Must Read Books for Mommies

Must Read Books for Mommies

I used to read all the time. Relaxing meant finding a sunshiny corner of the couch, ignoring the dishes in the sink, and getting lost in a good book. Since our little treasure has been born, moments like this have become few and far between. (If that hasn’t been your experience, you must tell me your secret!) Now relaxing means catching up on dishes, not avoiding them. 🙂

That being said, there are some books are worth making time to read. Books about marriage and homemaking and parenting keep me humble and help me grow as a wife and homemaker and mommy. That’s what I found with Rachel Jankovic’s book Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches. It’s a short read – only 102 pages, 2-5 pages per chapter – and it’s full of practical wisdom for parenting. (Rachel had five children, ages 5 and under, when she wrote this book, so she’s definitely writing from experience!)

Reading Rachel’s book was like a breath of fresh air, one of those books you want to read every few months, just to regain some perspective. Plus it’s full of fun – read her story about lacking sleep from twins! I’m including a few of my favorite quotes from Loving the Little Years below. I hope they tempt you into reading it too – it’s definitely worth it! 🙂

 

“…there is only one thing in my entire life that must be organized. The kids can be running like a bunch of hooligans through a house that appears to be at the bottom of a toaster, and yet, if organization and order can still be found in my attitude, we are doing well.” (page 11)

“Try to notice [the] little mile markers on the path of sanctification. If the sins have changed, it can be a sign of growth. It is not as though our children are going to emerge from their current problems into perfect holiness….They are going to emerge from one set of problems into the next, and that is good.” (page 22-23)

“…God does not tell us to necessarily be strategic with our fruit [spiritually speaking]…What happens to all our fruit is not our problem. That doesn’t that we are not to care about the fruit. While it is on our branches, it is our life work. It is an offering to God, and we ought to care intensely about the quality of our fruit. But the branches are our responsibility; the ground is not.” (page 32-33)

“Christian childrearing is a pastoral pursuit, not an organizational challenge.” (page 50)

“[Sometimes] it is like all my children have a growth spurt at the same time and develop new needs. This is only a problem when Mom doesn’t have a growth spurt herself.” (page 72)

“God does not command things that make life miserable – His commands are a means of joy. Make your children understand that obedience leads to freedom and joy – it is the path to life.” (page 98)