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    Women, Words & Wisdom

    Women, Words, and Wisdom is a collection of light but penetrating essays dealing with the vocation of motherhood. It can be read with profit by any wife who feels that she is “just a mom,” any man who “can’t understand women,” and especially by any young woman contemplating marriage. Mrs. Hertz takes her vocation seriously, but not grimly. With her keen insight in the problems and emotions that go with homemaking and her sympathetic sense of humor, she has succeeded in drawing from even the m...

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    Searcher of Majesty

    Searching majesty is what led Hertz initially from atheism to the Catholic faith. Losing her husband at an early age, she was left to raise five children on her own. This book is written by a housewife, for housewives.  The purpose of the book is three-fold: 1.) Hertz points out social issues that hinder women from advancing spiritually and becoming better mothers.  2.) She elaborates on the true nature of women, highlighting the difference between masculine spirituality and feminine spiritua...

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    A Mother's Rule of Life

    Motherhood is a beautiful yet sometimes difficult vocation, and achieving balance and real growth can be challenging. A Mother’s Rule of Life offers an answer to Christian moms struggling to juggle obligations and seeking wisdom in this important undertaking.Written by Holly Pierlot, A Mother’s Rule of Life provides an empowering guide to establishing peace and structure in the home while coming closer to God. This book encourages Christian mothers to craft their own Rule of Life so they can ...

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    We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home

    Raising children in a Catholic home can be a challenge in today's culture. We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home from Mary Reed Newland offers wise and helpful advice for making your home an environment that encourages holiness and truth for your children. This inspiring guide will help Catholic parents equip their family with the spiritual outlook and sound Catholic habits necessary for lifelong success. This book looks at all facets of raising children to become upstanding Cathol...

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    The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion

    Are you a Catholic mom who prays for the wisdom and patience to get through each day? Do you pray for your children, husband, family and friends, and sometimes even yourself? The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion offers a new, daily resource to make the most of those few, precious minutes you have to pause and reflect.For more than fifteen years, the award-winning CatholicMom.com website has been a trusted source for sound, practical, and spiritual guidance. In their new book, authors Lisa M. H...

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    Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

    God has blessed new mothers with a beautiful gift - the ability to nourish and nurture their babies with breast milk. Breastfeeding is a simple way to ensure your baby's good health and proper psychological development, and also an integral part of being a Catholic mother. In Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood, author Sheila Kippley brings together countless pieces of research, advice from priests and popes, and practical tips that will help you become the loving Catholic mother your baby ...

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    Bridegroom and Bride

    Time-Honored Wisdom on the Perfecting Power of Marriage "Every marriage is an event in human history," declared renowned preacher Msgr. Ronald Knox, articulating the animating principle of Bridegroom and Bride. "In the tapestry that Divine Providence weaves out of our lives, love of man for woman and love of woman for man" is the underlying structure. Msgr. Knox delivered a treasure trove of wedding homilies -- whether at the marriages of earls or those of numerous former students whom he ser...

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    The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse

    Love, honor, cherish ... and understand In their bestselling book, The Temperament God Gave You, authors Art and Laraine Bennett re-introduced the age-old concept of the four classic temperaments, and showed how to use them to understand yourself, get along with others, and grow closer to God. Now they're back with more temperament wisdom, designed specially for couples and guaranteed to improve your marital communication, intimacy, and happiness: The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse. In no o...

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    Please Don't Drink the Holy Water!

    If heaven is a banquet, will I have to do dishes? That s all Catholic mom Susie Lloyd wants to know. Marriage and motherhood have taught her the rest, including the things that are most important in life: Metaphysical realities like the existence of God can get along without my help.  Homeschooling her kids has left Susie wise beyond her years: she s learned why pi is square instead of round, and searched out the best places to buy a cow's eyeball for the science fair. In fact, she says, Socr...

