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4 a.m. Madonnas Spiritual Guide for Christian Mothers

4 a.m. Madonnas Spiritual Guide for Christian Mothers

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Pregnancy can be a strange process. Having a baby alters your life like nothing else. It is a time when friends, relatives, magazines, and doctors all vie for your attention, telling you what you must have, what you need to do, what you should be feeling. In the midst of this whirlwind it is important to find a sense of inner calm. You can transcend the madness and find something spiritual, something of God, in all of this. It is possible to pay positive attention to your feelings, to enjoy exploring your inner experiences, and to clearly discern what is right for you, your baby, and your new family.

Based on a broad Christian tradition, this handbook offers exercises for prayer and reflection as a way of exploring your own experiences during those times when you need spiritual guidance most. Although the reflections are specific to pregnancy and motherhood, any woman will find them helpful long after she ceases to be pregnant and her family grows up. This is a gift for mothers of any age.

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  • Advice worth ignoring-how to tune out the experts can make you a better parent

    Advice worth ignoring-how to tune out the experts can make you a better parent

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    In Advice Worth Ignoring, Dr. Ray identifies fifty of the most common child-related truisms and parenting myths that can often mislead and undercut parents, and explains how the virtues of prudence, temperance and fortitude can help any parent discern the best course of action for his or her own family. Parents are encouraged to ask themselves: Does this have merit for our family, with our morals? Does it make sense? Does it align with wisdom confirmed through generations?

    Covering a range of ages and stages, from the early years ("It's a stage; it will pass") to the teenage years ("Don't make your child lie"), this book gives dedicated parents the tools they need to spot the hidden assumptions colored by pop psychology, and make parenting choices that are consistent with raising up good Catholic kids.

    Parents who read Advice Worth Ignoring will feel empowered to judge the advice that's right for their own family, regardless of who doles it out. Contains a special section specifically for adoptive parents.

    Amazing Grace for Families

    Amazing Grace for Families

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    The word family brings to mind thoughts of joy, sacrifice, affection, hardship, and humor. Yet it is love that defines what it means to be a family, and it is this same love that gives a family their purpose. In bearing witness to the mystery of the love of Christ, the family becomes the domestic sanctuary of the Church.

    Amazing Grace for Families contains 101 stories of faith, hope, and inspiration. Some are sorrowful, others are humorous, but all will inspire you and your family to grow in love for each other as you fulfill your roles in the domestic church.

    In Amazing Grace for Families, you will meet:

    • A mother who sacrificed her own ability to walk to save the lives of her children.
    • A little boy, named Markie, who brought his family closer together after learning that he had a near-terminal disease.
    • A young man who, after being inspired by a PBS series, led his entire family from atheism to Christianity.
    • A little boy who found an early vocation by mistaking the word pre-school for priest-school.
    Angel in the Waters - Hard cover

    Angel in the Waters - Hard cover

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    In its mother's womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there.

    These gentle illustrations and wise words tell the story of that baby and the angel in the waters . . . a story that will delight all young children, because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too.

    Angel in the Waters - Paper back

    Angel in the Waters - Paper back

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    In its mother's womb, a baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there. The gentle illustrations tell the story of that baby and angel, delighting young children because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too. Sophia Institute
    Awakening a Life-Giving Heart

    Awakening a Life-Giving Heart

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    Live with a generous spirit! A book for all Catholic women who want to grow contemplatively, in order to pray effectively for their families and for the Church. The focus of the book is not academic but a spiritual encouragement to live out the life-giving capacity of the feminine genius.

    Mary Gannon Kaufmann describes the life-giving nature of womanhood and seeks to guide women to live a deeper contemplative life of faith and prayer that can awaken holiness in themselves and others, in their families and the priests and deacons that they pray for.

    Even though this call to effectively intercede for others is not new, today the call to spiritually uplift the Church and her clergy stands in new brilliance. Using Venerable Concepci n's work as well as the insights of other saintly women, Awakening a Life-Giving Heart helps women learn to negotiate the ups and downs of their lives as prayerful sacrifices for others.

