Recommended Resources

*One of our goals at Missional Motherhood is to provide moms with practical tools to equip and encourage them to know God themselves, and intentionally make Him known in their homes. We hope this “Recommended Resources” page will do just that as we update it frequently with practical, relevant resources (all of which are either mentioned in one of our posts, or recommended by one of our contributors) for personal discipleship as well as discipleship within the home. Check back often for updated resources! 

Personal Quiet Time

The One Year Bible NLT – This is a great yearly Bible reading plan broken down into Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. It takes about 15 minutes a day to read!

The One Year Chronological Bible NIV – “The One Year Chronological Bible offers a fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year . . . in only fifteen minutes per day! Gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. The entire Bible text—books, chapters, and even verses—is arranged in the order the events actually happened.” Amazon Description 

Chronological Bible Devotional Blog – This blog is written by Iva May, a former international missionary and avid discipler and Bible teacher. It includes daily devotions to go along with each day’s reading in The One Year Chronological Bible mentioned above.

One Year Women’s Devotional – A collaborative devotional for women edited by our own Donna Gaines. “Over 52 weeks, these authors share from their hearts engaging Scriptures, real-life inspiration, and practical wisdom they have learned along the way. Each week focuses on one theme, and daily devotions include Scripture and a prayer.”

Leaving Ordinary: Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer – by Donna Gaines, bimonthly contributor.

Intimacy with God: Establishing a Vibrant Quiet Time and Prayer Time – by Tara Furman, monthly contributor.

Growing Stronger Roots: A Prayer Journal for Organization and Growth – by Tara Furman.

Prayer Portions – by Sylvia Gunter. “Prayer Portions by Sylvia Gunter is a 366 page Scripture based resource on Prayer. It is a resource/training manual for all who are seeking the Father’s heart and asking ‘Lord, teach me to pray.'” We encourage you to read the entire Amazon description (link above) to grasp what an incredible resource this is! 

For the Family – by Sylvia Gunter. “This collection of vital prayer tools is for husbands and wives, dads and moms, who want to know God’s word, obey His will, pray His heart, and see Him glorified in their families.”

My Utmost for His Highest – This is a classic daily devotional written by Oswald Chambers.

Streams in the Desert – Another classic daily devotional written by Lettie B. Cowman.

Morning and Evening – Charles Spurgeon. “For tens of thousands of Christians over the last century, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening has been a daily devotional guide through life’s ups and downs.”

Open Bible Topical Website – This site allows you to search the Bible topically and presents scriptures relating to any topic you can think of! It’s a great resource for in-depth Bible study.

What the Bible Is All About – by Henrietta Mears. “This is a must-have for pastors, teachers and all individuals who want to understand God’s great plan of the ages revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Readers will find essential facts and historical background, but more importantly see how every book of the Bible points to Jesus and God’s plan to transform every person’s life through faith in Him.”

If – by Amy Carmichael. “A little book about Calvary love in common life. Based on 1st Corinthians 13.”

Daily Light on the Daily Path – Compiled by Jonathan Bagster. “The classic devotional book for every morning and evening in the very words of scripture.”

Family Discipleship Tools

Younger Children

The Jesus Storybook Bible – Sally Lloyd Jones.

The Child’s Story Bible – Catherine Vos.

Read and Share DVD Bible Box Set – “Share the joy and wonder of God’s Word with the children in your life. Fifty-two essential lessons of scripture starring the Bible’s best-known characters. The Read And Share® Bible on DVD combines an enchanting art style with a warm narrator and gentle musical underscore to transport kids back to Biblical times.”

The Bible App for Kids – “A free Bible experience for your kids! Animated storybook app for smartphones and tablets. Colorful illustrations with touch-activated animations. Games and activities help kids remember what they learn. Kid-friendly navigation.”

ABC Jesus Loves Me – This site has free preschool curriculum, including Bible study curriculum. You’ll find great resources and ideas to use with your little ones. An example of this is their free, preschool memory verse cards available to print right at home!

