Five Great Lenten Books for Moms

Five Great Lenten Books for Moms

Easter is just three weeks away. As we race towards the empty tomb amidst the chaos of Easter egg hunts and baskets and jelly beans, finding moments to pause and reflect can be difficult.

It can leave you in a spiritual runt.

Through all the busyness, God calls us to stop. Lent is the season to stop and listen to God’s voice. It is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your motherhood and on the beautiful little miracles you are nurturing for God.

It is also a time to recharge your soul and make time for God’s voice to guide you through the days ahead. We’ve compiled a quick go to list of great reads for these 40 days and beyond. If you have a book that nurtures your soul–please share it with us!

A practice in gratitude (and a book that will get you sobbing):
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
by Ann Voskamp
Voskamp shares her very personal struggles with saying “Yes” to God, but in truth living the “No.” One Thousand Gifts will guide you through the process of being grateful, writing down all those gifts and living the Yes. It is a deep, deep read that will transform you from survival mode to thriving mode.

For a quick study with your best mom friends
Having a Mary Heart in A Martha World
by Joanna Weaver
Weaver is a Martha–a woman who does everything at all times–but often forgets to be like Mary and sit at Christ’s feet. Having a Mary Heart is a great self-study, but also lends itself to a group study with your best mom friends. The book includes guided reading questions for going deeper.

Read along with your husband and your older children
Why Jesus Crossed the Road
by Bruce Main
Main is a minister and the leader of Urban Promise, a unique program in Camden, NJ that serves underprivileged and at-risk youth in one of the poorest cities in the United States. Main challenges all of us to be more like Christ and to cross the road to help those we are called to love and help. It is a great book to read and share with your family.

For the quick read while you’re in the school parking lot
Be Still and Let your Nail Polish Dry
by Andrea Boeshaar, Sandra D. Bricker, and Loree Lough
Even if you can’t remember the last time you actually painted your nails, this book is the perfect tool for squeezing out a little stillness and quiet time with God. Leave it your car or pack it in your diaper bag for those rare 5 minutes of silence. There are 104 contemporary devotions from Christian woman writers. You can read it in order or skip around.

When you can’t find the right prayer
A Prayer Journal
by Flannery O’Connor
When Southern writer O’Connor was in college, she kept a prayer journal. The journal is a raw, personal work with intimate and honest prayers. In one prayer, O’Connor prays, “I do not know you God because I am in the way. Please help me to push myself aside. .” The book departs from the traditional prayer we all know and instead gives us the courage and freedom to pray from our own hearts.

Meatless Lent Recipes

Meatless Lent Recipes
When I was a kid, going meatless on Fridays for Lent meant there was one thing on the menu:

Frozen Fish Sticks

While the spirit of meatless Lenten Fridays is one of sacrifice, you don’t actually need to torture yourself or your family with same thing over and over again. With Lent in full swing, you might find yourself in a Friday meal time rut. Give these healthy, quick and delicious meatless meals a try from some of our favorite bloggers.

  1. Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce (Shakshuka) with White Beans, from Linda at Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
  2. Meatless Meals, Vol 4: Roasted Vegetable Pockets, from Steph at Confessions of a Meatless Lent RecipesStay-at-Home Mom
  3. Lemon Pepper Shrimp Linguini, from Stephanie at Mamma Bear’s World
  4. Stuffed Zucchini, from Trina at O’Boy Organic
  5. Potato and Caramelized Onion Flatbread, from Colleen at Souffle Bombay
  6. Quinoa and Vegetables (with a kick), from Lauryn at The Vintage Mom
  7. DIY Mac and Cheese on the Stove, from Andrea at About 100 Percent
  8. King Salmon with Lemon and Rosemary, from Trish at Nana’s Fabulous Life
  9. Mushroom Wontonioli, from Cindy at What the Heck’s a Bonbon?
  10. Wild Rice Fruit Salad, from Colleen at Souffle Bombay
  11. Egg and Arugula Salad, from Linda at Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps
  12. Grilled Greek Pizza, from Steph at Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

What’s your favorite meatless Lenten Friday Meal?