15 Best Books for Stay at Home Moms

Want the 15 Best Books for Stay at Home Moms? Below you will find a compiled list of the absolute best reads from my own personal library.

These books full of wit and wisdom will make you laugh, cry, and nod your head. While filling you up and humbling you all at the same time.

Find a comfy chair, a warm blanket, and a cup of something delicious and lets find your next read.

15 Best Books for Stay At Home Moms in a stack on a bookcase in front of a painting.
Not pictured: M is for Mama (purchased on Audible), The Homemade Housewife (lent to a friend), and Memory Making Mama (purchased on Audible)

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M is for Mama by Abbie Halberstadt

There is so much to say about this incredible book. I am so thoroughly impressed and impacted by it. I am seriously considering buying a copy for all of my friends and family with little ones.

There is essential support and encouragement given in these pages. The encouragement that pushes us to be more than a mediocre mom is life changing.

Surrounded by a world that tells us moms that we should treat ourselves because we deserve it, and that we are entitled to be lackluster as a parent, because hey, so is everyone else.

M is for Mama cuts through these lies with a wit and wisdom that felt like author Abbie Halberstadt was chatting with me at a local coffee shop over cups of hot chocolate.

The incredible and necessary encouragement to seek Jesus. While truly learning what our role is as moms from a Biblical perspective. Instead of a worldly one.

It is so impactful. I was nodding my head, laughing, and totally captivated through the entire book.

Make sure you listen to the audio book too if you have a chance. But honestly, you are going to probably want the hard copy too. I have mine on order as I type this.

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How to Sew a Button by Erin Bried

In a busy world full of ready made this and convenient that, it can be so easy for us as homemakers to lose the ability to do things ourselves.

In How to Sew a Button, author Erin Bried has compiled the best how to’s for those of us who may have never learned these time honored skills. The wisdom that used to be passed down by grandmas and great grandmas fills the pages of this lovely guide to domestic living.

Everything from cooking and gardening to cleaning and entertaining. Erin gives us the tools, and understanding to create a simple and frugal home with our own hands.

This book was such a comfort and education when I was starting my own home. And I know it will be such a great resource for you too! Get your copy here.

Help I’m Drowning by Sally Clarkson

Sally Clarkson doesn’t know this but she is my Godmother of Motherhood. Her books have given me direction, great help, and understanding of a field of expertise that was so foreign to me.

She writes with such love and care. As though she is sitting beside you with a cup of tea and a warm knowing smile.

Enough fan girling, you want to know why I’ve included this particular book out of her many wonderful volumes. I won’t lie, the title, Help, I’m Drowning, gripped me. I remember looking at it and my brain screaming YES! ME TOO!!

I will venture to guess that to varying degrees, we have all had moments where we felt like we were drowning. Whether it’s in the busyness of the daily routine or life has thrown some really difficult situations your way.

We have all had moments where we felt like hanging out head in defeat. Sally is no different. She shares with the reader those moments of stormy life. And how she learned how to approach them with grace and wisdom given by the Lord who carries us in times of trouble.

This book will be a great source of comfort, like a warm hug. Find your copy here.

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood by the amazing Sally Clarkson has been instrumental in getting me to see past the daily task list into the hearts of my children.

She gives you important insight on how to make a positive impact on your family. All by following the footsteps of Jesus and how He interacted with His disciples.

Shepherding our own tiny disciples in the face of mounds of laundry, many many meals to cook, and so many dust bunnies to sweep can feel like a daunting task at times.

Sally cuts through the life clutter to the heart of the matter, incorporating biblical wisdom into our parenting. In this uplifting and inspiring work of literature, you will feel humbled at times but supported and loved in so many ways.

As Sally puts it, motherhood isn’t just a job, it’s a calling.

The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson

Probably my favorite book of all time, The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson is foundational when you are starting a home as a new wife or new mom.

Absolutely full of true life giving ideas and knowledge about cultivating a family culture. This book encourages the joy of creating traditions and memories.

While also impressing upon you the necessity of creating family values and using them to shape who you are and what principles you adhere to.

Not just with each other, but with everyone else outside of your home as well. This book was a big part of forming my passion for creating a cozy home with lasting memories for our family.

It’s part of why I am also so passionate about sharing all of the cozy things with you too. Actionable information paired with the Clarkson’s stories from their own family makes this book a must have for your own home library.

The guidance we all need for creating the ultimate cozy and inviting home.

The Lifegiving Home Experience by Sally Clarkson

Written as a year long companion to The Lifegiving Home, this book provides ways to guide you in carving out what you want your own home to be.

Through advice, ideas, and stories you will glean ways to create traditions and culture in your own family. Reflection and planning will encourage a biblical approach to nurturing a sense of togetherness in your home.

Chockful of book and movie suggestions, special ideas for making memories, and ways of creating a welcoming and cozy home. This is a helpful compliment to The Lifegiving Home book. Order yours here.

