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14 Best MUST-READ Christian Mom Books for Hope + Encouragement

Many moms read parenting books because they’re looking for guidance. Others are simply looking for someone to say “you’re not alone.” No matter what you need on your motherhood journey, reading Christian mom books is a great way to find encouragement and hope during this season.

You may be thinking that you never have time to yourself. But even reading 10 to 15 minutes a day can help lift your spirits and give you a little bit of joy. Whether you are a new mom, a stay-at-home mom, or a working mom, there is a Christian mom book out there for you. We hope these lists will help you find a book that can lift you up and help you renew your strength in the Lord. 

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Books for Working Moms

Pressing Pause by Karen Ehman

Especially as a working mom, it can often feel like you never have a moment to yourself. You push yourself at work all day and then come down to take care of your kids. Motherhood is a full-time job in itself and there aren’t many breaks involved. Pressing Pause is a book to help you be more intentional about putting aside the demands and business in your life to spend time with God. Karen Ehman gives both encouragement and practical tips and the book includes 100 devotions.

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! By Rachel Macy Stafford

This inspiring book by Rachel Macy Stafford challenges us to put down the phones, our work, and anything else that distracts us. It encourages us to take advantage of the precious moments we are given with our family and to choose them over business. In today’s world, we all have a tendency to multi-task instead of focusing on one thing at time. But our desire to multi-task has actually kept us from being present at home with our families. This book will help you reclaim the moments in your life that matter most. 

Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom’s Adventures in Life and Faith by Susan DiMickele

This book by Susan DiMickele talks about what it means to be a hard-working mom who also loves her kids and loves God. Many people believe that all of them women in church are stay-at-home moms, but DiMickele bravely talks about the struggle that working moms have when trying to balance it all. 

Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy by Allie Worthington

In our current culture, business is a status symbol and is often seen as a positive thing. But God is calling us to something different. The Bible is clear about God’s desire for us to have rest, peace, and a cup that overflows. In her book, Allie Worthington talks about the importance of fighting the desire to always be busy. She helps moms find balance in their lives by relying on their Creator instead of focusing on things that make us empty.

Grace, Not Perfection: Celebrating Simplicity, Embracing Joy by Emily Ley

Emily Ley is the creator of Simplified Planners, and is passionate about helping moms simplify their lives. In this book, Emily gives practical tips and guidance for prioritizing your life and focusing on what matters most. Some of the tips include list making, strategies to create a slower rhythm for your life. With a focus on faith and the grace that God offers us, this book is extremely encouraging and helpful for any mom who needs to start focusing on the most important things. 

Books for Stay-at-Home Moms

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Shauna Niequist is a New York Times bestselling author and invites us on a journey to finding our true selves. As a stay-at-home mom, you might become consumed by the demands of motherhood, but God calls us to more than just business. In this book, Shauna encourages us to be present even in the most ordinary moments of our lives. 

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman

Motherhood may not always feel like a ministry, but if you’re a stay-at-home mom, it’s the mission God is currently calling you to. There is so much significance in your role as a mom, even when you’re doing work that just feels ordinary. In this book, Gloria Furman uses scripture to teach about God’s promises and the role that mothers play in leading others to him.

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God by Courtney Reissig

Tasks such as laundry, dishes, and changing diapers may not seem significant to you. But this book shows you how even the most ordinary parts of your day are significant. There is a purpose in the work that you do as a stay-at-home mom, and you can certainly give God glory by doing this work well. Even the smallest and seemingly insignificant moments of our lives matter to God. He loves us enough to give us purpose even in the ordinary moments. 

Books for First-time Moms

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

In this book, Sally Clarkson shares both wisdom and practical teaching to point us towards the word of God. She discusses how Jesus set an example for us in his relationship with his disciples. As moms, we can use the relationship between Christ and his disciples as an example for our relationship with our own children. Sally Clarkson also teaches us how to include character education as a part of your daily lives. 

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your First Year as a Mom (Christian Mama’s Guide Series) by Erin MacPherson

There’s no manual for first time moms and as a Christian mom, you want to glorify God in motherhood. Erin MacPherson helps new moms feel confident in her book, and talks about motherhood from a Christian perspective. In this book, she gives practical advice on everything from breastfeeding to time management. Erin MacPherson is also the author of The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy, a guidebook for pregnant Christian mamas. 

The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life by Scott Turansky

In parenthood, it can often feel like everyone has an opinion and you may not always know what the right path is. Especially as Christians, the way we choose to raise our children may seem different than what others believe. This parenting handbook is filled with practical tips on everything from discipline to connecting with your kids. Scott Turansky looks at parenting through a Christian perspective and shows us how we can raise our children while modeling God’s love and grace.  

Books for Every Mom

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristin Welch

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World is such an important read for every modern mama. As moms, we generally want to make our children happy and give them what they want, but it’s sometimes hard to set boundaries. The Bible teaches that there are some things more important than happiness. Giving in to our kids and saying “yes” every time actually hurts them in the long run. This book teaches moms how to help their kids be grateful in an entitled world.

Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John

Being a mom is often overwhelming, and it’s difficult to find strength on some days. We know we can’t rely on our own strength to get by, but sometimes we try to rely on ourselves. The Lord is strong enough to get us through, and Heidi St. John reminds us of that in this book. St. John uses prayer, encouragement, and authentic stories to show how we can make relying on the Lord a part of our everyday lives. 

Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting by September McCarthy

No matter what stage of motherhood you’re in, you’ve probably struggled to find your purpose at some point. Being a mom isn’t easy, and the long days sometimes make it hard to keep going. In this book, September McCarthy helps moms look at motherhood through the lens of eternity. The work that we do may not seem significant now, but when we look at the picture, it is so important. 

In Conclusion…

Whether you’re the mama of toddlers or teenagers, taking time for yourself is so important. Reading an encouraging book is a great way to rest, relax, and fill your emotional cup. Motherhood is hard and it’s a journey we shouldn’t have to travel alone. We hope these books help you feel confident, hopeful, and full of faith as you take on every new challenge that comes your way.

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