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    Theology of Home

    Finding the Eternal in the Everyday A home is so much more than just a roof over our heads. It's a place where we can feel safe and loved, a place to raise our families and create memories. But too often, our homes are places of stress and turmoil, places that don't reflect our deepest desires or values.Theology of Home is a book that seeks to change all that. Written by two wives and mothers, it's a simple guide to help reorient all of us toward our true home, allowing us to think purposeful...

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    Made This Way

    How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues A generation ago, Christian parents didn't have to worry about how to explain transgenderism to their nine-year-old, or help their teenager deal with mockery at school for believing in traditional marriage. But today, as our culture's moral center continues to fly apart and all publicly aired and celebrated, we have no choice but to equip our kids to understand and own the truth. In Made This Way, Leila Miller and Trent Horn give parents ...

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    By Love Refined

    Because of human imperfections, difficulties crop up in marriage, even between people who love each other deeply. You'll soon find that for this reason, although love is a gift, it must also be learned." So begins this remarkable book of letters to Julie, a young bride letters that reveal the beauty and importance of high ideals in marriage while teaching you practical tips to help you live up to those ideals daily. You'll learn how to grow in wisdom and in love as you encounter the unglamoro...

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    Raising Upright Kids in an Upside-Down World

    From raunchy television shows to immoral peers, the barriers to raising moral and mature children are higher and more treacherous than ever. In Raising Upright Kids in an Upside-Down World, acclaimed Catholic psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi offers parents a roadmap through this difficult and sometimes frightening terrain.Dr. Ray brings to bear his decades of clinical experience--and his experience as a father of ten--with some of the hardest questions of modern parenting: How do you manage kid...

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    Three to Get Married

    One of the greatest and best-loved spokesmen for the Faith here sets out the Church's beautiful understanding of marriage in his trademark clear and entertaining style. Frankly and charitably, Sheen presents the causes of and solutions to common marital crises, and tells touching real-life stories of people whose lives were transformed through marriage. He emphasizes that our Blessed Lord is at the center of every successful and loving marriage. This is a perfect gift for engaged couples, or ...

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    Understanding Marriage & Family

    Understanding Marriage and Family: A Catholic Perspective looks at marriage and family through the lenses of common sense and the Catholic faith. Through those lenses, a clear and distinct understanding of marriage and family arises which harmonizes with the consensus of past generations. Using clear language, Fr. Sebastian instructs parents and teachers how to understand, explain and defend traditional marriage and family to a new generation which has lost sight of the wisdom of the ages. Fi...

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    A Prayer Book for Tired Parents

    Most new parents expect to lose sleep, savings, and serenity, but many don't anticipate how their spiritual lives will be impacted by the birth of a child. Investing in your family's spiritual well-being before new members arrive will give you a fresh mindset for embracing your vocation and will help you to find godly purpose in the midst of the excitement to come. This is a book that will help you develop a home brimming with love, peace, and faith that will help your family get to Heaven. T...

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    Taught by Ten

    Raising ten kids revealed to Dr. Ray Guarendi and his wife, Randi, a lifetime of insightful lessons. Dr. Ray shares his wisdom with clarity and abundant humor, because as any mother or father knows, parenting is too important to be taken too seriously. With his rich, tenfold experience as a father, Dr. Ray gives guidance that will help you gain confidence toward molding and instructing your own children. Through his many and absorbing anecdotes, you'll learn how to act with calm authority whe...

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    The Story of the Family

    "The disintegration of rational society started in the drift from the hearth and the family", wrote G. K. Chesterton in 1933. "The solution must be a drift back."In a world that has lost touch with normality, it takes a pioneer to rediscover the wonders of the normal. This masterful compilation of texts and quotes from the prolific G. K. Chesterton, edited by Dale Ahlquist, illustrates the glory of the family--the heritage of romance, love, marriage, parenthood, and home. It is a hymn in prai...

