bible_reader_tiger I’ve written a lot about mentoring here on the blog and also as a regular contributor on the subject of mentoring over at Simplemom (here, here, here, here and here.).

A truth that I come back to over and over is that we, as intentional women, MUST pursue wisdom. We will have seasons of flesh and blood mentors, but we will also have seasons alone. Books make some of the best, most faithful mentors around. Surround yourself with them. Consume them.

Here is an ever growing list of some of the books that have been and are still transforming my life. Of course, these are all in addition to the Bible. I encourage you to spend time each day reading the word of God, because…um…it’s the WORD OF GOD. Kinda good stuff. I know it’s not as easy and fluffy to read as a blog post, but it is infinitely better. So dive in, even if it’s just a few verses a day. Start in Proverbs. Conveniently there are 31. Read one a day. Simple and life changing.

Moving on.

Assuming you’re already getting the good stuff, here are my recommendations for Books as Mentors:

Inspiring Life Books

Kisses from Katie

Kisses from Katie is a powerfully inspiring book. It’s the story of a 19 year old girl who had it all. She was the prom queen and valedictorian. She had a great boyfriend and a cool convertible. But she also felt God calling her to Uganda. By the time she was 22 she was the mother of 13 Ugandan girls and had launched a ministry that serves thousands of children each day.

Golden nugget: “My favorite line from the book is Katie’s reply when people ask her how she does it all. She says, “A little bit of coffee and a WHOLE lot of Jesus.”

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth John Maxwell is a preacher and a business expert, which to me is a combination almost better than peanut butter and chocolate. Almost.

I love his blend of Biblical wisdom and hard earned business knowledge. It might not sound applicable to motherhood, but …ooooh… it is. Mothers are no different than business leaders. We must learn to constantly grow. As Mr. Maxwell says in the book, “Our ceiling is our children’s ground floor.” I want to push my personal growth as far as I can so that my children have the best start possible.

This book is one I’ll be writing about each month here on the blog and I’m sure I’ll be reading it for years and years to come. A classic.

Inspiring Motherhood Books

The Mission of Motherhood

The Mission of Motherhood – What I love most about this book and Sally in general, is her ability to call us to high ideals all while wrapping it in the knowledge that it is God who moves us and makes anything possible.

The Mission of Motherhood is inspiring, challenging and encouraging. It’s my favorite motherhood book.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe is a wonderful book written by and older mom, Sally Clarkson, and a younger mom, Sarah Mae. I love the mentoring format of the content. Sarah Mae writes letters to Sally and Sally writes back and mixed in are words of wisdom, comfort and encouragement. A great read!

Grace-Based Parenting

Grace-Based Parenting is rich with wisdom.

I love the focus on relationship. It’s not a book about push-over parenting, but it is about getting our children’s hearts.

It’s fast read and full of challenging nuggets. I’ve read it several times now and I’m sure I’ll read it again soon.

Inspiring Business and Blogging Books

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us is a brilliant book by Seth Godin. It’s a fascinating book and absolutely chalked full of ideas and inspiration for those of us who feel moved to lead. Whether you’re a mom, a blogger, a business owner or a ministry leader, the premises and ideas hold true. People want to go somewhere. This book will show you how to lead them.

No time to read?

I could sit and inhale a fiction book in no time, but when it came to the meatier non-fiction books I REALLY wanted to read, I’d start and never finish them.

If you’re like me and terrible at sitting still to read a book, I have to tell you about Audible. It is the best investment I’ve made in a long time.

It’s basically a catalog of audiobooks with a companion iPhone/iPad app. I listen while I do dishes, clean, run and sit in the school pick up line. Being able to listen to deep, wisdom filled books has been a game changer for me.

If you want to give Audible a try, check out their free book offer here.



  • Avatar SarahKL says:

    Kat – how does Audible work? Do you pay a monthly fee and then listen to as many books as you want? Or do you still have to purchase each book in addition to the monthly fee? I’m interested, but couldn’t seem to find that info on their site. Thank you!! (P.S. I’m a HUGE fan of your podcast and even got a shoutout in episode 13! Whoo hoo!!)

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Hey Sarah!
      Well, it’s sort of like both. You pay the monthly fee and then you get a credit (or two, depending on your plan) and that credit is good for (usually) one book. So, you’re essentially buying a book a month. But by doing the membership, the books are about half the price ($14 instead of $29 for many audiobooks). I realize it’s a lot more than paying for a paperback, but it’s worth it to me because I actually finish them. 🙂

      And I’m SO glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Thanks for listening!

  • Avatar Allison Lee says:

    Hi mommy!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Allison Lee says:

    Hi mommy!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Miha says:

    Thank you so much for the free ebooks. I’ve read “Maximize your mornings” so far and it helped me a lot. I love the songs you listed there. They changed my worship time for better. I feel refreshed. Thank you!