Looking for the best recommendations for books about motherhood? Check out this list of my favorite books for moms. These books will inspire, encourage, and equip you to be the peaceful, joyful, and intentional mom you were created to be!
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I get asked all the time about recommendations for books about motherhood, and I’m always happy to oblige! I often say that if I don’t have the wisdom or experience to give great advice, I can at least connect you to those who do!
I wrote a post wayyyy back in the first year or so of blogging with a list of my favorite books for moms, but I’ve read a LOT of fantastic books since then. And since I find myself repeating the same recommendations over and over in blog posts, social media updates, and private messages, I thought it was time to make a new list of favorite books for moms!
My Favorite Books for Moms
Following is my (updated) list of favorite books on motherhood:
Do you ever find yourself being the cranky mom you swore you’d never be? Breaking promise after promise never to yell again? Blaming your kids for your stress and exhaustion? Believing the lie that motherhood has to be messy and miserable? Are your “mommy breaks” and self-care just not cutting it??
This is a FANTASTIC book that addresses all these issues, and more, and if I could get a copy in the hands of every single mom, I would. It refuted lies from our culture I’ve bought into, changed my perspective on some of my most pressing parenting pain points, and taught me how to send “Grumpy Mom” packing.
Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments
Emily Jenkins & Laura Wifler
This is one of my absolute favorite books for moms because it shows us how the gospel applies to (and gives us hope in) even the most mundane moments of motherhood. I love how Emily and Laura encourage us through various aspects and challenges of motherhood by comparing current culture’s messaging with gospel messaging. If you could use a little more hope and encouragement in your mothering, READ THIS BOOK.
This book about “slaying the momster in all of us” is one of the most insightful and practically helpful books for moms I’ve ever read. Not only has this book helped me deal with my mommy anger, but it has helped me forge closer bonds with my kids, invest more fully in our relationships, and point them to Jesus. Read my full review here.
Mom Set Free: Find Relief from the Pressure to Get It All Right
Every single mom needs to read this book. If you’ve ever felt pressure to get it all right, produce perfect kids, and try hard enough to be good enough, then this book is exactly what you need. It will give you relief from unnecessary burdens, transform your parenting (and your life), and set you free. This is going to be one of those books that I will, until my dying day, recommend to every mom I know. Do whatever you have to do to get a hold of this book. You will NOT regret it.
I related so much to Becky’s experiences and humor in this book, I felt like we were friends swapping stories and advice. Real and down-to-earth, you won’t feel like she’s a mother who has it all together telling you everything you need to do differently. Rather, you’ll feel as if she’s a friend who is saying, “I get it. I’ve been where you are, felt your pain, and struggled with your struggles. Let me come alongside you and let’s work on these things together.”
The eight “villains” of motherhood are ones that I think just about every mom can relate to, and by the end of the book you will feel more equipped than ever to take them on. This book was funny, relatable, and super practical, and one of my absolute favorite books for moms.
This book is a must-read for every mom, whether you consider yourself overly busy or not, because she reminds us of what is really important in life and opens our eyes to distractions that you may not have even realized were stealing your focus and attention.
This book from the always-fabulous Sally Clarkson is an inspiring, encouraging, and helpful look at the vital importance of a mother’s role. If you ever doubt your worth or the impact you’re making in your children’s lives, this book is the antidote.
On my “Books for Moms” to-read list:
- Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting, by September McCarthy — I haven’t actually read this one, yet, but I’ve seen it so highly recommended, it’s definitely on my list of books to read on motherhood!
The Merry Momma Manual
If you can excuse a bit of blatant self-promotion (wink), I would like to add my own book, The Merry Momma Manual to the list of books on motherhood every mom should read. It will encourage you, inspire you, challenge you, and equip you to be the joyful mom you were created to be.
Click here to learn more about how to cultivate joy in every season of motherhood with The Merry Momma Manual.
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