Hearts at Home books are designed to bring you practical advice and encouragement year round. The leader’s guides included in most of our titles make them perfect for individual or group use. If you find yourself in need of a workshop to-go, be sure to check out the great resources below.

Living with Less so Your Family Has More
Mark and Jill Savage

In a society of “bigger is better,” Jill and Mark Savage are countercultural in believing that living with less materially allows you to provide more for your family emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

Jill and Mark provide an honest, straightforward approach on investing in the things that really matter, including:

  • Creating a long-term vision for your family
  • Identifying the attitudes and actions to live your vision out
  • Practical action steps to help you make small and big changes, from organizing coupons effectively to changing a career path or downsizing to a smaller home

Whether your goal is allowing parents to cut back work hours and stress, making it possible for one parent to stay home full-time, or simply making more time in the day for family, this book helps you redefine your priorities in order to keep family first.

Discussion questions at the end of each chapter give a perfect conversation jumpstart for couples desiring to read this book together. 

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org

Living With Less Discussion Questions


The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized
y Karen Ehman

Do you want more time, more energy, more freedom?

Great organization is the key! But all ideas for getting your home and life in shape aren’t equal. The best plan is tailored to your lifestyle, priorities, and schedule. Organization whiz Karen Ehman offers you a step-by-step guide to creating a system that fits you and your family. You’ll examine your preferences and discover innovative ways to…

  • manage your time more effectively
  • unclutter and organize your home
  • plan menus, grocery shop, cook creatively
  • get children interested and involved in helping
  • avoid over commitment

Getting organized doesn’t have to be a struggle. Karen shows you how to efficiently take care of the “have tos” so you have more time for the “want tos”—unhurried time with your husband, your children, your friends, and your God.

For more information about Karen go to www.karenehman.com


Real Moms, Real Jesus
By Jill Savage

What does Jesus know about the peanut-butter-and-jelly life of a mom? Plenty! Jill Savage, founder and director of Hearts at Home, introduces the real Jesus to real moms. In chapters that examine key behaviors and decisions Jesus made during His life on earth, Jill brings those lessons right down to the laundry-filled, sticky-fingered days every mother knows.

Throughout Real Moms…Real Jesus, Jill helps you see that you have a Friend and Savior who understands—

  • never getting time alone
  • high demands
  • lack of sleep
  • betrayal
  • disappointment

Between the chapters are interactive vignettes that turn the concept of the book back around. If the meat of the content is looking at Jesus’ life on earth and understanding how to apply that in our everyday lives, these perspective vignettes are brief, refreshing glimpses starting with our own messy, busy lives. Jill continually reminds the reader that Jesus is not an unattainable deity, but a Friend who understands.

Includes leader’s guide for use in group discussion.

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org


Growing Grateful Kids
y Susie Larson

What is the key to growing grateful kids in a society of materialism and entitlement?

With simple language and biblical applications, Susie Larson helps you understand that although teaching perspective and gratitude to your children is critical, it is not difficult. The key is to realize that as a parent you cannot impart what you do not possess. So growing grateful kids means learning to be a grateful parent—and that means genuine gratitude for everything from one pancake for breakfast to a flower smiling at you through a crack in the sidewalk.

Weaving in her own humorous experiences, Susie shows you how to pass on the virtues of gratefulness and patience to your own kids by teaching perspective, modeling thankfulness, encouraging your kids to a deeper relationship with Christ, and living a life of abundance that has nothing to do with material possessions.

You can find out more about Susie at www.susielarson.com

Growing Grateful Kids Discussion Questions 


Got Teens?
By Jill Savage and Pam Farrel

Got Teens? Tweens? Help is here. Jill Savage and Pam Farrel have raised teenagers and now they provide practical and emotional support for all the roles of your challenging job.

There’s Mom as CFO: “Should I pay for gas in her car?” As Launching Pad: “Do I let him go with his friends to the lake?” As Shepherd. “Why is my good kid making bad choices?” With the commonsense solutions and creative ideas in Got Teens? you’ll learn how to:

  • discover heart issues behind behavior problems
  • discuss the guy-girl thing intelligently
  • walk alongside a prodigal in pain
  • equip your child with people skills and life skills
  • impact your child spiritually

Proven tools such as the mom group guides, Mompower Prayers, and ideas for creating a teen-relationship contract prepare you to give direction and demonstrate God’s love during your child’s formative years of transition to adulthood. This is the perfect guidebook for moms of kids from 12 to 22.

