It can be challenging to find books for single moms where we don’t feel excluded reading. However, these 10 books nail it! They cover parenting to prayer to dating to life in general. *Updated to include an 11th must-read book!
The Challenge in Finding Books for Single Moms
It can be a challenge to find books for single moms. Most advice or family books are written for the traditional two-parent family. While I understand this, as a single mother, I can’t read a whole parenting book, for example, that gives advice at every turn on how to put each chapter to use with your spouse. Typically I scan the Table of Contents and make sure there’s only one chapter I’ll have to skip. (There always seems to be one chapter about marriage.)
However, these 10 books below nail it. They cover parenting to prayer to dating to life in general without having to wade through the marriage side. They are not for the most part “single-mom” but we don’t need our own genre so much as just not needing to feel excluded while reading.
Seeing how I read around 80 books a year, I’ve read a lot of books. I can confidently tell you if you could package up 10 books to give someone newly on their single mom journey, these would be the 10 books.
10 Must Read Books for Single Moms
5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
By now pretty much everyone has heard of the 5 love languages and you may be tempted to skip over this one. Or maybe just take a quick online test with your kids. I urge you to actually spend the time reading the book.
Yes, we may know all the love languages but they are slightly different in our children and our children change as they grow. There are experiments to try in the book. If you go through the experiments with your children (it doesn’t very long each day) in the end when you figure out their love language, you can really connect with them on a whole new level. If you have a child you have trouble connecting with your child, this book is worth the $8.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
This book is amazing! Each morning you read a very short devotional but the amazing thing is it seems as if it was written exactly for your circumstance each morning. I’ve talked to others who feel the same way.
I will be reading this every year from now on and I’m pretty sure I’ll be amazed again next year.
Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
This is the most highlighted book I own. When I was struggling with defiance issues with my youngest as a newly single mom this book was my lifeline. I have gone back to the principals in this book many times. I tried listening to it on audio and it didn’t have the same effect. It’s definitely one you will want to be able to mark up and read.
I found it so helpful I also bought the workbook when I felt like I was sliding in the some of the principals about a year later.
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
This book covers multiple topics with scripture verses and a sample prayer for your child on each subject. I highlighted the most important and compelling pieces of each prayer (to me, personally) and made it into multiple prayers for my children. I then pray a different prayer for each month on each topic. It helps you remember to continuously pray these prayers for your children.
Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer by Beth Moore
This is a great devotional. It is laid out with a short one-page devotional then space for you journal your prayers each day. It doesn’t take very long to read the devotional each day and it gets you into the habit of journaling your prayers.
Surrender Your Junior God Badge: Every Woman’s Battle with Control by Jackie Kendall
I haven’t met a woman yet that doesn’t struggle with wanting to control something in their lives. Whether we realize it or not we are trying to control a happy childhood for our kids, control the household, control work, etc. Scripture references in this book are useful and help point us back to who ultimately has control.
Raising Kingdom Children: Giving Your Child a Living Faith by Dr. Tony Evans
This book offers easy to apply strategies to instill the type of qualities we all want in our children while raising them to be God loving adults. Dr. Tony Evans style is understanding, reassuring and open-hearted.
If you’re unsure how to be single and this stage and when is the time to date, this book gives you biblical advice that is not condemning or old fashioned. It will help you make decisions that you will feel comfortable with as you are raising your children. Even if you are not currently dating, this is a good book to read to have the principals in the back of your head for when that time arises.
Let God Fight Your Battles: Being Peaceful in the Storm by Joyce Meyer
Many times we are stuck in life by fear. This book addresses fear and what God has to say about. Backed by many scripture references, this book is one you will mark up time and time again because fear isn’t something you can conquer just once.
Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom by Jennifer Barnes Maggio
Being a single mom is overwhelming, but Jennifer Maggio truly knows it. Here, a true story of a single mom who overcame being a homeless teenage mother to a successful corporate executive. The author continues her work to help others in the same situation she was in. Many churches use this book in their ministries.
Bonus: Must Read Book for a Single Parents!
Originally this was a list of only 10 books. But recently I’ve been reading the following book, I just knew it had to be included: Love Life Again by Tracey Miles.
I don’t know a little girl who grows up with a wish in her heart that she will be a single mom struggling to make ends meet and having to do it all on her own. I don’t know how you ended up in this place but I’m guessing there are times you don’t love your life. It’s probably not the life you dreamt of. And actually loving the life God called you to may not seem possible.
If that’s you, then I encourage you to read this book! You can be happy again. We have just one life and God has called us to this season we are in. He can meet us in it. Find out how.