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Finding time to read can be quite a challenge for moms!  So we’ve put together summaries of some great motherhood-focused books for you.

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Book Summary: Happiness is a Habit

Book Summary: Happiness is a Habit

When I first picked up this book I thought it would be all about how I need to do more, be more, add in new goals to my already busy life. What it really has done is open my eyes to just how much daily habits can make a difference in our lives, for better...
Book Summary: It's Not About the Broccoli

Book Summary: It’s Not About the Broccoli

After watching her mother struggle with her weight and eventually die from obesity, sociologist Dina Rose determined that her daughter would have a better “food life.” Applying the principles of sociology, Dina taught her daughter healthy eating habits. She has since helped countless families in their quest to eat better and avoid dreaded food battles....
Book Summary: The Element

Book Summary: The Element

Ken Robinson's book focuses on teaching why it is so important that we find what we are passionate about--our "element." He explains how creativity is vital to a fulfilling life, and how there are limitless types of intelligence and ways of being creative--in other words, no one is stupid or unimaginative.
Book Summary: The Miracle Morning

Book Summary: The Miracle Morning

Anny Quail share the details of Hal Elrod's The Miracle Morning: The Not-So Obvious Secret Guaranteed To Transform Your Life (Before 8 am)--a book she is passionate about because it changed her life.
Book Summary: Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

Book Summary: Say Goodbye To Survival Mode

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal Pain, of Money Saving Mom, has created a step-by-step guide to help women find balance and joy in motherhood.
Book Summary: Motherhood Realized

Book Summary: Motherhood Realized

Want to know more about Power of Moms' amazing new book? Mary Jenkins provides an insightful summary of Motherhood Realized.
Book Summary: Happily Ever After

Book Summary: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After is the recently released book by Trista Sutter, who is most widely known for her role on the television show The Bachelor and as the original Bachelorette. This book really opened my eyes to what true gratitude is--that developing a grateful heart has more to do with our perspectives and how we...
Book Summary: The Big Disconnect

Book Summary: The Big Disconnect

Through stories from her vast experience as a clinical psychologist and school consultant, author Catherine Steiner-Adair helps us understand that while it’s not necessary to totally eliminate tech, for the survival of our families it is absolutely imperative that we keep it in balance.
Book Summary: Showing Heart

Book Summary: Showing Heart

Showing Heart is the emotional retelling of a family’s journey through adversity and it is full of so many great messages for mothers. It reminded me that through trials and hardship a family can grow and bond together.
Book Summary: Simplicity Parenting

Book Summary: Simplicity Parenting

Author Kim John Payne asks if we are building our families on “the four pillars of ‘too much’: too much stuff, too many choices, too much information, and too fast.” Then he discusses four layers of simplification: 1) environment; 2) rhythm; 3) schedules; and 4) filtering out the adult world.
Book Summary: Bullied

Book Summary: Bullied

We live in a society where bullying has become one of the top concerns of parents and educators. Katherine Mayfield's book "Bullied" isn’t just a book to talk about the face of bullying, but also a user manual for kids and adults that are placed in that situation.
Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

Book Summary: The Power of a Positive Mom

The Power of a Positive Mom was a monumental help to supplying extra fuel to my days--it made a definite contribution to my ability to accept challenges, keep a positive outlook, and savor the great things about motherhood as I propel our family forward.
Book Summary: Last Child in the Woods

Book Summary: Last Child in the Woods

More than anything, this book motivated me to make time in nature a priority for my family. I hope I can instill in my children an appreciation for this beautiful earth and, by doing so, help them discover who they really are.
Book Summary: Global Mom

Book Summary: Global Mom

If you ever dreamed about living abroad with your family--or just want to visit other countries through someone else’s perspective--this book is for you.
Book Summary: The A to Z Guide: 26 Days and 26 Ways to a Happier, Healthier Marriage

Book Summary: The A to Z Guide: 26 Days and 26 Ways to a Happier, Healthier Marriage

