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Adoption Should you, could you, and then what?

Adoption Should you, could you, and then what?

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Do you know anyone who is looking for straightforward information about adoption for themselves or others? Are you interested in learning more about adoption and finding answers to common concerns?

In his latest book, Adoption: Should You, Could You, and Then What?, Dr. Ray Guarendi -- renowned clinical psychologist and father of ten adopted children -- provides authentic answers to challenging, real-life questions. With humor and wisdom, Dr. Ray draws from professional and personal experience, as well as scientific research, to allay frequent misconceptions. Issues he addresses include:

  • frustrations about the adoption process, including why couples have to wait so long
  • healthy motives and reasons to adopt
  • how to make adopted children feel special
  • adopting children of various ages and if it will impact "birth order"
  • relationships (if any) between adopted chil
  • 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.

    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.
    Be Bold in the Broken

    Be Bold in the Broken

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    Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I belong?

    These questions linger in every season of our lives, but, as Mary Lenaburg learned the hard way, answering them becomes possible only when we direct our hearts to the God who made us and loves us best of all. Following Lenaburg's example in Be Bold in the Broken will give you the courage and inspiration you need to accept who you are--the good, the bad, and the awkward--and become the woman God made you to be.

    Lenaburg desperately wanted to be part of a girl tribe in middle school. She wanted to belong, to have friends--to be seen. So the unathletic, gangly sixth grader tried out for the cheerleading squad. She didn't have fancy clothes like the other girls and she noticed that everyone else had "a chest." So Lenaburg stuffed a pair of her brother's sweat socks into her bra. You can probably guess the rest: One sock fell out when she started a tumbling routine.

    When she was still feeling humiliated after several weeks, her father gave her some life-changing advice: "How about next time you just be you, do your best, and let God figure out the rest."

    Lenaburg--the author of Be Brave in the Scared--explores her journey to self-acceptance as she struggled to make sense of who she is and what she had to offer. Relatable anecdotes will make you laugh as Lenaburg answers the questions she is most often asked and shares how she finally learned to own

  • her gifts and limitations,
  • her dreams and failures,
  • her virtues and sins, and
  • how God is transforming her by grace.
  • With personal stories and faith-filled reflections, Lenaburg blazes the path to true identity and purpose in Christ.

    BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awsome Dad

    BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awsome Dad

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    Internationally known marriage and family expert Greg Popcak draws on more than twenty years as a counselor as well as his own experience as a father to show how the Beatitudes can be viewed as a practical guide to understanding the love of God and applying that love to being a better father.

    In the first book to uniquely focus on the Beatitudes and fatherhood, Greg Popcak helps you stop focusing on yourself and instead focus on God, learning how to be the father God wants you to be by becoming a servant leader in your home.

    As a father of three children, Popcak realized that Jesus' call to be humble in the first Beatitude--Blessed are the poor in spirit--stands in direct opposition to what modern men learn growing up. Instead, they are taught they should live a life of unbroken success, defined by promotions at work and beautiful wives and honor students at home.

    The Catholic author, speaker, counselor, and radio host will show that when you practice meekness, you will connect with your family by asking them questions and listening closely to their responses. By practicing mercy, you come to know your own sins, the difficulties that lie on the path to sainthood, and how your family needs to hear about God's grace in their lives.

    In BeDADitudes, you discover the profound love of God found in the Beatitudes and understand how that love can transform you into being an awesome dad.

    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.
    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 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 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.
    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.
    Don't Forget to Say Thank You

    Don't Forget to Say Thank You

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    Do you hear yourself saying the same things over and over to your kids?
    "Do you need help?"
    "Say thank you."
    "Wait a minute."

    In Don't Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God, Lindsay Schlegel reimagines the common phrases we repeat as parents and applies them to our relationship with God. In doing so, she demonstrates how reflecting on our vocation as mothers can inform and illuminate our role as a daughter of God, drawing us closer to him.

    What if we took the statements we repeat to our children and apply them to ourselves?

    In Don't Forget to Say Thank You, writer Lindsay Schlegel shares fifteen relatable phrases she frequently uses as a parent and how her faith and life changed when she envisioned God telling her these same things.

    When we start to hear the things we're telling our kids as wisdom from God, it's clear that the lessons we are trying to teach our kids are ones we also need to learn as children of the Most High.

