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A Summer Reading List for the Christian Mom

Summer Reading for the Christian Mom

May 21, 2019

As a kid, summer was the last time I wanted to use for reading. Don’t get me wrong, I loved to read. For some reason however I spent so much more time reading during the school year. Maybe it was the mindset I was in?

Still, as an adult I see summer a little differently. We tend to slow ourselves down a little as a family. Not that we sit around the house, we are often on our way to the next fun thing. But our time is more likely to be spent in the things that let us value the day; poolside, on a hike etc.

I want to use the summer to grow and recharge spiritually also. Before I know it Fall will be here and we will be back in the thick of our usual busyness.

So I put together a summer reading list for Christian moms geared towards growth and encouragement. This is a little different from the fun leisure reading on most summer reading lists for adults. I have included several nonfiction books that read like fiction. The stories of believers, meant to encourage and lift up. Also I am including books for thinking about how to defend your faith and how to grow in your faith.

I never recommend substituting one of these books for your quiet time. No book can replace the Bible in terms of what it can teach you, but if you are interested in spending a little extra time reading this summer, I recommend any one of these books. See more of my favorite books to read to kids here.

A Summer Reading List for the Christian Mom

1. And the Word Came With Power: How God Met & Changed a People Forever, Joanne Shetler

This book will give you a peek into life on the other side of the world from the United States. I love the reminder that cultures can vary so widely from my own! It is so interesting to see what it looks like for a people group to encounter the Gospel together for the first time. Like most of the books on the list, this could easily be a weekend read, it is short and sweet.

2. Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran’s Brutal Evin Prison, Maryam Rostampour, Marziyeh Amirizadeh

This is a different kind of other culture story. As the title implies, this book heavily describes the persecution of two women imprisoned for their faith in Iran. It is an amazing story of faith and eternal perspective, and a much needed reminder to pray that believers in difficult countries will be bold and strong in their faith.

3. The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence

This book predates anyone who is reading this list, but it is amazing! Please read this book. This may be the shortest book on the list, it is a compilation of the correspondence of a man simply known as Brother Lawrence. He lived as a monk in the early 1600’s and usually worked in the kitchen. He felt that anything he did should be done in the presence of God as an act of worship. I love this book for any believer, but especially for moms.

Also, while you can get a copy super cheap if you want a paper book in your hands, it is free (last time I checked) on Kindle, so you could get it today if you want to start here.

4. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds, Jen Wilkin

If you are looking to enhance your understanding of how to study the Bible, this may be a great place to start. Jen Wilkin breaks down the process of digging into the Word so that anyone can do it. Use this book alongside a personal study of a book of the Bible this summer for best results.

5. Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, & Wonder of God to Invest in Women, Kandi Gallaty

If you have already read Women of the Word, this would be a great next book. Jesus left us with the command to go and make disciples, but many of us don’t really understand where to start. This book explains how this author began a discipleship ministry among women and how she patterns it to multiply. I love that she is so intentional at building relationships.

6. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer, Priscilla Shirer

I couldn’t make a summer reading list without including Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore. Shirer takes the topic of spiritual warfare and walks through how to arm ourselves as Christian women in the face of darkness. This book is several years old, but if you have never read it, take the time, you won’t regret it.

A Summer Reading List for the Christian Mom

7. So Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us, Beth Moore

If you want to include an audio book in your summer reading, try to get your hands on this one. Beth reads it herself, and it is a great experience. I never thought about how much insecurity plays into the life of every woman, and how much we can either tear down, or build each other up. I listened to this one through my local library.

8. The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles for Putting Your Faith into Action, O.S. Hawkins

If you want to be more intentional to memorize Scripture, I recommend beginning this book this summer. It has 52 chapters with a foundational Bible verse in each one. It would be great to begin this summer by taking a chapter each week to focus on. Some of the verses you may know already, but review them and add new ones to your memory as you go. If you keep going through the year, you will know 52 Bible verses by next summer!

9. The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places, Nik Ripkin

This book is a great reminder that it’s not about me. These are stories of obedience of believers around the world. It’s so encouraging and really caused me to take an introspective look at how I live out my faith. The author interviewed members of the persecuted church from around the world and examined how they are successful (or not) as reproducing. It really challenged some of the beliefs I hold that are based more on being an American than a Christian.

10. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists, Ravi Zacharias

I love to listen to Ravi Zacharias speak, bu this was the first time I read a book by him. I think its a great idea as a believer to take the time to examine opposite beliefs to my own. In this book Zacharias examines atheism and answers many arguments used by atheists. It caused me to think through my own beliefs. This is a very short read, but worth the time.

What would you include on a summer reading list for the Christian mom? Let me know in the comments.

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  • Rebecca Hastings

    I haven’t read any of these! I have heard of a few, and I may need to add some to me TBR list for summer!

    Right now I’m reading the forthcoming book, The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You by Lisa-Jo Baker. It’s great!

    May 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Great! I’d love to hear if you read any what you think!

      May 21, 2019 at 3:06 pm Reply
      • Brittany

        Starting back up on reading in my adult life is on my bucket list. So many good suggestions that I can try out over the summer. Thanks for the list!

        May 22, 2019 at 5:01 pm Reply
        • danellsteffen

          It has been a journey for me too- it helped me to check out some of the audiobooks from my library. It helped me to get hooked again.

          May 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm Reply
  • Aryn The Libraryan 📚

    Fervent is actually at the top of my bedside TBR stack! (yes, I have several hardcopy TBR stacks, plus my kindle que)
    The James Code and The insanity of obedience look like ones I need to check into further, thanks!

    May 21, 2019 at 3:15 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      The Insanity of Obedience might be my top book from 2018.

      May 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm Reply
  • Vickie Munton

    Great list! I’ve read several, but will add some of the others to my list! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    May 22, 2019 at 11:37 am Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Great- let me know what you think if you read any of them!

      May 22, 2019 at 1:32 pm Reply
  • Diane@worthbeyondrubies

    Great list!! I don’t know if I’ll get much time to read since I’m a foster mom this summer but if I can sneak some in I’ll pick a couple you recommended!!

    May 22, 2019 at 4:46 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Thanks Diane- You might look at your library to see if any of them are audio books. I get some extra ‘reading’ in that way while I’m doing laundry etc.

      May 22, 2019 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    I think I accidentally placed my comments under someone else’s. So sorry about that!

    May 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      no worries!

      May 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm Reply
  • christa sterken

    I haven’t heard of most of these, thanks for the list. Glad to see Jen Wilkins on here…just read a great article by her that made me want to read her books!

    May 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Yes! I love her!!

      May 23, 2019 at 1:49 am Reply
  • bethany

    These look great! and a thousand times yes to Brother Lawrence – completely changed my perspective right after college! I think I’ll tackle the Ravi Zacharius – i also love listening to him!

    May 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Great choice!

      May 23, 2019 at 1:50 am Reply
  • Patsy Burnette

    Thanks for this great list Danell! What a wonderful post! Tweeted and pinned. Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    May 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      Thanks Patsy!

      May 23, 2019 at 1:50 am Reply
  • Ayanna

    What a great list! “Fervent” has been on my list for a while and definitely going to check out a few others on the list as well.

    May 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm Reply
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      May 23, 2019 at 1:50 am Reply
  • Miranda Johnson

    I can’t wait to read some of these! I have read Fervent and loved it! I have Women of the Word on my Kindle waiting to be read. I’m currently reading 8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch. What I love most about it is how it gives ideas how to nurture your kids connection to God based on how they learn best and their natural strengths. Beth Moore’s “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” was life changing for me personally. If I think of more, I will let you know! I’m in charge of our library at church now so I am always scouting for good new books 😬 In the fiction category, I have heard great things from multiple women about Francine Rivers’ “Redeeming Love”. I don’t read fiction much, so I can not personally vouch for it.

    May 23, 2019 at 6:08 am Reply
    • danellsteffen

      I need to look for that one, I’d love to really think about how each of my kids learn connected with pouring into them. I can’t wait for you to read Women of the Word! I loved it so much, it is what inspired me to write the How to Study Your Bible course.
      Ugh, I feel like everyone is in two categories when it comes to Redeeming Love, either they love it or hate it and unfortunately i’m in the second category. It was worth a read since it was so different than most Christian fiction, but just not up my alley. I’m picky about fiction anyway and tend to lean towards non-fiction, maybe that’s why?

      May 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Stacey

    I’m going to Pin this so I can remember these books when I’m finished with what I’m reading currently. Thanks for sharing!

    May 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm Reply
    • danellsteffen

      You’re Welcome!

      May 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply

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