Lisa M. Hendey, creator of CatholicMom.com, has written a lovely, all-encompassing book called The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. This book is divided into 22 bite-sized (most 10 pages or less) chapters offering encouragement, stories from other Catholic Moms, some “homework” to help improve, and web resources for further investigation and help.
Hendey covers topics ranging from community to stewardship to taking care of yourself to spending time with God. One of the things that I love about this book is that Hendey is not afraid to cover a topic just because she isn’t an expert. And she tells you that repeatedly. She does, however, include information from other moms who are, as well as plenty of ways to find more information and help. She also doesn’t shy away from the normal idea of mom/dad/child and addresses help for those who are single mom’s, no matter how they got there. Rare is the book that specifically addresses this particular group of Catholic mom’s even though plenty of them exist.
She also frequently quotes saints, priests, the Catechism, and others of authority in appropriate places in this book. While it is obvious that she is a layperson, it is also obvious that she is real and has been there and that makes her (and her advice) approachable. There is nothing she suggests that feels impossible to try or do. I love that this is not just a book on how lovely it is to be a Catholic mom but inspires you to do better and gives practical tips on how to do that. Practical books are my favorites.
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