my favorite Bible study resources

favorite bible study resources

Happy Friday!

Remember when I told you I would share some of my favorite Bible study resources? Well, I delivered. I know you’re shocked. I am too. What can I say? The stars aligned, my children did really well during their nap/quiet time, and here we are today. We’ll make this Friday Faves my ‘favorite Bible study resources’ edition. Catchy.

Some of these I’ve mentioned before {either in book reviews or during Friday Faves} and some of them are new. But I thought it would be helpful to have them in one spot. Before we begin, let me say one thing: some of the things I’m about to mention cost money.

I am not saying you have to get these things in order to dwell richly in the Word.
All you need is the Word.

Having said that, there are some resources that have been extremely helpful in my study of the Word. So, if you are desiring to grow in this area, let me encourage you to put these items on your wishlist – birthday, Christmas, yard sale money, etc. They’re definitely worth the price.

Let’s start with the obvious need: a Bible.

Over the last few months, I’ve been using and loving this one:

esv womens

I also have the ESV Study Bible, but have found myself reaching for the Women’s Devotional Bible more frequently. The main reason? It’s smaller & lighter. It also helps that it’s prettier. I mean, I realize that’s not necessary for a Bible to be pretty, but…it’s an added bonus. Also, there are 365 devotionals included. Every one I’ve read so far has been excellent. You can check out more info + a video of the interior here.

If you’re looking for some other options for study Bibles, here’s a helpful article :: Which is the Best Study Bible?

If you’re wondering why you should study the Bible – or maybe you want to, but you just don’t know how to get started? Definitely check out Women of the Word. I have reviewed this book already, so I’ll just say that this book needs to go on your ‘to read’ list ASAP.

women of the word

Gospel Meditations for Women is a little booklet of 31 devotionals. Different methods of Bible study are appropriate for different seasons of life. I have found this devotional booklet to be an invaluable resource during my “I’ve-just-given-birth” seasons. Because when you don’t have much energy but you still need strength, sometimes you need someone to spoon feed you. This booklet is my version of spiritual spoon feeding during the precious and difficult stage of newborn living.

Gospel Meditations for Women

I have the Bible Gateway app on my phone and use it daily. There are multiple versions available in both visual and audio format. I like to listen to it in the mornings while I’m getting ready and my 5 year old, Anna Grace, has been using it to listen to the Bible during her afternoon quiet time.

bible gateway is a similar site/app. Free and useful. Sometimes the drama Bible reading is a bit um . . . dramatic for me, but overall I’ve loved it.

Last and certainly not least – I’m currently doing this study on the book of Joshua. I printed out the workbook {find it here}. It’s free and excellent. I told Jonathan just last week that I love it because I feel like I’m actually learning the book of Joshua. Not just reading it, but actually entering into it through the reading, thought-provoking questions, and helpful sessions. If you’re feeling stuck in Bible study, let me encourage you to check out the options here. You’ll find a list of the books on the right side of the site.

So, those are 7 of my favorite Bible study resources. How about you? Have you used any of these? Any you would add? Let’s encourage each other with solid Biblical resources in the comments!



p.s. don’t forget!
next week is the first week of the Friday Faves link up! if you’re a blogger and want to link up your Friday Faves, all you’ll need to do is come here Friday and insert your link! can’t wait to see what you guys share!


  1. Emily Freeman says:

    I’m doing the Jen Wilkin James Study and I really like it, so far! I’ve also used a Tyndale Bible to read the Bible in a year, and while I won’t do it every year, I liked having a Bible to pick up and read that kept me going through the year.

    Some apps I use sometimes:

    Prayer Mate
    Baptist Bible Hour
    Solid Joys by John Piper.

    Thanks for putting together this list, Christa!

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these, Christa! I just got Women of the Word and Gospel Meditations for Women at the ladies’ retreat. I can’t wait to read them. One thing I have enjoyed is the Child Training Bible. It’s not an actual Bible, but a system to mark certain categories of verses like verses on fighting, complaining, fear, anger, disobedience, discouragement, etc. When one of your children (or me) is having trouble with one of these categories, we just go to the right tab and read different verses that address that particular issue. It’s been helpful to really apply the Bible to our lives. Thanks for this post! 🙂

  3. Sarah that looks like Joel says:

    Thanks for sharing, if I don’t already love these, I’m checking them out!

    Before I worked with Jeremy on Scripture memory, I used an app called Scripture Typer. You can set up notifications to remind you, and it was a great system.

    Sometimes I like using Valley of Vision or a hymnal to start out my study time. Great things to chew and pray on.

    And these aren’t specific to studying the Bible, but I find it really helpful (if not doing Jen Wilkin’s studies) to write things down digitally. I know, no handwriting. To me, the ability to search across any device at any time and place, alphabetized and organize as I go, and even add images and music if I want makes that a non-issue. Also, I don’t have to guard a notebook so carefully. Three programs I’ve used and loved–Evernote, Day One, and Pages.

  4. Christa says:

    Jonathan got me started on Evernote and I am LOVING it! thanks for sharing those other resources. I’ve read some great quotes from Valley of Vision. Need to add that to my wishlist…

  5. Karen says:

    Thanks for telling me about the Jen Wilkins study. I have been listening to them and they seem very good. I am doing the Joshua and it is very rich with info. Thanks!!!

  6. Christa says:

    I’m so glad you’ve found them helpful. I’m in the middle of Joshua week 8 – it’s a tough spot full of a lot of land divisions! But I’m plugging along. 🙂

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