Hello my dear friends! I want to share with you my 5 must read books for Christian moms! I hope these 5 books will encourage your heart as they have mine xo
There is one thing that I wish I did in our first years of marriage: prepare for motherhood. I wish I took the time to prepare my heart for motherhood by reading nourishing books. Once I became pregnant with Clara I dove into reading. I mainly read pregnancy books during that time to prepare myself for labour and postpartum, but did manage to dive into soul comforting motherhood books during my pregnancy and postpartum period. These 5 books pointed me back to the Lord time and time again. Through them I learned about God’s high calling for mothers.
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Here Are My 5 Must Read Books For Christian Moms:
This is my all time favourite book on motherhood and I believe every Christian mom should read it! Since reading it, it has actually become my go to baby shower gift that I include for the mom. I like to pair it with my favourite baby sleeper and a bag of the mom to be’s favourite warm drink to create a nice little gift basket. Now back to the book: Sally Clarkson speaks to the heart of motherhood and what our role truly is in our children’s lives in this book. She has a way of being gentle yet strong in her approach to motherhood and I truly treasure her as one of my Titus 2 mentors.
“God’s design includes the presence of a hands-on gardener, a mother, to tend and cultivate their hearts, souls, minds, and relationships. As a garden cannot flourish without a gardener, neither can a child reach his or her potential without someone committed to careful cultivation. Just as a garden without a gardener will eventually go to seed and be covered over with weeds and debris, a child whose growth is unsupervised or left to chance will likely grow wild and undisciplined or stunted and unfruitful.” ~ Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood
In one word this book is heartwarming. It is also a quick read! I read it in the rocking chair during Clara’s 4 month sleep regression with Clara in one arm and the book in the other. This book challenged me to think about: What memories do I want our children to have from their childhood? What traditions do I want to pass on? What is our family culture? How much time and energy do I want to put in? This book is filled to the brim with wonderful ideas for you to use for literally any event. Jessica Smartt truly thought of every moment that could be made into a precious family memory.
” I believe that five, ten, or twenty years later, the traditions you start now can be some of your family’s most treasured memories. I’m here to hold your hand as we dream about what this could look like for your family.” ~ Jessica Smartt, Memotry
This book is not only a motherhood book, but it is also a work book. Each chapter has questions at the end to dig deeper into the topic that was being discussed. Nancy Campbell perfectly illustrates how the bible is our true manual to motherhood and it is in the scriptures that we find the answers to who we are and what are role is as mothers. Every chapter is rich with scripture and truth that every mother needs to hear!
“Mothering is too important to be accomplished part-time. Mothering is more than feeding and clothing our children. We have the responsibility to imprint God’s Word so lastingly on the hearts and minds of our children that they will automatically impart it to their children and their children’s children.” ~ Nancy Campbell, The Power of Motherhood
This book is one that I needed to read slowly and then reread because I wanted to remember everything taught! Mama Bear Apologetics is so important for every Christian mom to read because it discusses what the culture is teaching our kids today! Let me tell you there is a lot out there that I can not believe is being taught to children! Not only does this book uncover the lies the culture feeds our little ones, but it guides us, as mamas, on how to biblically combat these lies.
“Afraid apologetics isn’t your cup of tea? That’s totally fine. Don’t read this book for yourself. Read it for no other reason than you need to know what the world is telling your kids the eight-plus hours a day they are away from you. Read it so you can recognize the lies and help your little bears to recognize them too.” ~ Hillary Morgan Ferrer, Mama Bear Apologetics
This book challenged me in ways that made me have to: put it down, repent and ask for forgiveness, then continue reading. I believe we all struggle with discontent. This book brings to light where this sin is living in our lives. As mothers it is extremely important that we address this in our own lives as models for our children. Which is why I am so grateful that this book gives grace based action steps to overcome and change the way we as women view the world, our husbands, our homes, our clothes, etc.
“Contentment is only possible because Christ strengthens His people to be content. There is no other way. Contentment is not hardening yourself so you do not care what happens. It is not being stoic, nor is it bottling things up. Contentment is the result of spiritual strength that come directly from Christ.” ~ Nancy Wilson, Learning Contentment
I hope these 5 Must Read Books For Christian Moms serve you in your motherhood journey xo Jamie
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