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2020 Christian Reading Challenge for Women – Hf #259

on January 2, 2020 by Jami Balmet 0 comments

If you are looking for the MEN’S companion reading challenge for 2020, you can find it here! Happy reading!! 

Welcome to the 2020 reading challenge! It’s my favorite time of the year and I am so excited to see how many books we all read this year. This is our 4th year in a row running our reading challenge and it’s been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids (and one on the way) and running our own business started to squeeze the love (or the time) out of our reading life. 

So in 2017 we decided to run a little challenge for ourselves (and invited you to join in) and the result has been three fabulous years of reading! We have both read more in the past 3 years then we could have thought possible with this busy season of life we are in. 

So we are back in 2020 with our 4th reading challenge…and it’s our best one yet! Below you will find out 2020 reading challenge, lots and lots of amazing book recommendations, as well as a podcast episode all about the reading challenge this year that you can listen in to!

Listen to the Podcast:

Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info ?

And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

While this is our 4th reading challenge, all of the books in the actual challenge below are all new! That means if you’ve been following along these past 3 years, you won’t have any repeats!! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read – or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories. 

I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn’t normally. 

Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!?

Grab the Toolkit: 

The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2020 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap. 

Grab the Toolkit!

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Subscribe to my new reading challenge newsletter to follow along throughout 2020 AND get my 2020 Reading Challenge Toolkit for FREE!

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2020 Christian Reading Challenge for Women

Here’s how it works: 

I have given you category suggestions for each book as well as my book recommendation. I personally recommend all of these books and tried to think about the very best books I recommend all women read. If you’ve already read that book or simply want a different suggestion, scroll down and you will find more book recommendations for each category (OR feel free to choose any of your own books). 

Then download and/or print off the reading list to follow along. 

A note about fiction: This list does not include any fiction. I LOVE reading fiction and read many fiction books throughout the year. However, since this is for entertainment and relaxation for me, I don’t need to add these in as reading goals. When we are on vacation, or I have more down time (like during Christmas), I read a lot more fiction. But I’m already prone to being lazy and reaching for a fiction book more than a book to help my spiritual growth or draw closer to the Lord, so I don’t need any extra reading goals to re-inforce that habit ? But I know several of you requested fiction options worked in, so feel free to replace some of the categories below with fiction if you would prefer. 

Pick Your Level:

I know each of us has different reading levels and time for reading, so I created two different tracks you can follow. 

13 Books a Year – This works out to 1 book every 4 weeks. If you have no habit of reading right now or have no idea you will fit reading time into your busy schedule, then this is a great level to begin with. Pick one book every 4 weeks and commit to getting it down within that time. 

26 Books a Year – If you want to tackle a bigger challenge, then this level will get you reading 1 book every two weeks throughout the year. It’s still a very doable reading track but will challenge you to stay on track! If you want to follow this plan, read one book from each list every month. So in January, read book #1 and book #14! This way everyone can read through and follow along with books #1-13 together.

Here are the categories: 

  • Christian Living
  • Biblical Womanhood/Marriage
  • Parenting/Family Life
  • Theology
  • Biography
  • Practical Homemaking
  • Money & Finances 
  • Christian Classics
  • Church History

*If you are not a parent or are not married, then scroll down and fill in those spots with other fantastic book suggestions from the other categories. 

13 Books a Year:

  1. Practical Homemaking: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
  2. Christian Living:  Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow by R. C. Sproul
  3. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage:  The Legacy of Biblical Womanhood by Susan Hunt
  4. Spiritual Disciplines: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies
  5. Christian Living:  The Great Gain of Godliness by Thomas Watson
  6. Parenting/Family Life:  The Duties of Parents by J. C. Ryle
  7. Biography:  The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steve J. Lawson
  8. Theology: Everyone’s a Theologian by R. C. Sproul
  9. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage:   Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Aimee Byrd
  10. Practical Homemaking: The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
  11. Parenting/Family Life: Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Hubbard
  12. Christian Living: Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Paul Tripp
  13. Theology: The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship by Robert Letham

26 Books a Year: 

Instead of just reading straight through the 26 books, we recommend that you pick one book from each list every month. So January you would read books #1 and #14, February is books #2 and #15, and so on. This makes it so that we are all working through books #1-13 together. But feel free to do it however you want ? 

14. A Christian Classic:  The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
15. Practical Homemaking: You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham
16. Parenting/Family Life: Bringing the Gospel Home by Randy Newman
17. Christian Living: Finding God in My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback
18. Theology: Chasing Contentment by Erik Raymond
19. Reading: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke
20. Spiritual Disciplines: A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
21. Biblical Womanhood/Marriage: Flourish by Lydia Brownback
22. Christian Living: The Apostle’s Creed by Albert Mohler
23. Parenting/Family Life: Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley
24. Biography:  Eight Women of Faith by Michael Haykin
25. Christian Living: Everyday Faithfulness by Glenna Marshall
26. Theology: The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

Grab the Toolkit:

To make this as easy as possibly for you, I created a toolkit you can download that has all the details (and MORE) that you need to make the most out of this challenge, customize it for YOU, grab the men’s companion guide to go through with your husband, and more. 

I created this toolkit because I really want you to dive into reading this year and LOVE it. So I poured my heart into making this over the last two weeks and it’s my special gift for you to jump start your new year. All you have to do is sign up for my brand new newsletter all about reading and then you can download the toolkit immediately for free. 

Download for FREE!

Other book suggestions for your categories: 

Christian Living:

Biblical Womanhood/Marriage:

Parenting/Family Life:




Time Management/Homemaking Skills:

Money & Finances:

A Christian Classic:

Church History:

Download the FREE Toolkit! 

Don’t forget to grab the free toolkit I’ve created for this reading challenge. You will get everything you need to follow along with the challenge, how to tailor it to fit your needs and your life, book suggestions, how to find the time to read, how to read books on a budget, the men’s reading challenge companion guide, and more! 

Grab the Toolkit!

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Subscribe to my new reading challenge newsletter to follow along throughout 2020 AND get my 2020 Reading Challenge Toolkit for FREE!

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