20 Top Books for Singles

Hey friends! I am popping in to say hey from the very remote land of Alaska! One thing I have been doing ALOT these days (during hours spent traveling Canadian roads and the Alaskan highway in between concerts) is reading! I absolutely love reading, and it’s one of my main avenues to grow + learn. I definitely encourage others to read, and because we’ve been talking about singleness here on the blog recently, I thought I would compile a list of some titles for singles!

Most of these books are favorites of mine, and I also gathered a few that come highly recommended by siblings or close friends. Click each title to see more about it/purchase.

{For Guys}

Spiritual Leadership

My brothers and dad say “Spiritual Leadership” is fantastic! Denver just recently finished reading it, and he said it was one of the best books he has ever read.

Created for Work

This one comes highly recommended by my brother Josh. He is one of the hardest working, most productive men I know, and when I asked him for his top book recommendations, he said this one is super.

Her Knight in Shining Armor

My brothers highly recommend this book for guys! The have all (except Hudson) read and learned from it.

{For Girls}

Answering the Guy Questions

“Answering the Guys Questions” is excellent! If you, as a girl, would like practical tips and Biblical advice on “guy questions”, then this is the book for you! Chels and I have both been very encouraged by this book, and we would encourage young womenn who wants to be an encouragement and blessing to her brothers in Christ to read it.

Sacred Singleness

Girls! This book is incredible! I just finished it, and it challenged and encouraged me so much. I don’t even know how to describe the fresh, honest perspective Leslie gives on the topic of singleness for women! She got married young, and loves Godly marriage, but the book is full of Biblical wisdom and a lot of testimonies from single young women of all ages. I would encourage EVERY SINGLE YOUNG WOMAN to read this book! Whether you are 15 or 35, I promise you will be challenged and encouraged.

Lies Women Believe

“Lies Women Believe” really impacted my life when I was about 16. Nancy Leigh Demoss is a wise older women with sound, Biblical advice on womanhood.

{For Guys + Girls}

singleness + preparing for marriage:

Passion and Purity

Everything from Elisabeth Elliot is good! This book is no exception, and guys and girls alike will be encouraged by her candid talk about her and Jim’s relationship and the need for Biblical purity no matter how strong the desires.

It Takes a Gentleman and a Lady

Guys and gals who want to prepare for an excellent marriage should read this book. It is short, simple, and so easy to read. If you aren’t a big reader, this is a great one for you. And if you want have an excellent marriage someday, Eric will challenge you in the nittiest, grittiest ways of how to prepare.


Total Money Makeover

I believe every single should learn to manage money well, and this books lays a practical foundation for learning to do just that.

The Legacy Journey

In this book, Dave Ramsey gives a great overview of money from a Biblical perspective. It’s one of my favorite books on money.

the Christian life:

Finishing Strong

My father highly recommends this book.

Be Complete

This is a recommendation from my deep-thinking brother Taylor.


A Chance to Die

I have always loved the legacy of Amy Carmichael, and this books tells her story beautiful, intertwined with Elisabeth Elliot’s wisdom. It is probably my top favorite biography of all time.

The Journals of Jim Elliot

Chels recommends this one!

The Heavenly Man

This book isn’t easy to read, but every Christian should do so at some point anyways. It tells a gripping story of dedication to Christ at a HIGH cost that most of us pampered + sheltered Americans can’t even imagine. And yet through it all, Brother Yen remains joyful, thankful, and dedicated to His Savior.

The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom’s biography is a gripping account of courage, endurance, and forgiveness.

people skills:

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

My brother Josh highly recommends this one!

25 Ways to Win with People

Who doesn’t want to win with people?!

the Gospel + Witnessing:

The Bravehearted Gospel

Eric Ludy is bold + Biblical. You will be challenged by this book.

Will Our Generation Speak?

A dear friend, Grace Mally, wrote this book that gives dozens of stories and tips on witnessing, as well as a battle cry for our generation to engage in the fight for the souls of men!


Happy reading! Do you have any recommendations of favorite titles you’ve read recently? I’m always on the lookout for new finds!