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    Couples, Awaken Your Love

    With the luminous insight that we have come to expect from his writings, Robert Cardinal Sarah helps spouses rediscover the deep source of their love--God Himself--and the means for letting love between them grow.This book presents the essentials of a retreat that the cardinal preached to married couples in Lourdes, France. It is meant for all couples, including those who are struggling. There is a path to renewal for everyone, and couples in every situation can find again the preciousness of...

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    Before Austen Comes Aesop

    Before Austen Comes Aesop presents an in-depth examination of the Children's Great Books, that is, the literature that has made the most profound impact on the lives of children throughout Western history. In addition to its invaluable chronological list of titles, from ancient times to the present, the book provides both students and their parents the guidance they need to read leisurely or study formally the Children's Great Books at home. The book's premise is that children often do not sp...

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    Parenting for Eternity

    A Guide to Raising Children in Holy Mother Church A trillion years from now, your child will be either in Heaven or in Hell. And this is only the beginning of eternity. In light of this eternal perspective, the time is now, Dear Parent, to raise your child to live entirely for Christ and His Church. The time is now to train your child in the Four Last Things, the spiritual life, the virtues of piety and humility, and the school of Calvary while shielding him from the errors of modernism, Prot...

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    Healing the Culture and the Family According to John Paul II

    It is evident that the culture and the family need healing, but before we can offer a cure, we need to know the spiritual disease ailing us. Pope John Paul II offers a diagnosis in his Letter to Families: the human family is experiencing a "New Manichaeism," a variant of an ancient heresy, that was released with the philosophical revolution of the 17th century philosopher René Descartes and has reached pandemic levels today. This New Manichaeism has deteriorated our understanding of ourselves...

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    God's Plan for Your Marriage

    An Exploration of Holy Matrimony from Genesis to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb This life is preparation for eternity, and from the beginning, God created marriage to help married couples become saints. Indeed, God has given to married couples the profound gift of being able to fulfill the purpose of their creation through, with, and in each other. Marriage is a foreshadowing of Heaven, and each married couple must work with God if their marriage is to be a foretaste of eternity. In this thoug...

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    Discernment of Spirits in Marriage

    Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives To navigate the inevitable ups and downs of our spiritual lives, countless souls have found comfort and guidance in St. Ignatius of Loyola's Rules for Discernment. For the past forty years, popular retreat master and author Fr. Timothy Gallagher has been at the forefront of making St. Ignatius's Rules understandable and applicable to hundreds of thousands of Catholics seeking greater sensitivity to the "movements" of their souls. Now Fr. Gallagher return...

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    Theology of Home II

    The Spiritual Art of Homemaking Theology of Home II is a groundbreaking book that shines new light on the role of a homemaker. Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering present an honest and fearless understanding of the modern world, and how the deepest truths of the Faith can be applied to homemaking.The book tackles the often-misguided notion that homemaking is unfulfilling or oppressive, and offers a new perspective on the domestic arts. Rather than looking to the 1950s for inspiration, Gress and Me...

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    Life's Journey: A Guide from Conception to Growing Up, Growing Old, and Natural Death

    Life's Journey is a rich exploration not only of biology but also of the meaning of life and death. In addition to guiding the reader through the biological milestones marking a lifetime, the book is also a philosophical pursuit of the Great Questions that accompany our journey through life. Gerard Verschuuren describes in fascinating detail the six main phases of that journey: conception, life in the womb, infancy and childhood, adulthood, old age, and natural death. If you have children goi...

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    Catholic Mom Challenge

    Catholic motherhood can be a difficult and daunting task. Balancing daily family obligations, meals, and an ever-growing to-do list, while still striving for sainthood is not easy. At Catholic Mom Challenge, we understand this struggle and have developed a comprehensive system to bolster the power of Catholicism in your life and help busy moms achieve their goals. Our system works for everyone by teaching you how to refine what works best for you. Christian author Sharon Sterling offers humo...

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