There is an overwhelming amount of choices for Bibles, Books, and Music available for followers of Jesus.  At Otterbein, we are often asked if we can provide some recommendations.  Our staff has put together a list of recommendations that we believe are good and would be helpful to a person’s spiritual growth.  We also believe any of these would be great gifts to give others for Christmas or special days.  While the list is not exhaustive and there are many other great resources, we hope the list will provide a good starting point for you.

We encourage you to check out the following places for pricing, availability, and for purchase:

CLICK HERE if you would like to download a PDF copy of the Recommended Resources.


Resources for Children

Books/Bibles for Infants and Toddlers

  • The Beginners Bible – All Aboard with Noah, Zonderkidz Publisher (A lift-the-Flap Book)
  • A Touch and Feel Book – Lost Sheep by Caroline Church, Lion Publishing

Bibles for Children

  • Adventure Bible for Toddlers, Zonderkidz Publisher (Storybook Bible for Toddlers and Preschoolers)
  • The Bible App for Kids: Storybook Bible, by YouVersion in partnership with One Hope, Inc. (Storybook Bible for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Early Readers). There is also a FREE app that goes along with this Bible that has recently been updated with new games and content.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible, Zonerkidz Publisher (Ages 4-10)
  • NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers, Zonderkidz Publisher (Good Bible for ages 5-11)
  • Read With Me Bible, Zonderkidz Publisher (Early reader Bible for K-Grade 2)
  • The Action Bible, David C. Cook Publisher (Good Bible for boys ages 8-12

Devotionals for Children

  • Jesus Calling, Tommy Nelson Publisher, Written by Sarah Young (Girls ages 8-12 Devotional)
  • The Action Bible Devotional: 52 weeks of God-Inspired Adventure, by Jeremy Jones and Sergio Cariello
  • I’m a Christian Now What? 90 Day Devotional Journal for Kids.  (Great for boys age 8-12)
  • A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart: A Gratitude Journal for Kids. (Girls ages 7-13)
  • Inspirational Coloring Book for Girls: Hours of Faith-Filled Fun. (Girls ages 6-10)
  • I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, by Diane Stortz (Boys & Girls ages 4-8)

 I Can Read Story Books for Children

  • Moses – God’s Brave Servant, Zonderkidz Publisher (K-Grade 2)
  • Jesus-God’s Great Gift, Zonderkidz Publisher (K-Grade 2)
  • Daniel-God’s Faithful Follower, Zonderkidz Publisher (K-Grade 2)
  • The Princess Parables Collection, by Jeanna Young (K-Grade 2)

Resources for Middle & High School Students

Bibles for Teens

  • Teen Life Application Study Bible (NLT), Tyndale Publisher
  • Guys Slimline Bible (NLT), Tyndale Publisher
  • Girls Slimline Bible (NLT), Tyndale Publisher

Devotionals Online

Devotionals for Teens

  • This is Now – A Girl to Girl Devotional for Teens, Multnomah Books, by Patti Hummel
  • 365 Devos for Teen Guys – Man Up Your Faith, B & H Publishing, by Jesse Campbell

Books for Teens

  • Do Hard Things, by Alex Harris, Multnomah Books (Inspiration/Motivation)
  • Love, Sex, and Dating, by Andy Stanley (Dating)
  • Raiders From the Sea Series, by Lois Walfrid Johnson (Fiction)

Resources for Adults

Bibles for Adults

  • Life Application Study Bible (NLT), Tyndale Publisher

Devotionals Online

This app works on all platforms and has devotionals for individuals, couples, families as well as short devotionals on a wide range of topics.

Devotionals for Adults

  • 5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh
  • A Look at Life from a Deer Stand: Devotional by Steve Chapman
  • The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
  • Kingdom Marriage Devotional by Tony Evans
  • The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller
  • Experiencing God Day by Day Devotional by Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby

Books, Bible, Devotionals for Celebrate Recovery

  • NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible, Zondervan Publisher (Good for people in Celebrate Recovery and other recovery programs)
  • Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional, Zondervan Publishing
  • Life’s Healing Choices by John Baker, Howard Publishing

Music/Albums Recommendations


  • These Christmas Lights – Matt Redman (contemporary worship)
  • Behold: A Christmas Collection – Lauren Daigle (contemporary)
  • Christmas in Here – Danny Gokey (country)
  • Christmas Worship – Paul Beloche (contemporary worship)
  • Christmas Worship (Vol 2) – Paul Beloche (contemporary worship)
  • Christmas Collection – Gaither Vocal Band (southern gospel)
  • Home for Christmas – David Osborne (piano instrumental)
  • Adore – Chris Tomlin (contemporary)
  • It’s Christmas! – MercyMe (contemporary)
  • A Pentatonix Christmas – Pentatonix (a cappella)
  • That’s Christmas to Me – Pentatonix (a cappella)
  • A Little More Christmas – This Hope (5 song EP Christmas album)


  • Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin
  • WOW Hits 2017
  • The Very Next Thing – Casting Crowns
  • Be One – Natalie Grant
  • Beautiful Offerings – Big Daddy Weave
  • American Prodigal – Crowder
  • Unleashed – Skillet
  • Air For Free – Reliant K


  • Salvation’s Tide Is Rising – Passion Worship
  • Worship and Believe – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Fresh Start – Ryan Stevenson
  • I Will Follow – Jeremy Camp
  • Vertical Church Band – Frontiers

Southern Gospel:

  • Hymns – Joey and Rory
  • Sometimes It Takes A Mountain – Gaither Vocal Band
  • A Cappella – The Martins
  • Favorite Hymns of Fannie Crosby – Earnie Haas and Signature Sound