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Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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To this end, author and mother of five Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has given both a gift and a "secret weapon" to mothers of every age with her new Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (Our Sunday Visitor, September 2005, hardcover, 64 pages).
In our ever busier world, many mothers feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and at times separated from God. Cooper O'Boyle understands - and for this reason she took the time to write and compile a book for any woman looking to embrace and blossom in her role as "heart of the home". "Feeling compelled to help all mothers, drawing from my own spiritual experiences during my vocation of motherhood and spiritual lessons learned from Mother Teresa, I decided to write this book," shares Donna-Marie. She recognizes prayer both as a tool mothers need to embrace in order to have success and be fruitful in their vocation, and as a gift they will ultimately teach and pass along to their families.
Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers is diminutive enough in size to fit into a small handbag but superior enough in substance to change a mother's life. Every facet of the book, from its lovely design to its unique combination of both original and traditional prayer, combines to provide a book that is both inspirational and heartwarming.
Donna, a writer and mother of five, also seems to have peeked into my life. How does she know what a transforming vocation motherhood has been for me? In a reflection entitled "A Glimpse into the Future" she writes:
If a woman could get a glimpse at
What her world would be
When she becomes a mother,
She would be presented with the reality
That her innermost desires and life plans
would be altered or put on hold
because she would be inundated with the care of others.
If she was also allowed to glimpse the unending joy
she would receive as a mother,
There would be no pause to consider,
No hesitation, as she embraced the whole package,
Knowing in her heart that her children will become her life's desires.
And, in "The Rosary, One Decade at a Time" I see my life reflected: the ways in which our children change our prayer lives are to be celebrated, not bemoaned, and God understands when we do such things as say a halting Rosary and sprinkle bits of prayer throughout our days and our duties.
With quotations from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (who personally encouraged the author), John Paul the Great (who gave Donna his apostolic blessing), Scripture, and a variety of saints, this book is exactly the sort to keep by the bedside, on the prayer table, or in one's purse for the many times we, as mothers, need a boost, a bit of solace or an inspirational lift.
Finally, the book itself is lovely, with pages of pastels and florals that are calming and beautiful.
Donna Cooper O'Boyle speaks straight to a mother's heart, as she embraces her fellow moms with her uplifting and hopeful message of the salvific beauty of our vocation.
Recently, O'Boyle began a new chapter in her writing career with the publication of Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, a compact 64- page book filled with original and traditional Catholic prayer interspersed with quotes from the saints, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Pope John Paul II.
The seventh of eight children in Cooper clan of Ridgefield, O'Boyle began expressing her talents while in junior high school. "I'd go on retreats where I did a lot of reflections on life - deep philosophical and spiritual," she recalls. "I'd write them down and draw a picture to go along with them. I loved expressing myself through art."
Married young and a mother by the age of 21, O'Boyle spent what little time she had for writing on opinion pieces covering pro-life and motherhood issues. It was during this time that she met Mother Teresa for the first time. Over a decade of visits and correspondence, the nun became a major influence on the author's life. Her nuggets of wisdom ("The child is the beauty of God present in the world, the greatest gift to the family") are sprinkled liberally throughout the book, which received the apostolic blessing of Pope John Paul II.
Survival by Prayer
O'Boyle contends that prayer is necessary for the survival of the family and advocates the mother's role in teaching her children the power of prayer in the heart of the home. She also encourages women to carve out spiritual time for themselves - not always an easy task given the busy lives they lead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful prayers and reflections for a Mother or Mother to Be! Love this book!Published 4 months ago by Maria
Simple and easy to read. I am reading it again from page one and I intend to read this book over and over again daily.Published 11 months ago by Renni M.
I love this book. It truly is an inspiration for all mothers. I bought several of these and gave them as Mother's Day gifts. A must for mothers!Published 12 months ago by Macaria Lopez
Wasn't quite what I was looking for but will suffice. Was looking for more inspiration info for moms.
Overall, the book is good.
This little book is filled with great prayers. Small enough to carry in your purse. Complete with beautiful floral pictures!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
After converting to the catholic faith as an adult I was a bit overwhelm my the prayers. They had much older language than I was use to and I often did not really feel connect as... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by lbsouth
i use it daily and it is very inspiring and brings a lot of what being a mother is aboutPublished on September 3, 2013 by audrey schroeder