Books for the Christian Mum
Have you ever wished you had an actual manual for your motherhood journey? Do you want to understand the purpose of the daily grind? Do you get upset with your children and feel guilty after that? Are you ill-equipped to handle the responsibility of bringing up your child in the fear and knowledge of the Lord? Do you desire a godly friend who would point you in the right direction in homemaking?
Well, these books can help. 🙂
Books are like friends to me. They give me insights into life that I would never otherwise open my heart to. I do not use the word “best” easily, so when I say these are the 10 Best Books for the Christian Mum, I really mean it! I highly recommend these books! 🙂
(Disclosure: the following contains affiliate links towards which I may earn a small compensation. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you real information about motherhood, faith, and homemaking. But while I appreciate your purchase, you should also know that I share these as my genuine opinion and personal enthusiasm for these items that have made a big difference in my own motherhood and homemaking journey.
I recognize that not everyone has the same taste or point of view on books, but I offer these short reviews for your consideration, hoping that you will find something new and wonderful on this list of recommended books!
- A Parent’s Book of Prayers by Tony Wood – When our words fail, God’s word never fails. In this world of challenges, I take heart that God never forsakes us. He is with us each time we pray over our children. It is a conscious choice of surrendering, and this book helps us do that – one prayer at a time.
2. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – This book teaches you how to speak right into the heart of your child. As parents, we want the best for our children, and sometimes we have difficulty getting our message across to them. In this book, we learn how to use a biblical approach to shepherding our children’s hearts. Not by force, not by coercion, but with love and lots of wisdom. When we are truly responding to our children’s hearts and not simply reacting to behavioral issues, they will be more willing to receive what we have to teach. This book is an invaluable resource, and the application questions at the end of each chapter help direct our actions too.
p.7 “I have seen families get hold of the principles in this book. I have seen parents shepherding happy, productive children who are alert to themselves and life. I visited such a home recently. Teenage children were at home, because home was an exciting place to be. Father and Mother were held in high esteem and sought out for advice. The Bible and biblical truth blew through every conversation – not with stifling heat, but like a refreshing, life-giving breeze. In this home, five generations have kept the faith and a sixth is learning that God is the fountain of life in whose light we see light.
These are things worth striving for. This is a vision worthy of sacrifice.”
3. Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson – If you’ve not read our infertility story yet, you can read it HERE. 🙂 This book is special because when our IVF procedures failed, we bought the book on Bringing Up Boys as a declaration of our faith that our conceiving journey did not end there. So when we realized I was expecting a girl, naturally, we went to get Bringing Up Girls. 🙂 This book is based on the core understanding that boys and girls are made differently, and have different strengths.
p.40 “I also firmly believe that you should require your kids to say thank you and please, to demonstrate that ours is not a “gimme-gimme world.” Appreciation is an attitude best cultivated at home. Teach techniques of personal grooming, hygiene, and nutrition. Role-play with them about being gracious hosts and how to formally introduce parents or friends to each other. Require them to excuse themselves when leaving the table, and explain how to make friends, how to take turns talking in a group, and how to make eye contact. You might even help them learn how to cook and care for children. Wouldn’t that be something novel?”
4. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson – Discovering Sally Clarkson’s online ministry was a gem. Her words are chockful of godly wisdom as a seasoned Mum. This book helped me view motherhood through a very biblical perspective, and it was an incredibly encouraging read.
p.36 “The purpose of this book is not to tell you how to live your life. And it’s certainly not to make you feel guilty. The purpose of this book is simply to hold up God’s ideal for the role of motherhood, to remind us of God’s design and how we can use our role to stitch together the pieces that will help make our families whole. We need to know where God wants us to go in order to create a plan to get there. Each person must find where she is on this path of motherhood so that she may know how to travel forward from this point. No matter where you are on this road of discovering and living out the mission of motherhood, you can take steps forward.”
5. Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson – Sally says it very clearly in this book on the need to take ownership of our lives. This book is not just applicable to Mums, but anyone who desires to live a victorious life in Christ. Like The Mission of Motherhood, each chapter ends with questions for reflection and practical tips for living a faith-filled, God-honoring life. This is a well-loved book in my home!
p.116 “Owning your faith means recognizing that your life belongs to God and then asking Him what He wants to do through you. Each person and family has a story to tell. If you “seek first the Kingdom,” you will leave your unique mark on your world and on the people who long to know more about Him. But you must pave the pathway by first stepping out, and then by following God’s Word and His promptings by faith.”
6. Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin – If you have ever wondered how on earth do you structure your time throughout the day without losing your mind with the endless tasks to do, this is the book I recommend. Simple and clear advice make it easy to follow. This book also helps you see motherhood as a professional job, and to take it seriously. It helped me recognize the need to set a plan for my family, and not live life with no direction.
This book has sections on getting organized, on retaining enthusiasm in your motherhood journey, cultivating a love for learning in your children and ourselves, and how to make wonderful memories and family traditions. This book also teaches you to create a “Steady Home Planner” for yourself! I love it.
p.112 “Having defined and refined my vision and mission means I have a real sense of purpose behind what I do. Even small things, like changing a diaper, fit into the big perspective when viewed this way. Therefore it’s easier to accept them without frustration. Every task is valid because everything is part of the picture.”
7. The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook by Pat Ennis & Dorothy Kelley Patterson – This is one super resource! It gives you the larger perspective (God’s design for our homes, God’s view on the sanctity of life, foundations for parenting) and a ton of detailed and practical teaching on how to manage a home (cleaning routines, planning and preparing healthy meals, wise clothing decisions). It is so worth every dollar! As Mums, we juggle so many aspects of homemaking, down to the nitty gritty details. There are so many issues demanding our attention, so it helps to know how to manage our priorities. This book enables us to do just that. 🙂
p.16-17 “In the midst of all this, she constantly amazes me not only for all she does, but for how she does it. She recognizes the importance of sleep. She knows the importance of prioritizing. She knows when too much is too much and when she needs downtime. She gets alone time, not by sacrificing what she does for others, but by careful planning. She thus ensures her batteries are charged so she can do for others. Her greatest joys are achieved when she sees her family happy and successful. She knows that is fruit from labor! Most importantly, she knows she can achieve nothing, nor is anything she achieves of merit, absent from the strength and love of the Lord.”
8. Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker – This is one fun, light-hearted and enriching book, divided into 52 weeks of advice! Read it one week at a time and give yourself enough space in your schedule to implement the tips. Lynn encourages us to improve our homemaking skills while embracing our unique personalities and giftings in this calling.
p.10 “Our job descriptions and our homes will look different than those of every other homemaker. The problem comes when we begin to compare, to think that because someone else’s home is straight out of a magazine, complete with hand-spun dog blankets, prize-winning begonias, and her own flock of grain-fed geese, our homes should mimic that. We are each unique, “immaculately unique,” as one author puts it. God has given us “varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:4-5). We have different gifts and different ministries. Why do we think our homes should look the same?
So give it some thought. Ask God. What is your niche as a homemaker? How should your home be unique as a result? Dwell on the wonder that, just as each person’s thumbprint carries swirlies and whirlies unique to its owner, so our homes carry one-of-a-kind impressions simply because our touch leaves an imprint that no one else can duplicate.”
9. Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson – This is another huge chunk of resource! The book itself is HUGE. It is practically like an encyclopedia containing a treasure trove of advice! Seriously – it is so good. This amazing book covers topics ranging from food, clothing, cleanliness, computers, beddings, electrical safety, and even on how to work with household help! There is really a lot to learn from here, and I am not even halfway through this book. 🙂
p. 10 “Housekeeping requires knowledge and intelligence as well, the kind that is complex, not simple, and combines intellect, intuition, and feelings. You need a memory good enough to remember how things are done, where things are, what the daily routine requires, what everyone in the home is up to as it affects housekeeping, the state of supplies, budgets, and bills. You have to be able to decipher insurance policies, contracts, and warranties, manage a budget, and master the technical language of instruction manuals for appliances and computers. The ability to split your attention in several ways and stay calm is essential. You need to exercise creative intelligence to solve problems and devise solutions: efficiency measures that save money or time; psychological or social measures to improve cooperation; steps to improve physical comfort; analyses of why and how some routines break down.
Housekeeping comprises the ability to find, evaluate, and use information about nutrition, cooking, chemistry and biology, health, comfort, laundry, cleaning, and safety. Above all, housekeeping must be intelligent so that it can be empathetic, for empathy is the form of intelligence that creates the feeling of home. Good housekeepers know intuitively what needs to be done in their homes because they know how their homes make people feel.”
10.Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson – This book is one of the most wholesome and balanced resources for homeschooling, and it has a strong biblical foundation too. Though Ellie is still young in her academic journey, this book helps me see my role as an educator in a holistic sense. When I prepare materials for her, I keep in mind this book on educating the wholehearted child.
By the way, if you have not listened to Sally Clarkson’s podcasts, you must do so today! Every podcast is so helpful and encouraging, I always benefit from her words of wisdom.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about these books and find them useful. Let us meet the challenges of motherhood with confidence and grace! We can do this! 🙂