I am a mom, a wife, a strong independent woman, and a Child of God. I am also a “personal development” (aka, the Self Help section, LOL) book addict and entrepreneur, therefore, I am always looking for new books to help inspire ALL of my journeys. From motherhood to marriage to being a boss lady to building faith, I’ve put together my book list for 2019. I found 12 books (one a month, in a perfect world) that every mom/wife/entrepreneur/woman should read. Regardless of where you are on your particular journey in life, if you fall into any one of these categories, I hope that these books will inspire, motivate, and move you to be the best you can be every day.
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
“Have you ever believed that you aren’t good enough? That you’re not thin enough? That you’re unlovable? That you’re a bad mom? Have you ever believed that you deserve to be treated badly? That you’ll never amount to anything? All lies.”
So I recently started reading this book and am STILL reading it, because I started mid-holiday season and well, you know how that goes. BUT, from page 1, I could totally relate, was engaged right away and feel like there is something that almost every woman can relate to at one point or another. This comes highly recommended from fellow mamas and I encourage you to read it for yourself this year too.
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
“New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.”
I read this book in 2017 and would read it again in a heartbeat! It was one of those books that was easy to read, so relatable, gave great advice and tips to staying PRESENT. This book taught me how to take a step back and focus on simplicity over the chaos that occurs in everyday life. I’ve recommended it to several other friends and hands down, I have not received a negative response yet.
- Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role (True Woman) by Erin Davis
“In Beyond Bath Time Erin shares her journey to in responding to the call of motherhood. Women will be challenged, convicted, and wonderfully encouraged by Erin’s honest and provocative look at motherhood. She unfolds the purpose and privileges of motherhood, revealing how it can be a powerful force for God’s kingdom”
For those spiritual mamas out there, this book is a must-read!!! Motherhood is one of the most difficult challenges of my daily life, so I am constantly searching for help, but also grace, gratitude, and patience through the mundane tasks. Highly recommend this read!
- Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms
“We believe that family life is beautiful and that motherhood is a privilege. But we also believe it is often really hard to see all that beauty when we’re in the midst of mothering. So often, we feel like we’re spread too thin. We feel like we don’t match up. Our hearts want to do more than our hands can manage. And every day, as we cycle through household duties, discipline, errands, conversations, teaching, and hundreds of unexpecteds, we’re often left tired, worried, and in need of some extra inspiration and encouragement”
So this was the very first book on motherhood that I ever received, well, besides What to Expect When You’re Expecting…I read this in the first 2 months of my oldest son’s life, and hey, that’s a pretty big accomplishment to read a full book in the first 2 months of your first baby’s life as a brand new mom, LOL. BUT…this book made me cry and made me laugh. It was written by fellow moms and every story was so heartfelt and TRUE. I don’t know why, but I loved this book and will always cherish this one because it got me through some difficult times as a new mama, however, this book would be great for any mom at any stage of life.
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
“In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.”
So, I personally have not yet read this book, but it’s on my nightstand and my list to read next. I have heard so many good reviews on this book, so I am adding it to this must-read list for all mamas, whether you work full time outside of the home, work part-time, or work full time inside the house or are raising your family full time; we all need to be a badass at life!!
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- The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
“Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?
In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.”
I’ve read this book numerous times. And actually, the Five Love Languages Assessment Online (https://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/couples/) is something that’s become an annual tradition. We typically take the assessment individually and then discuss how him and I have or haven’t changed in our love languages. It helps to really empower me to become better at showing him love in the way that he needs and I like to hope that it helps him too 🙂
- The Five Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary Chapman
“The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands.
Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.
Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child.”
So sounds crazy, right? Like why do we need a book to teach us how to love our children??? You’d be surprised… my two kids are so similar but couldn’t be more different from one another. No one child is exactly alike, and the way that they understand love can be intriguing and shocking… try asking your young kids why do they think mama loves them and see what their response is. I definitely recommend this book for any mom and dad out there.
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- The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick
“The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.”
My husband and I read this last year TOGETHER, yes, every other night (because every night was too far fetched with the kids and our schedules), we’d take 5-10 minutes and read out loud the daily love dare challenge and then work to practice the daily challenge. This book was very insightful and made it fun for my husband and I to read together. I am constantly trying to find things, ways, books to improve our relationship – no, it’s not a bad relationship, but who wouldn’t want to grow together and enhance everything that’s good?! It also gave me ideas to show him love in ways that I maybe never thought about before.
- I Just Want to Pee Alone by Jen of People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“Now a NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER.Motherhood is the toughest – and funniest – job you’ll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful – you can’t even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand. Hasn’t every mother said it before? “I just want to pee alone!” I Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most kick ass mom bloggers on the web.”
So again, this is not a book that I have read before but it’s on my list to read and the name alone makes it to my must read list because, well, I DO just want to pee alone…CAN I GET AN AMEN MAMAS?!! We should start a book club on this one! LOL.
- The Clean Eating Handbook: 31 Essential Rules for Health, Wellness, and a Fabulously Fit Life by Mareya Ibrahim, The Fit Foodie
“Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, wants to show you how to EAT CLEAN for life! Star of the Emmy nominated cooking competition Recipe Rehab and creator of EatCleaner.com and The Cleaner Plate Club, Mareya brings together her nutritional knowledge, special techniques and favorite recipes into one book to teach you how to transform everyday dishes into delicious, metabolism revving, fat burning fun!”
So, I am sure I am not alone when I say I want to get healthy and be fit (especially with the new year already here)… this book is awesome!!! Mareya offers 31 tips to eating cleaner and getting leaner in an easy, step by step method to follow. You gotta check it out for yourself if one of your goals this year is to eat cleaner and healthier for you and your family and get more fit in the process.
- Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
“Author of the New York Times bestseller Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist provides the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.
Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.”
This book is so heartfelt and I LOVE this author. PLUS, this book includes delicious recipes! If you love to cook or entertain, this book might be for you!
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- Mama Needs a Mother F**king Nap: A Sweary Coloring Book for Mom by Honey Badger Coloring
Laugh your a** off as you color this hilarious and irreverent coloring book full of sweary sayings for moms. Honey Badger Don’t Give a Sh*t!
- NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN
So this is the final book on my must read / must have book list for 2019… because all of us mamas need some laughter in our lives and what better way to relieve stress of everyday life than a little coloring sesh!?!?!
There you have it!!
By all means, these are simply MY recommendations based on books that I have read or that have been highly recommended to me and are in no particular order of preference. Let me know if you’ve enjoyed these books like I have OR if you have other recommendations for mamas out there, comment below!!!