A Summer reading list to encourage your mothering and homemaking (plus some just for fun!)!

My Summer Reading List for Christian Women

After I made my summer reading list, I realized it is a great summer reading list for Christian women. So, if you need some ideas for your Christian summer reading list, then this post is for you!

A Summer reading list to encourage your mothering and homemaking (plus some just for fun!)!

This summer is a summer of intentional rest for me.

My husband recently took a job outside the home, and I transitioned back to full-time stay at home mom.

This summer will be spent savoring the little years with my children, enjoying all that summer has to offer, getting to know our new baby sister, and gearing up for our first official year of homeschool (aka, it’s the first year we have to report to the state).

Related: Your Intentional Summer: How to Plan a Summer Your Whole Family Will Love!

Summer Reading List that will help me rest and recover from childbirth.

I’ve always been an avid book reader, and I normally don’t like to work from a set book list when it comes to reading.

However, there are some areas of my life that I desperately need encouragement and direction. I need to be inspired and spurred onward and upward. And one of my favorite ways to gain insight and inspiration is through reading good books.

Related: My Monthly “What I’m Reading” Posts

As I prayed and considered the best books to put my time and effort into reading this summer, several Christian living books came to mind or were recommended to me.

It seemed that once I started intentionally thinking about good books to read to encourage me in my homemaking and mothering, a whole slew of books began to make it to the “must-read-this-summer” list.

Maybe you’re in the middle of making your summer reading list too.

Therefore, I thought I’d share what’s on my shelf waiting to be devoured over the summer months. Perhaps one of them will make it to your reading list as well!

A summer reading list for Christian women - renew and refresh your faith this summer!


My Summer Reading List for Christian Women

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Missional Motherhood

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman


The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

ministry of motherhood

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children by Sally Clarkson

teaching from rest

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

fit to burst

Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic

the world

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin


Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch


Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel by Dustin Willis

family worship

Family Worship by Donald Whitney

none like him

None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

What about you? What’s on your summer reading list that will help you grow as a Christian woman?

By the way, if you want to get more reading done, check out my post: 15 Best Tips for Making Time to Read.

15 ways to make more time to read

ย Or check out my top favorite books to read as a Christian woman: My Top 7 Christian Living Books of All Time



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  1. Looks like a lot of great books, hope to read some of them myself. What am I missing? Last I read, you were waiting on boy number 3, now you mention a sister!! ?. I love birth stories…

  2. What a happy surprise! I anxiously await the full story!โ˜บ๏ธ Enjoy your summer with your sweet family.

    That’s a great list of books-I’m inspired! Even when you’re resting, your work inspires me, so thank you!

  3. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Rachel Jankovic. I am thinking I need to read that one too! And I have been meaning to add Sally Clarkson to my list too. Right now I am trying to slog through “Life’s too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious” by David Dark (It’s so heady and intense but really a valuable conversation, and he’s coming to our church next month, so I want to be prepped.) Also, Pride and Prejudice (slowly reading outloud to my husband), Persuasion, cause I’ve never read it, Parenting with Love and Logic, cause I need new ideas for appropriate responsibilities for my children who are getting older (can’t believe my 3rd will be starting (home) school this year), and Essentialism again, because dangit, it is so so good and I need it Oh, also reading The Noticer by Andy Andrews, but my parents sent it to me in German, so that one is going kinda slow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I love this list Leigh Ann! We are reading some of the same books this summer. I am reading Teaching From Rest and Life Giving Home too. And I’m working through the Harry Potter series for fun. Your list gave me a few new ideas for my to-read list so I’m pinning it for future reference. Family Worship and Raising Grateful Kids look great. (Oh, and Fit to Burst is incredible. You’re going to love it!)