    Baby and Beyond: Overcoming Those Post-Childbirth Woes

    Baby and Beyond: Overcoming Those Post-Childbirth Woes

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    In these honest pages, Allison Auth shares real-life stories on every facet of postpartum life, shedding light on the physical, spiritual, and emotional components of recovery.
    Beyond the birds and the bees

    Beyond the birds and the bees

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    How can you have "the talk" so that your kids will listen? All it takes is a little Respect. Realize what they need to know and when they need to know it. Elicit their thoughts, attitudes, and feelings. Speak the truth. Present a positive, Christian attitude toward sex. Expect to talk about your own struggles when appropriate. Control your temper and the temptation to lecture. Teach your children what the gift of the body is really for.
    Bless Me Father for I Have Kids

    Bless Me Father for I Have Kids

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    The uninterrupted life is not worth living. Got questions about Catholic family life? You've come to the right place! In these pages, Susie Lloyd will charm and edify you with her offbeat but always pitch-perfect take on the joys and challenges of raising a Catholic family in today's world.

    Blessings and Prayers for New Parents

    Blessings and Prayers for New Parents

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    It can be scary to hold your newborn--especially your first time! Yet God's grace and spirit are present. Blessing and Prayers for New Parents calls attention to these holy moments by offering reflections, prayers, Scripture, special suggestions for growing as a parent, and ways to remember how much you love your child as you grow together as a family.

    Enjoy the new life of your child as author Matthew Beck shares prayers and blessings as you "anxiously await the wonder" on up through "God and toddlers" and beyond--all through the eyes of a new parent and all wrapped up in God's care.

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    Book of Saints for Catholic Moms - 52 Companions

    Book of Saints for Catholic Moms - 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul

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    Lisa M. Hendey, founder of the award-winning CatholicMom.com and bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and The Grace of Yes shares her passion for the saints by introducing fifty-two holy companions as guides for the amazing vocation of Catholic motherhood.

    Guided by the example of the saints, Hendey eloquently links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and soul-strengthening exercises into a spiritually rich and deeply practical resource for Catholic women. This edition includes a new preface and cover and is updated with information about saints canonized since the first edition.

    Allow The Book of Saints for Catholic Moms to help you grow in your faith and enrich your heart, mind, body, and soul by spending each week of the year with Lisa M. Hendey and a different saint. This award-winning spiritual guidebook introduces you to popular saints such as Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Patrick, as well as lesser known but equally inspiring saints such as Gianna Beretta Molla and Damien of Molokai.

    Each week Hendey offers:

    • a thematic prayer intention;
    • biographical and devotional information about the saint;
    • lessons she learned from each saint;
    • daily scripture meditations;
    • prayers;
    • activities for moms and children; and
    • practical, spiritually rich steps that help moms incorporate the wisdom and exemplary faith of each figure into their own lives.
    Brick by Brick Building a strong family that won't lose their faith in a secular culture

    Brick by Brick Building a strong family that won't lose their faith in a secular culture

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    Concerned parents will learn from these remarkable pages how they can raise their children to live the Faith dynamically.
    Building better families

    Building better families

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    For more than a decade, Matthew Kelly has been traveling the world inspiring people to become the-best-version-of-themselves. During this time he has been amazed at how regularly he is asked: How do I encourage my children to embrace this message? How does your message apply to a family?
    Call Me Blessed

    Call Me Blessed

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    Call Me Blessed is a 7 x 10 softbound, matte cover Scripture study journal that is thoughtfully written and beautifully designed. Every day of this four-week study provides Scripture to get you started and notes for further Bible reading. You will find a daily devotion, some thoughts to consider as you reflect, and a prayer prompt to dovetail with your reading. There are thoughtfully crafted, generous pages for writing and art journaling. Step by step, day by day, biblical reading and inspiring essays introduce you to twenty women of the Bible whose stories bring to life the dignity and vocation of women of God throughout the ages. Together with several contemporary women authors, consider the stories of these biblical women in the light of Gospel and see how their truths beckon you to also become a woman of God.
    Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life

    Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life

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    If you've been wondering how to bring the rich traditions of the Catholic Church's liturgical year into your home and into your family, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what the liturgical calendar is, this still might be the book for you, if you are looking for ways to bring your faith home from Sunday Mass, in every season, all year long.

