25 Encouraging Books for Christian Homeschool Moms

Written by Michelle Watson

August 4, 2023

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You’re a Christian homeschool mom, so chances are you’re a reader also. 

I curated this booklist with you in mind. 

On those days when you’re staring down a mountain of laundry or refereeing criminal acts of sibling conflict, you can turn to these titles for a pep talk, a few words of wisdom, and even a helpful tip or two.

I divided this list of 25 books for Christian homeschool moms into three categories:

Some books lean heavily into practical how-tos. Sometimes, we need a little advice to help with a sticky situation we’re facing. 

Other books don’t offer a lot of tips or tricks, but they help us reframe our big-picture parenting approach, or they offer inspiration to keep going even when you’re on the 100th diaper change of the day. 

Parenting & Motherhood Books With Tips, Tools, and Solutions

Sometimes we turn to parenting books because we need help! SOS! U.S.S. Motherhood is sinking fast and needs rescue! 

But how many times did these books NOT deliver the promised results?

Maybe more than a few…

Christian parenting and motherhood books are filled with wisdom from experienced parents who have walked the walk, but they can only take us so far. Jesus is the only real rescue. Most of these books do their best to point us to Him, where can find true answers, healing, and restoration.

Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday: Say Goodbye to Stressed, Tired, and Anxious, and Say Hello to Renewed Joy in Motherhood

By Valerie Woerner

Feeling stuck in’grumpy mom’ mode? Valerie Woerner offers a refreshing escape for every homeschooling mom who can’t seem to leave Discouragement Depot. Valerie shares a lot of relatable stories and approaches her advice with humility and a lot of grace for her readers.

Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments

By Emily A. Jensen and Laura Wifler

Discover the transformative power of gospel-centered motherhood versus “anything else”-centered motherhood. This is a refreshing perspective that will revitalize your approach to parenting, helping you find grace, hope, and purpose as you embrace God’s truth in your role as a mom.

M Is for Mama: A Rebellion Against Mediocre Motherhood

By Abbie Halberstadt

Does “hot-mess-mama” culture make you cringe? Abbie Halberstadt says that we can do better—not because we’re so capable and smart, but because we have God to help us when things at home become, well, a hot mess. This book is part mindset and part practical strategies. Basically, it’s the whole package.

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches

By Rachel Jankovic

Rachel Jankovic’s straight-talk will resonate deeply with moms of littles. This is part story, part advice, and part encouragement packaged in super-short chapters that you can sneakily read while dinner is cooking.

Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy

By Jamie C. Martin

Calling all introverted homeschool moms! Jamie is your guide to embracing the introvert that God made you—while STILL finding peace in the chaos of homeschooling. Discover how to cultivate a home environment that honors your quiet and contemplative nature while still giving your kids what they need, too.

Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies

By Hillary Morgan Ferrer and Nancy Pearcey

Equip yourself with the tools to raise confident and discerning young minds in a culture that’s determined to brainwash us all. This book walks you through various cultural lies, helping you teach your kids how to stand firm in their faith, challenge cultural misconceptions, and engage thoughtfully in a world filled with conflicting ideologies.

The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works!

By John Rosemond

John Rosemond is just about as old-school as it gets, so if you want help getting in touch with pre-1970s parenting philosophies, this book is for you. (And it really ISN’T for everyone.) You’ll learn practical and proven methods to foster obedience, respect, and character in your children. But beware. This book is not for the faint of heart.

Parenting for God’s Glory: Creatively Training Children in Honor and Respect

By Debby Sjogren

This inspirational guide looks a bit like a Word doc, but it’s loaded with the exact strategies that this homeschool mom used to train her children in obedience, respect, and good manners— all to bring glory to God in every aspect of their lives.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

By Tedd Tripp

This isn’t exactly a quick, breezy read, but Tedd Tripp’s whole schtick is this: “Let’s not gain our kids’ obedience and lose their hearts.” Now, I can say amen to that! This book will help you understand the root issues and emotions behind behaviors, leading to a deeper connection and a heart-centered approach to parenting that will leave a lasting impact.

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity

By Sally Clarkson

As a mom, your work has eternal impact. Just let that sink in. Sally Clarkson (she’s basically a homeschooling institution) leads you on a transformative quest to touch your child’s heart and cultivate a lifelong love for God, as you discover practical ways to foster a nurturing home environment.

The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

By Gary Chapman

Afraid your kids aren’t “getting it” that you are crazy in love with them? This book explores the now-iconic concept of the five love languages and how it applies to loving our kids. We don’t want to show them love in the ways that WE desire love. We have to figure out how THEY interpret love, and then love them that way. 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear

I know, not a parenting book. But seriously, this has some bomb strategies to build habits—whether you want to do this for yourself or instill good habits in your kids. These tiny changes can help you actually make step-by-step progress toward the goals you have for your family and your homeschool.

