A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication Date: 2011-10-24
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Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com, leader in Catholic new media, and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms, introduces fifty-two holy companions as guides for the high calling of Catholic motherhood.
Hendey's enthusiasm for the saints is contagious in A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Building on the success of her first book, A Handbook for Catholic Moms, Hendey continues her work of nurturing hearts, minds, bodies, and souls" this time through the rich tradition of the Catholic communion of saints. With the warmth and candor of My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J., Hendey eloquently links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and simple soul-strengthening exercises into this rich spiritual resource for Catholic women.
Hendey offers one saint per week--some famous, some lesser known, some whose cause is in process--to offer companionship and guidance for the challenging, often under-thanked vocation of Catholic motherhood. She introduces Saint Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Saint Andre Bessette, C.S.C, as well as Gianna Beretta Molla and Chiara Badano.The 52 weekly companions to the lives of the saints include:
- a thematic prayer intention,
- biographical and devotional information about the saint,
- Hendey's personal lessons,
- daily scripture meditations,
- and practical, spiritually rich action steps that help moms incorporate the wisdom and exemplary faith of each saint into their daily lives.
"The communion of saints comes alive in these pages; we meet and learn more about some of God's most precious gifts--our spiritual friends and companions on our path toward heaven. Lisa Hendey knows exactly what inspires and encourages Catholic moms, and in this book, she absolutely delivers it."--Danielle Bean, Editorial Director of Faith & Family
"Lisa Hendey once again demonstrates that Catholicism is a treasure map--it may be old, but it still leads to treasure. The challenges of motherhood have increased exponentially over the past several decades, but the heroes and heroines of Christianity still have the answers."--Matthew Kelly, Author of Rediscover Catholicism
"God bless Lisa Hendey for bolstering Catholic mothers by sharing her intimate companionship with fifty-two of her favorite saints. She provides a brand new look at them, complete with their well-worn wisdom, reminding us that we are never alone."--Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Author of A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers, Host of EWTN's Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms
"I am so grateful for Lisa Hendey's new book. Whether you're a spiritual Mom like me or a Mom with children who keep you on the move, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms will provide much joy, guidance, and companionship on your journey."--Teresa Tomeo, Host of Catholic Connection
"Lisa Hendey's Catholicism is as pure and joyful as the saints she writes about. A gracefully written introduction to the holy exemplars who can teach, sustain and bless mothers." --Paula Huston, Author of The Holy Way
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, The Catholic Mom's Prayer companion and the "Chime Travelers" children's fiction series that dynamically combines time travel and the lives of the saints. She serves at editor-at-large at Ave Maria Press. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV and as a part of the "Momnipotent" DVD series. She serves as the technology contributor for EWTN's SonRise Morning Show and is a regular family correspondent on Relevant Radio. She blogs at a variety of online venues and her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor.
Now I have an even bigger reason to appreciate the saints. This book is just what I needed, when I needed it. Lisa shares her intimate view of the saints with every entry, as though she really knows them. She not only makes them accessible and relatable from a mom's point of view, she brings us an opportunity to learn more about the saints in a way that's uniquely suited for the nitty-gritty of everyday family life.
When you read A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, you'll experience the saints as real people. They stubbed their toes and struggled to keep their voices down. They weren't perfect...and that gives all of us hope!
You'll meet saints who are new to you and revisit known-forever saints in a new light. Keeping this kind of company is sure to rub off on us at least a little, don't you think?
Before you think this book doesn't apply to you because you aren't a mom...well, stop right there. This book was written by a mom for moms, but there are a lot of dads and sisters and brothers out there who could benefit from this devotional.
However you read this book-straight through or as a devotional-you're sure to find yourself growing and stretching in your own faith journey.
I highly recommend this book for you (whether you're a mom or not). Consider sharing it with others, especially as the gift-giving season rolls around.