Looking for the best Bible Studies for Women? Here are 10 great topical studies, women’s Bible study books, and daily Bible study books you’re sure to love!
If you’ve read the Equipping Godly Women website for any length of time now, you know that I’m a huge believer in daily Bible study for women.
Whether that means simply learning how to read the Bible every day, or you actually take the time to dive in deep and learn how to study the Bible, I’m a huge believer in making daily Bible study a priority.
Up until this point, however, I’ve always just read the Bible for myself and by myself.
I mean, sure, I hear it at church too, but I really don’t read many women’s Bible study books, follow any specific Bible reading plans or participate in any small group studies.
I’ve tried before… but all the ones I saw just seemed kind of shallow and pointless…
The devotionals I picked up seemed more interested in sharing the author’s own encouraging thoughts than trying to study the Bible. Many covered topics that simply weren’t relevant to me.
And the Bible studies for women’s small groups I had the opportunity to be a part of through my church turned out to be more like “book clubs” than any actual Bible study. Not really worth my time.
But lately, I’ve been challenged that I need to go deeper in my daily Bible study, so I started to really think about women’s Bible studies.
You see, if I’m only reading the Bible through my own perspective and my own prior knowledge, I’m going to be really limited on what new information I can learn. I mean, sure, the Holy Spirit absolutely speaks to us when we read God’s Word… But I’m not going to magically know all of the history and backstory that I’d really like to know, just by reading the snapshots the Bible provides…
Women’s Bible studies would help me gain the knowledge I am looking for.
So I decided… It’s time to do some research. No more of these fluffy devotionals. I need to find the BEST Bible studies for women — Bible studies that truly dive deep, teach Scripture, and have the potential to make a real impact.
So I checked out my local library (they didn’t have many Bible studies for women), checked online (I found a lot!), and asked around on the Equipping Godly Women Facebook page for your top recommendations.
And I’m happy to report: I found a lot of GREAT Bible studies for women. (They do exist!)
And because I thought you might be interested in going deeper in your daily Bible study for women as well, I thought I’d share my top recommendations for you here.
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What to Look for in a Women’s Bible Study
Of course, the BEST Bible study for women that I like may not be a good fit for you. And the BEST Bible studies for you may not be a good fit for me… We’re all a bit different in what we already know, what we’re going through currently, what topics we’re interested in, and what we’re looking for.
That’s why I included a variety of different topical and Bible study books for women below, so you could choose the one that seems like the best fit for you.
But, that being said, there ARE a few guidelines we can all use when we’re choosing a daily Bible study…
In it, she shares 3 important qualities every women’s Bible study should have, especially if you are working through Bible studies for women’s small groups (her second point isn’t as crucial if you’re reading through your Bible study on your own).
You should check it out if you haven’t had a chance to read it already. (But don’t forget to come back here when you’re done!)
Note: For the purpose of this post, I chose to ONLY include women’s Bible studies you could read through on your own.
While popular Bible study authors like Beth Moore, Jen Wilkin, and others offer fantastic group Bible studies for women that are perfect for a church small group setting, all the women’s Bible studies in this list were created for individual study – No expensive leader kit or additional purchases of teaching videos or companion journals required.
(Of course, you COULD do any of these studies with a group. You just don’t have to.)
5 Types of Bible Studies for Women
I also wanted to mention: There are several different types of studies, and not all are created equal.
For example, the main types of Bible studies include:
- Topical Studies
- Character Studies
- Chronological Studies
- Book Studies
- Word Studies
(You can learn more about the different types of Bible studies here, if you’re interested in the specifics.)
Of these five types of Bible studies, the most common or popular types are the topical study (which gathers verses about a specific topic from all of the Bible) and the book study (which studies a single book or part of a book in order to determine the deeper meaning of the text).
(Unlike Bible reading plans, which just tell you what to read each day, but don’t help you unpack and learn more about what you’re reading.)
Both topical and book Bible studies can offer a great deal of interesting information and insight as you read through the Bible, and I’ve included sections for both below.
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Anyways, without further ado and after much research into the various daily Bible studies out there, here are my top 10 picks for the BEST Best Bible studies for women!