I really enjoyed that Dating Divas’ new book. It felt like I was with a group of my best girlfriends, sitting down to chat and sharing only the very best and most uplifting marital advice.
Book Summary: Instant Mom

Book Summary: Instant Mom

With both wit and raw emotion, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, opens up about her 10-year struggle with infertility and her journey to becoming a mother via adoption.
Book Summary:  Being The Mom

Book Summary: Being The Mom

In Being the Mom: 10 Coping Strategies I Learned by Accident Because I Had Children on Purpose, author Emily Watts shares 10 coping strategies she's found along her journey. It is a quick, light read, full of stories and lessons all moms--from the new mom to the grandmom and everyone in between--can benefit from.
Book Summary: Happier at Home

Book Summary: Happier at Home

Gretchen Rubin's book Happier at Home is NOT a manifesto about how a woman’s place is in the home. Instead, it takes the lessons learned from Rubin’s first work on happiness, The Happiness Project, and applies them to life at home.
Book Summary: The Leader in Me

Book Summary: The Leader in Me

Already being a fan of the 7 Habits, I was intrigued at the idea of teaching them to my children (particularly while they are still young), and this book has filled me with plenty of ideas on how to do that. This book has single-handedly made a paradigm shift for the better in my parenting...
Book Summary: Miracles and Moments of Grace (we're giving away 5 copies!)

Book Summary: Miracles and Moments of Grace (we’re giving away 5 copies!)

Miracles and Moments of Grace is a compilation of stories from women of all walks of life who all have something in common: they are all mothers. The author, Nancy Kennedy, has done a beautiful job at recording and collecting stories of hope, love, hardship, joy, worry, or as we could simply say, motherhood. We're...
The Passionate Mom: Book Summary and Giveaway

The Passionate Mom: Book Summary and Giveaway

Using the story of Nehemiah from the Bible, author Susan Merrill lays out a template to aid mothers as they “dare to parent in today’s world.” Five lucky winners will get a free book and t-shirt!
Book Summary: Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings

Book Summary: Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings

How is your teenager coping with emotions? How are you helping your teenager cope with these emotions? Dr. Mary Lamia takes an in-depth look common emotions that are encountered throughout life and combines research-based information with real life experiences to help parents and their teenagers gain powerful insight into a significant part of who they...
Book Summary: Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old

Book Summary: Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help our Teenagers Grow Up Before they Grow Old

What do teenagers really need in order to grow up to be responsible and happy adults? This book offers excellent food for thought.
Book Summary: Mom Rules

Book Summary: Mom Rules

A new book from the author of Dad Rules. We're giving a copy away!
Book Summary: It's a Jungle Out There

Book Summary: It’s a Jungle Out There

With Spring right around the corner, I knew I needed some ideas for how to have fun in the outdoors. This book is just what I needed to help incorporate the outside world into our day--it is easy to read, has lots of great ideas for every season, and perfect for families with children of...
Book Summary: Loving the Little Years

Book Summary: Loving the Little Years

For those of us currently surrounded by little ones, may I suggest Rachel Jankovic's "Loving the Little Years." Her honest, yet hopeful, Christian perspective on how mother's sacrifices are real and essential made me reflect on how I handle some of the day-to-day in my home.
Book Summary: Bottled Up

Book Summary: Bottled Up

I found this an utterly fascinating read despite the fact that I have breastfed my two children. It helped me to understand both sides of the “feeding frenzy” and feel more empathy towards all mothers.
Book Summary: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Book Summary: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

I've read this book many times. Each time I read it, I find specific nuggets of practical wisdom that I can immediately incorporate into my parenting. I use it daily--no hourly!
Book Summary: The Sparkle Box

Book Summary: The Sparkle Box

We have a little treat to get you ready for NEXT Christmas!
Book Summary: Advent with the Word

