Well-Read Mom is a movement of women who are accompanying one another in reading the classics, great books, and timeless spiritual works from the Western and Catholic tradition in order to awaken the moral imagination to a greater truth of reality.
In the fall of 2012, 20 women gathered in Marcie Stokman’s living room in Crosby, MN, for the first Well-Read Mom meeting. Now, there are hundreds of groups in over 40 states and 10 countries, that’s approximately 900 women who are reading more and reading well.
Each year we host our Annual Conference for Women, an occasion to gather as a Well-Read Mom community and listen to speakers who help us to go deeper into the books we are reading for the year. You can read about our 2016 conference here.
On our Books page you can see and purchase the books we are reading for the year. If you are a member, you will also find Well-Read Mom Media, downloadable recordings of past conference talks and more in our Audio page.
Check out our FAQ section below to learn more about the monthly meetings and how to get started.
So welcome, we hope you will join us! And if Well-Read Mom is a meaningful part of your life, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.
Meet the Team
Marcie Stokman, founder
Marcie is the founder of Well-Read Mom. She speaks and writes to encourage women. Marcie and her husband Peter have seven children and eight grandchildren and live in northern Minnesota where she is homeschooling their youngest daughter and teaching literature, writing, and Christian Studies as a part of a local academy.
Janel Lewandowski, operations
Janel lives in northern Minnesota with her husband and five children. She earned her master’s degree in pastoral studies and spent fifteen years in ministry and volunteer management. Now her days are full of homeschooling, playing in the woods and water with her family. She enjoys teaching middle schoolers, travel, and the simple surprises of small town life. Janel helps with Well-Read Mom operations in a variety of ways: planning, budgeting, membership, and grant writing.
Nadine Schaefbauer, website
Nadine lives with her husband and five kids on a small farm in Brainerd, Minnesota. She homeschools and over the past 31 years has put her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems to use. Nadine assists with the Well-Read Mom website and accounting functions. Nadine loves to teach, read, garden, and explore God’s natural original designs with her children.
Beth Nelson, public relations
Beth lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and three small children. Beth earned her degrees at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN in Catholic Studies and Italian. As a part of the Well-Read Mom team, Beth helps out with advertising, fundraising, public relations, and creative input.
Stephanie Stokman, communications
Stephanie lives in Madison, WI with her husband and three young children. Stephanie studied French and International Studies prior to dabbling in editing and publication design. She stays at home with her children and enjoys tending their fledgling garden, reveling in a good stash of books from the library, and biking alongside her husband with kids in tow. Stephanie is editor and creative director of the various Well-Read Mom resources. She also helps with web design and communications.
I'd like to join Well-Read Mom! How do I get started?
To get started, click on Join Us! tab at the top of the page.
What is a Well-Read Mom meeting like?
Groups meet once a month. Meetings are coordinated and facilitated by the group leader.
Here is the suggested format for the meetings:
7:00 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Women gather in a home, parish, or coffee shop, get a cup of tea and settle in.
7:10 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Leader plays the first recording, a candid, encouraging reflection that helps focus the group and launch the discussion.
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Group discussion. We recommend an initial go-around where each woman offers a thought or reflection from the book (women are free to pass). We have found that this initial round spring-boards discussion. Additional questions can be found in the Reading Companion, which you receive upon subscribing.
8:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Play the second recording introducing the following month’s book.
We recommend keeping the evening simple; a pot of tea or coffee. Another member could sign up to bring cookies. You can rotate the meeting place if you like.
Are there any rules in Well-Read Mom?
From the start, founder Marcie Stokman has always reminded us that there is only one rule in Well-Read Mom. If you aren't able to finish reading the book, don't apologize, just come and soak in the discussion!
What books are we reading?
Go to our Books page to see and purchase the year's selection. When you purchase a book through our website, a portion of the proceeds go to Well-Read Mom. Thank you!
How did you choose the year's theme (e.g. Daughter, Mother, Spouse)
In his Letter to Women, Pope John Paul II thanks women in their various capacities. He writes, "This word of thanks to the Lord for his mysterious plan regarding the vocation and mission of women in the world is at the same time a concrete and direct word of thanks to women, to every woman, for all that they represent in the life of humanity." He goes on to thank women who are mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, women who work, consecrated women, every woman, "for the simple fact of being a woman!"
Inspired by the Pope's words in that document, Well-Read Mom dedicates a year's worth of reading selections to each of these capacities so that we may grow in our vocation as women.