus’ name known on this planet. Through biblical teaching and lessons from her own life, Christine will challenge you to share the story of how God’s love has transformed your life right where you are. The 20/20 Bible Study Book is designed to be used in conjunction with the 20/20 DVD Leader Kit.
The Best Bible Studies for women I want to read in 2021
I’ve always had a running list of books and Bible Studies that I want to read. Most are based on the recommendations of friends, trusted Christian women in my community, and the Amazon Best Sellers: Christian Bible Study.
These aren’t listed in any particular order, but I hope you will find at least one from this Bible Study books list to add to your own.
With each Bible Study book, I’ve included the synopsis, and if there is a specific reason for wanting to complete a Bible Study, I’ve included that as well.
1 // The Way of Abundance by Ann Voskamp
I loved One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp! It is what finally dedicated me to thank God for all of the tiny good things to the really big, in-your-face things that happen each day.
Synopsis: What do you do when you wake up and feel like you’re not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?
As Ann Voskamp writes, “great grief isn’t meant to fit inside your body. It’s why your heart breaks.” And each of us holds enough brokenness to overflow—to be given as the greatest story of our lives.
In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann’s online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?
This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.
As Ann writes, “The wound in His side proves that Jesus is always on the side of the suffering, the wounded, the busted, the broken.” Discover how surrendering in unexpected ways is the first step toward receiving what you long for. Discover the good news that your beauty is not in your strength but in your fragility. Discover why your healing shines radiantly through your wounds—and how only in brokenness will you ever be whole—and find the way to the abundance you were meant for.
2 // The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
The scripture about the Armor of God keeps presenting itself in my studies, and based on several recommendations, I really want to dive deeper into it, which is why it is on my list of best Bible Studies for women.
Synopsis: All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.
3 // Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Synopsis: A decade ago, Priscilla Shirer authored Discerning the Voice of God, and since then God has continued to grow, teach, and challenge her in her walk with Him. This revised and expanded edition reflects that growth through new stories, illustrations, and exercises.
Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God—humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life.
- All-new interactive teaching videos approximately 30-40 minutes per session available for rent or purchase
- Leader tips in the back of the Bible Study Book
- In-depth stories and illustrations
- Personal study to be completed among the 7 group sessions
- Articles and insights from Dr. Tony Evans
- Exercises to equip you post-study
- Challenge yourself in the discipline of daily Bible study.
- Gain practical advice for knowing and understanding God’s voice through His Word.
- Learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s character, language, and tone of voice.
- Experience a deeper relationship with God, and strengthen your daily walk with Him.
4 // It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst
This book is listed in the best Bible Studies for women for many reasons. A personal reason is that my life has taken turns I didn’t expect and I haven’t always accepted them.
I’m hoping this Bible Study will help me navigate these differences better.
Synopsis: What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:
- Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
- Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
- Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
- Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
- Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.
5 // Twelve Women of the Bible
Synopsis: Let’s get real!
Don’t you just love authentic people? Aren’t you drawn to women who are transparent and real? There is something fresh and wonderful about women who have nothing to hide and who are not ashamed about who they are . . . even the tough parts.
In this twelve-session small group journey, taught by six acclaimed Bible teachers, you will meet a group of amazing women in the Bible who are absolutely real. At first you might wonder why God captured these particular stories in the Bible. But, as you press on, you will discover that their raw and revealing stories of frailties, struggles, sins and brokenness are a real gift to women today.
You’ll discover lessons from each of these women that will help you persevere through the circumstances you are facing. Learn how to:
- Apply biblical lessons to your own modern-day struggles
- Live through your failures as well as your successes
- Draw near to God in a world filled with trials
- Find lasting contentment in every situation
- Overcome rejection and insecurity
Their stories are not fairytales, their road was not easy, and their examples are not perfect. They lived in times and places quite different than ours. Yet they hold up a mirror to our souls that can help us better understand our own story. And in doing so, we find freedom to come to God as we are, with total transparency, honest and real.
6 // Women of the Word – Jen Wilkin
Synopsis: When you consider studying God’s Word, do you wonder where to begin? Do lack of time and past frustrations discourage you? Wilkin helps Christian women keep their focus and sustain their passion when reading Scripture! In this fresh edition of her bestseller, she’s added study questions to each chapter to train your mind and transform your heart. 170 pages, softcover from Crossway.
7 // God of Creation by Jen Wilkin
This study and the next are added to the list of best Bible Studies for women based on a couple of recommendations from women that I trust and see as very mature in their faith.
Synopsis: The opening lines and chapters of Genesis teach us fundamental truths about God. We watch Him bring light after darkness, order after chaos, and rest after toil—all through the power of His Word.
Over 10 sessions of verse-by-verse study, dive into the first 11 chapters of Genesis by following three critical stages of understanding: comprehension, interpretation, and application. Teaching videos are key in understanding this study. Revisit familiar stories and historical figures, challenge your basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. As God reveals Himself through Scripture, we can only begin to understand ourselves when we first glimpse the character, attributes, and promises of our Creator.
8 // God of Covenant by Jen Wilkin
Synopsis: Beginning with Genesis 12, walk alongside the fathers of our faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph—to discern Jesus in the stories of His people.
Over 10 sessions, discover how God orchestrates everything for His glory and the good of His people, and see how the God of creation and covenant is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
9 // The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
When I was cultivating this list, my best friend raved heavily about this book, so I had to add it to the list of best Bible Studies for women!
Synopsis: Do you find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out when to say yes and when to say no, thinking about how to manage your time, reduce stress, do your best for your family, find a little time for yourself? Lysa TerKeurst found herself in that same situation until she learned the power of “the best yes”, the choice that shapes all of our other choices.
In this six-session study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Lysa uses her signature mix of transparency, Scripture-laced insight, and “been there” humor to suggest usable strategies for making wise decisions day by day.
Lysa will help you and your group:
- Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
- Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
- Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process.
- Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.
10 // Forgiving What You Cannot Forget by Lysa Terkeurst
Synopsis: Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind? You know you can’t go on living like this, but you don’t know what to do next. And you just don’t know if you’ll ever get past it.
In this six-session Bible study, Lysa TerKeurst has walked this journey, wrestling with deep wounds that feel impassible and struggling to move forward. And she’s discovered that, to find life-giving freedom, we have to let go of our bound-up resentment and resistance to forgiving people who’ve hurt us. With deep empathy, therapeutic insight, and rich Bible teaching coming out of 1,000 hours of study, Lysa helps us:
- learn how to move on when the other person refuses to change and never says they’re sorry;
- walk through a step-by-step process to free ourselves from the hurt of our past and feel less offended today;
- discover what the Bible really says about forgiveness and the peace that comes from living it out right now;
- identify what’s stealing trust and vulnerability from our relationships so we can believe there is still good ahead; and
- disempower the triggers hijacking our emotions by embracing the two necessary parts of forgiveness.
I hope you found this list of the best Bible Studies for women helpful in creating your own ‘Bible Studies to Read’ List!
I’d love to know if you have read any of these, what you thought about them, and if you have any Bible Study book recommendations that aren’t included in this post by leaving a comment below for me!
Be sure to also check out my post: 51 Christian Journaling Prompts for Homemakers!