Includes a leader’s guide for use in group discussion.

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org

You can find out more about Pam at www.farrelcommunications.com


I'm Glad I'm a MomI’m Glad I’m A Mom
By Jill Savage, Editor

There’s no one like you, Mom. The importance of your role in the home is undeniable.

In I’m Glad I’m a Mom, Hearts at Home has gathered more than 50 personal glimpses of home life shared by Liz Curtis Higgs, Jill Briscoe, Julie Barnhill, and dozens of others. These stories showcase the triumphs and trials of everyday moms. Funny, heartwarming, and surprisingly poignant, these honest vignettes will provide a sense of community with other women who also have had to cope with

  • newborns and slippery couches
  • three-year-olds and runaway sleds
  • teenagers and emotional moments
  • “Balantine” Day hugs and dandelion bouquets
  • first prom, first dance, first kiss

These stories will encourage, inspire, and delight you as you see again the special importance of your place in your home.


 The Mother Load
By Mary Byers

If you’re taking care of your kids, who’s taking care of you?
Motherhood is an intense round-the-clock job that does not come with scheduled breaks. But to stay healthy and happy, moms need friendships, laughter, solitude, and spiritual renewal. How can you meet these needs while juggling your family responsibilities? Mary Byers, the mother of two lively young kids shares how to take advantage of small pockets of time to—

  • rest and refuel
  • establish personal space
  • develop and maintain friendships
  • care for your physical well-being
  • creatively stay sane in the midst of mothering

The Mother Load
is packed with down-to-earth suggestions, spiritual truths, and real-life advice to help you survive and thrive in your active family. You’ll also discover special insights into achieving balance and creating a more intimate relationship with the Lord.

Questions for group discussion and personal reflection end each chapter making this a great resource to share with your small group.

For more information about Mary go to www.marybyers.com


Balance That Works When Life Doesn’t
By Susie Larson

How can a woman possibly balance the demands of a twenty-first century Christian lifestyle? Is it even possible to live a life of healthy balance? Prepare healthy meals, exercise, rest, study and pray, serve, keep the household running, and even manage a career… all things that can give us a sense of vitality, but which tend to drain us of energy and leave us frazzled.

In Balance that Works When Life Doesn’t, Susie Larson provides hope, encouragement, and practical ways to handle an out-of-control schedule.

Susie’s easy-to-read steps guide you in balancing a hectic schedule, including:

  • A look at what balance is and what it isn’t
  • An assessment of serving and rest
  • Exercise options for strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health
  • A healthy spiritual diet
  • Living a focused life

This inspirational look at balance will lead you to create a lifestyle of physical and spiritual health.

You can find out more about Susie at www.susielarson.com


My Heart’s At Home
By Jill Savage

You can do amazing things within the four walls when your heart’s at home.

You treasure your family and long to help them become all they can be. Your role in your home is incredibly important…and incredibly complicated.

Jill Savage, founder of Hearts at Home, understands the challenge of meeting the multifaceted needs of your family.  A mother of five, she shares from her own experiences and from conversations with other moms so that you can create a home that is a:

  • Safe place for the family to grow and blossom
  • Research lab for exploration of interests and talents
  • Church where prayer and love guide all members
  • Trauma unit to care for the bumps and bruises of life
  • Rest area for refreshment and renewal

Practical ideas, grace for mistakes, and spiritual insights fill these pages. Be encouraged, Mom. When your heart’s at home, your home will fill your heart in more ways than you’ll ever know.

Includes a leader’s guide for use in group discussion.

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org


Creating Moms GroupCreating the Moms Group You’ve Been Looking For
By Jill Savage

People in all professions know the importance of networking. How about you? Are you enjoying the support and connection you need in the most demanding career of all—motherhood? You can. Whether you’re improving the group you’re already in or starting one from scratch, building a group for mothers is practical, doable, and indescribably rewarding.

Here are the guidance and resources you need for a “can-do” attitude. Drawing from years of experience, Jill Savage offers a resource manual packed with vision and a wealth of ideas. You’ll find sage, road-tested, upbeat advice on:

  • Different kinds of groups
  • Mentoring and accountability relationships
  • Attracting members
  • Training leaders and volunteers
  • Handling conflicts
  • Policies and procedures
  • Arranging for childcare
  • Gaining church support
  • Bible study and prayer
  • …and much more!