    Catholic blogger and mother of many, Kendra Tierney shares how her family incorporates traditional Catholic practices into today's family life throughout the Church year--from Advent and Christmas, through Lent and Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. She provides ideas for stories, decorations, activities, and foods that will help you to celebrate your Catholic faith with your family and friends without expertise or much advance planning. She also offers tips and tricks from her fifteen years in the Catholic mommy trenches on things like surviving bringing young children to Mass and saying a family Rosary.

    Whether you're a convert or a revert, an expert theologian or a brand-new Catholic, a member of a big family or a little one, a stay-at-home or a working parent, you're sure to find ways to make your Catholic faith a memorable and meaningful part of your busy family life. And have fun doing it!

    Catholic Baby Name Book [More than 10,000 Names]

    Catholic Baby Name Book [More than 10,000 Names]

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    With more than 10,000 names of saints and biblical figures, this guide to Catholic baby names helps expectant parents find a beautiful and creative name for their child. Each entry includes the meaning of the name, language of origin, variations in form, a capsule biography, and relevant feast days and patron saint information.
    Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make up a Catholic Life

    Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make up a Catholic Life

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    The popular mother-daughter team behind the hit website TheCatholicCatalogue.com helps readers to discover, rediscover, and embrace the holidays and seasons of Catholic life through this collection of prayers, crafts, devotionals and recipes.

    This beautifully designed book will help readers celebrate Catholicism throughout the years, across daily practice and milestones. The Catholic Catalogue is a field guide, a list of far ranging topics, that should aid any Catholic, whether steeped in the tradition or just discovering spirituality for the first time, to understand the daily acts that make up a Catholic life. And like the most useful field guides, it is divided into user-friendly sections and covers such topics as the veneration of relics, blessing your house, discovering a vocation, raising teenagers, getting a Catholic tattoo, planting a Mary garden, finding a spiritual director, and exploring your own way in the tradition.

    With more than 75 inspiring chapters, this book promises to be a resource that individuals and families will turn to again and again, helping to make room in their busy lives for mystery and meaning, awe and joy.

    Catholic Family Book of Prayers, The( A Treasury of prayers and meditations for families to pray together)

    Catholic Family Book of Prayers, The( A Treasury of prayers and meditations for families to pray together)

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    Do you want to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition? The best way to do that is to pray with them, and now there's a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers: A Treasury of Prayers and Meditations for Families to Pray Together. It's packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, saintly wisdom, and artwork"€"all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together.

    Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

    Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

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    Designed to help expectant mothers embrace pregnancy as an opportunity for spiritual growth, A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy prepares mothers for the trials and joys of pregnancy, childbirth, baptism, and, ultimately, motherhood.
    Catholic Parent's Tool Box Rasing Healthy Families in the 21st. Century

    Catholic Parent's Tool Box Rasing Healthy Families in the 21st. Century

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    All parents face challenges, but Catholic parents have a unique opportunity - the ability to weather any storm with the grace that comes from their Catholic faith. And a bit of help from A Catholic Parent's Toolbox.
    Catholic Woman's Guide to Romance

    Catholic Woman's Guide to Romance

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    Calling all Catholic women! Has your longing for real romance never really been satisfied? Have you been let down by love or marriage? Are you tired of asking God for happily ever after? Hope is here. In this her latest in the series--all about romance!--noted author Rose Sweet reveals the truth behind flowers, love letters, and the deepest desires of the heart.

    The Catholic Woman's Guide series integrates classic Catholic theology (Theology of the Body and teachings on contemplative prayer) with Sweet's unique brand of story and humor and will help you to find and hold on to authentic happiness, love, and joy in every area of your life. In this second volume, The Catholic Women's Guide to Romance, Sweet takes you through the doorway of romance that leads deep into the "Interior Life." Topics include:

  • Expressing love in rites and rituals
  • Seeing romance in religion Lusting for love in ways that hurt us
  • Hearing the Bridegroom and saying "yes"
  • Understanding the meaning of Scripture
  • Unveiling the secrets hidden in the Mass
  • Sweet reveals the "Seven Stages of Romance" and points to the places we often get stuck or lost. Her most surprising secret of all will fill you with joy at the extravagant love God has for you!

