A Growing Mom's Reading List
This reprint of a popular article exhorts mothers, as we seek to disciple and train our children, to take time for our own spiritual growth. We begin this process with the Truth, the Holy Bible, by spending daily time in God’s Word. In addition to other spiritual disciplines, such as prayer and corporate worship, we have available to us a plethora of valuable tomes to instruct and encourage us.
Our kids, as well as others, are drawn to a faith that is fresh and alive. In the midst of home schooling, laundry, diapers, housekeeping, ministry, etc., sometimes what we choose to omit from our schedules is regular, daily time with our Lord, to study and meditate on His word, and to pray. As my pastor often reminds his congregation, “We are leaky buckets,” needing to be filled and refilled on a daily basis. And without that daily filling, our faith becomes dry and stale. But how do I fit that in when I’m up half the night with a colicky baby or sick child? I remember a “mom in the Lord” telling me when I asked her that question that sometimes prayer and Bible time are even more important than sleep!
The Example of Susanna Wesley
We all know it is a lot of work to homeschool, run a household, serve at church and sometimes even work inside/outside the home. But we must take the time, on a daily basis, to renew our faith and grow as believers. As my daughter says, we always think that if we worked a little bit smarter, harder or faster, we would have more time for our personal study, but it really is a matter of making it the first priority. If Susanna Wesley could talk with us today, I’m sure she would agree!
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson
Sally Clarkson is always practical, uplifting and serves as an inspiration to me anytime I read or hear her. Many parenting books focus on discipline, but this one simply teaches us how to draw our children near by providing creative ways to show we love them.
I love Beth Moore’s books and studies! This is a life changer, as is her study of the same name. For anyone who struggles with pride, unbelief, temptation, addiction, or depression, this book teaches us how to receive healing, once and for all.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
If we have the hearts of our children, we can be the mentors and coaches we are designed to be! This book will show you how to be on the same side as your children, rather than an opponent, and will teach you how to capture what is really important – your child’s heart.
The Practice of the Presence of God — by Brother Lawrence
Written by a Carmelite lay-brother over 300 years ago who took the name of Brother Lawrence, this inspiring book touched me because the author was such a quintessential example of a humble, joyful servant. These comments are from the publisher: As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen, with several people asking questions at the same time–or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am now dong what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with my whole heart.”
Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival— by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
This is an excellent 12 week study about personal and corporate revival, designed to be used in small group study. From Amazon: Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God’s amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and ‘Making it Personal’ questions and exercises.
Brokenness: The Heart God Revives (Revive Our Hearts)— by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
This is another VERY REVEALING study, appropriate for a small group. I liken this study to peeling an onion, slowly, layer by layer. (Warning: You are the onion!) This is the first of a series of three called “Revive our Hearts.” From Amazon: Every great movement of God is preceded by a season of humility and repentance and a time of tearing down walls, of getting honest with God and others about your true spiritual condition….God will use your brokenness to restore your ‘first love’ for Jesus, rekindle your spiritual fire, reconcile your relationships, and repair your life. An excellent book!
The Gospel for Real Life (with Study Guide)— by Jerry Bridges
Some time ago I worked through this insightful ‘primer’ of the reformed faith with a dear friend. Jerry Bridges does an excellent job of clearly explaining our foundational beliefs in understandable language. This is suitable to use with your high school student – I wish I had found it earlier! If we fully understand what Christ did for us on the cross, we are truly empowered to live in His grace.
What books have been life-changers for you? I would love to hear in the comments about your favorites!