Motherhood is an incredibly important and rewarding profession. You don’t have to do it alone. The supportive and trusting relationships you long for are within your reach and some will last a lifetime. Chockful of resources, Creating the Moms Group You’ve Been Looking For will help you and other moms like you make friends, grow in faith, sharpen your skills, and keep your sanity amid the frantic pace of raising children.

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org

Click here to view the table of contents and read the first chapter!


Professionalizing Motherhood
By Jill Savage

“Just a mom?” There’s no such thing. Motherhood isn’t a second-rate occupation. It is a career that can maximize your talents and strengths to their fullest. Look past the surface of mothering—the endless tasks and frantic pace—to the incredible skills required to raise your children while nurturing your marriage. The truth is clear:  You’re a professional in one of the most dignified, demanding, and rewarding fields any woman can find.

Upbeat, candid and engaging, Professionalizing Motherhood will do more than help you radically redefine how you see yourself. It will guide you toward practical development as a career woman who specializes in the home. Jill Savage helps you determine a strategy and set goals for professional training and growth. From the foundational to the practical, you’ll learn about

  • Establishing your mission
  • Developing a network of “coworkers”
  • How marriage and mothering work together
  • Organizing and homemaking basics
  • Taking care of your personal needs
  • Discovering your value in Christ

Professionalizing Motherhood
casts a fresh and meaningful vision for mothering as a worthy career choice for this season of your life.

Each chapter ends with questions to guide your personal reflection and a leader’s guide is included at the back of the book to be used in group discussions.

For more information about Jill go to www.jillsavage.org


 The Mom I Want to be
By T. Suzanne Eller

“I don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.”

Your experience as a mother and a woman is influenced by the mothering you received. If inconsistency or neglect was part of that—or if you realize you’re missing something important in your skills as a mom—you need a healthier vision of how wonderful motherhood can be.

From her own experience, Suzie Eller provides you a godly, nurturing model. As she walks beside you, she shows you…

  • How to move beyond the fear that you’ll pass on damaging patterns to your children
  • Ways to forgive, let go, and leave your parenting baggage in the past
  • How to give your kids the gift of good memories and a great future

The past leaves its mark, but so do the hope, forgiveness, and courage to change that God gives. You can celebrate His healing power…and all that can and will be done in your life as you become the mom you want to be.

Each chapter ends with a set of questions designed to help you find spiritual and emotional wholeness as you deal with the past.

A leader’s guide is also included at the back of the book to be used for group discussions.

To learn more about Suzie, go to www.tsuzanneeller.com


This book has helped me heal from so many past hurts that I can’t help but wish I’d had it 20 years ago when I first became a mom. The author offers so much wisdom and insight! I knew other women could use the help and healing, so I recommended to my Women’s Ministry leader that we offer a summer class to read the book and do the study. We had over 24 women signup and complete the study – 24 women who now cannot stop talking about the work God is doing in them through this book. Thanks to God, Suzanne Eller, and 24 women with open hearts, this has been a summer of healing, forgiveness, and growth as a mom.

MotherhoodConfessions of an Imperfect Mom, formerly titled Motherhood: The Guilt that Keeps On Giving
y Julie Barnhill

Do you ever feel guilty for the mistakes you’ve made as a mom—real and perceived? For not acting the way other people expect a mom to act? For not living up to your own expectations of mothering perfection?

You are not alone. Julie Barnhill has been there, and the hundreds of surveys she’s collected reveal that many other moms feel the same way. With a good supply of humor and lots of understanding, Julie will gently guide you out of rugged Guiltmore National Park. She will lead you down from Mt. Shoulda, Mt. Coulda, and Mt. Woulda. You’ll hike past Mt. Inconsistency and Mt. Unimaginable. On your way to the peaceful valley of Grace, you’ll discover…

  • The difference between false (imagined) guilt and real guilt
  • The pitfalls of unrealistic expectations and overconfidence
  • God’s path to less guilt and more grace

This journey will help you settle into motherhood with your confidence restored, regret dismantled, and doubt and second-guessing diminished to an occasional whisper.

Want more Julie?  www.juliebarnhill.com


Mama SaidMama Said there’d Be Days Like This
By Jenn Doucette

Are you a mom on the run?  Do you feel like you are constantly running to catch up or to stay ahead of what your kids need, want, and get?  Author and speaker, Jenn Doucette, is a mom who can relate!  She uses her own experiences to reveal the joys, frustrations, and comedies of motherhood.  You will discover vital keys to keeping your sanity, including…

  • setting boundaries and achieving freedom
  • choosing contentment
  • carving out time to spend with friends
  • getting a grip on emotions

Finding time – even 5 minutes! – to be alone

It is easy to lose sight of real priorities in the middle of what you see as a messy house, messy car, and messy life.  In Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This, Jenn uses her sense of humor to show you that the mess is often not only acceptable, but an expected part of a life lived to its fullest.  Packed with insightful Rest Stops and Tank Toppers, this book offers a refreshing look at priorities and how to maintain them.  Experience anew the grace and love God gives to bless you and your family.   

