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These Nonfiction Books for Moms Will Encourage You!

I always have a stack of books in our bedroom. Yes, I’m one of those people who loves to be reading about five different books at once. Many of them are encouraging nonfiction books for moms, so I’m definitely their target reader!

This year, I want to read more nonfiction books, so I’ve created this list of books to inspire motherhood, where I can keep track of all the books I want to read, or have already read. I’ll break them into categories, so you can easily find something that fits your current state of motherhood. Some of these books aren’t even just for moms, but have helped me out personally as a mom, wife, and woman, so I am including them here.

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Nonfiction Books for moms of littles & preschoolers (ages 2-5ish)

Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman – Solid ideas for parents on how to teach our children to come to church for the same reasons we are there: worshipping God.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp – Rich with sound biblical approaches to parenting.

Give them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson – Reminds me to not just teach our children to be “good” but to come to know the grace of God, through my exercising of grace to them.

Parenting by the Book by John Rosemond – I appreciate the super straightforward, stick to what has worked for generations of parents approach. Biblically based, my best take away from this book is the idea of having confidence in our parenting, that we are the adults and know what is best when our little ones do not! (As cute as they might be in tousled hair and pajamas asking to stay up a bit longer). But there are loads of matter-of-fact reassurance for moms!

Books for moms of all-age kids

Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Wendy Speake and Amber Lia – Hands down, you must get this book if you’re a parent. There probably isn’t a parent alive who hasn’t responded angrily to something their child did. This book gets that! Every chapter feels like a scenario any parent might find themselves in. Amber and Wendy break down the feelings behind their reactions and how they’ve learned to use scripture to teach themselves better responses. Read my full review here

Parenting Scripts by Wendy Speake and Amber Lia – As a follow up to the previous book, Amber and Wendy help you avoid running into triggering situations by planning ahead. This book guides you to craft biblical responses to specific and common parenting challenges. Read more here

Books for homeschooling moms

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie – Stop teaching with stress and anxiety crowding your heart and mind. 

So You’re Thinking about Homeschooling by Lisa Whelcel – Fifteen stories reveal many different ways and reasons to homeschool! A great introduction if you’re wondering what homeschooling is all about.

Nonfiction Books for all moms

The Fringe Hours by Jessica M. Turner – Read my full review of this wonderfully inspiring book and how it’s helped me reclaim what I already have: time!!

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst – I loved the concept of making decisions that are actually best for me and my family, versus simply reacting to the myriad demands of life.

Parenting with Scripture – by Kara Dubin – Read why I think this is such a rich and handy resource for Christian parents!

Praying for Boys (but honestly, these prayers are good for all children!) – Only God can change my children’s hearts… this book helps encourage moms in this truth.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam – While the concepts in this book apply better to a working mom (9-5 setting), it’s an important reminder that tracking time and time management help us all get a lot more done. And who has more to do than a mom!?

Books still on my to-be-read list!

Some of these are sitting on my shelf right now! Some I keep seeing pop up in my social media feeds. I need to get to these before I can say more about them, but don’t the titles sound great!? Have you read any of these!?

Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More – Rachel Macy Stafford

Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love – Sally Clarkson

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters – by Rachel Macy Stafford

Hoodwinked: 10 Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock it Off – by Karen Ehman, Ruth Schwenke, and Candace Cameron Bure

nonfiction books for moms

Want more book recommendations? I have another booklist for Mother’s Day; there’s a few overlapping titles, but some new ideas for moms!

Find more great book lists at The Crew Round Up of Must-read Books for 2016!

What’s your favorite nonfiction books to inspire motherhood? (Or women? Or parents?). Share it in the comments and I will add it to my list to read!

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Beth Watson

Wednesday 13th of January 2016

What a great list! I'm gonna pin this, so I don't forget. Some of these I've read and found life changing (Hands Free Mama and Give Them Grace), but I'm always looking for more to add to my own pile. :)

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