Homeschooling Books for Christian Moms

So many of these wonderful books are written by moms for moms. They’ve traveled the road a few steps ahead of us, and they’ve got the 20/20 vision that hindsight brings. 

Let’s see what they have to say about what’s most important in our homeschools!

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace

By Sarah MacKenzie

If you feel like you’re going to crumble under the pressure of homeschooling, then get this book TUH-DAY! Sarah MacKenzie reminds you that homeschooling doesn’t have to be a Disney-esque production that requires all you have to give plus glitter. It’s not all on you. Remember God? He’s there to do the heavy lifting, Mom! 

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids

By Sarah MacKenzie

Create meaningful and lasting connections with your kids through the power of read-alouds—that’s what Sarah MacKenzie has been teaching for years, and she poured all her wisdom into this book that’s bursting with great recommendations and read-aloud tips for every age. 

Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most

By Pam Barnhill

Discover the joy of a united homeschooling journey by simplifying and focusing on the things that truly matter. Embrace the beauty of learning together, fostering deeper connections, and savoring precious moments that will enrich both your family life and educational endeavors.

The Convivial Homeschool: Gospel Encouragement for Keeping Your Sanity While Living and Learning Alongside Your Kids

By Mystie Winckler

Mystie Winckler says that what you REALLY need isn’t a new planner, closet organizer, or cleaning schedule in order to love your life as a homemaker. What you need is to organize your attitude. She employs gospel encouragement to help you keep your sanity all while keeping your precious kids close.

The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life

By Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart says that sometimes the key to “more magic” in our homeschools is to (GASP) ditch our plans. Noooooo! But seriously, she says that we don’t want to quench the spark of curiosity in our kids with phrases like “But that’s not what we’re learning today.” She makes me afraid, very afraid, but she also makes a lot of sense. 

The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling

by Durenda Wilson
Durenda Wilson had me at “mercifully short”—haha! One of the best benefits of homeschooling is that we get to determine our own schedule and pace of learning. So why are we in such a hurry? Why. are we making things so complicated? “Slow down and simplify,” she says.

Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life

By Gladys Hunt

This heartwarming guide is THE quintessential booklist for homeschool kids ages 0 to 12. Plus, you’ll learn how to use books imaginatively in your family life, creating an environment where reading becomes a cherished and transformative experience for your children.

Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, & My Journey Toward Sanctification

By Cindy Rollins

This heartwarming and candid memoir will resonate with every Christian homeschool mom as Cindy weaves together the beauty of morning times, the sweetness of nursery rhymes, and the profound lessons learned along her path to personal growth and spiritual transformation.

Inspiring Books That Will Lighten Your Load, Not Weigh You Down

Sometimes, you don’t need another strategy, another to-do, or an onslaught of tips to weigh you down.

These aren’t parenting books, and that’s on purpose.

They’re books that will bring you encouragement in the face of exhaustion and overwhelm. Turn to these titles when you need freeing, faith-filled words to feed your soul.

Gift from the Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Find solace and inspiration in Lindbergh’s poetic reflections on womanhood, motherhood, and the art of embracing simplicity. This is a short book, but it’s meant to be read slowly and contemplatively. Savor it.

The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

By Emily P. Freeman

Suffering from decision fatigue, mama? Emily helps you find clarity and peace in the midst of uncertainty, empowering you to make confident choices that align with your values—even if you’re chronically indecisive (like me) or you overthink things into oblivion.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

By Ann Voskamp

I highly recommend listening to this on audio. Voskamp shares how gratitude changed her life from. the inside out. Why does being thankful have such a huge impact? She’ll explain it with poetic eloquence that’ll have you reaching for tissues while you’re dealing with your issues.

When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace

By Ruth Chou Simmons

This one’s for you, Perfectionist Mom. Personally, I love the idea that I’m one self-help book away from being a better, more worthy version of myself. But that’s just not true. Ruth asks us to stop chasing tips, tricks, and hacks and instead ask Jesus to transform us into what He wants us to be.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life

By Joanna Weaver

Thi sis an oldie but a goodie. Who doesn’t want intimacy with God amidst life’s busyness? Joanna has a great take on the concept of balance, something we’re always striving to maintain. By taking a close look at these two scriptural sisters, we can learn a lot about ourselves in relation to our Savior.

What books did I miss? Leave a comment with your favorites!

I’m always on the lookout for books on parenting, motherhood, and homeschooling. Which books had a big impact on your home life?

Adding to your TBR?

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Want to see ALL my book reviews?

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  1. Myrna

    Thanks for the list, already added a few to my TBR, This year before starting the school year I listened to The Four-Hour School Day by Durenda Wilson. It was a great to focus again on why we choose to homeschool.

    • Michelle Watson

      I JUST finished this one! It was very encouraging and, like you said, helped me to remember the big WHY we have chosen homeschooling. Every year, we’re at a new place in our homeschool journey, so different things jump out at me every time I read these books (or reread them). Things I didn’t need a year ago are now very relevant.


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