Book Summary: Advent with the Word

If you're looking for ways to make your Christmas more Christ-centered, Aubrey Degn recommends Kirsten Holmberg's Advent with the Word as a wonderful way to spiritually prepare ourselves for the holidays.
Book Summary: Deliberate Motherhood

Book Summary: Deliberate Motherhood

The Power of Moms recently published our first book! Mary Jenkins was kind enough to send in this informative (and glowing!) review. Thanks, Mary!
Book Summary: What Doctors Cannot Tell You

Book Summary: What Doctors Cannot Tell You

As my children’s health care advocate, I really want to have a good relationship with our physicians and be able to communicate effectively with them. I felt like this book was a very helpful glimpse into the mind of physicians and provided me with practical skills to better partner with them.
Book Summary: Get Organized To Keep your Family Sane

Book Summary: Get Organized To Keep your Family Sane

This free e-book packs dozens of helpful organizational tips in bite-sized pieces. When you’re feeling frazzled and disorganized, it can be overwhelming to sit down and read a huge book on organizing. These simple suggestions can get you on the road to sanity quickly!
Book Summary: Heaven Is Here

Book Summary: Heaven Is Here

Stephanie Nielson, creator of NieNieDialogues.com, has written an inspiring book that will remind you just how important family is.
Book Summary: The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Book Summary: The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who, drawing on her experiences with patients' mothers and other women in her life, has identified what makes happy mothers tick.
Book Summary: When Motherhood Feels too Hard

Book Summary: When Motherhood Feels too Hard

Filled with uplifting messages for each day of the month, When Motherhood Feels Too Hard is a powerful reminder of the divine role of mothers and the divine help they are entitled to. Through personal experiences, poems, scriptures and quotes, author Kelly Crawford offers mothers a spiritual lifeline for when it “feels too hard.”
Book Summary: Stress-Free for Good

Book Summary: Stress-Free for Good

Does living "stress-free" sound too good to be true? This book will not take the "stressful" things out of your life, but by describing a series of stress-reduction techniques, it will teach you to respond beautifully to the pressures each of us face. I just wish I had read this 15 years ago!...
Book Summary: Life Matters

Book Summary: Life Matters

How do you define balance? Does balance look like a scale to you, where every aspect of your life gets the same amount of time and energy? Or does balance look like a baseball field where you're trying to run around the diamond fast enough to touch each base? These are common “myths” that we...
Book Summary: In Praise of Plan B

Book Summary: In Praise of Plan B

This book gives the reader freedom to accept that life does not have to be perfect in order to be rich and rewarding. Joy can be found in spite of circumstance, and contentment and peace are far greater reward than short-lived success.
Book Summary and GIVEAWAY: Dad Rules

Book Summary and GIVEAWAY: Dad Rules

Just in time for Father's Day, we're giving one lucky reader a copy of Treion Muller's book, Dad Rules!
Book Summary: A Love That Multiplies

Book Summary: A Love That Multiplies

In their second book, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, best known for their TLC show “19 Kids and Counting”, talk about their family systems, beliefs, traditions, and give readers “an up-close view of how they make it work.”
Book Summary: The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Book Summary: The 7 Stages of Motherhood

Ann Pleshette Murphy was the editor-in-chief of Parents magazine for ten years. Drawing on her own experience, that of other mothers, and experts' advice, Murphy provides a funny, relate-able guide to motherhood.
Book Summary: The "What To Expect" Series

Book Summary: The “What To Expect” Series

WhattoExpect.com was kind enough to send us this series to review and they will also give all three books to two lucky POM readers! Giveaway details at the end of the article.
Book Summary: Dare, Dream, Do

Book Summary: Dare, Dream, Do

In this powerful book by Whitney Johnson, each of us can receive the inspiration and information needed to step outside of our comfort zones, give life to the possibilities around us, and actually achieve our dreams.
Book Summary: No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Book Summary: No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

In No Biking in the House Without a Helmet, Greene reflects on her journey to adoption, raising children (both biological and adoptive) and what it means to be a family.
Book Summary: Mommy Mantras

