Ever since I was a child, one of my very favorite pastimes has been reading. I absolutely love to sit down with a good book and get lost in someone else’s story. There is nothing better than letting your mind wander to a faraway place. It allows you to leave the stresses of your own world behind. Although I still enjoy reading fictional stories, I have been gradually making the shift to books that help me to better my life. Books about motherhood, books about homemaking, books to make my life EASIER. Seriously, give me ALL of the advice.
There are several books that have made it into my list of favorites and I have reread them multiple times for multiple reasons. If you are a mama, a homemaker, a wife, or simply someone that has plans to do any (or all) of those things in the future, I HIGHLY suggest giving these books a read. You will love them.
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Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley
This is the BEST book I have ever read. By a long shot. I can’t even begin to tell you how much Emily’s words have affected me in a positive way. She writes about all of the trials and triumphs of motherhood. She touches on the things that mamas struggle with every day and discusses how important it is to embrace the “good” parts of life. As a perfectionist, her words really resonated with me. It was as if she was giving me permission to give myself grace as a mother and as a wife. I can’t tell you how freeing it was to read her words and how much it has taught me to “celebrate joy.”
On page 90 Ley writes, “When God strips us of all the things that make us feel safe and secure, he gives us a story far better than we could have written for ourselves.” That quote has guided me through many of the trials of motherhood, marriage, and life in general. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but it always falls into place.
If you are looking for more inspiration with regards to embracing “grace” in motherhood, check out this post.
Hands-Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford
We live in such a fast-paced world. Everyone is always glued to their phones, to their computers or to their to-do lists. We are always on to the next project, the next practice, the next commitment. Our kids often get pushed to the side. We are caring for them, but are we truly enjoying them? Are we creating lasting memories or just going through the motions? In her book, Rachel helps her readers evaluate their lives and decide how they will create a life that matters.
In her chapter about surrendering control, Stafford writes, “ My voice embodies a new confidence. And I’m smiling—smiling like a little girl when she puts on her pink spectacles—because I am no longer waiting for someone to tell me what is beautiful, what is good and what is of value. I can see it for myself. “ (p. 59) What words could be more beautiful than that?
Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose by Lara Casey
Lara’s book focuses on helping women build the life they dreamed of on “purpose!” She gives you the tools to reflect on your life. She gives you permission to say “no” instead of feeling pressured to “do it all,” and she focuses on helping you to create meaning in the things you do every single day. Most importantly, Lara encourages you to create the life you always dreamed of. l can’t say enough about her book.
On page 125, Casey writes: “I started saying no in order to open my time and space to something better. The more of my life I surrendered, the more life started to happen.” I can get behind that, can’t you?!
The Life-Giving Home: Creating a Life of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson
I absolutely adore this book. The authors have such beautiful souls. I have read it twice and I still refer back to it on a regular basis. Their focus is on creating an inviting home. They teach you how to establish a haven where your family can gather to TRULY enjoy one another. They encourage you to open up your home to the people around you and to making lasting memories no matter where you may be.
One of my favorite pieces of advice was the “mealtime routine.” Family mealtime is so important in our home. It’s an opportunity for everyone to truly be “together” without all of the distractions of daily life.
Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels
This book is less about motherhood and more about embracing the home you have. No matter how big or small, perfect or imperfect your home may be, Melissa gives you amazing tips and tricks to make your home a haven. As a person that LOVES home decor, I found this book to be not only inspirational but intriguing and fun. I have used so many of her tips when redecorating my house. My home has become a place I want to be, rather than a place I simply reside in.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Kon Mari
If you haven’t heard of this book, you must be living under a rock. Obviously, I’m joking. But seriously, if you haven’t read this yet you need to get your hands on it. It’s a super quick read, and worth every single second. I’ve always been a lover of organization, but Kon Mari has made me look at it in a whole new light! The things I thought were “organized,” aren’t really organized at all. It has encouraged me to keep things that spark joy and to get rid of things that simply take up space and/or drag me down. I love, love, love this book and will keep it next to my bed until the end of time.
No matter which incredible book you choose to read first, prepare to be inspired. Not only are these women amazing writers, but they are truly beautiful inside and out. I will promote their books until the cows come home because that’s how much I loved them
Have you read any of the options listed? Do you have any books that you would add to this list? If so, please share! I’m always looking for something new to dive into.