The best books about motherhood 📚

Browse the best books on motherhood as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother

God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother

By Amy Seek

Why this book?

Deciding to place a child for adoption is one of the most excruciating decisions in the human experience. When Amy Seek, a promising architecture student, becomes pregnant, she’s not yet ready to become a parent. But she’s also not ready, completely, to hand over her child to a perfectly lovely family. Her tale of love, heartbreak, and acceptance is a reminder to parents and non-parents of all circumstances that there are lots of ways to make a family—and in this case, it was the best, most perfectly imperfect option. I think this is a really important book for everyone in…

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The best books about adoption and what it means to be a family

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Book cover of Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself

Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself

By Lisa Marchiano

Why this book?

There are plenty of ‘how to’ books on being a mother but this looks at how having children changes you and what you learn about yourself. What makes this book profoundly helpful is that Lisa in a Jungian Analyst and she is not afraid to look at the dark as well as the light side of mothering. In my podcast, The Meaningful Life with Andrew G Marshall she talked about the moments where she crossed a line with her son and daughter and how owning ALL parts of you helps you learn and grow.

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The best books about raising emotionally rounded children without exhausting your marriage

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Book cover of Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood

Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood

By Cecelie Berry

Why this book?

This anthology brings together diverse Black women’s voices to discuss motherhood, they range from mothers who celebrate their role to women who ask why motherhood is cast upon all of us as a necessary step, they explore the joys as well as some of the painful realities of loss and postpartum depression. Reading these stories from varied perspectives in short essay formats makes it approachable and allows you to move through it at a pace that is comfortable for any reader.

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The best books on Black motherhood

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Book cover of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai'a Williams

Why this book?

This book powerfully expands our definition of mothers and the role of mothering and presents it as a path to transformation. You will leave this book with a radical new perspective of what mothering does for everyone in our society. It is anti-imperialist, inclusive, and as the title suggests - revolutionary. If everyone read this, we would all live in a better world!

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The best books on Black motherhood

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Book cover of The Unmumsy Mum: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood

The Unmumsy Mum: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood

By Sarah Turner

Why this book?

The Unmumsy Mum is a fresh, funny, and incredibly brave account of one woman’s struggles through motherhood. Best of all, it is HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud SO many times. It’s a great book to keep you company through new motherhood and beyond. This is the funniest book I have read in years. It’s also refreshingly honest! Anyone who’s been through the turmoil of a new baby will relate to Sarah’s highs and lows. When I read this book, I felt like Sarah was a new best friend and a really funny one. Thank you Sarah for being brave enough…

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The best books for parents with a sense of humor

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Book cover of The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart of Eternity

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart of Eternity

By Sally Clarkson

Why this book?

No calling is greater, nobler, or more fulfilling than that motherhood. Every day, as we nurture our children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Tragically, today’s culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother’s role. In The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson helps you rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God in all his wisdom has called you, for a purpose far greater than you can ever imagine.

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The best books for gentle Christian parenting

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