Book Summary: Mommy Mantras

As any mother who has made a wise choice in a tense moment can recall, the confident feeling that follows is priceless.This book teaches how thoughts directly determine our actions; mantras can uplift our thoughts and allow us to act wisely.
Book Summary: A Lantern in Her Hand

Book Summary: A Lantern in Her Hand

This novel is historical fiction, and it helped me realize how fortunate I am and how important it is to use my free time wisely. The other thing that really hit me after reading this was the impact of a mother's love.
Book Summary: Growing Up Global

Book Summary: Growing Up Global

This is hands-down the best book I've ever read about helping children to develop a healthy, beautiful, meaningful perspective of the world.
Book Summary: The Five Love Languages of Children

Book Summary: The Five Love Languages of Children

There are so many great ways to love a child! The book: "The Five Love Languages of Children", is a great way to figure out the love language of your child and how to best communicate YOUR love to them on THEIR level.
Book Summary: Real Moms Love To Eat

Book Summary: Real Moms Love To Eat

Corn on the cob for a mid-afternoon snack? I would never have thought of that. In this book there are plenty of easy and helpful tips for a well-fed, slimmer, and happier you.
Book Summary: Mitten Strings for God

Book Summary: Mitten Strings for God

Katrina Kenison is a mother of two sons. Over the course of year, she wrote down her reflections on trying to live life simply. The result is a wonderful collection of thoughts, stories and suggestions for enjoying motherhood, moment by moment.
Book Summary: The Power of Positive Parenting

Book Summary: The Power of Positive Parenting

Do you ever feel like you have no control over your children? Does anyone ever not feel that way!? This is a great book about the power of being positive.
Book Summary: Best Books for Boys

Book Summary: Best Books for Boys

While most of this book is a handy guide of age-appropriate books for boys, it also contains great information on, as the cover says, “how to engage boys in reading in ways that will change their lives.”
Book Summary: M.O.M

Book Summary: M.O.M

Confession: I am a neat freak. I used to ask my mom if I could organize her kitchen cupboards...just for fun. You get the picture…I'm weird!
Book Summary: It's Here Somewhere

Book Summary: It’s Here Somewhere

This is my go-to book for streamlining and organizing my home!
Book Summary: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Book Summary: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

I was a new mother and had a baby that did not sleep very well. I lived in a fog and I was desperate for sleep. A friend saw the bags under my eyes and recommended this book, and it truly changed my perspective on the importance of sleep.
Book Summary: Don't Set Goals

Book Summary: Don’t Set Goals

This is an older book that kind of jumped out at me at my local library. “Don't set goals?! Now that sounds like something I could really be good at!” In reality, the author doesn't have anything against goals, just the way that we tend to go about them. Instead of setting a goal,...
Book Summary: Loud and Clear

Book Summary: Loud and Clear

I've seen Anna Quindlen quoted in several books and articles I've read on motherhood, so I decided to go straight to the source. “Loud and Clear” is a collection of columns the author wrote for Newsweek and it covers a myriad of topics ranging from parenting to politics. While I didn't...
Book Summary: The Color Code

Book Summary: The Color Code

Do you ever wonder why one child comes unglued if you get mad at them while your other could care less? This is a fantastic book that helps you understand different personalities--first and foremost, your own. By taking a short quiz at the beginning, you find out what “color” you are: red, blue, white or...
Book Summary: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Book Summary: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

I believe that I can learn from anyone, even if I don’t agree with them, particularly if they share their successes and failures in achieving something. Amy Chua does just that in her book as she recounts how she helped her children become great musicians.
Book Summary: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

Book Summary: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

I started writing these lines with the intention of sharing the many secrets I’ve learned about working from home and raising children. The more I got into it, the more I realized I was sharing my innermost insecurities about being a mother...
Book Summary: The Five Love Languages of Children

Book Summary: The Five Love Languages of Children

This book is a wonderful resource for parents who want to raise emotionally healthy children. The authors explain specifically the ways children receive and perceive our love, and the book helps parents learn how to keep their children’s emotional love tanks full with unconditional love so that they can then...
Book Summary: I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

Book Summary: I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids

This book does a beautiful (and hilarious) job spelling out the incredibly high expectations we set for ourselves, and then it provides a "shot in the arm" to cure us all from this problem. With chapter titles such as "I Love Being a Mom, I Just Hate Doing It," and "Am I a Bad...
Book Summary: Momfidence!