    The Adventure awaits! Accompany Rose through the portal of romance to the Love that never fails!

    Children and Parents Wisdom and Guidance for Parents

    Children and Parents Wisdom and Guidance for Parents

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    Bishop Sheen addresses what parents confront in their relationships with their children as they grow into adulthood.
    Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Parents

    Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Parents

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    In 366 daily meditations - each followed by an illuminating Bible verse - this inspirational collection will help all parents find wisdom, insight and joy in their work of nurturing.
    Detached: Put Your Phone in Its Place

    Detached: Put Your Phone in Its Place

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    The issue isn't technology itself. The issue is the attachment we have to technology. Former tech addict T.J. Burdick shows you how, in just 21 days, you can find a happier and holier life when you learn to control your phone, rather than letting it control you.

    This is not a 12-step program or a three-week detox in the woods with no WiFi. Detached is an easy-to-follow spiritual retreat, inviting you to read, reflect, and take actions to strengthen your personal and spiritual life, while decreasing the time you feel you "need" to spend on your phone.

    Discovering God Together The Catholic Guide to Rasing Faithful Kids

    Discovering God Together The Catholic Guide to Rasing Faithful Kids

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    In this book, experienced psychotherapists Greg and Lisa Popcak show how you can transform your family into a joyful place where each member experiences life as a gift from God. From tapping into the rich beauty of Catholic traditions to mustering the motivation needed to deepen your spiritual life, you discover the practical, positive, and tangible difference our faith can make in your family life.
    Discovering Motherhood An Extraordinary Journey through Everyday Life

    Discovering Motherhood An Extraordinary Journey through Everyday Life

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    Discovering Motherhood is a warm, friendly, profound account of the mundane and the mystical in the life of a mother. Somehow, amid the dirty tube socks, the trail of Legos and the baby's mashed bananas, God is present. Annemarie Scobey takes us on a daunting journey that has no map. It is a high-energy trek with ups and downs and bumps in the road. The price of admission is three a.m. feedings, endless diapers changes and lost sleep. But the payoff comes in the profound relationships of mother and children, and in the love that gives life its luster. Scobey has recorded the journey with insight, humor and a sure sense of the Divine in the turmoil, troubles and triumphs of everyday life.
    Divine Mercy for Moms Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

    Divine Mercy for Moms Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

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    Originating in the early twentieth century, the Divine Mercy devotion of St. Faustina Kowalska is one of the most celebrated of all Catholic devotions. In this, their first book, Catholic bloggers and speakers Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet break open the history, practices, and prayers associated with the devotion, guiding busy moms to receive God's message of Divine Mercy and pass it on to others through their words, deeds, and prayers.

    In her famous Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, St. Faustina Kowalska recorded a series of visions of Jesus where he revealed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and promised that anything can be obtained with the prayer if it is compatible with his will. St. John Paul II formally established the Divine Mercy devotion and canonized Faustina in 2000. The Marians of the Immaculate Conception are dedicated to spreading the Divine Mercy devotion the foreword for this book was written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of Divine Mercy Explained and 33 Days to Morning Glory.

    In Divine Mercy for Moms, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference--one of the largest annual Catholic women's conferences in the country--draw upon their own experiences to introduce you to St. Faustina and her five essential elements of the Divine Mercy message:

  • The image of the Merciful Jesus
  • The Feast of Divine Mercy
  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • The House of Mercy
  • Spreading the honor of Divine Mercy
  • With heartwarming stories and practical advice, this book reveals that mercy is not just a gift to be received in the confessional but a spiritual resource that strengthens those who extend themselves in word, deed, and prayer. Designed for personal or group study, Divine Mercy for Moms celebrates the infinite mercy of God and the role of Mary, the Mother of Mercy, in the lives of all believers.

    Divine Mercy for Moms was the winner of a 2017 Catholic Press Association Book Award: Family Life (Third Place).

