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As Christian mamas, we are our children’s primary educators, whether or not we home-school. We should also be life-long learners in pursuit of wisdom and truth. While my first go-to resource is always the Bible, there are other books I am grateful for and better for having read. Here is a list of 10 books every Christian mama should read. While it is no way exhaustive, I hope one or more will resonate with you and enrich your life as well.
1. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Do you ever feel like your spouse doesn’t appreciate or love you? In this book, Gary Chapman teaches us the five different ways people speak and understand emotional love. If a couple has two different primary love languages, they may be expressing love in their own language instead of their spouse’s language. This could result in unmet needs which can lead to bitterness. You and your spouse will be able to take the quiz and identify each of your love languages. This will better equip you both to express your love to one another in ways that will meet your deepest needs. There are also versions that help you understand your children’s and your teen’s love language, as well as books for children and teens on their level.
2. When Sorry Isn’t Enough by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas
When Sorry Isn’t Enough is also a great book in helping you understand yourself and your loved ones better. In the same way that The Five Love Languages helps you identify your primary love language, this book helps you identify your preferred way of apologizing and receiving an apology. For example, my primary languages are “expressing regret” and “accepting responsibility.” What
3. The Proper Care & Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
I have to be honest, when I first started reading this book, I didn’t like my husband much. After the first few chapters, I certainly did not care for Dr. Laura either. She tells it like it is and put me in my place without even meeting me! I was not happy but I could not stop reading. My first impression of her was that she must not like women very much. Upon further reading, I discovered that she likes us so much, she made it her business to educate us on how to be truly happy in our marriages.
4. Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
I never realized I had boundary issues until my brother sent me this book. As far as I was concerned, I had great respect for others’ boundaries. However, I never really looked at the boundaries I set in my own life. Dr. Cloud & Dr. Townsend helped me let go of guilt and realize that if guilt works on me, it is my problem, not the offender’s problem. Owning my role in relationships was transformative in allowing me to say no and protect my own boundaries without feeling bad about it. It also helped me in understanding the importance of teaching my children about responsibility and boundaries, as well as the correct way to discipline.
5. Your Teenager is Not Crazy by Jeramy Clark & Jerusha Clark
Being a parent is hard enough without having to deal with hormonal, adolescent mood swings. What I love most about this book is that it helped me change my perspective as a parent. It connects certain behaviors to the neurobiological changes that occur in adolescents from the age of 12 to 24. When certain behaviors occur, I now feel equipped to show compassion and understanding towards my teen. Instead of getting frustrated, I am learning to take advantage of the opportunities presented to help my son navigate these confusing years in his life.
6. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
We are so grateful to have received Shepherding a Child’s Heart as a gift from our pastors. It is written from a biblical perspective and calls parents to regain authority, as agents of God, over our children. It challenges the misconceptions of discipline and correctly teaches through the lens of scripture. It discusses shepherding our children through the stages of childhood and offers objectives and procedures for each. It also contains application questions at the end of each chapter that serves as a great reflection tool.
7. Upside- Down Prayers for Parents by Lisa T. Bergren
This 31-day devotional will challenge you as a parent. It will make you question the prayers you have been praying over your children. Bergren models how to turn our prayers upside down and release our children into the care of God. She challenges us to submit our own desires as parents to the will of God and trust him whole-heartedly.
8. Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler & Jean E. Syswerda
Women of the Bible takes you on a year-long journey through the lives of 52 women of the Bible. It offers encouragement in seeing how God worked in the lives of women who were faced with very real challenges and shortcomings. Each week you will read about a new woman, her story, her life and times, her legacy in scripture, her promise, and her legacy of prayer. It also includes discussion questions; a list of all the women of the Bible with a timeline; and a list of the women in Jesus’ family tree, life, and ministry.
9. Prayers that Rout Demons & Break Curses by John Eckhardt
I was tempted to leave this one out in fear that I may lose some of you. But I decided to accept the side-eye in hopes of reaching some mamas here. We have all faced situations and trials that have meant to crush and destroy us. We can choose to believe it’s just a part of life and has no deeper meaning or we can accept the fact that spiritual warfare is real. This little book has been a great weapon for me during times of spiritual warfare. It has bought great peace and power into my home by standing on the confessions made through scripture.
10. The Feasts of Adonai by Valerie Moody
In leading our children in the way they should go, it is important to not only share religious traditions but to also teach them the truths of how Jesus lived. This book gives a very thorough, yet easy to read, description of the Biblical Feasts and how Jesus ties into each one. It also includes charts and schedules such as the history of the Temple, elements of fasting, the feast calendar, Hebrew culture vs. Greek culture, Hebrew days for the names of the week, the Jewish calendar explained, and more. In addition, it gives 29 traditional recipes you can try for fun.
My prayer is that you will gain some encouragement, faith, and wisdom in reading any or all of these books. If you have read any of these books, I would love to hear the impact it has had on your life. You can also add your favorite book in the comments section so that we can get reading.
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