Please Don't Drink the Holy Water!
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
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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, Socrates had it easy. His students never interrupted him to go to the bathroom or ask when lunch was.
Susie s husband is always there to support her: Greg tells me education would have no purpose if kids didn't start out ignorant. He seems to think that will keep me from strangling them.
Yet she s always patient, even when strangers gawk at her and her five daughters and ask: Are they all yours? , Are you done yet? , Don t you have a TV?
Susie tells them that raising five girls isn t really so hard (at least not until they re teenagers). After all, Daughters don't have the same needs as sons. They can live for days on hors d oeuvres.
So come along for a ride in Susie s full-size van as she faces the trials of Family Rosary and tangles with snide education experts, gruff confessors, and relatives who tell her it s time to wake up and join the real world.
But Susie s already in the Real World: a happy Catholic family on its way to heaven!
Susie Lloyd is a wife, mom of seven, and a homeschool lifer. She has an existential crisis towards the end of each school year whether she needs it or not. She is the surprised recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Her articles appear in Catholic Digest, The Latin Mass Magazine and The National Catholic Register. Her first two books, Please Don't Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids (Sophia Institute Press) bring comic relief to Catholic homeschooling families in the modern world. Her latest book, Yes, God! draws parenting lessons from the home lives of young priests and religious. She writes from the middle bench of her beat up Suburban.
Our daughter loved to hear us read this book out loud starting when she was about 15 months old. Yes, months. She would bring us the book and request that we read more. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that her mom (me) had to stop and let out a hearty laugh frequently? In fact, in the following month or so, she would allow her mom to read other adult books outloud, but only if she paused and laughed every so often, even if the book was not the least bit funny! So thanks for helping me get a bit more reading done.
To be fair, some the chapters are a bit of a let-down, but how could they not be in comparison with how funny the best chapters are? If you are rating this book within the genre of comedy books, this is a five-star book.