What is homemaking? It is so much more than being a stay-at-home mom that cooks and cleans her house. It is not just a term for stay-at-home mothers, even a working mom is a homemaker. Some people may even be put off by the term homemaker.
God has called me to the vocation as a wife and mother. It is in our home that I will teach my children about God, our faith, virtue, order, and holiness. My work in the home is me saying “Yes, I will serve and love You by serving and loving my family today” and that is empowering. Being a homemaker is a blessing.
Homemaking may not come as naturally to some as others. For me, it definitely has been a journey of continuous learning. Learning how to clean properly, how to cook for a lot of people all with different preferences, how to care for many people with all different personalities and needs, and life management skills such as finances. On top of all that, doing it with grace.
Here are some of my favorite books that have helped me in my journey as a Catholic homemaker.
TOP 5 BOOKS FOR CATHOLIC HOMEMAKERS
1) GRACED AND GIFTED by Kimberly Hahn
Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker’s Heart by Kimberly Hahn is a must-read for Catholic homemakers. Kimberly Hahn helps you understand the holiness of being a homemaker along with a plethora of practical tips for managing a home.
2) NOT OF THE WORLD by Sterling Jaquith
I started looking into minimalism back in late 2017 and I can honestly say it has been truly life-changing. During this time I came across Sterling Jaquith’s Not Of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism. Sterling does an amazing, thorough job of how you can start living a minimalist lifestyle and declutter your home with practical step-by-step tips. I love how she also weaves our Catholic faith into minimalism. Another huge plus for me is this is a fairly easy and quick read.
3) THEOLOGY OF HOME by Carrie Gress & Noelle Mering
Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday is a beautiful book about looking at our homes as a place that prepares us for our Heavenly home. This book has helped me to look at the ordinary things in my home in a more extraordinary way. The photos in the book are so gorgeous and inspiring.
There is also a Theology of Home II: The Spiritual Art of Homemaking!! I have not read this book yet but it is high on my list of books to buy.
4) A MOTHER’S RULE OF LIFE by Holly Perlot
If you need help with coming up with a routine or schedule, this is the perfect book! A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul by Holly Pierlot helps you get your life in order by creating a rule for yourself and your family. Holly walks you through the 5 P’s (prayer, personal, partner, parent, provider) and gives tips on how to balance those 5 P’s for a smoother running home. Although I don’t do as detailed of a schedule, the tips in this book are great and still apply a lot of this book into how I manage my home.
5) Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider is another book that walks you through how to purge excessive items and achieve a clutter-free home. The thing I really liked about this book is Tsh helps you focus on what is meaningful to you and how to make that our main focus in our homes. Tsh gives realistic and practical tips to help you transform your home/ life.
Other great books about homemaking
There are so many parts to being a homemaker. As we are trying to get all the cleaning done, cooking, and tending all the kids running all around, remember that we are also doing holy work. These 5 books are great for resources to have in helping homemakers.
What are your favorite books for homemaking?