My 10 favorite books, tools, and free resources (aka… gift ideas!) from marriage to biblical worldview and beyond // Episode 57

What are we talking about today?

In today’s episode, I’m sharing my top 10 list of recommended resources for busy Christian moms.

As a family therapist, I often get asked about my recommendations for books, tools, or ideas to help women strengthen their family relationships.

Most of them are free, others are definitely low-cost… and ALL will help you love your people well! I’ve got books, online resources, my favorite busy mom tools, and more. 

Pick your favorite, and grab it today, or add it to your Christmas wish list for your family!

Let’s dive in. 

Listen to Episode 57:

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Snag your resources here!

If today’s topic is meaningful to you, you’ll also want to check out these earlier podcast episodes that connect with this same topic:

  • Episode 23 // Why we all need intimacy in our family relationships – and how to get there!
  • Episode 44 // The key to happiness, intimacy, and healthy relationships: Loving your actual life and your actual people.
  • Episode 52 // Enjoy a meaningful, low-stress holiday season by giving your family these 3 gifts… and none of it is “stuff.”

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Today's Episode Highlights

Every one of these resources will help and encourage the busy Christian mom. (I’m one of those… and these resources certainly help me!) They’re in a simple 4…3…2…1 format. Ready? Let’s go!

4 free resources from Love Your People Well

  1. Ever feel stuck in a rut with your family relationships? Grab my free 5-day email course: 5 Tools Every Busy Mom Needs to Move Her Family From Autopilot to Intimacy. Learn the tools you need to get out of the rut and reconnect with your most important people.
  2. No one enjoys conflict, but we can move past it. Here is my free 10-point Conflict Resolution Checklist.  Just pull it out when tension is building and follow the steps to restore peace.
  3. As moms, we give and give and give… but we can’t forget to love ourselves well too! This free 51 Self Care Ideas List will spark your creativity for quick, easy strategies to refresh and refuel.
  4. Spiritual growth is a MUST if we want to have a strong family life. If you don’t yet have a daily habit of time in the Bible and prayer, try my free Holy Habits: 45-Day Bible & Prayer Challenge.

3 resources to help your family relationships

  1. Boost your marriage with the resources from Sheila Wray Gregoire. She’s the “Christian sex lady” and will be a great help in boosting the physical intimacy of your marriage. She has several great digital courses, and in March 2022 her new book will be released.
  2. The Gospel Coalition is a Christ-centered website with great resources. You’ll find plenty of blogs, articles, and even free online courses in areas ranging from theology to parenting. Visit The Gospel Coalition here. 
  3. WORLD News Group is my favorite source for biblically grounded journalism and news. They have resources for every age group, as well as podcasts, an online newspaper, and a 10-minute daily news video subscription option. 
    1. WORLD magazine  
    2. WORLDKids 
    3. WORLDTeen 

2 tools that I use every day as a busy mom, to keep my priorities in check

  1. I use The Hope Planner every day. Yes, it organizes my life – but mostly, I love how it encourages and guides me in prioritizing God first. Prayer and devotional habits center the week & day, and then there is plenty of space for the to-do list and family schedule.
  2. Every night, my husband and I read and pray through the One Year Praying Through the Bible For Your Kids (by Nancy Guthrie). I love the focus on God’s Word, connecting that to my parenting, and the closing prayer for my family and my kids. (BONUS… she also has the Dinner Table Devotions that also aligns with the One Year Bible Reading, for older kids.)

1 book that I think everyone should read

  1. The book that I recommend all the time as a counselor is The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes By Robert McGee. This is a great book that helps us understand how false beliefs keep us from experiencing and enjoying Christ’s love. It’s helpful, encouraging, and practical – with a workbook included in the back of the book. 

Friday Faith Follow-up

In this follow-up bonus episode, I want to share some ways that this podcast, this community, and my ministry can help YOU! When I think about resources for the busy Christian mom, I want to make sure that my podcast and ministry does just that.

Listen now to find some quick encouragement and get plugged in for a great 2022 and beyond. 

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A reminder of the Disclaimers & Disclosures Policy: I am an affiliate with many of the resources I recommend, which means I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through my provided links. I never recommend products I don’t love! Also, I am a licensed therapist but this podcast is not therapy. It is not professional or personal advice to your specific situation. Get info about professional counseling here.