Christian Books For Single Parenting
Raising children is not a walk in the park, as any parent can attest, and that’s not even taking into consideration issues of raising children in the faith. Fortunately, this post is centered around providing the best christian books for single parents.
There are special challenges and issues presented to parents who want to raise their children to love and respect God, as they face common problems of school, friendships, tests of faith, burgeoning relationships, and much more.
These issues are complicated when a child is being raised by a single parent, whether that parent is a mother or father.
Thankfully, single parents are not on their own: many Christian writers have recognized the trials and struggles of Christian single parents.
In addition to Christian books for parenting as a whole, there are many Christian books for single parents specifically. There are even Christian books for single moms, as well as books designed with single dads in mind.
If you want to be prepared to be a single parent, you need to be ready to read. Fortunately, the legwork has been done for you; the following is a guide to the very best Christian books for single parents out there on the market today.
These books are aimed at a variety of different themes, including books specifically for moms or dads, as well as books for raising children, inspiring devotionals, and much more.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the very best Christian books for single moms and single dads.
Top 12 Christian Books for Single Parents
1. Going Solo: Hope and Healing for the Single Mom or Dad by Robert Beeson
This book from the Focus on Family series was written with both single moms and dads in mind. The book specifically addresses the many challenges, fears, and day-to-day exhaustion that comes with being a single mom or dad.
Beeson’s emphasis on gaining the strength to get through single parenting through the power of faith and trust in God is very compelling and motivating for parents who may be tired from having to face parenting alone. The book also comes with some very helpful “5 helpful habits of single parents” that can be easily applied to their daily lives.
2. The Single Dad’s Survival Guide by Michael A. Klumpp
The Single Dad’s Survival Guide is an engaging and even witty book designed to help single dads figure out solo parenting with ease.
The book covers many common aspects of single fatherhood that single dads often find overwhelming or frustrating, such as how to run a household, how to address your children’s emotional and physical needs, as well as ensuring that they are provided for on a spiritual level.
The book’s emphasis on using faith as a source of strength and hope during the frustrating moments that every single parent has is especially helpful.
3. The Single Mom’s Devotional: A Book of 52 Practical and Encouraging Devotions by Carol Floch
Carol Floch is a single mother who found herself struggling with single motherhood at first, until she realizes that while she may be a solo mother, she was not truly alone.
Floch shares her story with readers through 52 special devotional readings, as well as short chapters where she discusses the importance of keeping your family safe and happy through the protection of God’s love. Floch’s book discusses how to keep your faith even in times of crisis and how to nurture children’s souls through the encouraging devotions.
4. Help & Hope for the Single Parent by Tony Evans
Single parenting can be overwhelming, frustrating, and very stressful at times. These are all aspects of single parenthood that Tony Evans addresses in this compact but helpful book.
The primary message of this book is to provide “help and hope” to single parents by reminding them that they are actually never truly alone—God is there raising your child right alongside you.
The book also reminds parents that that no matter what challenges they face in single parenthood, God and their faith is always there to help them succeed in all ways, including as a single parent.
5. Going it Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom by Michele Howe
‘Going It Alone’ is a compassionate look at the challenges and harsh realities often faced by single mothers, who can quickly find themselves seemingly lost in the problems they’re facing as a single parent.
Howe’s book tackles these challenges one by one, offering both practical advice on overcoming them (such as how to make sure the household runs smoothly, how to deal with questions your children have about you being a single parent, etc) as well as spiritual advice for finding strength and courage in the power of the Lord.
The book offers a simple but strong message to single moms everywhere: single parenting is difficult, but if you have faith in God, you will always overcome these challenges.
6. Single Parents: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job by Robert D. Jones
As Robert D. Jones acknowledges, single parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Single parents must be everything to their children, and rather than being able to share that responsibility with their spouse, they must do it all on their own.
This includes practical roles like being a cook, chauffeur and homework-helper, along with emotional roles like being a companion, a moral compass, and a helper in times when children need someone to talk to and to help them along their journey of life.
In this compact but very helpful book, Robert D. Jones focuses on common issues faced by single parents through the discussion of daily graces. Each daily grace is filled with Scripture quotes, practical strategies, and compassionate advice for both single mothers and single fathers.