    Every Parents Battle

    Every Parents Battle

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    Educate, equip, and encourage parents to recognize, fight, and win the battles against pornography's influence in their family. Includes a family plan that focuses on prevention, not just recovery.
    Family Planning the Catholic Way

    Family Planning the Catholic Way

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    Natural Family Planning (NFP) embraces the nature of human sexuality without the potentially harmful effects of contraceptives. Written by Mary Lee Barron, a nurse practitioner and certified NFP instructor; Family Planning the Catholic Way explores the history of Catholic Church teaching on NFP, lists resources couples can turn to for more information, and shows why the natural approach to enjoying the gift of sexuality respects life.

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    Feeding Your Family's Soul

    Feeding Your Family's Soul

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    Feeding Your Family's Soul: Dinner Table Spirituality has won second prize in the Family Life category from the Catholic Press Association!​

    Feeding Your Family's Soul is a vital tool to enable parents to transform a regular dinner time into a prayerful faith lesson for their elementary school to high school aged children. It will indeed help to fulfill the Catholic Church's vision for evangelization in the family and beyond.

    Through 52 fun and creative faith lessons (one for each week of the year), this one-of-a-kind book will encourage parents and caregivers to seize the opportunity in teaching the Catholic faith to the children (the captive audience waiting to eat!) while gathered at the dinner table, and while reminding them of the value of coming together as a family to break bread and share hearts.

    See her interview on Boston Catholic TV: www.feedingyourfamilyssoul.com

    Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage

    Forever: A Catholic Devotional for Your Marriage

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    Get your marriage off to a great start--or renew the marriage you've shared for years--with this six-week devotional for couples, which takes inspiration from Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Experts Jackie François Angel and Bobby Angel will teach you how to pray together as a couple, opening you up to the wonders that God bestows on your marriage.
    Fragrance of Family Life

    Fragrance of Family Life

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    Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

    Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

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    Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life. (Second Place).


    Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time? Overwhelmed, over-extended, and guilt-plagued?

    With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest-inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically.

    If you have ever felt that you were not "enough" as a wife or mom, or if you're someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman's primary role as a child of God.

    Kate Wicker--journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly-acclaimed Weightless--shares how she shook off doubt and negative self-perception, finding self-acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her. Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children. Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self-perceptions with the truths of a woman's true calling.

    Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize:

  • It is perfectly normal to feel like you're in over your head sometimes.
  • You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are.
  • Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back. Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God.
  • It's important to practice self-care no matter your stage in life.
  • Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent. By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves. Whether you're dealing with endless "why?" questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God's abiding grace. By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.

    Girl Arise! A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World

    Girl Arise! A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World

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    Is it possible to be both a Catholic and a feminist? Claire Swinarski, writer and creator of The Catholic Feminist podcast, believes it is: "I'm a feminist for the same reason I'm bold and honest and sometimes ragey: because Jesus was all of those things."

    In Girl, Arise!, Swinarski reconciles the two identities by demonstrating the strength and abilities women have to share with the Body of Christ, the importance of women throughout the history of the faith, and how the love you experience through Christ and the Church can change you and the world around you.

    In Girl, Arise!: A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World Swinarski points out that while both "feminism" and "Catholicism" can mean different things to different people, both feminists and Catholics desire to make the world a better, fairer place. And she shows that by treating women with dignity equal to that of men--by calling them his friends and teaching them--Jesus acted as a feminist as well.

    With humor and sass, Swinarski addresses her frustration with the traditional concerns churches ascribe to women, as shown by the many talks directed at women focused on marriage and modesty rather than social justice. But she pinpoints the areas where modern feminism goes too far, arguing against abortion and exploring what it means to serve others rather than focus on our own needs first.

    Swinarski also tells the stories of holy women--including Vashti in the book of Esther, Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary--to show how their faith influenced their actions, even when those actions went against traditional norms and roles of women.

    You will be empowered to embrace your God-given abilities as you follow the women who have gone before you in faith who--by announcing Christ to his disciples, believing in God's promises, and being faithful in hardship--changed the world.

    Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood

    Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood

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    What happens to a mother's heart when her children grow up and begin their own lives? How can she absorb the mixed emotions of anxiety and excitement, grief and hope?

    In Giving Thanks and Letting Go, bestselling Catholic author Danielle Bean ponders her emptying nest and overflowing heart as she encourages you to join her in leaning on God and discovering the joy and promise of this sacred season of parenting.

