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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.