Books for Parents

Okay, this list could go on and on so I will try to pick my absolutely, hands-down faves in a few categories. I also include a few notes as to why I’ve included it and how it impacted me in my journey.

List still under construction…check back soon for more recommendations!


What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son’s Life by Dr. Kevin Lehman (Hands-down one of the best books I’ve read thus far geared specifically toward boymoms.)

Infant/Child Loss

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy by Angie Smith (I had to read this book in bits and pieces since Angie’s experience so closely resembled my own. However her raw, honest writing gave me life and permission to grieve in some of my darkest days.)

The Power of the Powerless: A Brother’s Legacy of Love (Crossroad Book) by Christopher De Vinck (This book is not about child loss but about the author’s experience of a brother born with special needs. However, I found this story to contain so many truths that transferred to my own heart and life.)

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo (Okay…I was SUPER skeptical picking up this book. I won’t lie. However, I cannot deny that this little boy’s experience, described by his father, comforted me in a way I did not anticipate. Their story helped me bring a little piece of heaven down to earth, to help me envision my son Carter safe and loved and healthy and whole.)

Note: You can find countless books out their for grieving parents or families. I’ve chosen to limit my list to those that had a profound impact on my personal healing. It is by NO means a commentary on other resources. For more resources for parents and support people, check out my list of resources for grieving parents.


With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani (For years, I struggled with a view of God wrapped in fear of failure and self-doubt. I’m an achiever and tied so much of my spiritual life not to my relationship with God, but rather whether I was checking off my religious to-do list. This book helped me see how God wants to relate to His people and how the “to-dos” (prayer, Bible study, charitable work, etc.) flow out from that. Great read for college students and up!)

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (Traveling Mercies was hands-down the most memorable and impactful book I read while in college. My contemporary literature professor handed it to me after I shared with her how I was trying to reconcile some major faith issues in my own life. I found this book to help me see a relationship with God WAY outside my box. I won’t lie: Lamott is edgy. She’s raw. She’s not for everyone. But her writing is unparalleled and her questions always thought-provoking.)