The Better Mom Devotional by Ruth Schwenk

In a sea of personal devotionals, The Better Mom Devotional is the cup of water to quench the thirst of a weary mom soul.

Author Ruth Schwenk shows you, through scripture, ways to deepen your faith while in the trenches of Motherhood. How to joyfully create a caring, hospitable home that not only nurtures your family. But encourages and cultivates meaningful friendship as well.

The uplifting and relatable way Ruth writes will feel like she is sitting across the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in hand. I keep finishing and restarting this devotional over and over again. You will too.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

The title pretty much says it all. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is for the mamas that feel the tug between getting it all done and resting in the peace of Jesus.

With so many tasks and activities and Pinterest crafts you can feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Choosing the good path is such a strong draw, but we tell ourselves when I’m finished I can.

Author Joanna Weaver guides us in drawing closer to Him so that we can serve from a place of joy and support. This wonderful read also includes a 12 week Bible study plan.

Holy Hygge by Jamie Erickson

In Holy Hygge (pronounced HYOO-guh) author Jamie Erickson gives life to the deepest passion in my soul: cozy.

As she explains, Hygge is a Danish word that best translates to a sense of comfort, rest, beauty, and gathering. The ultimate expression of slow living and hospitality that reaches your soul.

Those deep, meaningful conversations between friends that just fill you up and restore you.

The biggest take away is to understand that while a beautiful home with warm nourishing food may be fulfilling, we need to remember Who truly nourishes our soul and gives us rest.

That our deep soul ache, as Jamie puts it, cannot be filled with all of the cozy food and décor in the world. But only by Jesus can that ache be soothed. Obtain your copy here.

The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell

The Turquoise Table is for a chaotic life that is seeking to slow down and find community. The author, Kristin Schell, expertly navigates us through the art of hospitality in our own front yards.

And while this out of doors hospitality proves to be more difficult during the colder months. Cultivating this sense of community and togetherness with your neighbors on your own street, gives us a tangible way to seek that connection that we so crave in such a busy world.

Through her own personal stories and lessons learned, Kristin takes us on a journey of unfussy yet heartfelt gathering of community that become friends and family.

Each chapter speaks to the reader on a different level. From frazzled and distracted to a table for all seasons. Kristin tells us how delightful the gathering and cultivating of a hospitable table can be while leaving the stress and perfection behind.

Showing that interest and caring for those who live beside us and near us, creates an amazing world of togetherness right outside your doorstep. Maybe we all need a turquoise table of our own. Purchase your copy here.

Hand Made by Melissa K. Norris

Full of simple living goodness, Hand Made brings those skills handed down from Grandma to you in a sweet and fun way.

You will learn everything from growing and harvesting herbs to old fashioned baking and Depression era wisdom for keeping a home.

Presented in a relatable and easy to understand way, this book will definitely teach you traditional skills that will help you to create an authentic from scratch home.

Author Melissa K. Norris offers simple yet effective ways for the reader to cultivate your home as a refuge for you and your family. A great resource for suburbanites and homesteaders alike.

The Made From Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris

Another great book from author Melissa K. Norris, The Made From Scratch Life gently guides the reader through the simpler from scratch lifestyle.

Going back to the old ways of our grandparents and great grandparents. Here you will learn how to plan and plant a garden, live more frugally, and switch over to more natural ways of cooking and cleaning.

These helpful hints can be a wealth of knowledge no matter where you are in your homemaking journey.

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace Mally

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends is a sweet story written by three siblings who, from their own stories and others around them, learned to stop fighting and start being best friends. 

Cute anecdotes and honest examples provide an informative and enjoyable read. They share personal stories and actionable tips to encourage your little ones in friendship instead of constant quarreling.

Told from the perspective of each sibling you will get unique insight into the sibling dynamic and how they were able to develop a closer relationship as a family.

The Homemade Housewife by Kate Singh

This book by Kate Singh is such a treasure. Packed full of homemaking wisdom, The Homemade Housewife touches on just about every aspect of keeping a home and raising children. All without breaking the bank or losing your sanity.

Kate covers everything from budgeting to hospitality and from scratch cooking to homeschooling. Such a wonderful resource all compiled into such a lovely book.

There is definitely something to learn here for each Homemaker no matter where you are in your journey.

And be sure to share with a friend who would appreciate the helpful tips and hints here. I have lent my copy to a friend, which is the reason it is not pictured in the stack of books up top.

Memory Making Mom by Jessica Smartt

Memory Making Mom is an excellent read and exactly the kick in the rear that I needed to push off all of the busyness and distractions and start investing in the traditions and memories our family could be creating.

Author Jessica Smartt shows us how to create fun activities and meaningful time together that will carry on. They may then turn into fond reflections and traditions that will continue into their own families.

With keen insight and guidance, the reader can forge a path of family culture and togetherness that is not only transformative but God honoring as well.

Definitely a must read or listen! I listened to my copy on the Audible app!


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  1. Jeannette Olton says:

    What a great intro into all of these books! Just enough information to whet one’s appetite. Now I want to read each and every one them!