I’m an Expectant Mother: What Should I Read to Prepare?

by Trillia Newbellbecause he loves me

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.”

Great question.

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?

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One Comment to “I’m an Expectant Mother: What Should I Read to Prepare?”

  1. Kim Shay says:

    First, I’d have her read Kathleen Nielson’s book on how to study the bible and dig into Scripture, focusing on the attributes of God. In addition to the great resources you recommend, I’d suggest the book The Envy of Eve. Another unexpected choice, but it discusses how women cove what other women have. In talking to young women, I hear a lot of comparison going on, and that breeds discontent. Understanding where our discontent begins is helpful. Plus, the book has an excellent study guide with scripture passages.