Catholic Moms -- what a diverse group we are! In The Catholic Handbook for Moms, Lisa Hendey has done a great job of presenting something for just about every one of us. I'm not a fan of "pull the heartstrings," overly emotional women's reading material. If that's what you are looking for, then The Handbook for Catholic Moms is not the book for you.
Hendey's handbook is organized into four categories: heart, head, body, and soul. She presents real life situations, humorous antidotes, encouraging words, and prayerful solutions for those of us who are simply trying to be good moms. Each chapter includes a "mom's homework" section and a listing of helpful online resources.
Hendey begins by focusing on the heart of a mom and how we can better nurture and develop relationships with our family, our friends, and our selves. Next, she turns to our minds. We must acknowledge that our vocation involves teaching, learning, working, being creative, and recognizing our special God-given gifts. In the body section, Hendey addresses the importance of caring for ourselves by reducing stress, getting enough sleep, keeping fit, and up-to-date on medical checkups.
Lastly, and most importantly if we are to call ourselves "Catholic" moms, Hendey turns us inward to our souls. Hendey has invited us on a journey: " . . . a journey of love -- loving and caring for ourselves more so that we can better love and care for our families, our neighbors, our Church, and the world it is sent to serve." The Handbook for Catholic Moms is our road map.
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