8 Great Books For Catholic Moms
Do you love reading books for Catholic moms that help you fulfill your vocation better? I love reading and my library is vast. I especially love reading books about motherhood. Catholic motherhood to be more precise. Learning about my vocation and how I can improve in it is very important to me.
If you are looking for some great Catholic books on Motherhood, I have a few great recommendations for you.
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1. A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot
is a really wonderful book if you are struggling to “mom”. Her book is a great introspection on what you can improve on based on the many facets of motherhood. She goes through how to strengthen and focus on your Faith, yourself, your relationship with your husband, your home, children, schedule, etc. She really breaks it down and helps you come up with a game plan on how to improve your situation. I admit, that I had to go through this book three times before I was really ready to get out of “survival mode” and into project mode.
2. Mother’s Manual by A Francis Coomes, S.J.
I recently went through a miscarriage in June of 2022 and this book saw me through some very difficult times. It has all the prayers my heart wants to say to Jesus, to Mary, and even a prayer to my little Frankie in Heaven. It has a prayer for all occasions. The night I Providentially found this book abandoned at my church I was desparately upset that I was not conceiving my rainbow child as soon as I had hoped. The tests kept coming back negative. In this book, I found a prayer to conceive. I went into the chapel read it with my heart and soul and the test came back positive two days later. I’m obviously not saying it was magic, but it was what I needed. I believe every mother whould have this book in their arsenal.
3a. Catholic Mom Challenge by Sterling Jaquith
This book had to make my list as well. It also helps you dive deep on how to improve yourself and goes through many facets of motherhood and the steps it takes to improve them in your life. Sterling Jaquith is a fantastic writer and you will feel like you’re having a conversation with a friend.
3b. Sterling Jaquith also wrote Not of this World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism.
Now this is obviously not specific to motherhood, however, it really highlights the benefits of what minimalism has to offer for us all, especially as Catholics. It is a step-by-step guide that goes through each room and helps you to make those hard decisions. I never even thought about decluttering or minimalism until I read this and now I only see the benefits. I have paired down my belongings by about 60% and could not be more happy. It really is an eye-opener.
4. Mother Love: A Manual for Christian Mothers
It is written by “A Priest of the Capuchin Order”. This book has been an amazing companion to me for the past 7 years. It has wonderful prayers that have given me great comfort. There are prayers specifically for wives, mothers, women in labor, wives in unhappy marriages, etc. It has prayers specifically for Mass, the Stations of the Cross, and it even has a Mother/Wife Examination of Conscience for Confession that I find to be very helpful. This book is a mother’s one stop shop for prayers that will bring you closer to Christ.
(I pray the Night Prayers in this devotional every night because they are so good and exactly what I would say in my own words.)
5. How to Raise Good Catholic Children by Mary Reed Newland.
This book was given to me by a woman in my parish who is everyone’s ideal #momgoals mother. She gave it to me at my baby shower and it did not disappoint.
It is the ultimate “how-to” on Catholic Mothering. Mary Reed Newland goes through everything from establishing a prayer life in your family and with small children, how to have the “birds and the bees” conversation with your children, and literally everything in between. She is so straight forward and puts everything so simply that I like to read this book every few years just to brush up on it.
6. The Year and Our Children
This book goes with the last one because it too was written by Mary Reed Newland.
Now this one is not specifically about motherhood, however, it will make a great addition to your library because it has everything you need to know about Liturgical Living. That being said, something to keep in mind is that Mary Reed Newland was writing in the 1950-60’s so some of her ingredients and methods to making certain things may be a little outdated or impractical. Trust me, you will still be wanting to read about every holiday because her explanations and traditions are beautiful.
7. Prayers and Peanut Butter by Barbara Classen
This book is a really fun and witty book about all the things we experience as mothers. It is light-hearted and very encouraging to read when you need something to break up the frustration that tends to build up in a mother’s life. I whole-heartedly recommend this one.
8. Motherhood and Family written by various Catholic writers for the Integrity Magazine.
It is 16 chapters of peoples experiences that we can all sympathize with and benefit from experiencing with them. It shows what it really means to live a Catholic life in the world.
All of these books are some of my favorites to go back to over and over again. I hope that you read them and that they bring you closer to Christ as I feel they have done for me.
If you have other books for Catholic moms please comment below because I am always looking to expand my library.