    Asking her daughter, "Do you need help?" caused Schlegel to reflect on the importance of the Communion of Saints and reaching out for the assistance she needs. Telling her children, "Say you're sorry" reminded her of the necessity of Confession and seeking forgiveness. And pleading that a toddler "wait a minute" while she looked for her crackers forced Schlegel to consider how she needed to have both more patience and more trust that God would take care of her.

    Schlegel invites us to apply the same lessons she learned to our own lives as parents and as children of God through reflection questions and a prayer at the end of each chapter. She also suggests saints to whom we can look for inspiration and guidance, reminding us that we are not alone as we strive to more accurately reflect the image of our heavenly Father.

    Encountering Signs of Faith

    Encountering Signs of Faith

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    After a friend gave Allison Gingras a Miraculous Medal, she began to incorporate it and other sacramentals into her personal prayer time and family devotions. She soon discovered that these tangible signs--which Catholics believe prepare us to receive the grace of the sacraments--helped both her and her profoundly deaf daughter connect with God and the spiritual motherhood of Mary, who is intimately connected to so many of these practices.

    Blessings, prayers, devotions, and objects such as rosaries and scapulars are forms of sacramentals. In Encountering Signs of Faith, Gingras--founder of Reconciled to You ministries--shares the story of how these helped her discern the adoption of her daughter from China, strengthened her faith as she waited to meet her, helped her bond with the toddler, and taught her daughter about her faith.

    Gingras offers examples of saints who inspired and embraced sacramentals, including Juan Diego, Faustina, Bernadette, and Venerable Patrick Peyton. You will also learn about the spiritual benefits of incorporating sacramentals such as sacred images, novenas, prayer cards, lectio divina (sacred reading), and holy water into daily life. Reflection questions and grace-building activities are included with each chapter.

    Gingras will guide you and your family to experience these sacred signs in a new way and to connect you more meaningfully to Jesus, Mary, and the saints.

    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.

    Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has recently started writing a column for Legatus Magzine called "Feeding the Foodie" and has begun filming a new TV series for EWTN called "Feeding Your Family's Soul".
    See her interview on Boston Catholic TV: www.feedingyourfamilyssoul.com

    Fragrance of Family Life

    Fragrance of Family Life

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    Use this prayer booklet with your family or church community to seek the Lord in communion.


    This guide will lead your reflection through 12 prayer reflections on the blessings and trials of the Holy Family. Remember the Lord's promises with psalmody; see the revelation of God's glory in the Gospel; consider Pope Francis's meditation on the them; and lift up your hearts with intercession through an invocation to the Holy Family.


    A few minutes together each day before the living God will give your family or community the grace to share together the joys and struggles of daily life.

    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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    Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (second place, gender issues-inclusion in the Church).


    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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    Winner of a second-place award in family life books from the Catholic Media Association.


    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.

    God Made Babies helping parents answer the baby question

    God Made Babies helping parents answer the baby question

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    "Where do babies come from?" This common question all too often leaves parents perplexed about what to say and when to say it. Justin and Lindsey Holcomb tackle this tough question in a common sense, biblical way. They help parents start the conversation with their children about sex by giving them the basic tools to guide them--including specific biblical content and age-appropriate ways of talking to children at different stages.

    The Holcombs, along with illustrator Trish Mahoney, have been helping parents tackle difficult but important subjects with children for many years, beginning with the award-winning God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies as well as God Made Me in His Image: Helping Children Appreciate Their Bodies. Now they bring their expertise to the all-important conversation about sex in God Made Babies: Helping Parents Answer the Baby Question. Instead of leaving this conversation to "experts" or to the culture, they equip parents to answer questions about sex in the right way at the right time.

    Drawing from the story of creation and how God made the living world to reproduce, God Made Babies helps children to understand the gift of reproduction in the light of God's goodness and care. Rather than waiting to have this conversation with their child at the "perfect" time, the authors encourage parents to answer questions at every stage with just the right amount of information.

    God Made Babies is part of the God Made Me Series which equips parents to have important, impactful conversations with their children, helping them to grow in understanding of God, themselves, and others. Each book in the series contains a special section just for parents and caregivers that provides biblical guidance and offers additional information and resources for talking about the topic addressed in the story.

    Good, the Messy, and the Beautiful joys and struggles of real married life

    Good, the Messy, and the Beautiful joys and struggles of real married life

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    No marriage is perfect, and neither is the Sri's. This book is packed full of hilarious and relatable stories from their 20+ years of marriage. The Good, the Messy, and the Beautiful goes into the nitty-gritty, explaining what to do when reality hits--when the rubber hits the road.
    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); 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (second place, family life).


