Help for the Hungry Soul: Eight Encouragements to Grow Your Appetite for God's Word

By Kristen Wetherell

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Help for the Hungry Soul: Eight Encouragements to Grow Your Appetite for God's Word

By Kristen Wetherell

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Encouragement to Treasure the Bible and Grow in Your Desire for God’s Life-Giving Word

In our never-satisfied world, our souls hunger for more, and it’s tempting to reach for the wrong “food” to satisfy our needs. Thankfully, Jesus is the bread of life who offers us himself through the life-giving and sustainable feast of Scripture (John 6:35). But how often do we sit at Christ’s table, truly hungry for his word? 

Help for the Hungry Soul offers 8 encouragements to spur an appetite for God’s word. Through searching questions, practical ideas, and moving testimonies, author Kristen Wetherell will help readers to reflect on their journey with their Bible and uncover how it is possible to treasure God’s word. For those feeling discouraged or guilty about a waning desire for Scripture, Wetherell will spark excitement in their spiritual life—ultimately encouraging them to put God and his word at the center of it all.

  • Encourages Readers to Love God’s Word: Teaches why readers should treasure the Bible to spark enthusiasm for reading Scripture
  • Interactive Elements: This practical book provides reflection questions, habit trackers, and scriptural interaction to spur appetite for the word
  • Contains Anecdotal Stories: Each chapter ends with an individual’s unique testimony related to their personal journey with the Bible

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Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a wife, mother, writer, and speaker. She is the author of several books, including Help for the Hungry Soul, and coauthor of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts. Kristen is a member of the Orchard and lives in Chicagoland with her husband and three children.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Bible Studies & Devotionals
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 176
Size: 5.25 in x 8.25 in
Weight: 10.86 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8861-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8861-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433588617
Case Quantity: 52
Published: August 29, 2023

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jani Ortlund
Introduction: A Hunger to Hear from God

Chapter 1: Know Your Hungry Heart
Lydia’s Story: A Growing Affection for God’s Word
Chapter 2: Plead for a Holy Hunger
Josh’s Story: Hungry to Be Hungry Again
Chapter 3: Don’t Miss Jesus
Aubrey’s Story: A Treasury of the Lord’s Compassion
Chapter 4: Remember the Privilege
Davis’s Story: Reviving the Soul, Rejoicing the Heart
Chapter 5: Feast with Your Church
Amanda’s Story: The Long, Good Work of God’s Word
Chapter 6: Feed Yourself Creatively
Bill’s Story: Many Ways to Grow in God’s Word
Chapter 7: Trust God’s Nourishing Work
Linda’s Story: God’s Power, Our Persistence
Chapter 8: Embrace Your Hunger

Appendix 1: How to Get Started Reading Your Bible
Appendix 2: Reading Lists
General Index
Scripture Index


“I pray almost every day that the Lord would create in me a greater hunger for his word and his ways. But for that to happen, my appetites must be reoriented. In Help for the Hungry Soul, Kristen Wetherell reveals our deepest hunger pains as she points us to the only source of true satisfaction. So pick up this book, and you will taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Courtney Doctor, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; Bible teacher; author, From Garden to Glory and In View of God’s Mercies

Help for the Hungry Soul serves as an encouragement to all of us, regardless of the season we are in, that God himself delights in arousing, sustaining, and satisfying our spiritual hungers by giving us the gift of his word and his presence. These short, content-rich chapters will encourage you afresh that God delights in filling the hungry with good things (Ps. 107).”
Amy Gannett, Founder and Creator, Tiny Theologians; Writer and Bible Teacher, The Bible Study Schoolhouse; author, Fix Your Eyes

“In Help for the Hungry Soul, Kristen Wetherell has found a way to champion the habit of Bible reading without the frequent side effects of guilt or legalism. She invites us to dig deeper into God’s precious word while also freeing us from the obligatory ‘quiet time.’ This book is a hope-filled encouragement to those who long for more of God and yet constantly feel unable to find the time or energy to follow through.”
Kelly Needham, wife; mom of five; author, Friendish and Purposefooled

“This book is more than a good read. It’s a life-changer that will increase your hunger for God’s word. Honest, personal stories from real people will enable you to identify with their struggles to grow in his word. Kristen Wetherell’s insights increase my commitment to pray for each of my twenty-one grandchildren to fall in love with the word of God (Ps. 119:105).”
Susan Alexander Yates, speaker; blogger,; author, Risky Faith and One Devotional

“Reading Help for the Hungry Soul will be a ministry of grace to you. Not only will this book stir your appetite for the deep things of God, but it will also give you a satisfying and nourishing meal along the way.”
Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author in Residence, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The Imperfect Disciple and Love Me Anyway

“At last! A book that is full of encouragement in an area where many Christians feel only defeat. Help for the Hungry Soul will stir your heart to feed on God’s word. It will entice you with the why and equip you with the how.”
Colin Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard, Arlington Heights, Illinois; Founder and Bible Teacher, Open the Bible

“‘Gather a day’s portion.’ That’s a truth I love to rehearse in the morning as I open up the Bible and ask for God’s help. It’s a reminder I don’t need to do too much in morning devotions—and I need to make sure to do the main thing. And it’s a feeding image—a picture of hunger and eating and satisfaction. Of the many good ways we can approach reading, studying, and meditating on God’s word, the feeding image is as important—and practically helpful—as any. That’s why I love the vision of this book: To grow your soul’s appetite for God through his word. Kristen Wetherell is both a skilled and reliable guide. So take up and read yourself into greater hunger and feed afresh on the only one who truly satisfies.”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor,; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace