Recommended Books for Discussion with Leaders

Here's a great idea: some Mom to Mom groups have been selecting one devotional book each year for all their leaders to use together.  They begin each weekly Mom to Mom leader gathering with one of the leaders offering a devotional based on their current joint reading.  It really draws the Titus 2 women together and helps to deepen them spiritually.

Choosing a book to focus on discussing with Mom to Mom Titus 2 leaders during any given year is a very individual decision.  It is best based on the particular needs and interests of your group of leaders.  Of course, new books appear continually—but that does not mean some of the “oldies but goodies” should be overlooked. Below you will find a few of my favorites, as well as some that have been recommended to me by Mom to Mom leaders throughout the country.  Please note that many of the books listed under “Favorite Devotionals” and “Books That Have Nurtured My Soul” also make for excellent discussion in a group.

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The Practice of the Presence of God

By Brother Lawrence / Image
Reflections from a lay brother in a 17th century Carmelite monastery on sensing the presence of God in the everyday tasks of life (he worked in the kitchen and as a sandal-maker). Amazingly applicable for moms!

God Is Closer Than You Think

By John Ortberg / Zondervan
Sort of a contemporary version of Brother Lawrence. A practical perspective on how to experience deeper intimacy with God by opening our eyes to His presence in the ordinariness of everyday life.


With Christ in the School of Prayer

By Andrew Murray / Bridge-Logos Publishing
A deep classic on the power of prayer to transform ministry—and us!

Spiritual Leadership

By J. Oswald Sanders / Moody Publishers
A 20th-century classic on the qualities of a Godly leader, blending both spiritual gifts and "natural" (though God-given) talents.


Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton / InterVarsity Press
A thoughtful and authentic look at what happens when leaders lose their souls, with practical helps for nourishing leader souls.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

By Peter Scazzero / Thomas Nelson
A New York City Pastor shares out of His own journey the dangers of unhealthy spirituality and provides seven Biblical, reality-tested principles for emotionally sound spiritual leadership.


The Wounded Healer

By Henri Nouwen / Random House
A call to recognize and acknowledge the suffering in our own hearts and lives in order to minister to a wounded world.

Making All Things New

By Henri Nouwen / HarperOne
A simple yet profound call to a deeper spiritual life through setting our hearts on the right things and looking in the right places to fill our emptiness


The Seeking Heart

By Francois de... Fenelon / Seedsowers
Soul-searching letters from a 17th century priest and theologian that will sear your heart. Correction, conviction, and deep encouragement—a book I should re-visit annually!