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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Angelico Press (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887593330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887593335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend it over this one.
G Sheller
If you desire to raise a child to have a very close relationship with God and to love Him above all, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
Rich in detail and practical explanations, dense with spirituality and the author's personal experience.
Patricia B. Jennings

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karen in Mommyland TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
A few years ago I had read Mary Reed Newland's The Year and Our Children and I was very impressed and inspired by the book. It left me wanting to read more by her, but I was dismayed by the lackluster consumer review on another book authored by her because it was a "severely edited" version of the book. I don't know about you, but I prefer to read a book in it's entirety because I find that it's very easy to distort the author's meaning when you go in and start changing things up in the name of updating. The editing, as I understand it, was to update it to be in alignment with the ordinary form of the Mass. When it was written, what we now know as the extraordinary form was the norm. So some people might be bothered by a book that references the traditional Latin Mass, but honestly I don't see why one would be. Not knowing what else might have been edited out or updated, I passed on reading the newer version of the book. When it comes to books I like them unabridged and original, or not at all.

By pure happenstance it came to my attention that the book I had very much wanted to read but had passed on because I wanted to read what the author actually wrote and not what an editor thought was relevant was now available as a reprint of the original work from Angelico Press. I am thrilled that I finally had the chance to read Mary Reed Newland's We and Our Children:How to Make a Catholic Home. This book was originally published back in 1954 and I have to say that while there are a few things here and there that are dated, this book is just as relevant to creating a Catholic culture and raising Catholic children now as I'm sure it must have been back then. The book is packed with sage advice and parenting wisdom that is very much needed and often lacking in today's society.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Schiano on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
A parent's ultimate responsibility is to do all she can to help her child become a saint, that is, one day get to Heaven. It is wonderful to also be able to do that in a fun and joyful way. Mary Reed Newland, with her warm, readable style, her obvious love for and understanding of children, her gentle humor, and her level-headed understanding of the realities of family life, is an excellent guide in this most crucial task. Her book goes much deeper than most others available today in terms of how to help form a child in the love of God and of the faith, and how to create a rich and peaceful Catholic family life. She has wonderful discussions of preparing children for the Sacraments and helping them to experience them profoundly, of how to bring daily Rosary alive for them, how to address issues of purity in children of all ages, how to make concepts of the faith tangible. Her practical advice on discipline, on chores, on encouraging family harmony are rooted in faith and in the experience of raising a large family. I have rarely read a parenting book of which I could say that I did not find anything in it trite or hackneyed. I can say that of this book, and heartily recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. G. on July 28, 2012
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Beautifully written with clear, gentle explanations for teaching the faith to our children.
This is a MUST READ for moms....as well as anyone learning about the Catholic faith.

If you link to the table of contents and review all of these that are covered, you will be amazed at how comprehensive this book is.
In each chapter, there is a great balance between discussion and practical ways to lead children through the discussions. Suggestions are provided for how (exactly) to discuss each topic including specific questions to ask and how to realistically explain things to children. Newland even references parts of The Catechism of the Catholic Church
and specific Bible verses that can be read to go along with
the discussions.

What an important job it is for us parents to teach our children the faith and develop their spiritual and moral character. This book is very effective in that AND it will help the moms and dads reading it to develop their own as well!
Angelico Press reprinted the 1954 publication beautifully and it is amazing how undated the discussions are!
It is still perfect for parents and kids today! Newlands work is fantastic!

It is great to keep handy for reference, encouragement and inspiration.
The table of contents is detailed making it easy to find a topic that might come up spontaneously in the home which is helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Reece on May 27, 2013
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I am a young mom of three children, ages 6 and younger. As an adult convert to the Catholic faith after growing up in an agnostic/atheist home, I haven't had the benefit of experiencing a Catholic home life and witnessing the practical, everyday means we as moms can form our children in the faith. This gem of a book is truly a treasure for the breadth of orthodox, clear, simple advice it offers to assist women in their vocation of motherhood. I found it immensely helpful (and challenging, to be sure) due to my own personal situation, but I am convinced even a cradle Catholic mom would find it to provide new, valuable insights on how to better nurture a sincere love of Jesus and the Church in her home.

The most valuable aspect of the book for me was the specific examples of dialogue Mary Reed Newland gives for instructing and explaining things to children. Whether it be how to introduce and talk about purity issues, forgiving hurtful people, or the virtue of obedience, Newland provides the exact phrases and techniques she used with her children. As I am one who has some difficulty in expressing the right words and finding practical parallels in real life to explain spiritual concepts, this was enormously appreciated.

While this book was first published in the 1950s, its contents are still almost wholly relevant. The only thing to watch out for is the fact that Newland was writing in a time where the Christian culture in America was much stronger, and so her experiences and advice about such things as the public school system can't necessarily be assumed or applied today. (For example, she argues that public school teachers will not object to the child writing crosses on the headings of their papers and that teachers will respond well to parental requests for prayer.
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