Buck Denver Asks: What’s In The Bible? The Complete Bible (2014) – “The Bible Made Easy for Kids! Buck Denver and his friends take your children through the WHOLE Bible in 13 DVDs. From Creation to Revelation, your family will journey through the entire Old and New Testaments to learn all about the Bible, who wrote it, AND the Kingdom of God and what it means to be a Christian.”

Hide ‘Em in Your Heart – Steve Green’s scriptural music for children.

I Can Learn the Bible – by Holly Hawkins Shivers—”In this 52-week devotional for children, author Holly Hawkins Shivers adapts the gift book The Joshua Code (written by her father, O.S. Hawkins) into a devotional that will help kids learn and live the scriptures. Using kid-friendly language, I Can Learn the Bible teaches scriptures in a way children can understand. Each week, kids will commit a new scripture to memory by reading a fun, engaging devotional that’s doable for a child. Matthew 7:7 will remind kids to always ask God for help. Philippians 1:6 will teach them that God is always working in their lives. And 50 more scriptures will continue to write the truth on their hearts so that they will remember it forever.”

BeKids Mobile – BeKids Mobile offers weekly devotions to use with your family as well as a monthly #BeBox—”The #BeBox is a monthly Family Devotion and Craft Subscription Box designed to equip families to grow spiritually. The box is jam packed with everything that you need for a month of family devotions and activities to engage your kids in a fun and interactive learning experience to grow spiritually.” This is a wonderful discipleship tool created by fellow Jesus-loving mommas!

Older Children

Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby (great for older kids or personal use and is available in book or audio form).

Operation World – by Jason Mandryk. “Operation World, the definitive global prayer handbook, has been used by more than a million Christians to pray for the nations.” Great to use with your children!

The Truth Project – “Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project is a powerful Christian worldview curriculum specifically designed and licensed for use in home-based small groups.” This is great to use with older kids as well in order to teach them why we believe what we believe! If you don’t want to purchase a set of your own, check a local church library for availability. 

Growing in Prayer: A Girl’s Journal to Learning How to Pray – by Tara Furman. This resource is good to use with your daughters!

Missional Motherhood posts about “Discipleship.”

Discipline

Grace Based Parenting – Dr. Tim Kimmel

Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp

Don’t Make Me Count to Three! – Ginger Plowman

Creative Correction – Lisa Whelchel

The Parenting Collection – by Dr. James Dobson. This book includes three of Dr. Dobson’s best-selling parenting books in one volume – The New Dare to DisciplineThe New Strong-Willed Child, and Parenting Isn’t for Cowards.

Wise Words for Moms – Ginger Hubbard. “A calendar-sized chart, designed to aid you in using the Scriptures to drive out the foolishness that is bound up in the heart of [your] child (Proverbs 22:15). It is a tool for your personal research of the Bible for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training your children in righteousness.”

Missional Motherhood posts about “Biblical Discipline.”

Motherhood/Parenting Books

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms – Gloria Furman

Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home – Gloria Furman.

Am I Messing Up My Kids? – Lisa TerKeurst

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity – Sally Clarkson

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example In Reaching the Hearts of Our Children – Sally Clarkson

Loving the Little Years – Rachel Jankovic

Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood – Rachel Jankovic

The Power of a Praying Parent – Stormie Omartian

Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children – Mark Batterson

Hints on Child Training – H. Clay Trumbull

Praying the Scriptures for Your Children – Jodie Berndt

The Duties of Parents: Raising Children with Christ – J.C. Ryle

Raising Your Children For Christ – Andrew Murray

Parenting Teens

Parenting Today’s Teens – with Mark Gregston.

My Family Talk: Teenagers – Dr. James Dobson’s articles on parenting teens.

Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change – Dr. James Dobson

Bringing Up Boys – Dr. James Dobson

Bringing Up Girls – Dr. James Dobson