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The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul Paperback – February 8, 2010
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As a Catholic mother, Hendey, the creator of CatholicMom.com, has had to find a new parish, learn how to navigate the Internet, and make new friends in a strange place, all while holding herself and her family together mentally, physically, and spiritually. In this practical, easy-to-read guide to all things maternal and Catholic, she shares her advice and that of some of her online colleagues. Knowing busy moms have fleeting attention spans, Hendey wisely has broken each chapter into short takes that include a story from her life, personal reflections of other moms, pithy quotes from church figures and texts, "Mom's Homework" to-dos and Web resources. She covers matters of heart, mind, body and soul in chapters on relationships, creativity, fitness and prayer, all infused with a uniquely Catholic outlook that emphasizes the importance of such things as frequent reception of the sacraments, befriending the saints, and getting the most out of worship during Mass. Catholic moms will welcome this informative, upbeat guide as a resource that nicely blends the sacred with the secular. END
"Lisa Hendey is the sister friend of Catholic motherhood! We know her so well through her work for families, her website, and her engaging podcasts. Lisa now brings us her book in which she openly discusses the essential elements of a Catholic mom's life in an exceptionally delightful, engaging, dynamic, and practical manner. You'll be turning pages and feeling as if Lisa is there by your side lovingly offering her insight and warm encouragement. You're going to love this book!" Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Host of "Everyday Blessings For Catholic Moms" on EWTN, Author of Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers
"Every mom needs a few good tools in her belt, to help her handle life's challenges and The Handbook for Catholic Moms belongs on your short list of indispensable resources. Does your marriage need a tune-up? Does your friendship garden need cultivating? Could your parenting skills use a little remedial attention? This book offers sound advice to help you meet these and other challenges with confidence and grace. "--Heidi Hess Saxton, Author of My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories, Founder of ExtraordinaryMomsNetwork.wordpress.com
"Lisa Hendey's CatholicMom.com website has long been a treasured Internet gathering spot. The Handbook for Catholic Moms is a welcome extension of Lisa's wisdom and energy, enriched by the experiences of the community of women who have found community, support, and strength through CatholicMom.com. --Amy Welborn, Author of eighteen books including A Catholic Woman's Book Of Days and Mary and the Christian Life
"Lisa Hendey's passion for Catholic motherhood is born of many influences and I am proud to know that her experience as a Notre Dame student ranks among the most significant. This book is overflowing with Lisa's generous spirit, deep compassion, and infectious enthusiasm for her family, her Church, and the vocation of Catholic motherhood. She makes a wonderful and most welcome contribution to our faith community." --Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"Lisa Hendey is the kind of friend whose advice you always treasure. Warm, wise, funny, compassionate, faith-filled, and, above all experienced in the joys and struggles of family life, her new book will be a lifesaver to Catholic women who try, hope, and pray to be good moms." --Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints
Lisa Hendey's passion for Catholic motherhood is born of many influences and I am proud to know that her experience as a Notre Dame student ranks among the most significant. This book is overflowing with Lisa's generous spirit, deep compassion, and infectious enthusiasm for her family, her Church, and the vocation of Catholic motherhood. She makes a wonderful and most welcome contribution to our faith community. --Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Lisa Hendey is the kind of friend whose advice you always treasure. Warm, wise, funny, compassionate, faith-filled, and, above all experienced in the joys and struggles of family life, her new book will be a lifesaver to Catholic women who try, hope, and pray to be good moms. --Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints
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I particularly enjoyed the opening of each chapter--a personal reflection from Hendey's own experience. I really felt as though I was visiting with an older, wiser friend as she shared her life. Sprinkled throughout the chapters are guest contributions from writers such as Holly Pierlot, Rachel Balducci and Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. Quotes from scripture, saints and the pope are thoughtfully chosen and appear throughout. These further enhance the ideas that Hendey develops through her writing. Each chapter ends with a homework assignment--practical action steps that mothers can take to deepen the reflection in their personal lives. Web resources are included as well for more research.
My favorite chapters were "Prioritizing Prayer", and "Mary: A Mother's Mother". I love the practical ideas Hendey shares for living the rich, beautiful heritage that is our Catholic faith--suggesting the Liturgy of the Hours, simple ways to pray with children and finding time for the Rosary.
This book is so engaging, I was tempted to rush through, but there is so much here to meditate on. So I took my time, and I know I will be returning to again and again to evaluate and refresh my spiritual life.