Each chapter ends with questions that can be used as a guide in your personal reflection or for group discussion.

Want more Jenn?  www.jenndoucette.com


Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God
By Mary E. Demuth

You may feel like an ordinary, everyday woman, but you’re not. You’re a woman with an extra ordinary call on your life – motherhood – and you have an extraordinary God to run to when you need emotional, mental, and spiritual renewal. Sixty of Mary Demuth’s wise, funny, and Scripture-filled devotions will lighten your spirit and encourage your heart even when laundry threatens, kids are clamoring, and you don’t know what to do for dinner.

Writer, speaker, and mom Mary DeMuth creatively focuses on the gift of motherhood as she considers

  • resting quietly in the Lord, even on crazy–busy days
  • being thankful for the duties as well as the joys of being a mom
  • offering God a heart to prune so that it can continue to bear good fruit

God knows you and cares about your burdens. Let Him call you to Himself and fill your days with peace, light, and joy that will show up in the most unexpected and extraordinary ways.

You can find out more about Mary at www.marydemuth.com


I bought your book “Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God” from my church, Calvary South Denver, about 6 months ago and LOVE it! I read a chapter almost every day, never bored of your stories, encouragement, and Christ-centered message. Thank you so much for writing such a relatable book for Mamas. I am 24 with a two year old son and a baby girl coming in May! I was a single mom for almost the first 2 years of my son’s life. I am recently married and your book has helped me be a better mom and wife. The thoughts and feelings you have are so accurate in a woman’s mind and life and I constantly laugh at your brutal honesty! I see that this book was published in 2005. I’m sure that thousands of women have been so blessed by the gift that God has granted you. Your book has become my favorite book because of real life struggles and conquerings combined with the TRUTH of God’s Word, faithfulness, love, forgiveness, joy, and more! You are a blessing to me and my family! THANK YOU! Blessings and love to you and your family in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Becoming a Chief Home OfficerBecoming a Chief Home Officer
By Allie Pleiter

Are you shifting from the workplace to the career of stay-at-home mom? Or considering it? Or perhaps you’ve already made the transition and the culture shock has you second-guessing your career move? You’re going to welcome the help, the humor, and the practical insights in Becoming a Chief Home Officer.

This is a book about career change. With delightful transparency and contagious wit, Allie Pleiter shares firsthand insights on successfully making the mammoth leap from workforce woman to “chief home officer.” Discover a whole new twist on the “benefits” of this new career as CHO:

  • Paychecks and expense accounts
  • Vacation days and time off
  • Raises, praises, and promotions
  • Managing your tiny “staff”
  • Even an insider’s guide to the perfect career clothes! And much more, including help for identifying problems, gathering resources, and creating solutions for the unique challenges of motherhood.

Each chapter ends with questions to guide your personal reflection and a leader’s guide is included at the back of the book to be used in group discussions.

For more information about Allie go to www.alliepleiter.com


Facing Every Mom's FearsFacing Every Mom’s Fear
By Allie Pleiter

Fear is a God-given instinct, compelling you to protect your children, but you need to harness it wisely. It’s all a question of balance. On the one hand, you want to protect your children from life’s real dangers. On the other hand, you don’t want to smother them. The drop below can sometimes seem terrifying, but Allie Pleiter assures you that you can make it safely across the high-wire of raising your kids.

You can be alert to life’s dangers without being paralyzed by them. With humor, clarity, and plenty of personal examples, Pleiter explores the fears, both rational and irrational, that moms experience every day raising their children. Facing Every Mom’s Fears brims with true-life stories from other moms and expert advice from the fields of social work, family therapy, psychiatry, and psychology. Best of all, this book digs deep into the Bible to help you meet your fears head-on with faith in God, the ultimate, ever-watchful parent.

Learn how to embrace your fear and make it work for you. The courage you seek is already inside you, the balancing act is exciting and worth the risk—and you and your children will benefit.

Includes a leader’s guide for use in group discussion.

For more information about Allie go to www.alliepleiter.com

Click here to view the table of contents and read the first chapter!


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