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  1. I have a question. I have a daughter and a step-daughter ages 11&13. Do you have any reading material you can suggest for them PLEASE? Thank you! Blessings from Texas! Natalie

    1. Hi Natalie!
      I would suggest the YWAM missionary stories, Elise Dinsmore, Millie Keith, Lamplighter books, “Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends”, Anne of Green Gables, etc. Those are some I grew up reading and loved!

    2. One book that I always really loved at that age was “Pollyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter. It’s a great book. 🙂

  2. I’m reading Lies Women Believe right now! It’s been really encouraging and helpful; love Nancy as well 😉 We have a lot of these books and I’d love to read the ones we don’t have!

  3. Thanks for the book list, I love to read, especially biographies/ life stories of Christians. I should check out some of this books that I haven’t read yet. They sound really good! One book that I read several years ago was hidden rainbow, about a Yugoslavian family who came to know the lord, and they were being persecuted by the Catholic Church. Tortured for Christ, by Richard Wurmbrandt was also a really good book.

  4. I was looking through your older posts (I’m pretty new to this blog), and I saw you mentioned discipling younger girls. Do you have any tips for reaching out and encouraging younger girls (sisters included), or even young adults? One thing the Lord has been working on in my life recently is especially getting together and encouraging my friends that are in the pivotal college age. Any creative ideas or things you’ve found that help? Maybe this is another blog post… 😉

  5. Thank you for sharing these titles, Allison! I’ve read a few of them. “The Hiding Place” made such an impact on me. And although I’ve never read the journals of Jim Elliot, I’ve read several of Elizabeth Elliot’s books and acted her part in “The Bridge of Blood” play/reader’s theater. (My older brothers played Jim and Nate, so it was so cool being able to act with them and make those memories. 🙂
    “Kisses from Katie” is also an amazing book, and so is “Nothing Daunted,” (I think it is called) which is a biography of Isabel Kuhn. Isabella Morganthal’s book “I Dare You” also is one of my favorites. She did Bible Bee and actually wrote a book that is somewhat about the National Bible Bee (titled “Worth it All”). Those are just a few of my personal favorites 🙂

  6. There is a book by David Hoffeditz called “They were Single Too: 8 Biblical Role Models” that is an excellent read.

  7. Yes! “Passion and Purity” is awesome. Also a book that I have loved reading is “Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis. 🙂

  8. They appear to be be some pretty good books. Also the book Not My Will is a very beautiful and wholesome book about learning from the past and letting time heal the wounds.

  9. Yay! 💜 Love this post!!! I just finished “Answering the Guy Question”. It was phenomenal, highly suggest it! I also just read, John Pipers “Don’t Waste Your Life” and it was just as good, if not better. 🙂 I LOVE to read, so thanks for the suggestions!!!

  10. You have compiled a really great selection! I haven’t read all of them, but the ones I have I love! If there was only one book anyone could read other than the Bible, I would so have them read The Bravehearted Gospel! That has really impacted my Christian walk.
    A couple other suggestions by my sister and I: The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann, Ten P’s in a Pod by Arnold Pent III, and Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter).
    There are lots of awesome books out there, but these are just a few highlights. Keep posting – this blog is a challenging and encouraging one! 😀

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Bethany! I love your suggestions- some I have read, and some I need to check out! I’ve been wanting to read Rachael Cruz’s since I love everything her dad writes!

  11. Thanks for this list! I’m always on the lookout for good books to read. Another book I enjoyed is “Whatever the Cost” by David and Jason Benham.

  12. Those sound like amazing books, Allison!! I love”Passion and Purity”.
    Some of my absolute favorites are “God’s Smuggler”, by Brother Andrew, “It’s (Not That) Complicated”, by the Botkin sisters, and “Preparing to be a Help Meet”, by Debi Pearl.

    1. I love “Preparing” as well! And I really need to read “God’s Smuggler”. Definitely gonna put that on my list!

  13. Live Original by Sadie Robertson is great. I’ve read it twice and I still love the insights that Sadie gives on being ourselves and living to who God intended us to be.
    The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens is great as well. I read it when I was a junior (11th grade) in high school and I loved it.

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