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Catholic Review of: The Handbook for Catholic Moms

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Author:  Lisa Hendey

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This item received 5 stars overall. (05/06/2010)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Intermediate

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Has something for every Catholic mom.

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I had very high hopes with the Handbook for Catholic Moms. I didn't think I could find a single flaw in it. I was wrong. I read the first chapter and considered putting it down. The first chapter considers single moms, but doesn't offer on idea for moms who converted after they were married. There was nothing for the moms who didn't have church weddings or anything like that. I was sad to see one who group of people, a group which I belong to, was left out of that first chapter.
However, I kept reading, and I am so glad I did. Every section after that one had things that I found helpful to read. Lisa Hendey did an amazing job addressing almost every other person or part of motherhood that I could think of. I have a child that is in the process of being evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder, the section on special-needs children was filled with things that helped me be more at peace with everything going on with my daughter.
There were a lot of little ideas that have helped me throughout the day. Each piece of homework at least gave me a direction to work in. I didn't complete all of them, in some cases I didn't do any of them, but they did get me thinking. Even if I didn't do the specific homework I found myself making changes because of the things that piece brought to mind.
I loved how the book was broken down. Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul are the major pieces of any person. Having this book divided up so well has made it very easy to find something to reread on any given day. I have opened the book up to various sectins just to reread things that pertain to that given time in my life.
This is a book that has a permanent space in my bookcase.
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