    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 Gerhard Cardinal Müller, is not the small number of civilly remarried divorced Catholics who want to receive 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. Furthering the problem is the widespread failure of married Catholics to understand marriage as a way of Christian discipleship.

    In this engaging conversation, Cardinal Müller, 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. Thus, 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 to pray together, and helping them to witness by their lives the joy of the gospel.

    Cardinal Müller stresses mercy and compassion in pastoral ministry with struggling Catholics, but he does so without either contradicting the teaching of Jesus about divorce and remarriage or 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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    In this booklet, Janet Schaeffler offers great suggestions for talking to your children about Jesus’ life and times, why Jesus has so many different names, whether or not Jesus ever cried (important for children to know!), some of Jesus’ most important teachings, how Jesus prayed, why he had to die, what happened afterward, and where and how do we see Jesus today. Excellent family activities and short prayers to stimulate further conversation and comprehension are also included.

    24 pages

    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.

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    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.
    Indispensable Dad

    Indispensable Dad

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    By Stephen Gabriel

    The best givers of advice are those who encourage while they share their own accounts of learning through failure and celebrating success. This book offers just that. 

    As a father of eight adult children, Stephen Gabriel has years of flubs, wins, trial-and-error, joys, sorrows, lessons learned, lessons shared, observing, trench-time, and plenty of reflection on the vocation of fatherhood. His book offers a go-to virtue-checklist of sorts, full of relatable stories that relate to the grind of the Everyday. 

    Dads: use this book as a measure and reminder of your indispensable role as virtuous leaders of your family! 

    With reliance on the grace and guidance of the Heavenly Father, the sacraments, a life of prayer, the blessing of friendship and community, and common sense, Gabriel’s insight is a source of invigorating support for all fathers. 

    Joyful Momentum: Growing and Sustaining Vibrant Women's Groups

    Joyful Momentum: Growing and Sustaining Vibrant Women's Groups

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    Are you interested in connecting with other women who share your faith, interests, and everyday concerns?

    A vibrant, self-sustaining women's ministry will help you achieve this goal, can take many forms, and is a key component of any vital parish, says Elizabeth Tomlin, who for nearly a decade has launched and grown Catholic women's ministries in the United States and abroad. In Joyful Momentum, Tomlin shows you how you also can start, expand, strengthen, or retool an existing women's group or ministry in your own Catholic parish.

    God can use even the most unlikely people to build up a successful women's ministry, Elizabeth Tomlin says. "If someone had told college-aged me that I would someday lead a global women's ministry, I would have said, 'No way. I'm not smart enough. I don't know enough. I'm too sinful. I'm not good enough.'" And yet, that is exactly what happened. Tomlin is a founding member of the Military Council of Catholic Women Worldwide, the women's ministry organization of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA.

    Whether you are interested in starting a spiritual book club or a group for moms with young children, retooling an existing ministry for moms who work outside their homes, or revitalizing a languishing prayer group or committee, you may feel underqualified and overwhelmed when first facing the challenges. Joyful Momentum provides the tools you need to get started, including "Momentum Builders" that will give you the confidence to do what needs to be done.

    Tomlin shares her personal stories, spiritual insights, and practical tips to show how almost any group can create a spirited, sustainable outreach. With natural warmth, honesty, and self-deprecating humor, she makes a compelling case for the importance of women's ministry in the life of a parish, and coaches you through all the details.

    Used for personal formation or as a group study, this book conveys the important elements of women's ministry--from a small book club to a larger undertaking that might include social media-based prayer supports, on-call childcare helpers, or multi-committee annual festivals or parishwide events.

    This book will teach you:

  • why spiritual friendships and pastoral connections are essential to the success of any women's ministry;
  • how to build a team dedicated to prayer, simple hospitality, faith-filled catechesis, humble service, and personal outreach; and
  • tips for handling trickier aspects of team leadership, such as conflict resolution and long-term transitional planning.
  • Each chapter offers practical advice and inspirational stories to help you discover how to cultivate Christ-centered friendships; discern a call to women's ministry in yourself and others; invest in prayerful preparation, biblical hospitality, and faith formation; develop a leadership team; and create a mentoring plan that will sustain the group over time.

    Live Big, Love Bigger - Gettin Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and A Whole Lotta Jesus

    Live Big, Love Bigger - Gettin Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and A Whole Lotta Jesus

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    Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (third place, first-time author).


    Popular blogger Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she'll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they'll be able to say yes to what matters most--Jesus.

