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A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul (Ave Maria Press) Paperback – October 24, 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712739
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every time a Catholic mother asks me what author she should read, I have a ready answer: Lisa Hendey. Her latest book is one that every mother (and father, son, and daughter too) will find accessible, inviting, and above all, useful."--Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints

"The communion of saints comes alive in these pages; we meet and learn more about some of God's most precious gifts--our spiritual friends and companions on our path toward heaven. Lisa Hendey knows exactly what inspires and encourages Catholic moms, and in this book, she absolutely delivers it."--Danielle Bean, Editorial Director of Faith & Family

"Lisa Hendey once again demonstrates that Catholicism is a treasure map--it may be old, but it still leads to treasure. The challenges of motherhood have increased exponentially over the past several decades, but the heroes and heroines of Christianity still have the answers."--Matthew Kelly, Author of Rediscover Catholicism

"God bless Lisa Hendey for bolstering Catholic mothers by sharing her intimate companionship with fifty-two of her favorite saints. She provides a brand new look at them, complete with their well-worn wisdom, reminding us that we are never alone."--Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Author of A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers, Host of EWTN's Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms

"I am so grateful for Lisa Hendey's new book. Whether you're a spiritual Mom like me or a Mom with children who keep you on the move, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms will provide much joy, guidance, and companionship on your journey."--Teresa Tomeo, Host of Catholic Connection

"Lisa Hendey's Catholicism is as pure and joyful as the saints she writes about. A gracefully written introduction to the holy exemplars who can teach, sustain and bless mothers." --Paula Huston, Author of The Holy Way

About the Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms. A nationally known speaker, radio guest, television segment host and podcaster, Hendey is active in social communications and new media evangelization. She resides with her family in Fresno, California.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the Founder and Editor of CatholicMom.com, a web site focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting and family life, and Catholic cultural topics. She is the bestselling author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, The Handbook for Catholic Moms, and O Radiant Dawn. Lisa maintains an active speaking calendar and has presented internationally on faith, family, technology and evangelization topics.

Launched in late 1999, CatholicMom.com welcomes visitors every month from around the world. The site features columns by over ninety contributing columnists who volunteer their expertise on everything from Catholic Breastfeeding and Natural Family Planning to parenting humor. Additionally, CatholicMom.com is home to a Catholic Book Club featuring monthly fiction, non-fiction and children's selections by Catholic authors. The site's Catholic Music Spotlights highlight the work of Catholic recording artists in an interview format designed to help promote Catholic music and aid parents in helping their children make uplifting listening decisions.

Each week, CatholicMom.com offers a variety of children's activities designed to help children learn from the Sunday Liturgy of the Word. These activities, based upon the Sunday Gospel, include age appropriate coloring pages, crossword and word search puzzles, and interactive Mass worksheets designed to help the child truly embrace the Mass. Weekly lesson plan aids are offered for Religious Education teachers, homeschoolers and families looking to teach the faith based upon the Church's liturgical calendar. Visitors from over 100 countries around the globe have come to rely upon these free and liturgically relevant catechetical materials.

Lisa and her husband Greg, an Emergency Physician, reside in Fresno, California with their two sons, Eric and Adam. Lisa and Greg met and married at the University of Notre Dame and share a passion for Irish football. Following her undergraduate work at Notre Dame, Lisa earned a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University. She worked for several years in the field of Human Resources for non-profit entities including Kaiser Permanente and Vanderbilt University, specializing in recruitment and corporate training prior to "retiring" to care for her children in the home.

Today, Lisa heads a home based web design business, designing and maintaining sites for several clients. In addition to her work with CatholicMom.com, she is also employed by St. Anthony of Padua parish as webmaster for the parish web site. She has done pro bono web design for non profit organizations in her community. The Hendey family members are active parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, where Lisa serves an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

As a freelance writer, Lisa has contributed to Catholic Exchange, Catholic Online, The Integrated Catholic Life and Catholic.net and countless other Internet publishers. Her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Faith and Family Magazine, Catholic Digest, Canticle Magazine, Grapevine Magazine and Kids' Ark Magazine. She is a board member and host for KNXT Television and an active radio contributor.

Lisa M. Hendey is available to speak to your group on Catholic faith, family, new media, personal productivity and healthy living topics. Lisa is domiciled in the Diocese of Fresno and has received authorization and permission from Bishop John T. Steinbock to speak both within and outside of the Diocese of Fresno.

Contact Information:

Lisa M. Hendey
2037 W. Bullard Ave. #247
Fresno, CA 93711

(559) 930-9336

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Lisa's speaking topics include the following:
* "Unity in the Eucharist: Becoming a Eucharistic Family"
* "Friendship, Dialogue and Respect - A Catholic Guide to Faith Filled Technology Choices" (can be presented for either adult, youth or child audiences)
* "Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World"
* "Digital and Internet Technologies for Clergy"
* "Fulfilling Our Promises in the Domestic Church"
* "Faith Formation of the Facebook Generation"
* "Catechizing Adults with New Media Technologies"
* "Self Care for Moms - Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul"
* "Nurturing Your Faith Life with 21st Century Resources"
* "Catholic Parenting: Fulfilling Our Baptismal Calling in The Domestic Church"
* "Raising Faith-Filled Children in Today's Technological Climate "
* "Your Catholic Faith as a key to Personal Productivity"
* "Personal Productivity and Prayer - Faithfully Getting Things Done"
* "Today's Catholic Mom (or Catholic Woman) - Faith filled Examples of Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things to Share Our Faith"
* "Productivity at Home - Getting Things Done Where It Matters Most"
* "Catholic Mom (or Woman): Heart, Mind, Body and Soul - Caring for the One Who Takes Care of Everyone Else"

Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com

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It is a beautiful book for moms or dads.
Stuart Dunn
In "A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms," Lisa Hendey has compiled and created a very useful and inspirational book.
Patrice Fagnant-macarthur
You can take this book as a prayerful companion along the way, exploring ways to walk and pray with the saints.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are many wonderful books about Catholic saints available. Most of you probably own some of them. Perhaps you even have some collecting dust in your home. They looked so interesting, but you never found the time to read them. So, why should you purchase another one? Because in the new "A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms," Lisa Hendey has put together a very inspiring, practical guide to the saints designed especially for Catholic mothers.

Hendey, the founder of CatholicMom.com, wrote this book as the follow-up to her best selling "The Handbook for Catholic Moms." In that book, she focused on the "importance of nurturing ourselves as moms in four components of our lives: heart, mind, body, and soul." In this resource, she has profiled 52 saints and highlighted which of those four components they speak to in our lives. This book can be used on a week by week basis with the focus being on one saint per week, or one may simply wish to focus on a saint that speaks to whatever area of one's life is in need of a little extra help at the moment.

For each saint, Hendey offers a variety of topics: a brief biographical sketch, reflections on lessons learned from the saint, popular traditions associated with him or her, a quote from the saint, a week's worth of Scripture verses that are associated with the spirit of that holy person, activities to do either alone or with your children, a prayer asking for the saint's intercession, and questions to ponder throughout the week. Of course, one is under no obligation to do or reflect on all of that information, but it is good to have options. Each person reading this book will find something that appeals to her and her preferred way of learning and praying.

The variety of saints that Hendey profiles should also be noted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Crescat on October 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lisa Hendey, founder and editor of [...], has written a fantastic resource for busy moms looking to enrich their prayer lives. Her book, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms available from Ave Maria Press, highlights 52 saints and takes the reader on a weekly journey getting to know each one intimately through prayer, scripture and Mrs. Hendey's personal reflections.

I adore the lesser known saints featured in her writings. My copy fell open to St. Zita of Lucca, a simple servant to a wealthy Italian family in the thirteenth century. Here the author shows the reader that they can live holy lives by imitating the actions of these saints and obtain a simple piety even in doing the most mundane and menial of chores.

Each chapter of `A Book of Saints' is broken down with a general overview of the life of a particular saint followed by the lessons mothers can obtain from their example, traditions associated with that saint, a week of scripture, a saint inspired activity and a family prayer. It's a wonderful and uplifting book that will help moms reach simple spiritual goals in between errand running and house cleaning. Writing as a wife and mother, Lisa Hendey knows what encourages us and her book absoultely delivers. I highly recommend making this book an addition to your personal library and gifting a copy to that special Catholic mom in your own life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
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Now I have an even bigger reason to appreciate the saints. This book is just what I needed, when I needed it. Lisa shares her intimate view of the saints with every entry, as though she really knows them. She not only makes them accessible and relatable from a mom's point of view, she brings us an opportunity to learn more about the saints in a way that's uniquely suited for the nitty-gritty of everyday family life.

When you read A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, you'll experience the saints as real people. They stubbed their toes and struggled to keep their voices down. They weren't perfect...and that gives all of us hope!

You'll meet saints who are new to you and revisit known-forever saints in a new light. Keeping this kind of company is sure to rub off on us at least a little, don't you think?

Before you think this book doesn't apply to you because you aren't a mom...well, stop right there. This book was written by a mom for moms, but there are a lot of dads and sisters and brothers out there who could benefit from this devotional.

However you read this book-straight through or as a devotional-you're sure to find yourself growing and stretching in your own faith journey.

I highly recommend this book for you (whether you're a mom or not). Consider sharing it with others, especially as the gift-giving season rolls around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. VINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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This wonderful collection guides readers through fifty-two saints. Some are famous, like Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and some are virtually unknown, like Chiara Badano. Each entry discusses a saint's life, how their experiences give special insights for living a holy family life, a pertinent quote by that saint, devotional suggestions for individual and family use, and daily scripture meditations and prayers. I have been using this for weeks and it is a real treasure. I especially appreciate the section where Hendey shares how she applies a saint's lesson to her life.

Most refreshingly, Lisa Hendey surprises me when I open A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. For example, choosing Blessed John Paul II for inclusion is not surprising, but noting the way he glorified God with his physical body definitely was. This great pope did so many wonderful things that it is difficult to say which I'd choose to discuss but Hendey, with this emphasis reminds us of how those wonderful things often keyed off of a big message in a way that we truly needed to hear in our day and age. God sends us the saints we need and Hendey's week spent with John Paul II reminds us of how women, spouses, parents, and families can learn so much from him, often in surprising ways.

This isn't the only saint which Hendey shows us from a new angle. Time and again I'd come upon a saint and think that I knew all about their main ministry only to have Hendey pick up a thread that I hadn't thought of in terms of my own life. A few examples:

St. Thomas More: loving, wise parenthood and blended families

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