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Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage Paperback – October 2, 2015
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"Intimate Graces is valuable 'vocational development' for couples at every stage of the marriage life cycle." --Greg and Julie Alexander, The Alexander House
"Dominick and Teresa are offering practical, wise, and faithful lessons about marriage. The down-to-earth style will be a great help to couples who read this book." --Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug, I.V.D., EWTN host and founder of Grace Before Meals
"In Intimate Graces, Teresa and Dominic invite spouses to embrace each other's humanity with all its quirks and shortcomings, to lift it up, and to heal it through the practice of the works of mercy. Rich in practical and spiritual insights, this book encourages spouses to grow in compassion for each other." --John and Teri Bosio, Creators of Six Dates for Catholic Couples
About the Author
He is vice president and senior electrical engineer for SmithGroupJJR in Detroit, where he's been employed since 1980. Pastore is a knight in the Order of Malta, and member of the board of Mary's Mantle, a Catholic home for pregnant and unwed mothers. He and his wife lead pilgrimages to Rome and other parts of Italy for married couples.
Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media. Her weekday radio program, Catholic Connection, a coproduction of Ave Maria Radio and EWTN, is heard daily on 300 stations nationwide and also SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Her TV show, The Catholic View for Women, is seen twice weekly on EWTN.
Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor. She has been featured on The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox and Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show. She was named a Vatican conference speaker and conference delegate and spoke at the 2013 conference the "Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World" sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Tomeo participated in the Vatican Women's Congress in 2008. She speaks throughout North America and also leads retreats and pilgrimages annually. Tomeo is a teacher for St. Benedict Press's Catholic Courses. Her books include Extreme Makeover, God's Bucket List, and Walk Softly and Carry and Great Bag. She and her husband, Dominick, Pastore live in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
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Their willingness to be extremely honest and vulnerable makes this couple’s witness compelling. They haven’t had a perfect-looking marriage. They’ve had some really rough times when they thought that the best thing to do might be to separate and eventually divorce. The prospect of working through things together became almost unfathomable.
In fact, two of their good friends, Greg and Julie Alexander, who wrote the foreword, had some similar marital strife. The two of them were also led to a closer walk with the Lord and each other and have since started a ministry to help married couples grow in faith and in their covenant to one another. They talk about their struggles and newfound hope in another book I read, reviewed, and really liked called Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and can save yours, too!)
Fortunately, God placed people and arranged circumstances in their lives so that when things fell apart, they could bear the suffering together. Love, faith, and the willingness to accept the need for God’s forgiveness, the need to forgive one another, and themselves opened the door to unprecedented healing.
Dom shares about how a Bible study helped revitalize his faith and change his trajectory in life. Teresa wasn’t there, yet. She still needed to mourn the loss of her career and identity as a high-profile mainstream media broadcast journalist. (Teresa talks about this transition in two of her previous books, which I loved.Read more ›
Made for both husband and wife, the Pastores write in a language that is relevant yet meaningful. They know the Catholic-Christian purpose of marriage and live it, not perfectly (as they state) but openly, honestly. Each chapter focuses on one corporal or spiritual work of mercy, with a reflection by both Teresa and Dominick (appealing to both men and women), followed by a short prayer and some very insightful discussion/reflection questions.
"Intimate Graces" is a perfect book for couples who are seeking to deepen their marriages on a private basis or can be used in a study group at a parish or even at a marriage retreat. What a gem for marriage advice! Instead of advising each person to do "what's best for them," the Pastores gently encourage each spouse to utilize the Sacraments and the grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony in order to grow in holiness. They know and understand well that this is no easy task, but it is possible. Not only that, but it is our spousal duty to help each other get to Heaven, which is an unspoken yet prevalent premise throughout this book.
Not only is this a timely book, but it is also timeless, sure to be a treasure that married couples can return to year after year and in every season of life.
In the Foreward, Greg and Julie Alexander, founders of The Alexander House, share, “Marriage is like a plant. It is either growing, or it is dying. The only thing that is certain is it does not remain stagnant. If we do something to grow and nurture the relationship, then it will be strengthened; on the contrary, if we do nothing to strengthen or sustain our marriages, they dwindle and sooner or later are holding on for dear life.”
At one point, Tomeo and Pastore’s marriage was holding on for dear life. It was only through the grace of God and a great deal of work on both of their parts that they were able to survive and thrive. They know share their story with others in the hopes of helping other marriages under stress. In Intimate Graces, they explore each of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and how they can apply to marriage.
They explore these works of mercy on a much deeper level than one might expect. For example, under “Feed the Hungry,” one might expect a discussion of shared meal times and the love that can go into preparing a meal. Instead, they talk about feeding your partner’s deepest longings. “Quenching the Parched” means to refresh and renew your love. “Instructing the Ignorant” involves getting to know your spouse on a deep level and being willing to share your own secrets with him or her. Each chapter includes a reflection from both Tomeo and Pastore, a prayer, and questions for reflection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading Teresa's books for years, it was wonderful hearing from her husband too. What a beautiful testimony to the power of God in a marriage this book is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. Armstrong
Used in a couples study in our parish. It was well received by the group and facilitator. Several had not considered the virtues for applying to marriage. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ree Christianne
It's always rewarding to spend time on your marriage with a good spiritual read! Teresa and Dominick help you take a new look at the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michele F.
A great book building marriages. Great variety of questions that spark discussion between husband and wife.Published 4 months ago by C. H.
This is a wonderful book for anyone wanting to re connect with their spouse in a very meaningful and Christian way.Published 5 months ago by S. Kirchen
Intimate graces is a great way to dust off the cobwebs that clearly accumulate as life is lived. After 33 years, 5 children, and 4 grandkiddes, we are learning something new about... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a wonderful book that helps couples to view marriage from new and holy perspectives. I loved the real-life insights from Teresa Tomeo and her husband Deacon Dominick... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lyn M. Mettler
"Intimate Graces" is a small, practical handbook designed around the concept of rediscovering and empowering marriages through the Corporeal Works of Mercy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Heidi Bock