No More Fear (10 Remarkable Books That Will Change How You Mother)

10 remarkable books that will change how you mother

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While I don't tend to make recommendations lightly, I find myself sharing these 10 particular books often. Each one has impacted how I mother, moving me from a place of fear to a place of freedom and rest. Five are specifically about parenting, and five are not! 


Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae 

Don't tell me you don't feel desperate, because I know you do. I do too, but a lot less so after reading this book! I was just explaining to my mom why it's so wonderful to hear older, experienced voices sharing their thoughts and experiences on motherhood--it is lifegiving






Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
by Rachel Jankovich

If you like a succinct, direct writing style, or are a fan of, you will love this book. Written by a Desiring God writer and mom of many small ones, it challenges me to call my "small" unkind behaviors what they are: sin. The nugget that impacts me daily: I cannot be unkind to my children, just because they're in  my way. 






Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom 
by Lisa-Jo Baker

If you've ever felt that your journey to motherhood has not been...traditional...and that maybe how do motherhood is not quite how everyone else does it, I think you're going to love Lisa-Jo as much as I do. Her hard fought love and grace for herself gives me the courage to find it for myself. Plus, now I want to visit South Africa. 






Shepherding a Child's Heart
by Ted Tripp

This is one of those books that deserves a reread at every stage of parenthood. One of the earlier books I read, and it shaped how I came to see discipline as my infants turned into toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. What I'm after, now, is my child's heart. I'm not interested in them becoming moral people; what I'm after is a relationship with them that will point them to Christ. 





Parenting With Love & Logic
by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

If you're desperate for more of a how-to manual, this is your book. It's practical. Delightfully, consistently practical.  It has helped me immensely as I've navigated the troubled waters of toddler and preschooler tantrums! 





Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
by John & Stasi Eldredge

I read this in college, long before I became a mother. But it made such an impact on me: I am not too much. I am not too little. I am just right! I am worth pursuing and I am pursued. Foundational truths that have shaped I view myself in the midst of the storms, doubts, and uncertainties of motherhood. 






Victory Over the Darkness: Realize the Power of Your Identity in Christ
by Neil T. Anderson

I grew up in the church, but as an adult I've realized how many Christians settle for salvation as the end goal. Such a tragedy, when Christ has freedom and a life full of joy and purpose for us to live now! I've seen the principals in this book applied over and over again in peoples' lives--to great success. It's simple, basic, biblical--but it changes your life. I am overjoyed that I get to share this principals with my kids, now. They don't have to wait till they're adults!




I Come Quietly to Meet You: An Intimate Journey In God's Presence
by Amy Carmichael

A recent find, this little book of devotions is cobbled together from Amy Carmichael's letters and notes to friends and family. They are startling in their enjoyment of the Lord. I love to start my day with one, and am encouraged, no matter how many times I've read the devotion before, to delight in my sweet Savior. 






Keep a Quiet Heart
by Elisabeth Elliot

Oh, it's so hard to choose just one Elisabeth Elliot book that's shaped how I live and how I mother, but I love this one for it's quiet (short!!) and poignant reflections on ministry, motherhood, womanhood, and so much else. It's a nightstand classic, for sure!








God is Good: He's Better Than You Think
by Bill Johnson

I'll be frank: I haven't finished reading this. But even halfway through,  I'm experiencing new understandings of the scripture, Jesus, and the Kingdom of Heaven that have already changed how I think. I have a new hope and energy that I didn't have before, and have experienced the Lord's love in a fresh way! Joy! 





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