5 Great Resources for Your Growth as a Christian Woman
1. Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian has quite an amazing testimony. She was abused by her mother, who had mental illness and would often lock her in a closet for long periods of time when she "misbehaved". Her mother did other kooky things that damaged Stormie emotionally and took many years, and a relationship with Jesus Christ, to heal from. Today, Stormie has written many books and devotions for Christians and has also recorded Christian music with her husband. She is famous for writing such powerful books as "The Power of a Praying Wife", "The Power of a Praying Husband", and so on. I was greatly encouraged by her book "The Power of a Praying Woman", when I was single. I've read "The Power of a Praying Wife", and it definitely helped me think about praying for my husband in a different way. It showed me how I could pray over each aspect of his life. For Easter, I gave my husband a pocket copy of "The Power of a Praying Husband", and decided we could both go through our books together in order to strengthen our marriage. So far, it has been a really neat experience!
2. Elizabeth George
I was first introduced to Elizabeth George by one of my best friends, Cortney, who gave me some of her devotional books. She has written wonderful many resources for Christian women, such as "Loving God with All Your Mind", "A Woman's High Calling", "A Wife After God's Own Heart", and the list goes on. She has also written some great studies on different books of the Bible, such as "Nurturing a Heart of Humility: Case Studies of Mary", or "Putting on a Gentle and Quiet Spirit: 1 Peter". I really love her Bible study books! She speaks to you like you're one of her friends and speaks the truth of God's Word in a simple, yet powerful way!
3. Cheryl Broderson
Cheryl Brodersen is the daughter of the late Pastor Chuck Smith, of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in Costa Mesa, CA. Her husband, Brian Brodersen, is now the pastor of the church. Cheryl has written many inspiring books about the Christian walk and also has spoken about Christ and shared the gospel around the world. Some of her books include the "When a Woman..." books, such as, "When a Woman Lets Go of Her Fears", "When a Woman Chooses to Forgive", "When a Woman Lets Go of the Lies: Discovering the Truth About Who You Are in God's Eyes". I personally have the first one of those books that I mentioned, and I enjoyed it and felt that it was biblically sound and meaningful in my own life. Cheryl's teachings on the Bible can sometimes be heard on KWVE, or K-WAVE, a Christian radio station in Southern California. If you have an app on your phone called iHeart radio, you may be able to look up K-WAVE if you live in another area, and listen to the sermons that way. Or, you could possibly download her podcasts. Cheryl is definitely a woman who is spiritually mature and has a lot of significant truths to share with us. (I also had the privilege of meeting her once, at an event at my husband's bible college! She was very nice.)
4. Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth Elliot has authored many profound Christian books, such as "Through the Gates of Splendor", "Shadow of the Almighty" and "Passion and Purity". I personally read "Passion and Purity" when I was in high school/ 20's years. It was such an encouraging resource for staying pure while dating and keeping your commitment to honor God in your relationships. Elisabeth Elliot's first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed when he and some other young men went to live in Ecuador as missionaries, along with their families, and shared the gospel with the natives there. Elisabeth has so much wisdom to share in her writings, and her life and example are so touching and inspirational.
5. Corrie ten Boom
Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was born and raised in Haarlem, Netherlands. She and her family were very strong Christians. During World War II, she and her family made an extremely brave decision to conceal hundreds of Jews in a small, hidden room inside their house. They successfully saved many lives from the Nazis, until one day their secret was revealed to the authorities and they were sent to a concentration camp. Corrie's father and sister Betsy both died in the concentration camp, but eventually, through a clerical error, Corrie was released.
She then went on to become a worldwide evangelist, preaching to men and women near and far about the love of Jesus, and how He carried her through the horrors of the concentration camp. She writes about how she and her sister led many people to faith in Christ during that time, and also about different miracles that took place, such as how a vitamin bottle the sisters had hidden never ran out. She even shares about how, at one of her speaking engagements post-imprisonment, she ran into a Nazi guard who had been there. God gave her the strength, somehow, to extend her hand in forgiveness of this man who had presided over the very concentration camp where she and her family were imprisoned, and where her sister and father both tragically died. If Jesus' has the power to help Corrie forgive this man, that gives me great encouragement that He can help me forgive when someone wrongs me!
Corrie ten Boom is such an amazing woman of God, and I look up to her so much! Her memoir about hiding the Jews is called, "The Hiding Place". There is also a movie chronically her life story, by the same title. She also wrote "Tramp for the Lord", "In My Father's House", and many others. Many wonderful and powerful quotes about the Christian walk can be attributed to Corrie ten Boom. She is one of my heroes, and I'm really looking forward to meeting her in heaven someday!