    Comforting, relatable, and practical, Giving Thanks and Letting Go shares Danielle Bean's personal experience of launching her children into their adult lives. From this crucial moment in her motherhood, she offers sage advice as she reflects on the precious years she spent raising children and learning to trust in God's providence.

    In her most personal book to date, Bean, brand manager at CatholicMom.com, reveals the freedom she discovered as she tossed out old trophies and Nordic Ware; the release she feels when she lets herself sob with abandon; the pleasant satisfaction of extra space in her home and in her marriage; and the happy recognition of God's abiding presence through all the years of family life.

    As you accompany Bean on her journey, you will learn to

  • let yourself grieve;
  • acknowledge that being a mom has never been easy;
  • turn to your husband;
  • give up control;
  • accept the suffering with grace;
  • trust in God to have the best plans;
  • spark joy, give thanks, and move on; and
  • nourish your soul, body, and mind.
  • Allow these familiar, comforting, and heart-tugging scenes from Bean's life and the lessons she's learned be your trusted companion for reflecting on your own parenting journey.

    God and Children: The Vocation of Parents

    God and Children: The Vocation of Parents

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    Fr. Urteaga (1921-2009) is a writer who gave exceptional value to the human side of life, and its enrichment by an ongoing struggle for virtue. Likewise, he never lost sight of the importance of grace. He addresses parents in their sometimes-difficult job of raising children to be not only men and women, but Christian saints. His modus operandi is that life is truly worthwhile if it is lived for the love of God.

    In these chapters, he draws on his own rich experience as a teacher and spiritual director. He adds Christian doctrine, humor, and common sense to make God and Children a book for all parents and especially those of young children.

    Originally printed in 1960, this newly revised and slightly abridged version of Urteaga's book captures the spirit of his advice which is grounded in truth and is timeless in quality.

    Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom

    Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom

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    The truth about parenting is that you don't have to get everything right and your family doesn't need to be perfect. Colleen Duggan learned those lessons through years of struggling with unrealistic expectations.

    In this frank and intimate story, Duggan explores the emotional and spiritual healing that needed to take place in her life in order to be the parent, spouse, and follower of Christ God created her to be. Sharing both funny parenting moments and difficult times of self-scrutiny, Duggan invites us to join her in experiencing God's healing mercy and shows how to allow that healing to rejuvenate our lives and revitalize our families.

    As a child, Duggan smoothed over the jagged edges of her difficult home life with good grades and perfect behavior. By the time Duggan was an adult, her drive to constantly be in control was her way of life. It was only when she began raising her family that she realized how damaging this compulsion was for both her and the people around her.

    That's when she began her faltering journey toward letting God be in control.

    In Good Enough Is Good Enough, Duggan shares her heartaches--learning her child has a genetic disorder that might lead to cancer; realizing that her drive to do and be everything for everyone strained her marriage; and struggling with feelings of worthlessness after leaving her job to become "just" a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She also shares parenting difficulties we've all faced--trying to keep her kids quiet during Mass; wondering whether she's giving them enough opportunities for growth; and balancing time spent on herself, her kids, and others. With each story, we feel the brokenness she tried to cover by being a "perfect" parent and the eventual realization that she needed to find healing.

    Through the saints, the Sacraments, and Catholic traditions and literature, Duggan found the Church a place where God's love and healing grace embraced her. She invites us to the same conclusion: whether we are dealing with everyday frustrations or life-changing tragedies, it is in the heart of the Catholic Church that we are finally free to let go of our facades in order to embrace our brokenness and find healing.

    Good News About Sew & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching

    Good News About Sew & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching

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    "While the good news about sex, gender, and marriage remains the same as ever, cultural attitudes have shifted dramatically since this book was first released in 2000. Since that time, the logic of the sexual revolution hasn't only marched forward--it has sprinted," writes Christopher West. His updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Good News about Sex and Marriagenot only keeps pace with changes in society, it grounds our footsteps in the timeless and trustworthy teaching of the Church.

    West strives to respond to the sincere, pointed questions he hears from those he encounters in his speaking and teaching with sincere, direct, and thorough responses that address this most intimate area of human life. His teaching is rooted in St. John Paul II's revolutionary Theology of the Body. New in this edition is a much-needed chapter on questions of gender identity.

