Catholic Review of: The Handbook for Catholic Moms
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By Karen (NJ) - See all my reviews
A great resource for today's Catholic mom.
I recently had the opportunity to review Lisa Hendey's The Handbook for Catholic Moms through the Tiber River blogger review program. The book is focused on nurturing the heart, mind, body and soul of the Catholic mom. The book is written in a very engaging style that will keep you turning pages. It reads like you are having a nice chat with a good friend.
I particularly liked the way the book was set up. The book is divided into four parts: Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Each section has several well-rounded chapters which are peppered with inspiring quotes from the catechism, Pope John Paul II and many others. All of the chapters are prefaced with scripture that tie in nicely with the subject matter. Following that, each chapter starts out with an introduction of Lisa's experience in this area, be it personal experiences or observations she has made. Then you'll find a few sections that discuss the subject at hand. Every chapter features contributions from another Catholic mom or person who can offer more insight or a different perspective. At the end of every chapter you'll find sections entitled "Mom's Homework" and "Web Resources". "Mom's Homework" offers suggestions for implementing the subject matter into your life. The "Web Resources" section will direct you to a few sites that can give you more information on the material presented in the chapter.
As a whole, the book covers pretty much every facet of being a Catholic mom. The book is a nice mixture of encouragement, catechesis and sound advice for being a Catholic mom in today's busy world. The reader may find that a chapter here and there that doesn't exactly apply to her at this point in time, but those chapters are filled with plenty of wisdom for mothers who are in those situations.
I loved the book. I think it should be on the bookshelf of every Catholic mom. It offers encouragement, and plenty of valuable information to help today's Catholic mom carry out her vocation as a mother.
You can purchase this book here.