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Recommended Reading

“I cannot live without books.”

-Thomas Jefferson

‘Tis the back-to-school season. I love shopping for school supplies and organizing binders, but most importantly, I love books.

My fondness for reading was suspended until after graduating from pharmacy school. Reading for pleasure became a new hobby once I was no longer forced to study physics and racemic isomers. 

In honor of back to school I determined to share with you the books that have made a positive impact on my life and my family. This same list will be permanently available under the “Resource” tab. 


  1. First we Have Coffee: Life Lessons from Mama by Margaret Jensen (This is my all time favorite book!)

  2. God’s Guest List by Debbie Macomber

  3. Heaven is for Real by Burpo & Vincent

Parenting: General

  1. Middle School: The Inside Story by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna

  2. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias

  3. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

  4. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

  5. Becoming the Parent God Wants You to Be by Kevin Leman

  6. Boundaries With Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Cloud & Townsend

  7. Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel

  8. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  9. Prayers and Peanut Butter by Barbara Classen

Parenting Girls:

  1. Six Ways to Keep The “Little” in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh*

  2. Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh 

  3. Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney

Parenting Boys:

  1. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

  2. Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child:

  1. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias

  2. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

  3. The Strong Willed Child by James Dobson

The Power of Prayer:

  1. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

  2. Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick

  3. The Power of a Praying Wife/Husband by Stomie Omartian


  1. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stomie Omartian

  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Family Dynamics:

  1. The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman

  2. The First Born Advantage by Kevin Leman

Spiritual Growth:

  1. Call of A Coward: The God of Moses and the Middle-Class Housewife by Marcia Motson

  2. Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst

  3. Praise Habit by David Crowder

  4. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God by Frances Chan

Daily Devotion:

  1. Jesus Calling and Jesus Today by Sara Young

  2. New Sheets: Thirty Days to Refine You into the Woman You Can Be by Cindy Sproles

  3. Decorating Your Heart and Home:God’s Design for Joyful Living by Brenda Gay Shumaker

Let’s keep the list going. What are your favorite books on family, parenting, marriage, and spiritual growth? Please share in the comment field below. 

Happy reading!


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