By Mrs. Amy Hutcheson (MO) -
A great devotional for moms, that also has a little some thing to do along with the kids.
"A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms (52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul)" by Lisa M. Hendey, published by Ave Maria Press.
"A Book of Saints" is the perfect devotional for Catholic moms. Lisa Hendey, the founder of CatholicMom.com, (a great website for Catholic moms) presents you with 52 saints each in a week long devotional set up. Each week starts of with the saints date of birth and death, patronage, and feast day. Then on to a short bio of the saint, most are 1 page long, then a short few paragraphs that highlight the lessons and wisdom to be learned from the saint for that week. Lisa Hendey then gives a weeks worth of scripture readings, with the verse book and numbers listed in case you want to look them up, but also with the verse printed in the book so no need to go hunt down your Bible, it's all ready there for you. Lisa Hendey also includes some saint inspired activities for mom and to do with the kids, which I thought was great! Each saint ends with a prayer to that saint for your family. Some of the saints chosen for the book are the more popular saints that you are sure to know, St. Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, St. Therese of Lisieux. Others might be new to you St. Margaret Clitherow, Bl. Chiara "Luce" Badano and St. Theodore Guerin, I know I had never heard of a few of them before. I also liked the fact that in the back of the book is an index of the saints names, and index of the feast days in calendar order in case you want to do them in liturgical order. An index of patronages and and index dividing them into "heart", "mind" and "soul". This is a very user friendly devotional book of saints and is a must have for every Catholic mom's book shelf.