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

  • Adventure Bible for Little Ones by Catherine DeVries
  • Lift the Flap Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
  • Look Inside Nativity: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Lois Rock
  • Star Bright, Christmas Night by Hannah C. Hall

Bibles for Children (preschool-age 7)

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • The Beginners Bible, Zonderkidz Publishing
  • Adventure Storybook Bible by Catherine DeVries
  • The Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible by YouVersion in partnership with One Hope, Inc.
  • Adventure Bible for Early Readers, Zonderkids Publishing (ages 5+)

Bibles for Children (age 7-11)

  • The Jesus Bible, Zonderkidz Publishing
  • Adventure Bible for Early Readers, Zonderkidz Publishing

Devotionals for Children

  • The Beginners Bible: 365 Devotions for Kids, Zondervan (age 7 and under)
  • Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science by Louie Giglio
  • Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young
  • I’m a Christian Now What? 100 Day Devotions for Boys
  • I’m a Christian Now What?100 Day Devotions for Girls
  • I’m a Christian Now! Older Kids: An Activity Book for New Christians
  • I’m a Christian Now! Younger Kids: A New Christian Activity Book

Books for Children

I Can Read Story Books for Children:

  • Jesus – God’s Great Gift, Zonderkidz Publishing (ages 5-7)
  • Moses – God’s Brave Servant, Zonderkidz Publishing (ages 5-7)
  • Daniel – God’s Faithful Follower, Zonderkidz Publishing (ages 5-7)
  • The Beginner’s Bible Story Favorites, Zonderkidz Publishing (ages 5-7)
  • The Storm That Stopped: A True Story About Who Jesus Really Is by Alison Mitchell
  • The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski
  • The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer (recommended for ages 10+)

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

  • Man Up to Your Faith, B&H Publishing (Good for teen boys)
  • 3-Minute Devotions for Teen Girls: A Daily Devotional for Her Heart, Barbour Books
  • #Truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting Life and Faith, Shiloh Run Press

Books for Teens

  • The Prince Warriors Series by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Ether Series by Laurice Molinari
  • Bash Book Series by Burton W. Cole
  • The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone by Alex Kendrick and Bill Muir (Movie & Book)
  • The Wormling Series by Jerry B. Jenkins


(You will have to know your student’s favorite genre and do a little searching, but most of these books are good for teens.)

Music for Teens:

  • WOW 2018
  • NF – Any of his albums Crowder – American Prodigal Lauren Daigle –  How Can It Be
  • Matthew West – Chain Breaker
  • Skillet – Unleashed
  • Matthew West – All In


There are a bunch of websites that sell fun Jesus Gear… This year’s most popular ones are:

  • Google search: And That Is How I Saved The World Jesus
  • BRB Jesus
  • Not Today Satan Tshirt

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

  • Daily Power by Craig Groeschel
  • A Look at Life from a Deer Stand: Devotional by Steve Chapman
  • Daily Guidepost 2018 – A Spirit-Lifting Devotional (Also available in Large Print)
  • Kingdom Marriage Devotional by Tony Evans
  • God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs  by Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller
  • Experiencing God Day by Day Devotional by Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby
  • God Is With You Everyday – 365 Day Devotional by Max Lucado

Music/Albums Recommendations


  • WOW 2017 Christmas – Various Artists
  • It’s Finally Christmas – Casting Crowns (contemporary worship)
  • Christmas – Live from Phoenix – For King & Country (contemporary)
  • Unto Us – Matthew West (contemporary)
  • Sing Noel – Point of Grace (contemporary)
  • These Christmas Lights – Matt Redman (contemporary worship)
  • Behold: A Christmas Collection – Lauren Daigle (contemporary)
  • The Piano Guys – A Christmas Collection (Instrumental. New takes on traditional tunes)
  • A Smooth Christmas – Sam Levine (very smooth jazz holiday collection)
  • One Wintry Night -David Phelps (magnificent tenor sings classic carols and future favorites)
  • 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)
  • Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe – Pentatonix (a cappella)
  • A Pentatonix Christmas – Pentatonix (a cappella)


  • WOW 2018 – Various artists
  • American Prodigal – Crowder
  • How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle
  • Be One – Natalie Grant
  • Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
  • All In – Matthew West
  • The Answer – Jeremy Camp
  • The Garden – Kari Jobe
  • Wonder – Hillsong United
  • Worthy of Your Name – Passion