    It's not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it--when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. "Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way--proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?"

    Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

    Whitaker's sassy authenticity will make readers laugh--and cry--while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.

    Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues

    Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues

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    A generation ago, Christian parents didn't have to worry about how to explain transgenderism to their nine-year-old, or help their teenager deal with mockery at school for believing in traditional marriage. But today, as our culture's moral center continues to fly apart and all publicly aired and celebrated, we have no choice but to equip our kids to understand and own the truth. In Made This Way, Leila Miller and Trent Horn give parents (guardians and teachers, too!) crucial techniques to form children ( from tots to teens) with the understanding they need appropriate to their age and maturity level to meet the world' s challenges. Their secret lies in an approach that begins not with the Bible or Church teaching but with the natural law. In kid-friendly ways, Miller and Horn help you communicate how the right way to live is rooted in the way we' re made.

    Topics include: Living Together Outside of Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, Contraception, Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, Modesty, Pornography, Transgenderism, Homosexuality.

    Silence can no longer be an option. If we' re not teaching our children how to understand tough moral issues, then the world will!

    Make My Life Simple: Bringing Peace to Heart and Home

    Make My Life Simple: Bringing Peace to Heart and Home

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    One night, in desperation, Rachel Balducci cried out to God, and he answered in a startling, freeing, and life-changing way. If you are feeling more chaos than peace, more panic than joy, take heart. Make My Life Simple: Bringing Peace to Heart and Home gives you down-to-earth practical pointers to achieve peace and order:

    - In your home: Establish a peaceful environment for you and your family

    - In yourself: Design an ordered way of living to benefit your body, mind, and spirit with Rachel's friend-to-friend advice

    - In your spiritual life: Create order in your spiritual relationships with Jesus, yourself, and the others in your life

    Manly Art of Raising a Daughter

    Manly Art of Raising a Daughter

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    There is a fierce battle happening between Our Lord and Satan for the soul of your daughter. If God is to win, you must do your part as a man, leading her as the Good Shepherd leads us all. You've got to stop being an overworked, out-of-touch father, and become the firm but gentle leader of your home.

    In these honest and insightful pages - based on decades of his own experiences with his three daughters - author Alan Migliorato admits that it takes sustained efforts to learn the manly art of raising a daughter. But the reward is great, yielding just the kind of father-daughter relationship your daughter needs if she is to grow into a strong, well-balanced woman of faith.

    Among other things you'll learn here are:

    - How to repair a damaged relationship with your daughter - and even your wife.

    - Why it's im

    Mary's Way Power of Entrusting Your Child to God

    Mary's Way Power of Entrusting Your Child to God

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    How do you walk with your children during times of struggle and crisis? Do you feel as if nothing you do will be enough?

    In Mary's Way, a heartfelt book for moms who struggle to guide children through the various stages of their lives, Catholic speaker and teacher Judy Landrieu Klein shows how her own crisis of faith helped her release her children to the care of the Blessed Mother. In doing so, Klein shows you how to find the love, joy, and peace of Our Lord as you surrender your will to him.

    Judy Landrieu Klein struggled with her faith as she lived through her son's near-fatal addiction to drugs and her daughter's painful anxiety. She discovered she couldn't handle the relentless pressure of life not measuring up to her expectations and it was eating away at her family.

    Klein considered Mary's reaction to the events in the life of Jesus. She meditated on Mary's fiat and her prayer of total surrender to God's will and saw how this act of obedience carried on throughout Mary's life as she witnessed the life of her son. As Klein focused on her devotion to the Blessed Mother, her life and faith were transformed.

    In Mary's Way, Klein reflects on the Annunciation and describes her own to struggle to embrace the will of God by surrendering control of her family planning. She meditates on Mary's powerlessness during the Crucifixion, finding a place of calming surrender during her own son's escalating battle with addiction.

    Klein shows how you can become a more powerful intercessor for yourself and your children. When you finish reading this book, you'll find yourself turning to Mary and surrendering yourself and your children more fully to God.

