10 Books All Homemakers Should Read
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It is important for everybody to read regularly but I think it is especially important for mamas and homemaker to read often. We are in charge of setting the tone and atmosphere for our homes so we should be keeping our minds active, creative ideas and inspiration flowing, and we constantly need to be learning and challenging ourselves. Personally, I think it is important to read both nonfiction and fiction; non-fiction books teach us and inspire us and believe it or not, fictional books can do the same! It’s also important to reach fiction now and again because it’s relaxing for our minds and a great form of self-care.
That being said, I have a big list of nonfiction books that are great for homemakers to read. As I said earlier, it is important to read both fiction and nonfiction. The books on this list will help you to grow and become an even better homemaker, mama, and woman Most of the books on this list are faith-based books but some are just general self-help style books, there is still much to learn from them even though they don’t necessarily base their ideas around Christ.
Now, you may be saying, “A list of books is all fine and dandy, Abby. But I’m too busy doing chores and chasing kids to read books!” I’ve struggled with that problem myself. I literally just figured how to make more time for reading (ironically I use the fringe hours mentioned in one of the books on this list) and I know that what I have figured out for myself, will work for you too.
4 Tips to Make More Time for Reading
3. Have Designated Reading Time
Part of our daily routine (though I will admit that it doesn’t always happen) is afternoon reading time. While the boys are little they obviously can’t read on their own, so I read to them. My hope is that if we get into this routine, when they are older they will have some quiet reading time on their own, leaving me to read my books.
4. Read At Night
A prime reading time is after the kids go to sleep. Growing up, this was my favorite time to read books, I cannot even tell you how many times I stayed up way too late reading a Nancy Drew book.
1. Keep your current book wherever you spend the most time.
It seems “right” to keep your book in your nightstand but really, how much time do we spend in our bedrooms during the day? Not much, right? I started keeping my book downstairs in the first floor where we spend the most time and I’ve been reading more often because the book is where I am1
2. Read During Breakfast
All of my boys (including my husband) space out while they're eating which leaves me just sitting there. Often in the morning, I’ll read while the boys eat breakfast and I’m able to get a good chunk of reading time in. The boys also often wake up at different times so one will be off playing and the other sitting at the table eating and spacing out so it’s a good time for me to read.
Another note before we jump into the list, I have not yet read all of these books. If I have not read them, they come highly recommended by woman I trust to give good recommendations (when I can, I’ll link to their blog posts on the books that I haven’t read). If there is another book that you think I should read, comment below and maybe I’ll add it to my reading list and maybe even to this blog post! Books are listed in no particular order. All links to each book are affiliate links.
Books for Homemakers to Read
1. Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph
This is one that comes recommended by multiple fellow homemakers and it’s high up on my “to read” list. In her book, Courtney Joseph gives you practical steps to live well as a busy mama: simple solutions for studying God’s word, how to handle marriage, parenting, ad homemaking in a digital age, 10 steps to completing your husband, dealing with disappointed expectations in motherhood, creating routines that bring rest, and pursuing the discipline and diligence of the Proverbs 31 woman.
2. The Lifegiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson
Sally Clarkson is one of my favorite authors, she’s so wise and writes absolutely beautifully while still making things easy to understand and actionable. I loved this book because it’s so practical and actionable and it is so cool that she wrote it alongside her daughter (who is super smart and such an amazing writer, just like her mom). Sally and Sarah walk you through how to make your home full of life, how to start God-centered traditions, how to be hospitable, and so much more!
3. The Christian Homemaker's Handbook by Pat Ennis and Dorothy Kelley Patterson
This book is exactly what the title says, a handbook for how to be a homemaker. I’m saving up for buy the paperback version of this book, it seems like a great practical guide that would be good to pull out for how-to’s. Pat and Dorothy help you learn how to meal plan, decorate, budget, what Biblical womanhood looks like, and more. According to Amazon, the authors have 50 years of marriage experience and 30 years of college-level home economics instruction between them, so they know what they are talking about.
4. Created to be His HelpMeet by Debi Pearl
This book changed my life. I first read it during some rough times and it made me realize that the ideas that I thought were true, in terms of marriage and homemaking, we’re all true. Many of the things I believed, aren’t actually in the Bible. Debi Pearl backs up everything she writes, with scripture. Be warned, you need to go into this book with an open mind because it is the exact opposite from how the world tells us to live. The only thing I don’t love about the book is that in one section, she makes it sound like it is your fault if your husband strays or isn’t being a Godly husband. And that’s just not true. If you’re not being a Godly wife it may make things a bit worse but being the “perfect wife” isn’t going to stop sin from entering your husband’s heart, don’t put blame on yourself if your husband makes a mistake. Other than that, this book is life changing. And I could keep going about how to not live legalistically too but that’s a whole thing for another blog post…
5. Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford
This was an easy, practical read with actionable steps and relatable writing. Rachel gives you tips for living with less distraction and being more present with your family. I highly recommend this book.
6. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
This book comes highly recommended from SO many fellow bloggers, including Jami Balmet over at Young Wife’s Guide. In this book, Crystal gives you ideas and inspiration for living a more purposeful life rather than just surviving. Her tips are straightforward and easy to put into action.
7. The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner
This book may be more unconventional for homemakers to read but it is awesomely helpful. I read this quite a while ago but still remember and use many of the ideas in the book. Jessica helps you find the “Fringe Hours” of your day, the pockets of time that you didn’t realize were there, so that you can get more done.
8. Rest Assured by Vicki Courtney
This is one of the books on my “books to read” list because yes, who doesn’t need more rest!? In her book, Vicki shows you how busyness isn’t always good, how you are worrying yourself sick and then gives you a recovery plan. She helps you get your priorities in line, make time for self-care, how to give back, and more.
9. Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson
If you struggle with saying “no” and over committing yourself, this is a must read and comes recommended from multiple fellow bloggers. Susie provides you with Bible-based ways to say “no” (and helps you learn how and when to do so), find peace, and “discern man-made obligations from God-given invitations. She challenges you to say “yes” to God.
10. The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell
Sarah Koontz recommended this book and it looks just fantastic! In his book, leadership expert John C. Maxwell shows you how your attitude is the biggest difference maker. He teaches you the skills you need to overcome attitude obstacles and how to maintain an attitude that will make a positive impact on your life.
I'd love to know how you make time to read and if there are any other books I need to add to my reading list!