Motherhood is full of twists, turns, highs, lows, joy, sadness, companionship, and loneliness. The mix of emotions and never-ending tasks can become overwhelming at times. Every now and again it is nice to have an encouraging message from other women who have been in your shoes, especially if those women have faith in Christ. I have curated this list of books for moms who need a little encouragement (or a laugh) during their daily quiet time.
Many of these books are faith-based and filled with practical tips and inspirational word that will lift you up in your daily walk as a mother. Some of them are simply humorous books filled with anecdotes that offer solidarity in this journey.
My Favorite Quiet Time Books for Moms
Inspirational & Encouraging Books for Moms
“Don’t wait for a season of normal—look for peace today.” God’s peace can be found in the difficult, the weird, and the mundane days of our lives. This book is one that encourages mothers to live one day at a time and to make the most of every circumstance that we may face.
Ever feel like you are striving for perfection in your motherhood or at least the illusion of perfection? This book will allow you to take a breather from that struggle. It will help to adjust your expectations in order to give yourself grace and to embrace & love your perfectly imperfect motherhood.
“Hope Unfolding” is a book that not only focuses on lifting us up as mamas, but it reminds us that before we were mamas, we were wives. Our husbands need love, encouragement, a friend, and a help mate just as badly as we do, but they often take the backseat to motherhood. This book has encouraged me to remember my husband in the midst of the mess. You can see my full review of this book here.
The commandment to “love your neighbor” can seem a little overwhelming for introverts like myself and the author of this book, Kendra Broekhuis. Kendra wrote this book to share her personal journey to love on the people she comes into contact with daily despite her introverted disposition. Her story is highly encouraging and motivating for mamas who just aren’t sure how to step out of their comfort zone.
Sometimes it feels like our lives are being sabotaged. As soon as things start flowing well for us, something negative pops us and “interrupts” the good things that were going. This book is a great reminder that those annoying interruptions might actually be God moving us toward something greater than we could have found on our own.
Raising children with intention is a difficult task in the busy lifestyles that many of us lead today. There are influences coming in from every direction and it sometimes seems impossible to steer our kiddos in the right direction. This book gives practical and actionable ways that you can intentionally lead your children to love God as well as principles that will make your parenting more enjoyable and effective.
Motherhood is a ministry. That fact is incredibly fulfilling, but it can also be a little bit terrifying. This book encourages moms to “lean on God’s strength to prepare your children for whole, fulfilling, and Christ-centered lives”.
This book isn’t written by a mother, in fact, it is written by a man. However, I found the message of this book to be extremely in my motherhood journey. It is so important to give ourselves grace and to remember that our Father loves us desperately despite our short-comings.
Humorous Books for Moms
16. How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday
Fiction Books for Moms
Wonder is the only fictional book on this list of encouraging books for moms, but it’s spot is well deserved. The story is one of a family who faces very realistic family-life struggles, plus some extra hardships. Reading about this fictional family’s dynamic from the point of view of each family member is very eye-opening to how our words and actions affect our spouses and children.
18. Anything Written by Nicolas Sparks
and of course
19. The Shack
The Shack is a fictional book that is meant to connect grief over losing a loved one with the promise of eternity with them. It is a book that takes you through heartache and healing via the eyes of a father who lost his daughter. You will read about his borderline magical experiences with God and with Heaven.
This book has become a little bit controversial since the movie came out, but it is still one of my all-time favorites. When reading The Shack, keep in mind that it is not doctrine and it is not meant to be a theological book.
Devotionals for Moms
Chocolate makes everything better… especially when coupled with encouragement and inspiration from Scripture. This book is packed full of chocolatey recipes and wisdom encouragement from Scripture and from the author’s personal life.
This book was given to me by my Mother-In-Law at just the right time in my life. I felt like my motherhood was out of control and like I was spinning on a hamster wheel that was created to destroy my spirit. This book is a gentle reminder that we can find rest! We can have clarity, hope, passion, and purpose in our daily lives despite our circumstances.
What other encouraging books for moms would you add to this list?
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