It’s the time of year when women’s ministry teams select Bible-study curriculum for the coming year.

Choosing a study that is biblically rich, theologically sound, and works for a real-life group of women can be a challenge. To help narrow down the options, we asked 20 women’s ministry leaders for their recommendations for both Bible and book studies. Their recommendations certainly don’t highlight all the good Christian books available, but the format and content of these resources have worked well in their women’s small groups.

Maybe one of them will work for yours.

Recently Published Bible Studies

(alphabetical by author)

Hope A. Blanton and Christine B. Gordon

Lydia Brownback

Courtney Doctor and Melissa Kruger

Christine Hoover

Sarah Ivill

Trillia J. Newbell

Ruth Chou Simons

Susan Tyner

Jen Wilkin

Bible Studies

(alphabetical by author)

Hope A. Blanton and Christine B. Gordon

Dee Brestin

Courtney Doctor

Keri Folmar

  • Son of God (Mark), Grace (Ephesians), Joy! (Philippians), and so on
  • Homework: 2–4 hours per week
  • Video: No

Greg Gilbert

  • James
  • Homework: 1–2 hours per week
  • Video: No

Nancy Guthrie

Cynthia Heald

Sarah Ivill

Melissa B. Kruger

  • In All Things (Philippians)
  • Homework: 2–4 hours per week
  • Video: No

Kathleen B. Neilson

Trillia Newbell

George Robertson with Mary Beth McGreevy

John Stott

Jen Wilkin

Big Dream Ministries (multi-authored)

Book Studies

(books with an * do not have discussion questions or an available study guide)

Hannah Anderson, Humble Roots: How Humility Grows and Nourishes Your Soul

Lydia Brownback, A Woman’s Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything

Keri Folmar, The Good Portion: Scripture

Nancy Guthrie, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story; Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of JesusGod Does His Best Work with Empty

Megan Hill, Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches

Abby Hutto, God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son

Betsy Childs Howard, Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith when Dreams Are Delayed

Melissa B. Kruger, The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World

Melissa B. Kruger (ed.), Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ

Tim Lane and Paul David Tripp, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

Rondi Lauterbach, Hungry: Learning to Feed Your Soul with Christ

Carolyn McCully with Nora Shank, The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home*

Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World*

Catherine Parks, Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships

John Piper and Justin Taylor (eds.), Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life*

Jen Wilkin, None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free