This is a book that single parents should definitely keep on hand when they find themselves facing the challenges of parenthood.
7. God Loves Single Moms: Practical Help for Finding Confidence, Strength, and Hope by Teresa Whitehurst
Teresa Whitehurst has first-hand experience with single motherhood: she was a single mother herself, and she found that dealing with the most common challenges in single motherhood was a combination of practical advice, psychological know-how, and faith and love in God.
Whitehurst’s compact and helpful book is particularly meant for single mothers who want to improve their parenting skills; but the book doesn’t just focus on common parenting problems.
It addresses the challenges of single motherhood in a multi-faceted way, acknowledging that single mothers need help keeping up their own self-care, developing a support network, handling finances, running the household, disciplining children, and knowing how to raise them in the Christian faith.
It is an all-encompassing guide to single motherhood that will definitely ease the struggles of many single mothers.
For encouragement, check out this video below to see how God worked in Jessica’s life as she became a single mother at the age of 19:
8. The Single Parent’s Guide to Raising Godly Children by Shae Cooke
This unique book is perfect for single parents who are concerned about raising their children to be godly, Christian people.
It specifically addresses concerns related to children’s moral and spiritual lives, such as how to raise children to have core values, how to reduce negative influences from people around them, and how to encourage your children to love.
Most importantly, this book touches on how to walk with the Lord and discusses how to ensure your children live happy and healthy lives as they grow from young children to teenagers and beyond.
Cookie is a single parent who has dealt with these issues firsthand. The book is written in a very light and engaging tone, which makes it a joy to read as you listen to Cooke’s advice for raising godly children.
9. Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Messages of Hope, Grace, and Promise by Jeanette Hanscome
If you have suddenly become a single mother, whether it’s through divorce or the death of your spouse, then you are no doubt dealing with a rush of emotions and new struggles that can be overwhelming.
Hanscome’s book is designed to provide you with inspirational messages for how to survive the initial hurdles of single motherhood. Each message has a foundation in a Scripture verse and is accompanied by Hanscome’s own thoughts and advice for getting over the hurdle of suddenly becoming a single mother and embracing the new challenges that you will face in the future.
The book also features practical advice for learning how to ask for help, knowing when you need help, and how to handle the emotional challenges faced when raising children on your own.
10. The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce by Tez Brooks
Tez Brooks’ unique book is designed specifically for single fathers who have been through a divorce. This is a topic that is often overlooked and Brooks’ much-needed book, written based on his first-hand experiences, will be infinitely helpful to other fathers who are single due to divorce from their spouses.
This guidebook will help single fathers navigate the bumpy roads of single fatherhood while encouraging them to develop hope, confidence, and strength through their faith in God. Brooks provides many first-hand examples of the challenges he’s faced as a single father due to divorce and how he overcame them due to his personal strength and his faith.
11. The Unseen Companion: God With the Single Mother by Michelle Lynn Senters
Michelle Lynn Senters raised her children as a single mother, and in her book she details her personal experiences with the many difficulties, struggles and challenges that single mothers face as they raise their children.
Senters focuses her advice on 10 specific needs that single mothers have and addresses them in a very wonderful way: by asking readers to think about how and where God helps with each and every one of these needs.
Her book addresses issues such as how to remember that God is always with you, how to develop your relationship with your faith as you raise your children, how to avoid temptations often tossed at single mothers, and how to confidently raise your children to be moral, faithful people.
Her personal experience as a Christian single mother makes her book especially poignant to single mothers who will recognize right away that Senters has been through what they’re experiencing now.
12. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker
Single fatherhood is difficult, and single fathers may face special challenges when they are raising daughters on their own.
This book is designed to help single fathers navigate raising daughters through the advice of Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years of firsthand experience working with children and their families, including single parents.
Her advice focuses on often overlooked aspects of single fatherhood as they relate to raising girls. Although the book is not explicitly focused on issues of faith, Meeker speakers from a Christian point of view designed to help single fathers raise their daughters to be confident, empathetic, and moral.