Top 10 Best Books For Moms You Should Be Reading

by | Dec 2, 2020

10 Books That Keep Entertaining Year After Year

If you’re wanting some good books to dive into, then read my list of best books for moms!

It’s 2021, so why not snag a few good reads? Make a reading goal for yourself! For me it would be like 6-10 books this year. I really set the bar high for myself. =)

Many of these books I’ve read more than once, and they cover a range of genres like children’s literature, adult fiction, non-fiction, and inspirational living.

There will be links for each book that I write about to make it as easy as possible if you’re wanting to purchase it on Amazon!

Whether the book is for you or a friend or even your child, there is sure to be a wonderful option for someone!

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, go get toasty by the fire (or if you’re in a southern state just sit outside in the sun) and enjoy this tailor-made list for you!

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Top 10 Best Books For Moms

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  3. No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster Blake
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Everybody Always by Bob Goff
  6. Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler
  7. Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World by Kristen Welch
  8. Recovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer
  9. You And Me Forever: Marriage In Light of Eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan
  10. A Praying Life by Paul Miller

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by R. J. Palacio

My first choice for best books for moms is actually in the children’s literature category.

I don’t know anyone who has read this book and not ended up loving it! You will fall in love with the character of Auggie and be rooting for him the whole time.

If you want to dive into a story about accepting differences, special needs, kids learning to be kind, and advocating for your own kids, then this is a great book for you!

I’m excited to read this with Addie when she gets a little bit older.

The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

This book quickly became a favorite of mine, which is why it made my list of top
10 best books for moms.

For one thing, I love being transported to the 60s, and the fact that some of the main
characters are young twenty-somethings trying to figure out life, is an added bonus.

Kathryn writes from her own personal experience growing up in Mississippi and being
raised by her family’s maid.

Her characters are filled with humor and wit, and the story is ultimately about standing up for what you believe in regardless of if it’s popular. I could read this book over and over again!

No One Likes A Fart

by Zoe Foster Blake

Clearly my sense of humor is very juvenile because this book made my top 10 best books for moms!

I’m not kidding, I saw this at a store in the children’s section, picked it up and could
not stop laughing.

Not only is it funny, but it also teaches kids about loneliness, acceptance, and friendship.

Fart is the main character, and he finds it very difficult to make friends. No one apparently likes him.

It has a great ending so you’ll just have to snag this one to read the ending for yourself!

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Who doesn’t love this book? I don’t know many moms who haven’t read this classic.
The life of the March family as it relates to 4 sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is quite compelling and endearing.

Their story is filled with adventure, mischief, manners, growing up, and bonds that last a lifetime. I cannot recommend this book enough!

If you are someone who hasn’t yet read this fine novel, do yourself a favor and add it to your wish list!

Everybody Always

by Bob Goff

Another book on my list of best books for moms is this gem.

Oooooh, this is such a great book!

Bob Goff is an incredible author, and I walked away after reading this book truly inspired.

The premise for his book is that if Jesus calls us to love everyone, then that’s what we
should be doing, regardless of whether or not we feel they deserve our love.

Bob’s book challenged me to let go of resentments I’d been holding onto, and to accept
people just as they are with no agenda to change anyone but myself.

This is a book about learning to love difficult people. We could all use more help with that!

Risen Motherhood

by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler

Wow, this book is full of inspiration and encouragement!

Emily and Laura combine their life experiences, wit, and wisdom to share how the gospel is
interwoven throughout our daily lives as moms.

It is packed with humor, grace, Scripture, and awesome follow-up questionsto really get you to think about each topic covered.

This would make a great book for a women’s small group study. Emily and Laura also host a podcast every Wednesday which I highly recommend!

Raising Grateful Kids In An Entitled World

by Kristen Welch

I believe this is my favorite parenting book I’ve ever come across, so naturally it
would make my list of best books for moms!

Kristen challenged my socks off with the story of her family and how God moved in their lives through simple things like saying no to their kids.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely want my daughter to grow up understanding the value of hard work and to appreciate the many blessings in her life.

If she were to grow up and become entitled, greedy, and arrogant that would be devastating! Kristen’s book is filled with real-life examples from parenting her own 3 children.

She shares the triumphs and the failures, sprinkling everything with lots of wit and humor. There are even contracts in the back of the book when it comes to cell phones and dating. This
is a fantastic resource!

Recovering Redemption

by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer

Sometimes in the Christian life it’s easy to get down on yourself and be super
mopey, thinking things like, “Why do I keep struggling with the same stuff day after day?”

