Updated: Apr 14
Since becoming a mama my time for reading has definitely decreased. I try to only read books that are highly recommended to me or that I know has beneficial content. With that being said, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite books for mamas as well as some that I am hoping to read this year!
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Books I love:
A great short read for anyone who is looking to improve their prayer life for their children!
This book was absolutely incredible. There were so many times when I would have to reread the same paragraph 5 or 6 times because it was as if I could have written it myself. I could not recommend this one enough!
“I’ve experienced all the above- the chronically over-scheduled life, an imbalance between family and work, the pressure to build big things, and even the complications of trying to achieve authentic community. I lacked the ability to be present for anything in my life as I felt compelled to plow through what I know now were precious seasons, just to get to the next seemingly urgent thing.”
“I often rushed through meaningful moments like the bedtime routine. After all, I had emails to check, books to read, commentaries to study, journaling to catch up on. I wanted to get to my real life stuff- you know, all the things that were going to make me a better me! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big fan of a bedtime routine that gets the kids down at a decent hour and makes room for some me time. It’s just that in all my rushing to get to the stuff of life that I thought truly mattered, the makings of real life were right there beneath my nose! As God continues to reorient my heart toward home, He faithfully kept placing in front of me that He truly values and treasures in this life: His people.”
SO MANY GOOD NUGGETS IN THIS BOOK! My pages are full of underlined words and notes. I highly recommend this! If you have never read Gloria's books before I find that they can be a blend of easy reading and sentences I have to reread several times. It's 10 bucks with Amazon Prime right now! Go grab yourself a copy mama. Here are just a few of my favorite nuggets.
"The Christian mother's hands are full with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and her work in nurturing children in the fear of the Lord is her privileged participation in God's work in uniting all things in Jesus."
"As mothers, we can so easily become fixated on the immaturity of these little image-bearers, who show people their boogers, that we neglect to treasure them as reflections of God's glory. In our noble efforts to practically raise our children to grow up to be adults, we often miss something. We miss the rising sun that signals another day of grace in which God has entrusted us with nurturing his little image-bearers to love and honor him first and foremost. When the mundane looms larger than eternal life, we forget who God is, who we are, and who our children are. We tend to forget about tomorrow and eternity when our day is filled with the tyranny of the urgent."
"We need to remember that God is no less good to us when we find ourselves in a battle of wills with a preschooler in the checkout line at the grocery store than he was as his Son dragged a cross up a hill that Friday two thousand years ago."
Another great book by Gloria Furman. This one challenged my mindset when it came to the purpose behind motherhood in light of the Gospel. Despite the routine task and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant and Gloria beautifully taught the mission of God in motherhood.
This is a book that was recommended to me by someone on Instagram and I was immediately drawn in by the title. Nate read it first and then I stole it back to work through.
“We are continually being nudged by our devices toward a set of choices. The question is whether those choices are leading us to the life that we actually want. I want a life of conversation and friendship, not distraction and entertainment; but every day, many times a day, I'm nudged in the wrong direction. One key part of the art of living faithfully with technology is setting up better nudges for ourselves."
In the Tech-Wise Family, Andy recommends embracing one hour per day without screens, one day a week without screens, and one week a year without screens. That's when he and his family turn off their devices, worship, feast, play, and rest together. Reading this during my 4 month break from social media was a great eye-opener and I will definitely be re-reading it as our kids get old enough to have devices of their own.
Our go-to Family devotional/Bible with our kiddos. We read this every night with them before bed and it beautifully lays out Bible stories in a way that is simple but still full of amazing content. It would make a great gift for any mom or kid!
This is one of my favorite go-to gifts for my mom friends. This fun cookbook combines breakfast and the Bible. In just a month, you’ll kickstart a morning habit of meeting with Jesus and eating a healthy breakfast every day. This is a 31 day devotional for busy women and 31 tasty breakfast recipes. If you have early risers, you can even have their help cooking the meals!
Books I am excited to read:
Check out my full list of book recommendations on Amazon by clicking below!