The Handbook for Catholic Moms

The Handbook for Catholic Moms

Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul 

Author: Lisa M. Hendey

Price: $16.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 256

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-228-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: February 1, 2010

More Family and Parenting, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Women's Spirituality


Drawing from the deep tradition of the Catholic faith, Lisa Hendey, the creator of the popular website, coaches Catholic moms how to care for themselves—heart, mind, body, and soul—so that they can better love and care for their families, their neighbors, and their Church.

With warmth and wisdom, Hendey creates an environment where Catholic moms can reflect peacefully upon often-competitive topics like parenting style, types of schooling, and working outside the home. By sharing her own story, Hendey inspires readers to better balance their own needs with the demands of family life and faith commitment.


"You're going to love this book!"

"Lisa Hendey is the sister friend of Catholic motherhood! We know her so well through her work for families, her website, and her engaging podcasts. Lisa now brings us her book in which she openly discusses the essential elements of a Catholic mom’s life in an exceptionally delightful, engaging, dynamic, and practical manner. You’ll be turning pages and feeling as if Lisa is there by your side lovingly offering her insight and warm encouragement. You’re going to love this book!"

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms on EWTN
Author of the Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers

"A lifesaver to Catholic woman."

"Lisa Hendey is the kind of friend whose advice you always treasure. Warm, wise, funny, compassionate, faith-filled, and, above all experienced in the joys and struggles of family life, her new book will be a lifesaver to Catholic women who try, hope, and pray to be good moms."

Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints

"Wisdom and energy."

"Lisa Hendey's website has long been a treasured Internet gathering spot. The Handbook for Catholic Moms is a welcome extension of Lisa's wisdom and energy, enriched by the experiences of the community of women who have found community, support, and strength through"

Amy Welborn, Author of eighteen books, including
A Catholic Woman's Book of Days and Mary and the Christian Life

"Belongs on your short list of indispensable resources."

"Every mom needs a few good tools in her belt, to help her handle life’s challenges, and The Handbook for Catholic Moms belongs on your short list of indispensable resources. Does your marriage need a tune-up? Does your friendship garden need cultivating? Could your parenting skills use a little remedial attention? This book offers sound advice to help you meet these and other challenges with confidence and grace."

Heidi Hess Saxton, Author of
My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories

"Informative, upbeat guide."

"As a Catholic mother, Hendey, the creator of, has had to find a new parish, learn how to navigate the Internet, and make new friends in a strange place, all while holding herself and her family together mentally, physically, and spiritually. In this practical, easy-to-read guide to all things maternal and Catholic, she shares her advice and that of some of her online colleagues. Knowing busy moms have fleeting attention spans, Hendey wisely has broken each chapter into short takes that include a story from her life, personal reflections of other moms, pithy quotes from church figures and texts, 'Mom’s Homework' to-dos and Web resources. She covers matters of heart, mind, body and soul in chapters on relationships, creativity, fitness and prayer, all infused with a uniquely Catholic outlook that emphasizes the importance of such things as frequent reception of the sacraments, befriending the saints, and getting the most out of worship during Mass. Catholic moms will welcome this informative, upbeat guide as a resource that nicely blends the sacred with the secular."

Publishers Weekly

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