Totally get that sentiment! Matt and Michael do a wonderful job applying the gospel
to the brokenness in our lives, and encouraging their readers with the truth that the
only hope for true change is the gospel lived out in our daily lives.

They say that the “heart of all our problems is truly the problem of our hearts.” Real change can only come through the power of the gospel and the redemption that Christ offers us if we believe in Him.

This book has great application questions at the end of each chapter. It’s a fantastic read!

You and Me Forever: Marriage In Light of Eternity

by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan

A great list of top 10 best books for moms needs to include a book on marriage.

Are you wanting to freshen up your marriage and be challenged in a new way?

This is the book for you! I love how this book includes both the husband’s and the wife’s

Francis and Lisa challenge their readers to see marriage in a whole new way, in light of eternity. The way to have a healthy marriage is to not focus on your marriage.

Focus instead on your relationship with Christ. I’ve read quite a few books on the topic of marriage, and this one is my favorite!

A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Connecting with God in a Distracting World

My final book rec for best books for moms is this one right here! Why would I include a book on prayer? Prayer is so important, especially when it comes to raising our kids.

Prayer can definitely be a tricky topic to unpack. Paul Miller helps his readers understand some of the confusing aspects of prayer, and he gives people insights into his own personal struggles with the topic as he’s navigated his own trials.

It is insightful, helpful, challenging, and inspiring! Whether you’re struggling, or things are going great, if you want to grow in your prayer life, read this book!

Final Thoughts

I’m glad you stuck around to get my whole list of best books for moms! If you’re a mom, get one of these books for yourself. Put it on your wish list for a family member to grab for you.

If you know of a mom who would appreciate one of these books, get one straight from my blog! There’s a link under every book that will take you straight to Amazon. I made it easy for you!

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I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday with their families!

Lots of love to each of you!


Cover Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

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  1. Laurence

    Great selection here! Always on the look out for new books for my little ones

    • Lisa

      Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. I hope you find some great books to snag for yourself too. =)

  2. Katherine

    Great list! Thanks for sharing! I’ll skip little women, but the rest seem worth a read!

    • Lisa

      Glad you like the list and I hope you get a chance to read some of these in 2021!

  3. Val

    Wonderful list of essential and fun reads! Thank you for sharing Lisa! Some of the titles surprised me and I enjoyed hearing your reasoning behind them. Appreciate you!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Val! Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

  4. Adriane

    This is a great list. I am particularly interested in Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. I think that is something a lot of us have a difficult time managing.

    • Lisa

      Adriane, that book is seriously my favorite parenting book I’ve ever read! It’s totally worth your time.

  5. Anonymous

    Great post! Thank you for this. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  6. Sarah

    Great choices! I have only read a couple. I will definitely add these to my list!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Sarah! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday together.

  7. Payal Rathore

    This is such a great list of books. Loved it!

  8. Sara

    What a great list! I’m sure these books will be helpful especially during this time!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Sara!

  9. Sarah B.

    I love these recommendations! I’ve added a few to my book list. Even as a mom of three I manage to carve out reading time because it’s so important to me.

    • Lisa

      I agree that making time for reading is so important. If I’d stop reading my phone so much, I’d probably get through more books, right? =)

  10. sylvia

    Love this list – some I’ve read and others I will definitely get to. Thanks

    • Lisa

      Glad you like the list Sylvia. I hope you get a chance to read some of the ones you haven’t read yet. All 10 are great options!

  11. Sarah

    I have only read a couple of books on this list. Thanks for sharing! I plan to add these to my reading list.

    • Lisa

      Awesome! Maybe over the holidays you’ll have a chance to read one. Blessings! =)

  12. Danielle Villarreal

    I love this! I am so looking forward to reading more next year!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Danielle! I hope you get a chance to dive into one of these from the list. =)

  13. Pam

    Lisa this looks like an awesome selection. My daughter and I both read Little Women, but somehow Beth doesn’t die in the version my daughter read. I’m sure my son will love the fart book. I was cracking up just by reading your review. Lol!
    Btw, I am sure gonna come back to read the other posts of yours. They seem really interesting.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Pam! I look forward to hearing what you think of the other articles. There are some very helpful (and humorous) ones for moms!

  14. Marie

    Wow! These books look so good! Thanks for sharing! I’m in the middle of Risen Motherhood and really enjoy it!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Marie! So glad you’re reading that book. One of the best!

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