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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895557789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895557780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Agnes M. Penny, mother of five, was born the youngest of twelve children in Norwood, Massachusetts. In 1997 she graduated from Christendom College in Virginia, earning a degree in English literature. A year later she married Daniel, a teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School. Agnes Penny is the author of two maternal-based books entitled Your Labor of Love and Your Vocation of Love. She and her family currently reside in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

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This is undoubtedly the best book on pregnancy that I have ever read.
Biggles
I personally find pregnancy to be more of a cross than a joy, and this book helped me get through an unpleasant first trimester.
MomOfFour
All we have to do is cooperate with God's graces, and this book is a guide for you to help you do this.
Mary Ann

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By St. Joseph's Academy on September 21, 2005
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This meditation companion was just what I needed as a mother expecting her 8th baby, and the previous pregnancy ending in miscarriage. This book is expressly Catholic, which was great by me. The lives of the Married Saints were a real inspiration. Every pregancy is so different, yet what she has to say about the different stages of pregancy in each life situation was beautiful to ponder!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on December 4, 2006
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After being bombarded with copious articles from so-called "parenting" magazines, the Catholic mother can become terribly discouraged -- until she picks up this book. Don't waste your time on "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy". All you need is this book.

Agnes Penny shows in her refreshing, concise way how God's hand guides you throughout pregnancy. She addresses just about every possible scenario that could come up in your pregnancy and how the Lord uses each to draw us closer to Him. All we have to do is cooperate with God's graces, and this book is a guide for you to help you do this. It reminds you at the times of your greatest morning sickness, backaches, or whatever your particular cross may be that He is in charge and you have the golden opportunity to unite yourself to Him for the salvation of your soul and that of your little child.

As a previous reviewer has said....I can only echo her words...."don't be pregnant without it."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on March 13, 2009
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I'm expecting my first child and have made this book a daily read. The author is wonderfully insightful, on a spiritual and practical level. Each chapter is filled with encouragement and compassion. The author presses you to make the most of each moment- I really think this book would be a useful spiritual companion even outside of pregnancy. This will be my gift of choice to any friend or family member expecting. I plan on getting Penny's other books, as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Palmer on May 27, 2008
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I agree with the other two reviewers- this is a completely helpful book. I took comfort from the prayer after a miscarriage, and now that I am expecting again, I find so much useful spiritual guidance. Another friend who is on bedrest found that the author's bedrest prayer is really helping her to get through this tough time.
A book that is practical and Catholic- there is even a chapter on dealing with in-laws. Highly recommended!
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As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I started looking for a book specifically for expectant Catholics, however, it was late in my pregnancy that I discovered that one did in fact exist, Your Labor of Love: A Spiritual Companion For Expectant Mothers. I had high expectations for this book both because it came highly recommended to me and because I found a great personal need for spiritual guidance during my pregnancy. My pregnancy, while a joyous experience, ha lacked the spiritual depth that I expected to gain while intimately participating the creation of new life.

Due to my high expectations, I found some of the first several chapters disappointing because they lacked the profound spiritual insight that I was seeking. Many of the earlier chapters with names such as "Your Changing Body", "Bodily Discomforts", and "Mood Swings" seek to provide spiritual solutions for common pregnancy complaints, however, I found the author's suggestions to be simplistic or unspecific. For example, for several chapters in a row it seemed that she was simply repeating advice to pray for strength to endure pain and discomfort. I would have preferred a less generalized approach, with spiritual reflections and exercises directed toward each specific pregnancy situation.

However, after these initial chapters, Penny's writing acquires the level of spiritual depth I was hoping for and provides truly insightful and uplifting reflections on pregnancy as part of the vocation of marriage and motherhood. She reminds expectant mothers that their pregnancy, and all the discomforts that accompany it, is an act of love done in service for both their child and God.
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I read this book while pregnant with #4. I can't recommend it enough. It is a challenging but beautiful reflection on God's plan for pregnancy, delivery, and beyond. The author addresses both the joys and the trials of bringing new life into the world. I personally find pregnancy to be more of a cross than a joy, and this book helped me get through an unpleasant first trimester. The chapters are very short, but leave you with plenty to think about. It contains prayers for various difficult circumstances at the end, which are helpful.

Once your baby is born, read Agnes Penny's Your Vocation of Love as well! Both are beautiful books for Catholic mothers, and I'm blessed to have read them both.
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