Check out these Catholic books for moms that will surely be of help to your mothering and homemaking!
As Catholic mothers, we are constantly navigating through the highs and lows of motherhood. And, as we do, it can be difficult to find books that speak to us as Catholics.
That’s why I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorites – books that have helped me through some of the roughest times in my Catholic motherhood journey, and books that I am eyeing to read next.
Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re looking for a refresher, these are the books you should add to your reading list.
Some of the Best Catholic Books for Moms to Help Us with Our Mothering and Homemaking
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1. Imitation of Christ
This book by Thomas á Kempis is a must-read for any Catholic mother. The Spanish version of this book is one of the favorite books of my husband.
It’s packed full of wisdom and encouragement, and it has helped me tremendously in my personal journey as a Catholic mom.
2. Imitation of Mary
I found out about this book as a recommendation of Heather from A Catholic Mom’s Life, my favorite Catholic mom vlogger.
I love Imitation of Mary so much and it’s the book that I read first before I bought the Imitation of Christ.
My firstborn loves this book, too. He keeps on asking me for it, because he loves looking at the pictures of the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Station of the Cross.
3. 33 Days of Morning Glory
This book from Fr. Michael E. Gaitley is another recommendation from Heather.
After hearing about the consecration to Jesus thru Mary, I asked my mom about it because I know that she had done it and she’s part of the group in our village that is dedicated to the consecration.
She said that there’s an extra copy of the blue book that they’re using (the one by Louis de Monfort) and said that she’s going to send it to me, but she told me the following day that some pages were missing.
So I decided to buy the 33 Days of Morning Glory since Heather said that it’s an easier read than the one by de Monfort, perfect for beginners like me.
This book has accompanied me during my recent 2-week hospitalization due to E.coli which affected my right kidney.
4. Secrets of the Sacred Heart: Twelve Ways to Claim Jesus’ Promises in Your Life
This book by Emily Jaminet is one of the instruments used by God for our family to start our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We enthroned our home to the Sacred Heart last December 26, 2021 and we started our 9 first Fridays devotion on December, too, and we just finished our 9th first Friday this August 2022.
This book becomes even more memorable because I went to the website to buy the PDF guide for the home enthronement, but the system was not working well. It won’t let me pay, so I sent an e-mail, and Emily was the one who personally replied to me, I was shocked and delighted at the same time!
5. Understanding Divine Mercy
This is a book by Fr. Chris Alar, one of the Catholic priests that I am constantly listening online.
It has helped me understand Divine Mercy more and I also learned new things about our Catholic faith. I was inspired by this book to start praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy, though not consistently, yet.
6. Small Steps for Catholic Moms
This book by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss is the book I want to read next because it’s written with busy Catholic moms in mind.
It is packed with brief daily prompts and suggestions perfect for busy moms, so they can still have spiritual nourishment despite the busy schedule.
7. The Handbook for Catholic Moms
Written by Lisa M. Hendey (founder of CatholicMom.com, one of the very first websites I found when I started searching for Catholic mom blogs) to help new parents in balancing the personal needs of the heart, body, mind, and soul with the demands of family life and faith commitment.
This book emphasizes the importance of taking care of yourself as a whole (mind, body, heart, soul), so, you can be more effective in loving and caring for your family, community, and Church.
8. A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
Another book by Lisa M. Hendey introducing Catholic moms to 52 different saints as guides in our motherhood calling.
The idea of this book is to learn and know more about a particular saint every week of the year and practical steps on how to incorporate the traits and example of the saints into our own daily lives.
9. Divine Mercy for Moms
This book was written by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet as a way of sharing the history, practices, and prayers associated to the devotion of Divine Mercy, as a guide for busy Catholic moms, to be able to pass to others the message of God’s Divine Mercy through words, deeds, and prayers.
10. A Mother’s Rule of Life
A book by Holly Pierlot intended to help mothers on how to bring peace to the home by combining the spiritual wisdom of the monastery with the practical wisdom of motherhood in order to create a rule that will help in managing the house, loving the husband more, raising Catholic kids, while growing closer to God, too.
11. A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism
This is a book by Sarah A. Reinhard that I wished I discovered while I was still pregnant with my firstborn.
It was written with expectant mothers in mind, to help them embrace their pregnancy and grow in faith wile bonding with their unborn child with the guide of the weekly reflections and prayers that are rooted in the mysteries of the Rosary.
12. The Catholic Baby Name Book
This book by Patrice Fagnant – McArthur is a guide for expectant parents to find a beautiful and creative name for their child from more than 10,000 choices.
Each name suggestion comes with its meaning, the language of origin, different variations, relevant feast days and patron saint information.
All the names are fun, creative, and most of all, Catholic.
13. Made for This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth
This book written by Mary Haseltine is the first childbirth book from a Catholic and holistic stand point.
It aims to help women how to understand, prepare, and experience a unique delivery through the lens of faith.
This is definitely another book I wish to have discovered while still pregnant with #1.
14. How to Raise Good Catholic Children
Mary Reed Newland draws the wisdom in raising Catholic kids from the Catholic home instead of relying from psychologists.
15. Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism
Written by Sterling Jaquith to help Catholics declutter and avoid of materialism.
As someone who loves to read books and blogs about decluttering and minimalism, this is definitely a book that I’ll read soonest.
I read the one from Marie Kondo, but I want a book with a Catholic perspective, and this must be the answer!
16. Making Room for God
Is another book about decluttering from a Catholic perspective by popular Catholic speaker and bible expert, Mary Elizabeth Sperry (I’ll definitely be googling her after writing this post).
This book is meant to help us declutter in a prayerful, peace-filled, and soul-expanding way. This would definitely be one I want to read, soonest.
17. Theology of Home
Written by two wives and mothers, Gress Carrie and Noelle Mering, to reorient us toward our true home, with the purpose of teaching us how to make our own homes a better place on earth with the goal of getting all those who live in it into the Father’s house.
This book is meant to help us understand that there is nothing wrong with being a “homemaker” and for us to discover how beauty and order can bring the eternal to our everyday, and help create a path to heaven for those who we love the most.
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18. Inspire Catholic Bible
It’s said to be the first Catholic creative Bible of its kind with over 450 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout, the newest addition to the Tyndale Inspire line.
I find it perfect for moms as a way of de-stressing while reading the Word of God because of its coloring feature.
I have been planning to buy a new Bible because the one I have is of smaller prints. Now that I’m 40, I want a Bible with larger prints and this one seems like a perfect fit.
This bible has also been approved by the Catholic Church for personal reading and features the official Imprimatur.
19. Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God
Lindsay Schlegel shares 15 of the common phrases that we parents use and repeat to our children and apply them to our relationship with God.
The author wants us to reflect that the words we are telling our kids should also be considered as wisdom from God, and to help us realize that the lessons we are trying to impart to our kids are the lessons we also need to learn as children of God.
20. The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living
Another book by Lisa M. Hendey which aims to explain that generous living is not all about the money we are giving to the Church and to others.
But it’s about consistently answering God’s call to love and serve others by practicing the virtues that lead to generous living.
Final Thoughts on Some of the Best Books for Catholic Mothers
These are just a few of the best books for Catholic mothers. I hope you find something that speaks to you and helps you navigate your motherhood journey.
If you have favorite books that are not on the list, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
God bless you always in your mothering and homemaking, Mamas!