Top Ten Devotional Books

Top Ten Devotional Books

Can you believe Christmas is only 58 days away? As the “Devotional Diva,” I (Renee Fisher) wanted to share my recommendations for my top ten devotional books for 2014.

My life changed forever when I started reading the Bible every day. Since I was 15, I made a promise to God to spend time with Him daily through devotions. Sometimes I read through a One Year Bible, and sometimes with no Bible reading–only daily devotional books.

Every year before Christmas, I am asked which devotionals are my favorite. Since will be on a break for November and December, I decided to share this as my last blog before I go on a holiday break. If you would like to submit a guest post and share your story in 2014, here are the writing requirements.

I encourage you to check out these top ten devotional books, and purchase AT LEAST ONE immediately to spark your spiritual growth or for a Christmas gift for a family member or close friend!

1. The One Year Bible NLT. If you haven’t yet, you should read through the entire Bible. My favorite and easiest translation is the New Living Translation. I’ve read through the Bible many times thanks to this book, and am now am reading through the One Year Bible NIV on Kindle. Purchase on Amazon here.

2. Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. This is the only devotional that my grandma, my mom, and I have all read. This is the devotional I have given to my friends more than any other. Also, I have read this multiple years because it is just that good. Purchase on Amazon here.

3. My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This is another one of those devotionals I’ve read multiple times. Very deep and very encouraging. Purchase on Amazon here.

4. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to read this book. I just recently started and every day it speaks to me in a way that I need. Each daily reading is short and sweet and leaves you with a few Bible verses that will just nail you! Purchase on Amazon here.

5. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King. When I was a teenager, I read this devotional back to back years. I especially loved that it had writing space next to the devotional. For someone who is just starting out having a daily quiet time, this is a great starter book! Purchase on Amazon here.

6. Seize the Day with Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Ringma. My husband Marc bought this for me for Christmas the first year of our marriage. I loved reading this and was challenged by Mr. Bonhoeffer, an amazing man of God and martyr of the Christian faith. Everyone can learn from him. Purchase on Amazon here.

7. Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner. My dad recommended this to me years ago, but I always had chosen a devotional before I remembered. I’ve been going through it this past year, and have loved how Mr. Renner picks a greek word (or a few) from a passage of Scripture and explains it throughly. This is a great read for someone who wants to know the Bible in a deeper way, but doesn’t know where to start. Purchase on Amazon here.

8. Daily Reflections on the Names of God by Ava Pennington. Every day, Ms. Pennington uses a name of God and writes a devotional about it. It challenged me, and showed me how little I truly know about God. If you’re looking to get to know more of God, His character, and His names–this devotional is for you! I also have had the pleasure of getting to know the author personally. That’s always a plus! She’s an awesome woman of God! Purchase on Amazon here.

9. Unto the Hills by Billy Graham. One of the most recognizable Christians, his devotional does not disappoint. I read it a few years back, and because I quoted it so much–I had to keep it!! Purchase on Amazon here.

10. Faithbook of God by Renee Fisher. This list wouldn’t be complete without listing mine! Faithbook is my first published book, and will always be one of my favorites including one of the hardest things I’ve EVER done. I recommend this for people of all ages. Purchase on Amazon here.

I would love to know your list of top ten devotional books. Feel free to leave me a comment below and let’s keep adding to the list!

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  • Lindsay

    I would add The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss to your list. I’ve really been enjoying it this year, and have started buying it for friends on their birthdays.

    • Renee Fisher

      Actually I’m going through The Quiet Place. That should also be on the list. Depending on how many suggestions people come up with I’ll add it in the New Year 🙂 Thanks again for the input! My mom has a copy too. Great for family and friends.

  • Marietta Taylor

    For a couple’s devotion I would suggest Night Light by James Dobson. It was the first one my husband I ever did together and it changed our marriage.

  • Pam

    I am a devotional junkie:-). I usually read 3 or 4 during my QT, they are great at spurring me into the Word. I love how God will often string them together and they will touch what you are going through or lead you to where God wants to grab a hold of your heart. Many of the ones you posted above are among my favorites. I havent read the Ava Pennington one, but her “One Year Alone with God” is excellent. My favorite one this past year has been “Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible” by Wayne StIles! Picked it up at a bargain table and have been unbelievably challenged and blessed! I’ve also started “The One Year worship the King” devotional by Chris Tiegreen, he also has a few other I’d like to try.

    If you like to follow a special devotional for Advent or Lent, Marty A. Bullis has written, “The Miraculous Journey” and “The Passionate Journey”. Went through them last year and am really looking forward to doing them again this year.

  • Mary Kay

    Hi Renee, Weighing in late, but I suggest Max Lucado’s GRACE FOR THE MOMENT. I received it as a gift 12 years ago and, while I’ve added others (3 & 4 above) and will add some of the others you mentioned–GRACE FOR THE MOMENT changed my perspective and changed my life. I add others to my devotional reading, but never replace the Bible or GFTM. even after 12 years, it, like the Bible, is always new and provokes thoughts, prayers, and changes.

    Another I like, but which isn’t all year, is Liz Curtis Higgs RISE AND SHINE.

    Thanks for these suggestions. Mary Kay

  • Christiana Mbazigwe

    Thank you for providing this platform for us to make contribution to your suggested top 10 Christian Daily Devotional Books.
    Firstly, I would like to recommend ‘Open Heavens Daily Devotional’, written yearly, by Pastor Enoch A Adeboye.I have been reading and using this book for many years,along with my Bible during my morning devotion.It’s very educative,information, inspiring and also great for research studies.I gained a lot of insights whenever I read this literature either in print or online. It’s been a source of encouragement, and at times challenges to me to live a holy and righteous life.The author is very heaven conscious and is focused on making heaven himself, and preparing and motivating others to make heaven.He’s doing a great work in publishing the ‘Open Heavens’. About the author;PASTOR ENOCH ADEJARE ADEBOYE is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. A prolific writer, he has a PhD in Applied mathematics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he was formerly a senior lecturer. He is also an anointed and favourite guest speaker at many church conferences and conventions all over the world. Pastor Adeboye is a man who is filled and operates in the Power of the Holy Spirit. A devoted Prophet of God, whose passionate mission and goal is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth by proclaiming the power of God. He is married to Pastor (Mrs.) Foluke Adeboye and they are blessed with four children, many grandchildren in addition to the millions of spiritual children all over the world. – Visit the author’s website
    Secondly, I recommend ‘Our Daily Bread’.I’ve also used this small pamphlet for many years, “Delivered to You For No Cost or Obligation”.It’s a very popular daily devotional among Christians around the world.You can learn more about the book and the publishers at‘s been a tremendous blessing to my spiritual life.I thank God for providing us with these wonderful treasures, to help us live victoriously and be able to run the Christian race successfully.
    Thank you.

  • peters tobiloba

    I would like to recomend rhapsody of realities by pastor chris oyakhilome. It has bless my life so much and at over 500 languages around the world, I think it is the most widely translated devotional in the world.

  • Beth Chastain

    Upper Room devotional written by people daily worldwide is my most favorite for 60 years!

  • Chris Bruce Israel

    I would like to recommend the ‘Rhapsody of Realities’ by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome..It’s a book that is so inspiring and has helped many acquired a purposeful life in Christ Jesus..It has as well blessed me richly and had helped me understand scriptures