Get Your Gifts for Mom! (…and Yourself)

Editor’s note: Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your mama, but mine is challenging to buy for! She doesn’t want anything fancy, or expensive. She doesn’t want a massage, she doesn’t need much, and she’s completely content with a painted-glitter-macaroni necklace from the kids. She’s been given gobs of flowers, bubble bath, and squishy slippers… When pressed she’ll say, “How about a pair of L’eggs pantyhose?” (That’s code for “I’m good. Just get me a funny card.”) One gift that wins every time, though, is books! In case you’re looking for a special gift, too, here are a few of our favorites for Mom. (And, you! if someone needs a hint about what to give you!)

Books to Give Mom (Or Yourself!)

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Experience true joy, now and always with this limited edition Jesus Always Large Deluxe Edition, featuring easy-to-read comfort-size print and scripture verses written out for each day's devotion. 

Life is full of difficulties, and joy often feels out of reach.  Jesus Always, the 365-day devotional from #1 bestselling author Sarah Young, explores the promises of joy in scripture — promises of life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy.  Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God and written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to you, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living — embracing a life of joy.

Millions of people have been inspired by the writings of Sarah Young. With scripture and new personal reflections, these devotions will gently connect you with Jesus ‚—the One who meets you where you are and loves you always.

This beautiful custom edition is a perfect mother's day gift!

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Motherhood is beautiful; motherhood is hard. All moms understand this paradoxical truth. Yet introverted mothers face unique challenges.

When our quiet nature collides with our often loud role, frustration and guilt result. We wonder why motherhood feels at odds with our personality, and in our darkest moments fear we're simply not cut out for the job.

In Introverted Mom, author Jamie C. Martin lifts the false burdens and negative stereotypes off your shoulders, letting you know you're not alone. Your steady strength is exactly what your family needs in this chaotic world. And when you understand and accept your God-given personality, you'll discover a freedom you may never have experienced before.

Jamie shares vulnerable stories from her own life as well as thoughts from other kindred-spirit moms, helping you add more calm to your days. Her practical suggestions and creative inspiration, combined with quotes and insights from four well-known introverted writers, point you back toward hope, laughter, and quiet joy. Whether you've just realized you’re an introvert, or if you've known it all along, this book is for you. It's time to honor who you are and savor life as an introverted mom. Buy now...

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Discover the eternal value of your finite time — and intentionally choose the meaningful over the urgent every single day.

Our culture makes it so that even the most organized and efficient among us feels the pressure of the ticking clock and the possibility and regret of missing out. Modern life has evolved in a way that sets us up for stress, pressure, and overload. New norms and attitudes tap into deeply-wired psychological impulses that make it harder than ever to take control of your time. Many of us also have innate personality traits that make the struggle even worse.

No wonder time can become a tyrant that leaves us chronically stressed and discontented. Unlock an approach to life that bestselling author Valorie Burton calls “living timelessly.” You will come to understand

1) the gradual changes that have led us to a place where having too much to do and too little time to do it is the norm,

2) the vision for what it could look like if you were free from the stress of time and how to blast through the obstacles to those possibilities, and

3) the practical steps to choosing the meaningful over the urgent so that your life is unhurried yet purposeful and reflects the values and impact that are unique to you.

It’s About Time helps you reimagine a life that is meaningful, at a pace that is natural, with a load that is doable and equips you with the tools to make it happen. Buy now...

 

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Jody Jean Dreyer worked for the Walt Disney Company for 30 years and in Beyond the Castle she shares one-of-a-kind stories and insights into what sets the Disney experience apart, as well as secrets to help you discover your own "happily ever after."

When the credits roll and you've left the park, when your Disney day is over, how do you take the magic with you into your everyday work and life?

The wish for happy endings is written in our hearts. Every park guest or movie watcher is looking for their own "happily ever after," as they ask the questions: What’s my story? Does it matter? Will the story end well for me? Jody's personal experiences and her underpinning faith help her to offer practical and sometimes unexpected principles to better appreciate and navigate our own stories.

Now updated with a discussion guide for individual and group study, you can open the doors and peek inside the castle – and more, to unlock and illuminate life's true treasure.

Beginning with her first position as a summer intern at Walt Disney World, through her role leading synergy and special projects for Disney (reporting to former CEO Michael Eisner), to her work with top leadership at Walt Disney Motion Pictures sharing the magic of Disney films around the world, Jody's entertaining storytelling unpacks secrets that can change the way we understand ourselves, our work and relationships, and how we can find our own path to happiness. You will read her stories about working with Walt's nephew, Roy E. Disney, her front-line role in the opening of theme parks around the world and her own journey to discovering how to bring some Disney magic into every day. Buy now...

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Bestselling author Stasi Eldredge shows readers how to choose a joy that stands against the tides of life's real and often overwhelming pain.