Best Comprehensive Whole Bible Studies for Women
One of the best types of studies to start with is a comprehensive “Whole Bible” type study that will walk you through the major events and themes of the Bible as a whole. Personally, I find that studying and understanding individual pieces of the Bible is much easier once you have a good grasp of the outline of the Bible as a whole.
1. “The Bible in 52 Weeks: A Yearlong Bible Study for Women” by Dr. Kimberly D. Moore
“The Bible in 52 Weeks” is a yearlong Bible study journey created specifically for women that allows you to read through the entire Bible in a year with 15-minute daily readings.
There are scripture readings for six days of every week, with a catch up day on the seventh day. Each week has a list of questions to help you think about what you have read during the week and how that applies to your life. This study can be completed on your own or with a group. There are even questions in the back of the book to use with your study group.
Plus, this women’s Bible study can be used with any Bible translation you prefer, whether NIV, ESV, KJV, NKJV, or anything else.
If you are looking for a study that will help you read through the Bible in a year, check out “The Bible in 52 Weeks.”
2. The Bible Recap: A One-Year Guide to Reading and Understanding the Entire Bible by Tara-Leigh Coble
Tara-Leigh Coble, host of the popular Bible Recap podcast, has put together a Bible study guide called “The Bible Recap” that will help anyone that has ever read the Bible and then thought, “What did I just read?”
This popular women’s Bible study provides a chronological Bible reading plan that will allow you to read through the whole Bible in a year — and understand what you read.
Each day lists what chapters of the Bible should be read as well as a summary and explanation of some of the harder to understand verses found in that day’s reading. Included at the end of each day is a God Shot, which talks about what attribute of God can be found in that day’s reading. You are encouraged to find your own God Shot each day, as the more you get to know God, the more you will want to study His Word.
For help determining what the Bible is saying, pick up a copy of “The Bible Recap.”
This book also comes with optional, additional journals as well.
3. “Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story” by Angie Smith
Whether you’re a brand new baby Christian or you’ve been doing women’s Bible studies for years, it’s very easy to get a “disjointed” view of Scripture — to view it as a collection of individual, unrelated stories and lessons rather than the overarching story that it is.
Thankfully, “Seamless” by Angie Smith is designed to address exactly this.
In this seven-session Bible study, Angie Smith explains the people, places and events you need to know to understand the overarching story of the Bible as a whole.
While it isn’t an in-depth study of one part of the Bible, it offers an easy-to-read general overview that’s perfect for new believers or anyone who doesn’t really understand how the different parts of the Old Testament and New Testament fit together.
If you are looking for easy-to-ready Bible study books for women, learn more and grab your copy of “Seamless” here.
Topical Bible Studies for Women
Topical Bible Studies for women focus on teaching what the Bible has to say concerning one specific topic, and they exist for just about any topic imaginable. For example, popular topics include prayer, grief, God’s love, forgiveness, etc.
4. “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer
In, “The Armor of God,” popular author, speaker and actress Priscilla Shirer, not only alerts Christian women to the seriousness of spiritual warfare happening around us every day, but also gives women a practical battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer in the face of life’s many challenges.
In this 6-week Bible study, Priscilla Shirer helps women identify their own specific current obstacles, before studying the armor of God and learning how to apply it to their own unique situations in a real and powerful way.
This is not just a women’s Bible study book, but a hands-on, workbook-style study guide where you’ll want to dive in and learn how to apply the Bible’s powerful teachings to your own life for real life transformation. Plus, with over 90% 5-star reviews on Amazon, this is one Bible study you’re sure to love.
If you’re looking for Bible study books for women and then some, learn more grab your copy of “The Armor of God” here.
5. What Does it Mean to Be Chosen? An Interactive Bible Study from the Creators of the hit show
If you love the Chosen video series (and who doesn’t??), you’ll love the “What Does it Mean to be Chosen?” companion Bible study that parallels season one.
This topical Bible study helps readers answer the question, “What does it mean to be chosen by God?”
This Bible study is for a new believer as well as someone that has been on their journey with God all of their lives. The study can be done alone or with a group. Each lesson has ten questions that will encourage you to think about what you are studying and apply it to your life. At the end of each lesson, there is also a prayer focus and further study suggestions that will help you dive deeper into scripture.