    "It's my heartfelt prayer that, whatever your state and stage in life, this book will help you in your quest to know, understand, live, and experience the beautiful truth about human love. For that's where we find the image of the divine, a foretaste of heaven--the consummate satisfaction of all our most intimate longings." --from the introduction

    Growing in the Dark

    Growing in the Dark

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    With sensitivity and hope, Growing in the Dark shows how you can cultivate your child's faith even as you struggle with your own. Led by the Spirit, you and your child can learn to move through darkness radiant with God's light.o
    Hallowed Be This House Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home

    Hallowed Be This House Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home

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    Thomas Howard shows us that every room of your house--the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, and even the bathroom--is a holy place where God's grace awaits you, if only you know how to recognize His presence there. With a rich awareness of God's all-encompassing love, Howard takes you on a spiritual tour through your own home and shows you how everything in it can lead you closer to God.In each room, Howard shows you the surprising ways you can meet God there. With wonderful insights, he reveals how, even in your daily activities you can meet the same God who came to Israel in the terror, smoke and fire in the Tabernacle, and the God who died for us on Cross. But they're by no means confined to a lofty spiritual plane: Howard sees chances to love and serve God, and sees His gentle hand, in the most seemingly dull and ordinary of places and actions.So take up this book to find out how cooking and cleaning, having family dinners together, and all the other commonplace actions that make up the fabric of your daily life can actually disclose God's presence to you. Your daily life as well as your devotional life will be forever transformed by this unusual look at how lovingly God awaits us even in the smallest things.
    Handbook for Catholic Moms Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, & Soul

    Handbook for Catholic Moms Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, & Soul

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    The Handbook for Catholic Moms, Lisa M. Hendey's eminently practical and award-winning resource, has helped new parents balance and integrate the deeply personal needs of their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls with the demands of family life and faith commitment.

    Since the first edition was published in 2010, it's become an indispensable resource for two generations of Catholic moms, offering a unique perspective on all aspects of life and honest advice from fellow moms on topics ranging from marriage and finances to stress management and parish life.

    The Handbook for Catholic Moms is not a typical parenting book: It doesn't offer tips for calming a fussy baby or dealing with adolescent angst. In caring for yourself--heart, mind, body, and soul--you can better love and care for your family, community, and Church, according to Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and bestselling author of The Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Grace of Yes.

    Hendey provides her personal stories and observations on a number of topics, including:

  • stress reduction and sleep
  • nurturing your marriage
  • engaging in Mass as a family
  • modeling lifelong learning to your children
  • balancing your career with your vocation as a mother

  • Each chapter includes relevant scripture references, quotations from saints or noted Catholic figures, commentary and perspectives from other Catholic writers, and checklists of suggested steps moms can take in bringing better balance and integration to their lives.

    Heart to Heart

    Heart to Heart

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    Parents can use this handbook on moral growth to teach virtues such as trust, gratitude, respect, empathy, responsibility, honesty, persistence, and dignity.
    Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders

    Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: A Field Guide for Catholic Parents, Pastors, and Youth Leaders

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    Winner of a 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers (second place, ministry).


    Do you struggle to know when or if it's appropriate to step in to help a teen who seems stressed, anxious, or depressed? Do you know the signs to look for to determine whether a teen is in distress?

    In Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Roy Petitfils--a Catholic author, speaker, and psychotherapist--offers his personal experience, advice, and faith to give parents, pastors, and youth leaders the knowledge, courage, and tools they need to step in, make a difference, and be the presence of Christ for teens in crisis.

    Roy Petitfils knows what it's like to be an addicted, depressed teenager, filled with self-loathing and desperate for help. He describes himself at high school graduation as by far the largest person in his hometown and yet feeling as though he were "stuck in Harry Potter's invisibility cloak." Weighing more than 500 pounds, he was addicted to food and hated himself.

    Now a leading Catholic voice in youth advocacy and creator of the popular podcast Today's Teenager, Petitfils entered adulthood a very different person than he is today. His life was radically changed by a handful of people in college who reached out in friendship and helped him set a new course.

