Six awesome reads for new or expecting moms

Need a gift idea for a new mom or mom-to-be?

judah - 2 weeks; levi - 20 months; photo by tiffany


Hopefully you’ve got your Christmas shopping finished already – I hate to think of you stressed and scurrying about during the last few days leading up to Christmas. But if that’s you… please allow me to help!

Here are my current top reads related to pregnancy and parenting – perfect gift ideas for new moms and moms-to-be:

1. The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood by Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe

2. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby by Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau

3. The Wonder Weeks: How to stimulate your baby’s mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward by Hetty Van de Rijt and Frans Plooij

4. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic

5. Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary Thomas

6. Loving Our Kids On Purpose: Making A Heart-To-Heart Connection by Danny Silk and Bill Johnson

Also, just so you know, I listed these books in the order that I’d recommend reading them, not by rank of my favorite. They are all my favorites… for different reasons.

Dear friends, I really enjoy reading books on parenting and motherhood, but I’m still very much at the beginning of my learning journey with it all. Do you have any favorite parenting books that you’d recommend?

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Jessica
    22 December 2011 at 11:58 pm

    This is such a great list, Adriel! I discovered “The Baby Whisperer” when Nya was about 10 months. While I don’t agree with all Hogg says on breastfeeding, I like a lot of her tips on sleep and creating routines. I also like the “Wonder Weeks” a lot.

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      23 December 2011 at 12:42 am

      just out of curiosity, what about BFing? i actually can’t remember reading much on BFing. i guess because i was reading it more for the sleep and communication stuff so maybe i didn’t pay as much attention to that part…

      do you have any favorite parenting books? i’d be quite interested to hear your list too!!

  • Katherine
    23 December 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love the Baby Whisperer. A mom of 5 recommended it to me and I just liked the way she considers each child a bit differently and with different temperments. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all.

    I also wrote a post on gifts for moms:


  • Alicia
    24 December 2011 at 12:25 am

    I am really enjoying “The Pregnancy Companion”.

    Another one of our favorite’s is “Parenting By the Book” by John Rosemond. It’s a Biblical approach to parenting. He’s kind of a straight-forward, tell it like it is author. But he has a lot of good advice and a lot of other helpful books on parenting.

    • Adriel
      2 January 2012 at 7:52 pm

      thanks alicia! will check it out.

      happy, happy new year!!! x

  • Valerie
    24 December 2011 at 1:05 am

    Thanks, this is awesome. I’m in dire need. I’m pregnant with my first baby and looking for lots of perspectives. A friend recommended the baby whisperer to me and I’m so thankful she did. It’s more in the middle of the spectrum – still kind and loving, but with boundaries – and it’s exactly what I was needing. I’m looking forward to checking out your recommendations.

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      2 January 2012 at 7:53 pm

      yeah, i like it for that reason too. it’s gentle, but structured… and still encourages being intuitive and responsive.

      congrats on your baby coming! SUCH a special time! 🙂

  • Jessica W
    1 January 2012 at 12:20 am

    Somehow in the Christmas craziness I missed this. So honored to have made the list! I love The Baby Whisperer and Sacred Parenting. On another note, Sacred Marriage is also great!

    Thanks again!

    • Adriel @ The Mommyhood Memos
      2 January 2012 at 7:54 pm

      yeah! sacred marriage is the one i read first, way back in the “before kids” days. (haha – not that long ago!) 🙂

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  • Colleen
    21 February 2012 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for posting this – I have been looking for books. Just found out I’m pregnant with my first….ever. And I’m a little….nervous. Trusting in God above all else, and knowing that this is obviously his plan. But knowing that I’m not 100% ready. I eagerly look forward to reading your blog.


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