Life is better lived together in community with others. In fact, that’s a principle that we are taught in the Bible:
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens…”
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…”
Do you see the theme? We are better together! In today’s world, it’s so easy to live isolated, though, isn’t it? It takes a lot of effort and intentionality to step out and seek community with others.
I’ve written about this on the blog before, but if you’re not currently part of a community of other women or other moms, YOU can be the one to reach out and invite! I know it can be scary, but you can do it. Someone has to go first, and so many other women are in need of a mom tribe. You can be the person to help form that community. The resources in today’s blog are here to make it as easy as possible for you to get started.
Many Sunday School teachers or small group leaders have used our No More Perfect Marriages book and free video curriculum, too!
Many moms have gathered friends or neighbors to do a book study together with one of my moms books.
If you’re already part of a moms group, did you know all of my books come with a leaders guide and many of them have video curriculum, and more? I know it can take a lot of time, effort, and energy to plan and prepare curriculum to use for your time together. Today, I want to share some resources with you that are already time-tested and ready-to-go!
The content inside each of my books is written to encourage you personally, but there’s something that happens when we do life together. Being with like-minded people who really do understand your life in some way is very powerful. Having someone to talk with and share interests with adds so much richness to your life. These friendships keep us connected to the world outside of our home and family. They help us remember the important things in life and provide much-needed perspective for our own journey.
You can find free group resources for a group of neighbors, a church small group, or a moms group for the following topics (besides purchasing the books, these are all free additional resources!):
No More Perfect Moms: Learn to Love Your Real Life
If you’ve ever forgotten to pick your kid up from soccer practice or accidentally worn two different shoes to the grocery store, this book is for you. Being a mother is not for those who display symptoms of the “Perfection Infection.”
There is simply no such thing as a perfect mom. With refreshing honesty, author Jill Savage exposes some of her own parental shortcomings with the goal of helping mothers everywhere shelve their desires for perfection along with their insecurities of not measuring up to other moms.
You can find free video curriculum and discussion guides for groups on the No More Perfect Moms website! You can grab copies of the book right here.
Real Moms… Real Jesus: Meeting the Friend Who Understands
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. This book reminds the reader that Jesus is not an unattainable deity, but a Friend who understands.
There is a complimentary discussion guide for each chapter in the back of the book! Grab a copy here.
No More Perfect Marriages: Experience the Freedom of Being Real Together
The Perfection Infection happens when we cultivate unrealistic expectations of ourselves and our spouse, gradually leading to intimacy-killing behavior, also known as the “Seven Slow Fades.” That was the case for Jill and Mark Savage, and in No More Perfect Marriages they guide you in everything you need to know to kick the Perfection Infection right out and return to intimacy.
Hurting marriages can heal, and good marriages can become great. It takes work, yes, but No More Perfect Marriages will give you the insights, language, and roadmap you need for the journey!
You can find free video curriculum for personal or group use on the No More Perfect Marriages website. There is also a complimentary discussion guide for each chapter in the back of the book! Grab your copy here.
Better Together: Because We’re Not Meant to Mom Alone
Are you trying to do this mothering thing alone? Feeling isolated at times? So focused on the kids that you’re wearing yourself out? Been hurt by past friendships? Jill Savage, mother of 5, and her daughter Anne, mother of 2, know those challenges well, and they’re here to help.
Let’s not make mothering harder than it has to be. Dive into this storehouse of creative ideas for how to make mothering easier, richer, and more fun than you ever thought possible.
Want to do Better Together as a group study? Free online videos and other accompanying resources are available at www.BetterTogetherBook.org! You can grab copies of the book right here.
No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids for Who They Are
Mom and dad, your kids are created in God’s image, not your own.
Jill Savage and Kathy Koch will guide you in truly appreciating your kids. They will teach you how to study and become an expert on your children, because you cannot fully embrace them until you truly know them.
One of the best gifts we as parents can give our children is to set them free to be all that God has created them to be—not forcing them to live out our dreams or comparing them to our friend’s kid. Written in a passionate, candid, and personal way, the authors will instill within you hope and contentment. You’ll be inspired to apply the practical, realistic, and relevant ideas and tactics Jill and Kathy share.
You can find free video curriculum and other resources for personal or group use on the No More Perfect Kids website. There is also a complimentary discussion guide for each chapter in the back of each book! Grab your copy here.
Empty Nest, Full Life: Discovering God’s Best for Your Next
IT’S HAPPENING! You weren’t always sure you’d get here, but the kids grew up and are surviving—more or less successfully. But what now?! If you’re like most moms, you’re caught between grief and delight, and full of questions, loose ends, hopes, and regrets. Empty nesting can be a disorienting time, but it can also be the best time of your life.
Jill Savage, an empty-nest veteran, offers you wisdom for the murky waters ahead, encouragement for when you’re feeling confused and discouraged, and ideas for when you don’t know “What’s next?”
This season doesn’t need to feel like the end; it’s actually a new beginning.
Check out the free video curriculum, the Empty Nest, Full Life Journal, and more at www.EmptyNestBook.com! You can grab your copy of the book right here.
Life truly is lived better in community. I hope that some of these resources stand out to you and either inspire you to gather some moms to do a book study together or will be something for you to use with a group you’re already a part of. If you have any questions, I’m here to help. Send me an email anytime at speaking (at) jillsavage.org.
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