Here are a few resources and books that have helped me find my soul in the mess of motherhood. As I find new helpful resources, I will add to this list so check back often.
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Life with God
This amazing resource combines a devotional guide with a daily planner. This planner helps me see how my life with God and my daily tasks are inextricably linked. It reminds me that life with God is meant to infuse our ordinary days, tasks, and activities.
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman
As moms and wives, we can easily fall into the trap of always trying to hold things together and be more than we are. Freeman gives us permission, grace, and incentive to let go of our “try-hard lives” so that we can fall safely into the arms of Jesus.
The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith
Smith is a master at helping us rediscover the God Jesus came to reveal. In this first book of his Apprentice series, Smith tackles common false narratives that we possess about who God is by replacing them with the narratives of Jesus. He also includes simple, accessible soul-training exercises to help us move this knowledge from our heads to our hearts.
Surrender to Love by David Benner
Benner helps us deconstruct our unhealthy view of God so that we can align ourselves with the truth of God’s deep love for us. As we believe his love for us, we can then release our control and surrender to his rule in our lives, leading to genuine and cheerful obedience.
The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner
Benner describes the concepts of the false self and the true self. He explains how surrendering to God’s love gives us the freedom to let go of the false self. Then we can embrace the true self that God intended for us.
When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd
There is a waiting period between having received a vision of our true selves, and the fruition of that vision. Kidd debunks the myth of “quickaholic spirituality” and tells her personal story of spiritual transformation with candor, humor, and depth.
This is the best resource on the web for the Enneagram. It offers two scientifically validated tests to help you find your type and subtype. It includes in-dept type descriptions of each type, including videos describing the traits of each type and various levels of health within each type and how each type plays out on those various levels. It includes a resource for distinguishing between two types and a section describing the dynamics of two types in relationships. It also offers trainings and workshops on the Enneagram.
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
Hands down, the easiest, most accessible introduction to the Enneagram. This book has a rich narrative about real people and how they manifest the various characteristics of each type. So interesting, you won’t want to put it down. I found this book the most helpful in identifying and understanding my type.
The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut
This comprehensive guide provides a good introduction to the subtypes and provides several pathways towards health and growth for each type. This is the most textbook-like of all the Enneagram books I’ve read, but still reads fairly easy. It contains more specificity and nuance so it makes for a valuable assistant if you are having trouble finding your type.
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr
Another great resource for understanding the Enneagram. Rohr does use some language that is a bit difficult to understand, but also provides insights about sub-types, wings, and a greater understanding about the movements towards stress/disintegration and security/integration. I have found that each Enneagram book brings a slightly different perspective to each type so reading more than one book on the subject is certainly helpful.
Hosted by Ian Cron this insightful podcast focuses solely on the Enneagram, featuring interviews with “recognized Enneagram leaders from every spheres of life… who are using the Enneagram tool as a path for personal transformation.”
This test was developed by the Enneagram Institute. Cost is $12. Scientifically validated.
This test was developed by the authors of the Road Back to You. This is the best free test I’ve found.
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
By far one of the best, most comprehensive books about how the gospel impacts and gives a framework about thinking about work. Even if you are a stay at home mom, this book will give you a good framework for how to approach the daily mundane, yet sacred tasks of a mother.
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