    Using personal life lessons and expertise gleaned from more than twenty-five years in youth ministry and private practice as a licensed counselor, Petitfils teaches parents, pastors, and youth leaders what they need to know about mental health issues among America's youth. Whether teens need help coping with healthy levels of stress or face persistent, more serious problems with anxiety and depression, Petitfils will help the adults in their lives get comfortable with stepping in.

    Petitfils offers information and advice on:

  • the major causes of stress and anxiety in teens today
  • differentiating healthy stress from toxic stress
  • simple steps to take after identifying a hurting kid, beginning with how to assess whether and how to step in
  • the art of listening
  • He explores the support and comfort available through the sacraments, Catholic devotions, different forms of prayer, and reading the Bible. Ultimately, Petitfils identifies how to gently, yet persuasively guide hurting young people to deeper trust in the tender mercies of God.

    Hope and a whole lot of prayer-daily devotions for parents of teenagers

    Hope and a whole lot of prayer-daily devotions for parents of teenagers

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    Are you blessed with perfect teens? Teens who never argue, disobey, or talk back? Teens who do as they're told the very first time, or even before you ask? If your answer is "yes," then you can move on. This book isn't for you.

    If, however, your answer is "keep dreaming," "I wish," an eye roll, or any variation of the word "no," then this might be the book for you. A teenager's life is full of change, turmoil, fights, hormones, overreactions, and ideas that seemed liked good ones at the time... But so is the life of a parent of a teen, and some days you just have to throw up your hands and ask God for help.

    This book will give you 365 days of reflections and prayers to help you get through a year of "What were you thinking?!" With God's help, you might just find you can do all things - even raising a teenager.

    Hope of the Family A Dialogue with Gerhard Cardinal Muller

    Hope of the Family A Dialogue with Gerhard Cardinal Muller

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    "Today, the family is in crisis--it is in crisis worldwide," Pope Francis has said. "Young people don't want to get married, they don't get married, or they live together. Marriage is in crisis, and so the family is in crisis." The main problem with the family in the Church today, contends Cardinal Gerhard MUller, is not the small number of civilly remarried divorced Catholics who want to received Holy Communion. It is the large number of Catholics who live together before marriage, who marry civilly, or who do not even bother with marriage, as if these choices were sound options for Catholic living. It is also a failure of many who marry "in the Church" to understand marriage as part of their Christian discipleship.

    In this engaging conversation, Cardinal MUller, one of Pope Francis' top advisers in the Vatican, addresses the challenges facing marriage and family life today. The loss of faith in many traditionally Christian societies has led to a crisis. In turn, cohabitation, civil marriage, and divorce and civil remarriage, further undermine faith because they harm the family as the "domestic Church" and the place of initial evangelization. The solution: the Church must undertake a robust new evangelization of the family: sharing the fullness of truth about marriage and family in Christ, encouraging families to worship and pray together, and helping them witness by their lives to the joy of the gospel.

    Cardinal MUller stresses mercy and compassion in pastoral minstry with struggling Catholics, but he does so without contradicting the teaching of Jesus about divorce and remarriage and minimizing the power of grace to transform lives. In this way he proclaims hope for the family rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    How to Talk to Children About God

    How to Talk to Children About God

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    In this booklet, Allie Johnston offers great suggestions for talking to children about God—God’s goodness, God as Creator, how we understand the Blessed Trinity, God the storyteller, God the listener, the God who forgives, and the Good Shepherd. Excellent family activities and short prayers to stimulate further conversation and comprehension are also included.

    How to Talk to Children About Jesus

    How to Talk to Children About Jesus

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    How to Talk to Children About Making Good Choices

    How to Talk to Children About Making Good Choices

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    How to Talk to Children About the Mass

    How to Talk to Children About the Mass

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    In this booklet, Tom Quinlan gives solid advice for how to make the Mass more accessible and relevant to even the youngest child. Offering simple explanations of the Mass itself, as well as the crucifix, font, lectionary, tabernacle, and more, Tom helps everyone appreciate what we do when we gather.

    Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom

    Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom

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    In an age when women are bombarded with mothering advice, awardA(c)\winning Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon delves into eight instances of Mary AZs life that depict Mary as the ultimate model and companion for the modern mom.