Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake – This is probably my favorite parenting book. I never thought of myself as an angry person before having kids, but I feel like I get irritable so easily now. This book is encouraging because it goes through examples of parenting issues and offers biblical insight and practical tools as you seek to respond to your children gently.
Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane – I think this book is super needed now that our culture is so driven by technology. I don’t think that technology is evil, but I think it’s important to have boundaries set to make sure our kids aren’t on screens too much. This book gives stories, science, and practical tips on how to take back your home from a dependence on screens.
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 – This book was very convicting to me as well since I struggle with being distracted by my phone and my to-do list. This book encourages you to focus on what matters most in life and let go of meaningless distractions.
Raising Passionate Jesus Followers: The Power of Intentional Parenting by Phil and Diane Comer – This book was great because it broke down different ages into different chapters so that the authors could offer biblical wisdom and practical advice on how to handle problems that may arise during those stages.
Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler – I am not surprised that I loved this book because I have loved the Risen Motherhood podcast for so long. In this book, Jensen and Wifler help you understand how to apply the gospel to common issues moms face.
Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies by Hillary Morgan Ferrer – I thought this book would help me answer tough questions that I know my kids will ask, but I was surprised that this book has also been growing me in wisdom on how to confront different cultural lies in my own life. This book equips you to teach your kids how to form their own biblical beliefs about what is true and what is a lie (and may grow you in this area in the process).
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M Fitzpatrick – I just read this book and already feel like I need to read it again. It is very deep and I think it will take several reads to grasp all the truths and concepts in this book. This book encourages us to tell our kids about God and His grace and also to give grace in abundance.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman – Sometimes life and motherhood can feel mundane. Day after day we face the same chores and responsibilities. By using personal examples and stories, Furman reminds us of the power of the gospel to transform our ordinary lives.