3 Books Every Christian Mom Should Read

books mom should read

books mom should readIf you’ve been around the blog for long, you’ll know I love to read. My ideal way to spend an afternoon is curled up with a warm beverage and this month’s book club pick, and I wish my favorite fictional characters could be my real life friends.

As a mom, I tend to have a love/hate relationship with books on motherhood. Often, books written for women/moms can tend to be more fluff and less substance. Since I’m a working mom with two toddlers 3-and-under, time for reading is a prized commodity, and I want to spend my time on something that’s going to be impactful and “meaty.” With that said, there have been a few books about motherhood that have made a lasting impression on me, and to which I return often for a renewed perspective or encouragement. Here are 3 books I think every Christian mom should read:

  1. Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role by Erin Davis. Beyond Bath Time is a great book for new moms. I read this book within the first few months of having my first child, and it helped me to embrace my calling as a mother. When I got pregnant, I struggled with how motherhood would limit my ability to use my gifts and education in a way that would be fulfilling to me. Beyond Bath Time helps moms recognize the importance motherhood plays in the kingdom of God, and it gave me a newfound perspective for seeing my children as my mission field.
  2. Treasuring Christ when Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman. I first read Treasuring Christ when we had our second child. If you’re a mom, you know that going from one kid to two is one of the hardest transitions in parenting. Not to mention, our daughter was just turning two years old, so we had two kids 2-and-under. I was in the trenches of diapers, night-time waking, breastfeeding and postpartum depression while also moving with a newborn and a toddler. I was overwhelmed, and Treasuring Christ provided such rich, gospel-centered truth to keep my eyes pointed towards Christ when everything around me felt chaotic. It also helped me to identify my life-verse for motherhood, 2 Corinthians 9:8, And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. Motherhood is a good workand God’s grace abounds to us moms so that we may abound in our mothering. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
  3. Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay. If you didn’t know this already, I have a strong-willed kid. She is both a delight and a challenge. After reaching my wits’ end with her one day, I reached out to friends on Facebook for advice and this book was overwhelmingly recommended to me. After reading it myself, I wholeheartedly agree this is a must-read for moms, especially if you have a strong-willed little one.

I am constantly seeking wisdom and grace on this motherhood journey, and these books have been a source of both for me. What books about motherhood have made a big impact on you?

Wishing and Hoping

..and thinking and praying…

Well, we are just over a week into the new year, and writers across the internet have flooded the blogosphere with posts recalling the “best of”s 2013 and hopes for 2014. Today, my husband and I started doing some dreaming and goal-setting of our own. As we voiced ideas about going back to school or buying a house someday, I realized there is something life-giving in setting goals and voicing dreams. While we discussed our wishlists, I felt myself get excited about the possibilities in our not-yet-realized future.

Even with the promise of a new year, sometimes life is discouraging, tiring, and overwhelming. Let’s just be real. So as we planned and dreamed of things we’d like to accomplish in the immediate and distant future, our spoken wishes invigorated my soul with hope. 

As an apostle for the Living Christ, Paul seemed to know the value of looking forward to the promise of the “not yet.” I think of Philippians 3:14, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, and Colossians 1:5, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel…

The value of looking forward is not in the action of hoping, but rather it is something more objective – the thing hoped for. For my husband’s and my planning, our temporal wishes won’t provide everlasting satisfaction. Though we may buy a house some day, that house will only meet certain physical and material needs for a season of time.

substance of hope

Instead, the life-giving essence of hope is to be found in the eternal. That is what Paul is speaking of above, and is the message of hope throughout the Bible. The substance of our hope is the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, the word of truth, namely, the gospel. Do you find yourself discouraged? Is life overwhelming? Think on the gospel.

So as we (and you) are making plans for 2014, and beyond, wish and hope for things with the gospel in mind. May we pursue our goals to the glory of God, for the furtherance of his kingdom, and for the sake of his name.