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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; 10/29/11 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Lisa Hendey is the creator of the website Catholic Mom, a go to source for moms (and even dads) looking for great advice on parenting, Catholic family life, and Catholic cultural topics. She also wrote perhaps one of the greatest book for Catholic moms, The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.

As you can probably guess from the title, there are 52 chapters, one saint for each week of the year. Each chapter begins with a brief blurb telling you the specific saint's feast day(s) and what (s)he is the patron saint of, i.e., St. Mary is the patron saint of mothers. The chapter then gives a few pages of biography, lessons we can learn from each saint, and traditions associated with the saint.

This book is chock full of positives. I loved the saint inspired activities for moms and to do with children. They are not only activities that are each beautiful, but they are practical and easy to accomplish, like visiting someone in a nursing home or parishioner who is confined to their home and bringing them a warm meal. I also liked that there is a prayer in each chapter for the saint of the week. The icing on the cake is that all the saints in here aren't just female. There are male saints too, which means dads can read this book as well as moms.

The only negative I could find in this book was the daily reading. Each reading is only one to two verses, with a very brief prayer. I understand that you can spend a lot of time meditating on a brief reading, but I wish the readings were at least a little bit longer. In spite of this one negative, I still give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is a beautiful book for moms or dads. Check out my other reviews at stuartsstudy(dot)blogspot(dot)com
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