For a great topical Bible study, be sure to look at “What Does It Mean to Be Chosen?”
“Book” Bible Studies for Women
Book studies, on the other hand, take readers through one specific book (or part of a book) of Scripture, drawing conclusions from each verse or passage. While these may or may not deal with one specific topic (so they can feel a bit scattered), these Bible studies do a great job of explaining the passages in their appropriate context.
6. “He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A 6-Week Bible Study of Colossians)” by Asheritah Ciuciu
Designed for busy women who don’t always have a lot of time on their hands, Asheritah Ciuciu’s “He is Enough” Bible study on the book of Colossians is unique in that it offers women two different options for their daily Bible study.
Each day, you can choose to read a short “snack” of Scripture if you’re running low on time, OR you can choose to read a longer, more in-depth passage on those days when you have a little extra time to spare. This means that even on those days when life is crazy, you never have to miss a day!
Designed to be completed only 5 days a week over the course of 6 weeks, this very doable daily Bible study will show you that He truly IS enough to meet all of our needs, even if we don’t have much time to spare!
If you’re looking for quick Bible study books for women, learn more and grab your copy of “He is Enough” here.
7. “Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle” — A Bible Study by Barb Roose
Written for women who worry (isn’t that all of us? It’s definitely me!), “Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle” is a Bible study on the book of Joshua designed to help Christian women stop their obsessive worrying for good.
Practical, applicable, and beautiful, this workbook-style Bible study for women is appropriate for both small group and individual study.
(Personally, this is the one *I* most want to go through first! The Amazon reviews look great!)
If you’re looking for self-help Bible study books for women, learn more and grab your copy of “Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle” here.
8. “Ecclesiastes: Wisdom For Living Well: An In-depth Bible Study” by Courtney Joseph and Beverly Wise
In “Ecclesiastes: Wisdom For Living Well: An In-depth Bible Study,” prolific Bible study teacher Courtney Joseph takes readers verse by verse through the book of Ecclesiastes to discover how to stop chasing things that don’t matter and learn to live well.
Designed to be thorough, thought-provoking and in-depth–but not too time-consuming–this Bible study does a fantastic job of actually studying Scripture, rather than just the author’s own thoughts. This Bible study is perfect for both group and individual studies, and it even comes with supplementary videos, which you can access for free on the author’s website.
If you’re looking for self-help Bible study books for women, learn more and grab your copy of “Ecclesiastes” here.
9. “What Love Is: The Letters of 1, 2, 3 John” By Kelly Minter
The letters of 1, 2, and 3 John may be short in length, but they are full of spiritual insights for those willing to study them! And that’s exactly what you’ll do with Kelly Minter’s “What Love Is.”
Warm, personable and easy to follow, this Bible study will help you study these books more in-depth whether you’re completing the study by yourself or with a group. Plus, there are even recipes (and cooking metaphors) scattered throughout the book for a special treat!
If you’re looking for Bible study books for women that encourage you to remain faithful to the Truth, learn more and grab your copy of “What Love Is” here.
10. “His Last Words: What Jesus Taught and Prayed in His Final Hours” by Kim Erickson
In “His Last Words: What Jesus Taught and Prayed in His Final Hours,” Kim Erickson helps readers discover and unpack the importance of Jesus’s last words before he left this earth, and what they mean for us today.
Designed as a verse-by-verse 7-week daily Bible study of John chapters 13-17 (as well as portions of 18-21), this study can be done either with a group or individually. It’s thought-provoking, in-depth, honest, and it will help Jesus’s last words come to life in a real and powerful way!
If you’re looking for Bible study books for women about Jesus, learn more and grab your copy of “His Last Words” here.
By the way, Kim Erickson was one of the first guests on the Equipping Godly Women podcast, and I loved hearing her story and her heart as she learned to study Jesus’s last words for herself. Definitely worth a listen when you have time! (It had me in tears!)
Do you regularly read through Bible studies as a part of your daily Bible reading? What are the BEST Bible studies for women or BEST women’s Bible study books you’ve found? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!
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