The best books on how to be a single mom and stay sane

Who am I?

“Eminently quotable, PeggySue Wells is a tonic — warm like your favorite blanket, bracing like a stiff drink.”

History buff and tropical island votary, PeggySue parasails, skydives, scuba dives, and has taken (but not passed) pilot training. The bestselling author of 30 books including the What To Do series, The Slave Across the Street, Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries, Homeless for the Holidays, Chasing Sunrise, and The Ten Best Decisions A Single Mom Can Make, PeggySue’s most challenging and rewarding adventure was solo parenting seven children. With one in four homes single mom-led, PeggySue teamed with Pam Farrel to offer practical help and tangible tips to moms navigating parenting solo.


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The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make: A Biblical Guide for Navigating Family Life on Your Own

By Pam Farrel, PeggySue Wells,

Book cover of The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make: A Biblical Guide for Navigating Family Life on Your Own

What is my book about?

No matter how you became a single mom, you share the same challenges and fears all parents have. You may feel stretched to the limit. You may suspect your children need more than you're able to give. How are you going to do this on your own?

With humor, Scripture, and sage advice, Pam Farrel (child of a single mother) and PeggySue Wells (single parent of 7 children) show you how to be decisive, create a nurturing home, be proactive, date wisely, pray for your child, embrace your happily-ever-after, and more. You are capable of parenting your children with courage, confidence, and clarity. This loving, practical guide shows you how.

The books I picked & why

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All the Places to Love

By Patricia MacLachlan, Michael Wimmer (illustrator),

Book cover of All the Places to Love

Why this book?

No matter how young or old, everyone needs a timeless picture book about the best of hearth and home. The illustrations by Mike Wimmer are breathtaking and inviting. Patricia MacLachlan’s carefully chosen words reflect the relationship glue that creates connecting and belonging within families. No matter how old you are, All the Places to Love is a touch point for the heart.


I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve

By Kate White,

Book cover of I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve

Why this book?

A spunky and accomplished businesswoman and author, Kate White carved her own highly successful career and provides a practical and proven how-to for women to follow. Women wear many hats simultaneously (Think Seuss’ Ten Apples Up On Top) and Kate gives witty, wise, straight-talk for moms on how to balance parenting and craft a career you enjoy. You have talents and potential, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is step-by-step guidance to hone your abilities and navigate challenges. These are essential tips from the gutsy innovator who helped increase Cosmopolitan Magazine's circulation by half a million copies per month.


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

By Brené Brown,

Book cover of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Why this book?

Vulnerability is synonymous with courage. Rather than running from, stuffing, or numbing our experiences, those accompanying emotions of fear, disappointment, and grief are foundational for love, belonging, creativity, empathy, innovation, and joy. The key to being whole is finding peace and value in the painful, ugly, and less-than-perfect areas of ourselves. Healthy people create healthy homes, businesses, neighborhoods, and nations. Courageous vulnerability is the door to lives of purpose and meaning. Daring Greatly is a deep dive into embracing our authentic selves and building genuine community. And, okay, anything by BreBrown is worth the investment of time and money.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

By Marie Kondo,

Book cover of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Why this book?

Serenity is found in simple, clean living spaces for you and your family. Decluttering is the secret ingredient of a peaceful home. Mari Kondo outlines a category-by-category system that brings lasting results. With a comfortable calendar, welcoming living spaces, and gentle words, our homes become a haven where family and friends gather for rest and refreshment, to connect and belong. This little book is a tool to help craft a soul-nurturing environment. The result is the opportunity to do more of what you enjoy with those you love like listening with your child to the Hank the Cowdog audio series by John Erickson, and The Water Keeper by Charles Martin for yourself.


The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name

By Jerry B. Jenkins,

Book cover of The Chosen: I Have Called You by Name

Why this book?

The Chosen book is good, and Jerry Jenkins’ many titles including the blockbuster Left Behind series are worth reading, but this is a backdoor to the multi-season film series, The Chosen by Jerry’s son, Dallas Jenkins. Life doesn't turn out as we imagined, and when much that is precious has been marred, your tender heart longs to honor the holy and sacred. To know that God sees you, loves you and your child unconditionally, and never forsakes you. The Chosen is heart-mending, faith-building, and life-changing. Download the free app on your phone for the world's largest crowd-funded project, and enjoy The Chosen over and over. Family-friendly.


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