We are called to live. And, miraculously, to live with joy.

We all spend a lot of energy reaching for happiness, but we are never quite able to hang on to it. Real life happens, and our circumstances take us on an emotional rollercoaster ride. So the Bible’s call to “be joyful always” sounds almost crazy — and out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be.

Joy is meant to be ours, a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. This joy is not simply happiness on steroids; it’s the unyielding belief that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. It’s the stubborn determination to be present to whatever may come and to interpret both goodness and grief by the light of heaven.

In Defiant Joy and the Unwavering study, Stasi Eldredge invites us with courage, candor, and tender vulnerability to a place beyond sadness or happiness. She shows us how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes our pain but dares to live with expectant, unwavering hope. Buy now...

And, don't miss the Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Online Bible Study starting May 6th! Find out more here!

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Spirit-filled devotionals, written by women for women, from the editors of Daily Guideposts, America's favorite devotional for more than 40 years.</strong?

365 Spirit-Lifting Devotions for Women forms a tapestry of life's emotions - joy and laughter, heartache and healing, lessons to be savored and explored. Tailored to the spiritual needs of women, it reaches out with insights that will speak to your heart.

Each entry begins with a Scripture verse to help shape your devotional time. It then draws from a treasury of inspirational stories from Daily Guideposts favorites such as Debbie Macomber, Marion Bond West, Sharon Ewell Foster, and more with unique and varied perspectives on the challenges faced by modern women of all ages and situations. The authors share their experiences with down-to-earth glimpses into their own daily lives, ending with heartfelt personal prayers for strength and growth.

You owe it to yourself to take a few minutes of quiet time each day to nourish and restore your spirit. Experience the comfort and guidance offered each day in 365 Spirit-Lifting Devotions for WomenBuy now...

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In this very moment, God offers you the gift of His presence.

Your life is hectic! Juggling family time, work, and church equals jam-packed days. You want to spend time in God’s Word, but the busyness of life keeps getting in the way. What if, however, you could take five minutes to invest in making each day matter?

With her signature honesty, vulnerability, and humor, bestselling author Sheila Walsh helps you find perspective in the midst of your fast-paced life. Every entry features a powerful devotion, a guiding takeaway, and related Scripture that will nourish you, sustain you, and remind you that you are not alone.

These five minutes with Jesus just might become the most peaceful and meaningful moments of your day.. Buy now...

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What if our truest life is the one right in front of us?

Does life sometimes seem to be passing you by? Are you so busy — with email to check, Instagram to scroll through, and friends to be envious of — that you’ve become disconnected from your actual life? You know, the one you are living right here, right now?

With hilariously relatable confessions and profoundly beautiful insights, Kate Merrick invites us to stop running away from the lives we’re living today and instead walk in the peace and fullness God offers moment to moment. She shows us how to

  • kill your Wi-Fi, put down the tech, and find deeper contentment,
  • redirect the FOMO so you don’t miss out on your own life, and
  • go on a diet of fewer choices to discover the blessings of the quiet, the slow, and the intentional.

Only when we look honestly at our hearts and have the courage to live truly present do we receive the gifts of God found in all of life’s seasons — the painful ones, the big and beautiful ones, and even the ordinary ones. Buy now...

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Your days are full, you're tired, and you're craving quiet for your soul. You're not alone.

If days filled with obligations and never-ending to-do lists leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, you can find the peace your soul longs for. In Settle My Soul, authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk invite you to carve out a few moments in your day to deepen your relationship with the Lord through 100 encouraging devotions.

Whether you're a working professional, a wife, a mom, a sister, an aunt, a daughter-in-law, or any combination of these, your life is busy. And no matter what stage of life you may find yourself in, what your hurried and overcrowded heart needs most is rest. Beyond time-management skills or tips for worrying less, you need a few minutes to connect with God's heart.

Karen and Ruth are women who understand all that you're juggling, and they desire for you to experience the refreshment that comes only from the Lord. In just a few minutes out of your day, you can connect with God, set aside your busyness and worries, center your thoughts on Him and His Word, and restore your peace of mind. Each of the 100 devotions in Settle My Soul includes a brief but meaningful devotional message, applicable scripture, guided prayer, and reflection questions. Throughout the book you'll also find journaling pages for deeper reflection.

Your life is loud. But if you will just press pause for a few minutes each day, you can discover what Jesus longs to give you: His peace. Buy now...

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Your Turn

Happy reading, friends! And, happy gifting! Come share what you're getting your mom with us on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Laurie McClure, FaithGateway Editor

Laurie McClure

Laurie is a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, a beach lover, and she is addicted to radical grace, Perrier, and yoga pants. Here at FaithGateway she is the editor, the curator, and the leader of Faith.Full, our women's community.

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