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6 Books Every Christian Stay-at-Home Mom Should Read

February 13, 20244 min read

We become our habits, and our kids become us. Which means who our children are becoming is tightly connected to who we are becoming—personally and communally. - Justin Whitmel Earley, Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms

Embracing motherhood is a journey like no other, and for Christian stay-at-home moms, it provides a unique opportunity to nurture faith within our homes. Reading can be a source of encouragement, a guide for character development, and a means to deepening spiritual roots. This blog post is dedicated to those who seek wisdom through words and long for books that resonate with the heart. Here's my curated list of the top six books that offer inspiration, practical advice, and spiritual support perfect for Christian stay-at-home moms.

8 Reasons

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Habits of the Household

1. Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms by Justin Whitmel Earley

As mothers, you set the tone for your household's daily rhythms. "Habits of the Household" dives into creating intentional, Christ-centered practices that shape everyday life. With relatable examples and actionable advice, Justin Whitmel Earley offers a blueprint for instilling godly habits that will benefit both parents and children alike. If you only ever get your husband to read just one parenting book, this is it.

In This House We Will Giggle

2. In This House We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life by Courtney DeFeo

Courtney DeFeo brings a refreshing approach to instilling virtues in children with a focus on joy and laughter. "In This House We Will Giggle" not only encourages families to embrace the lighter side of parenting but also provides 12 months of virtue-based activities that blend fun with spiritual growth.

Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

3. Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof

Recognizing that parenting was never meant to be done in isolation, "Parenting Beyond Your Capacity" explores how connecting with a wider faith community can enrich your family's spiritual experience. It speaks to the importance of mentoring and sharing the parenting journey with others who can contribute to your children's development in faith.

Mama Bear Apologetics

4. Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies by Hillary Morgan Ferrer

In a world full of cultural deceptions, "Mama Bear Apologetics" empowers mothers to raise children who can confidently tackle falsehoods contrary to Christian values. It's about equipping kids with critical thinking skills and a deep-rooted faith that they can defend and carry throughout their lives.

Preach to Yourself

5. Preach to Yourself: When Your Inner Critic Comes Calling, Talk Back with Truth by Hayley Morgan

It's easy to be your own worst critic, especially in the realm of motherhood. "Preach to Yourself" offers a transparent look at self-doubt and critical self-talk and presents strategies for combating these negative thoughts with biblical truth. It's a powerful read for any mom seeking the courage to affirm God’s grace in her life.

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

6. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller

The Psalmist's ancient words come to life in "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23," as W. Phillip Keller shares insights from his experience as a shepherd. While this isn't your average parenting guide, it paints vivid pictures that help grasp the idea of God as a loving caretaker—much like a shepherd to his sheep. This book breaks down how you can apply that same care to your family, guiding you to parent in a way that reflects the love and teachings of Jesus, the best example of love and leadership we have.

Conclusion

Each of these books offers a unique perspective, but all resonate with a common chord: the profound and sacred calling of motherhood. Whether fostering virtues, connecting with a community, defending your faith, or finding joy in the routine, these reads are bound to be valuable resources on your motherhood journey.

Through wisdom-filled pages and nurturing words, may you find the strength and inspiration to cultivate a home where faith thrives. Happy reading, and God bless your precious work as a stay-at-home mom.


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Rebecca Moore

Rebecca lives on the outskirts of Portland with her husband and 3 daughters. She is passionate about coaching Christian stay-at-home moms to live a life of joy, balance, and purpose.

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