I’m an Expectant Mother: What Should I Read to Prepare?By Trillia Newbell | February 4th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
Over the weekend a new friend messaged me and asked:
“We’re expecting our first child in October. We’re both excited about the opportunity to be Godly parents, raising and discipling our son/daughter. I was wondering if you knew of any parenting/expectant mother books with a Christocentric worldview that (my wife) could start reading.”
My answer will be unconventional and I’ll tell you why. New moms will be searching high and low for “how to” books for parenting. There are many out there–some helpful, some not so much. Because I am aware that she will be bombarded with book recommendations and books that will give her advice for parenting already, I thought instead I’d give you some of my favorite books that are gospel-centered and will help feed her truth that will sustain her during those days and nights when she can’t seem to find time to read lengthy books.
Here is a short list of some of my favorites:
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
The Rare Jewell of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
Future Grace by John Piper
When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper
Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
So if I were to sit down with your wife I’d suggest that she take this time before the baby comes to enjoy reading the Bible (maybe write her favorite verses on an index card to reference back to) and reading books about God’s faithfulness, His sustaining grace, His gospel. There is no doubt that she will also pick up books about parenting and “what to do when…” I know I sure did. But I think when the going gets tough and she’s discouraged, she’ll be happy she feed on some rich gospel soaked books.
(And regarding parenting, you will most likely be encouraged by what Paul Tripp has to say.)
What about you, readers? Do you have any favorite books that you go to time and time again to be encouraged and enriched by gospel truths?