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Perhaps it’s because Mother’s Day just passed a couple weeks ago, or maybe it’s because many of the questions I’ve been mulling in my heart recently surround my family—but these days I’m feeling especially eager to grow as a mom.

I only get one pass at this motherhood thing: And frankly, I need all the help I can get!

God often stretches and strengthens my parenting muscles through the pages of great books. And so today, I glance at my book wish list. (Yes, of course, I have one!)  I think I’ll splurge and download one to my Kindle.

It’s always exciting to see what new inspiration God has in store for my mother heart through the pages of a new book.

Since I’ve been so blessed by wonderful parenting books in the past, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you, in hopes that you’ll find some inspiration for your own mothering journey.  After a little thought and a peek through my bookshelves, I chose a few titles that have been especially helpful. I hope they’ll offer you some need parenting graces too.

If you have an additional suggestion, drop me a comment below. I’m always eager to hear about other Christian parenting resources. (*Some of the links below are affiliate links. Read full disclosure here.)

Grace-Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free  by Tim Kimmel

I read this book many years ago, when my kids were still quite young, but its message continues to resound in my heart.  I want my kids to fall in love with Jesus, and this book lays out a parenting philosophy with this as the goal.  Kimmel encourages parents to get past fear as a motivation for parenting, and to focus on grace as a bedrock principle for discipline and family life. There’s much wisdom in these pages, and you’ll find great perspective to help you share God’s beautiful love and grace with your kids. 

Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture by Mark & Lisa Scandrette

This book challenged me to think about my family’s culture. What kind of family do I want to build? What are our values?  What’s our unique purpose from God? How are we going to live those values out, together?  The Scandrettes guide their readers through self-assessments and reflections that will help you start answering these important questions. I appreciated their socially-aware emphasis and the many creative family activities they suggested to help families stay connected to their purpose in God. 

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

I started referring to this as “the brain book” while I read it, because it offers a fascinating look at the science of children’s brains, and what’s happening in their heads when powerful emotions arise. Don’t worry: It’s not too academic. The writers make brain science pretty simple and even offer super-helpful ideas for how you can explain brain science to your kids. (Which I often did while reading it!)  I loved learning about how God has designed the brain, and appreciated the concrete parenting ideas the authors’ offered based on this design.  

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The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine

I actually picked up this book during my season as a high school youth director at our church, wanting to better understand the trends going on in youth culture today.  What I found was a wealth of insight into how our performance-based and materialistic culture is pummeling the life out of kids. Levine has counseled kids for many years, and she offers a great overview of the challenges we face as parents in contemporary American culture, as well as helpful ideas for raising connected and confident kids. 

You Can’t Make Me (But I Can Be Persuaded) by Cynthia Tobias

Yup, I’ve got one of those infamous “strong-willed” children. And I’ve gotten pretty emotionally bloodied in some of the battles that have played out in our home over recent years.  I was a compliant, peace-making child myself, so I’ve had a difficult time understanding how to parent a child with such opposite tendencies.  This book does a fabulous job offering perspective and encouragement for parents with strong-willed children. It’s given me fresh insight for how to bring out my child’s best, and not pulling out all my hair when they’re at their worst! 


Facing “The Talk”: Conversations With My Four Daughters About Sex  by Wendy Elizabeth Chapin

There are so many unhealthy and mixed message about sex out there, it’s overwhelming to face the task of teaching daughters how to make healthy, God-honoring choices with their bodies.  This book offers great insight about having “the talk” (beginning with the reality that these topics will require many, many “talks” over the years!) I appreciated Chapin’s desire to offer more than a set of rules about sex: She challenges moms to dig deep and help their daughters see the deeper principles at play when it comes to how they handle their bodies. 

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning 

Let me just say this up front: This isn’t a parenting book.  But it absolutely helped me become a better mom. Why?  Because this book—one of my all-time favorites—helped me connect to God’s Father heart in a powerful way.  It helped me see new depths of his grace, and my utter dependence on him. And it helped me to fully surrender my striving heart and get to a place where I could give control of my life—including my kids—to him.  With a better understanding of how God loves me as his child, I’ve learned how to better love my own. 

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