Book Summary: Momfidence!

I'm just going to quote from the back cover...it describes it well: "If the latest 'breakthrough' child-development theory, parenting technique, or child-appropriate diet makes you worry or groan (or just want to lie down for a nap), it's time to make way for Momfidence! Paula Spencer, parenting...
Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese?

Book Summary: Who Moved My Cheese?

This is a popular business book, written to encourage us to deal with change in a healthy, productive manner. Although the book itself doesn't specifically address motherhood issues, one of the best things a mom can learn is how to be flexible. Several great ideas are compiled into this fun book--and it takes...
Book Summary: Left to Tell

Book Summary: Left to Tell

An amazing woman shares her story of how she survived during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 when she and seven other women huddled silently together in a cramped bathroom for 3 months. She shares how she relied on faith in God and the power of forgiveness to overcome.
Book Summary: You Staying Young

Book Summary: You Staying Young

This book has been widely publicized, so you most likely know the basic premise. It is “The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty.” The book goes through your basic body systems and then discusses how they function best and what we can do to stay feeling our best. Young is less and how you look...
Book Summary: Three Weeks With My Brother

Book Summary: Three Weeks With My Brother

This is not Nicholas Sparks’ usual love story. It is a memoir written with his brother of their adventurous three week trip around the world together. As they travel they reflect on their life growing up and how their experiences affected each of them in different ways.
Book Summary: As a Man Thinketh

Book Summary: As a Man Thinketh

James Allen has put together a beautiful collection of thoughts and ideas designed to improve the way we think. The book is only 50 pages long, but it is powerful, inspiring, and amazing! The description from the front cover reads, “Throughout his life, James Allen (1864-1912) sought an oasis of tranquility amidst...
Book Summary: Sink Reflections

Book Summary: Sink Reflections

As the mother of three small children, I used to waste time and energy moping that despite my desire to maintain a clean and orderly home, I would never have four hours to clean the entire house. Using the 15-minute-a-day approach has brought amazing results! My home is never immaculate, but now it...
Book Summary: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Book Summary: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

Well, mostly I just like the lists. It is easy for me to find topics my children are interested and then check those books out from the library. I also really like the extra ideas the author gives, such as little crafts or snack ideas to go along with certain books. My favorite...
Book Summary: I Am a Mother

Book Summary: I Am a Mother

This was probably one of my favorite “mom” books because Jane spoke about the heart of what we are experiencing as mothers. She did not place judgment on women who are not stay-at-home moms, nor did she set herself up as the ideal mother. I was hesitant to read this book because I...
Book Summary: Rise to the Divinity Within You

Book Summary: Rise to the Divinity Within You

I love the idea of reaching your potential. This book’s theme centers around the idea of reaching your divine potential, that we are all on earth for a purpose. I love that these are talks, separate from each other, so I can read in short bursts of time, rather than all at once. ...
Book Summary: A Quiet Heart

Book Summary: A Quiet Heart

In this beautiful book, Patricia Holland teaches mothers how to find peace and joy, in spite of the not-so-peaceful moments of motherhood. Her book is written to a Christian audience but focuses on principles that are important to every mother: putting essentials ahead of...
Book Summary: It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village

Book Summary: It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village

Colleen Down contests that it does not take a village to raise a child. Villagers do not show up with dinner at six or provide your teenager with braces or potty-train your preschooler. It takes a mother to raise that village. Colleen is a stay-at-home mother of seven children who “decided to ignore...