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Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom (Catholicmom.com) Paperback – April 13, 2018
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"I am thrilled by Colleen's honesty. Her transparency about the challenges she has faced in her own faith walk invites us into a deeper consideration of our own imperfections." --Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
"Every mother has experienced that awful moment when she discovers that no matter how hard she tries, she will never get it all right; she will never be a perfect parent. Colleen Duggan has written the sane and sensible way to refine on that impossible goal." --Elizabeth Scalia, US editor of Aleteia and author of Strange Gods
"A soothing balm for your soul and a cheery cup of tea for your weary heart. Know, moms, that there is hope for you, for your family, and for eternity." --Sarah A. Reinhard, Catholic author, blogger, and coeditor of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion
"An honest, soul-searching reflection on motherhood. Colleen Duggan reminds us that God's grace perfects our always-imperfect nature if we are honest with ourselves and God." --Tim and Sue Muldoon, Authors of The Discerning Parent
"This book shares in the greatness of all books that tell the truth. People who long for depth in our superficial culture will find refreshment here, and people who suspect social media doesn't always tell the whole story will find genuine companionship." --Grace Mazza Urbanski, Author of Pray With Me
About the Author
Duggan earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies and psychology from Saint Mary's College and a master's degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. She is a contributor to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area with her husband, John, and their children.
Lisa M. Hendey is Catholic blogger, speaker, creator of CatholicMom.com, and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms.
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Over and over again as I read this book, the same thing popped into my mind: 'wow, I always thought that I was the only one who felt this way'. Duggan does an incredible job putting into words the thoughts and struggles that are almost universal to those called to the beautiful, but difficult and at times lonely, vocation of motherhood. If you are looking for a book to preach at you about the 'right' way to be a mom or offer a one-size-fits-all solution to raising Catholic kids- look elsewhere. Reading 'Good Enough' is like having a long chat over coffee with a great friend- you will come away feeling refreshed, encouraged, and supported.
I strongly recommend using the accompanying book study as well- it's available for free on the author's website. The questions are insightful and thought provoking, whether you go through them on your own or (even better) with a group of other moms. This is not your average Catholic family life book, and you will not regret taking the time to read it!
It's a book that, quite frankly, every Catholic mom should read. And reread. And share. And discuss.
Full disclosure: I endorsed it. And I also meant to write a personal thank-you note to Colleen.
Because she wrote a book that I read exactly when I needed to read it. It said exactly what I needed to hear.
It was a dose of encouragement and a breath of sensibility. It was a balm, but it was also a challenge.
Which is sort of the story of my life.
Duggan has five chapters, and each of them is a truth in my life:
- I don't know how to master motherhood
- I don't always take care of myself as I should
- I don't know how to keep my kids Catholic
- I don't like watching my children suffer
- I sometimes compare myself with other parents
What Duggan doesn't do is hold these over your head. Nor does she wear them as a badge of honor in the "I'll one-up you with how badly I parent" competition from Hades.
Instead, she opens herself — her heart and her soul — to her readers. She bares herself in a way that, as an author myself, I can appreciate.
"Colleen!" I thought as I was reading, "You WROTE THAT DOWN FOR THE WORLD TO READ OUT LOUD! It will NEVER GO AWAY."
But that's the appeal, at least for me.
Not that she sucks, because she certainly doesn't. Not because she's less of a mom for it, because she absolutely isn't. Not in a way that even is incriminating, because she really doesn't even do that.
It was more a recognition, for me, that hey! I'm not in this alone.
I mean, I knew that.
You know that, too, I'm sure.
But even so, this motherhood deal is isolating. At the end of the day, it's me and God. At the end of my life, which is very much on my mind right now, it's me and God.
These souls...they're entrusted to me.
And I'm not in this alone.
Duggan doesn't just cheer, though she's a great encourager. She also gives you flat-out great advice and tips throughout the book. She looks at that big impossible task of motherhood and she breaks it down.
Best of all, you'll pray.
(No, really. There's a prayer at the end of every chapter. Worth buying the book to get them!)
Each of us moms has a tank we run off of, and that tank gets empty more often than we care to admit. It's not just me, or books like Colleen's wouldn't exist.
Fill your tank. Give yourself the gift of reading this book. You'll be glad (and so will your kids).
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