    NaProTechnology Revolution

    NaProTechnology Revolution

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    Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers draws on decades of medical experience to provide educational and revolutionary insights into the world of women's health. The NaPro Technology Revolution provides real solutions to real problems such as infertility, repetitive miscarriage, menstrual cramps, postpartum depression, PMS, prematurity prevention, ovarian cysts, hormonal abnormalities, irregular/abnormal bleeding, chronic discharges, polycystic ovarian disease, and family planning. Hilgers sheds light on abnormal ovarian function, an issue that millions of women unknowingly suffer from. His methods have proven to assist infertile couples nearly three times more successfully than those who use In Vitro Fertilization, without the dangers of early abortions, frozen embryos, or high rates of multiple pregnancy. The NaProTechnology Prematurity Prevention Program cuts the rate from the national 12.7% to 7%. The NaPro Technology Revolution discusses what every woman has a right to know about her body, her health, and her future!
    Noise

    Noise

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    The Adventures in Matthew Study Set Questions (100 pages) guide participants through their study of the gospel with thought-provoking questions about the book of Matthew and related portions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Comprehensive Study Set Responses (96 pages) provide answers and further commentary on the questions as well as a substantive review of each lesson. Each lesson is designed to be followed by the corresponding talk from the DVD or CD series.
    Preparing for Adolescence: A Planning Guide for Parents

    Preparing for Adolescence: A Planning Guide for Parents

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    "Why don't you trust me?" "Why do you tell me what I can't wear?" "Why do you always correct me?" If you're hearing those kinds of questions from your children, or if you think you might, you need this book.

    Explains how you can keep your children's adolescence from being dominated by rebellion and conflict, and how to give your children clear moral direction. Includes a Q & A to help you plan for troubles before they arise.

    72pp, 4" x 7 1/4", softcover

    Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocation

    Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocation

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    A practical guide for parents who want to form their children in the faith.

    The mission of every married couple is to generously welcome children as gifts from God...then what?

    As any parent knows, raising children is beautiful, exhausting, and often bewildering. And then we have their vocations to think about. It's the job of parents to raise children who are able to cultivate the gift of Faith and really listen to what God is calling them to do with their lives.

    While God gives all the grace and faith necessary to follow him, we parents are tasked with fanning the flames. To help our children turn the spark of faith into a fire of love for God.

    As parents, we need to make our homes a community of prayer, of service, and of witness within the larger Body of Christ. Making these regular and ongoing practices within the life of their family is the most effective way for parents to form their children in the faith.

    Of course, this is not always easy, that's why Claire and John Grabowksi have made this practical guide. This is not high philosophy or deep theology (though it's rooted firmly in Church teaching) but real advice, from real parents who have raised five children.

    As parents, it's our job to get our children to heaven, and helping them discern the vocation God is calling them to is one of the most important parts of that job. You don't have to do it alone, with fervent prayer, a close relationship with Christ, and the tested, practical advice in Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocation, you'll have the tools you need.
    Raising Chaste Catholic Men, Practical Advice from Mom to Mom

    Raising Chaste Catholic Men, Practical Advice from Mom to Mom

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    Anxiety among Catholic mothers is sky high. How do we teach our sons to be chaste when a sex-obsessed culture is ready to drag our boys into the pit at every turn? All we want to do is protect the innocence of our little ones and the honor of our teens, yet the snares of ubiquitous porn, hook-up sex, LGBT ideology, and the devaluing of true manhood appear unavoidable. What's a mother to do? Relax, grab your beverage of choice, and flip open Raising Chaste Catholic Men. In this little heart-to-heart between us girls (although the guys can listen in, too) Leila Miller will take your hand and calm your fears by giving you practical advice in simple terms, based on her 25 years of experience in raising eight children, six of them sons. Some of the serious topics addressed with good humor and no fear include: -Three basic rules for parenting -What to do when boys are little -Answering the culture's accusations -Straight talk about masturbation -Navigating pop culture -What to do when things go wrong -Advice from chaste young men themselves ...and much more, all of it designed to bring your worried heart some peace by giving you a plan of action and the power tools to pull it off. So, trust God and dive in! You've got good men to raise, and the world needs them!
    Raising kids Who Will Make a Difference

    Raising kids Who Will Make a Difference

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    Raising kids to be socially conscious and embrace strong values can be difficult in today's world. In Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference, mother, counselor, and family-life educator Susan Vogt sets out to inspire, equip, and comfort parents in the awesome task of raising Catholic kids who will make positive contributions to our world. Using a delightful blend of honesty and humor, Vogt offers successful parenting strategies and straightforward discussions on important issues such as sexuality, substance abuse, materialism, racism, global awareness, and death.

    Raising Pure Teens

    Raising Pure Teens

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    You could probably come up with a whole telephone-book-sized list of activities you'd rather be doing than talking to your teenagers about sex. With the "pornification" of everything from adolescent fashions to primetime television commercials, who can take a chance on withholding from kids the real score on human sexuality?