I have enjoyed rich quiet times with many authors. Below are my favorite book recommendations. Some are classics, some are newer.
To begin with, I love reading one Proverb a day. There are 31 chapters, which easily coincide with days of the month. I have read through Proverbs countless times and always find fresh insights.
One year, I read through the Psalms using One Year Book of Psalms. It was a refreshing change of pace.
31 Days of Praise
31 Days of Prayer
ChristLife: Embracing Your True and Deepest Identity
I Exalt You, O God: Encountering His Greatness in Your Private Worship
I Will Follow You, O God: Embracing Him as Lord in Your Private Worship
I Give You Glory, O God: Honoring His Righteousness in Your Private Worship
Pierced by the Word
Life as a Vapor
The Power of a Praying Parent
The Power of a Praying Wife
Jennifer Kennedy Dean
The One Year Praying the Promises of God (co-authored with Cheri Fuller)
Pursuing the Christ: 31 Morning and Evening Prayers for Christmastime
Elisabeth Elliot – These are excerpts from her newsletters
Secure in the Everlasting Arms
Music of His Promises
Others that I Love
A Quiet Knowing: Anchors for the Heart in the Turbulence of Life, by Gigi Graham Tchividian
My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer — This is not a book you can rush through. The chapters are short, but very rich.
Quiet Moments for the Heart and Soul, by Emilie Barnes
This one is very special to me. I grew up having regular quiet times, but I went through a time in my adult years that I set everything aside. This book was recommended to me as a way to “start fresh” and set things right again. God used this devotional to rebuild intimacy with Him. The devotions are not very long, but they are very practical.
I have two favorite books on the What’s, Why’s, and How to’s of quiet times.
Six Secrets to a Powerful Quiet Time: Discovering Radical Intimacy with God, by Catherine Martin
A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy with God Through a Daily Devotional Life, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
If you are interested in more in-depth study, the following two books are excellent:
Knowing and Loving the Bible: Face-to-Face with God in His Word, by Catherine Martin
Living by the Book, by Howard Hendricks
I also highly recommend Precept-Upon-Precept Bible studies. Similar to the method taught in Living by the Book, you will learn how to discover truth for yourself in God’s Word. It will change your life!