Best Books for Moms

When I first became a new mom, I felt very inexperienced and overwhelmed with the task that was laid upon me: to raise another human being into a loving, caring, and productive member of society.

So I did the thing that I always did when there was something I needed to learn: I turned to books.

This list of the best books for moms will not only give you great parenting advice from a Christian perspective, but you'll also find them to be inspirational and motivational.

We are so lucky to have within our reach hundreds or even thousands of books about parenting from experts who can teach us all we need to know to raise our children.

From learning to care for our kids’ physical needs to the more difficult and daunting task of shaping our children’s character, we can turn to books to give us the answers we need.

These are the books that I’ve found the most helpful throughout my mothering adventure. I hope they help and inspire you as well! Please note, this post contains affiliate links.

Best Books for Moms

What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff – Great for learning how to care for your baby throughout their first year of life.

The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson – A guide for your motherhood journey. Read my in-depth review of The Mom Walk.

Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. For moms who are feeling overwhelmed, tired, or like they want to give up on motherhood, this book is a huge encouragement to hang on. Read my in-depth review of Desperate.

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. For when you feel like being a mom isn’t enough.

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. How to reach your child’s heart to shape their character.

10 Gifts of Heart: What Your Child Needs to Take to Heart Before Leaving Home by Sally Clarkson. Practical things…manners, the art of hospitality, how to work…to teach your children before they go out on their own.

Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson. A guide to discipline that isn’t harsh or too lenient.

Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home by Courtney Joseph. A helpful section on motherhood, plus a section on making a happy marriage that benefits children as well.

Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation by Marina Slayton. Advice from an experienced mom on raising kids in a modern world, touching on issues like social media. Read my in-depth review of Be the Best Mom You Can Be.

I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go according to Plan by Kathi Lipp. Advice on how to handle less than ideal circumstances with your kids, such as mental illness, or when your child makes bad choices. Read my in-depth review of I Need Some Help Here.

Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children by Sarah Clarkson. How to form your child’s imagination with great literature.

Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Families by Sarah Clarkson. A very comprehensive list of the best books to read to your children (or to have them read themselves) in order to foster a rich imagination and inner life. Read my in-depth review of Read for the Heart.

What books would you add to this list?

5 thoughts on “Best Books for Moms”

  1. All of these books sound great Erin. I know I’m a fan of Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson too.

    Sally’s book Educating the Wholehearted Child was one of the first homeschooling books I read. It’s a great one for someone wanting to homeschool.

    1. Sally is great, isn’t she? I began to read her Educating the Wholehearted Child book (even though I don’t homeschool), but had to return it to the library before I was finished because someone else had requested it. It’s a popular book…always on hold for people!

  2. So honored to be on your list of books for mamas. Your words meant so much to me today, sweet Erin. Grace to your day!

    1. Thank you so much Sally! I’m working my way through Seasons of a Mother’s Heart right now, as well as Own Your Life (for the third time), and have found so much encouragement in both.

      Hope you have a wonderful week!

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