Our Not-Quite-Holy Family

A Practical Guide for Catholic Parents
Author: Mark Hart
Author: Melanie Hart
$15.95

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 5, 2021

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Many Catholics might recognize Mark Hart as the dynamic youth minister who has all the right answers about being and staying Catholic. Flash forward fifteen years: Mark and his wife Melanie have four children and they realize that despite all the advice they’ve doled out over the years, there’s no single formula for having a happy, holy family. In Our Not-Quite-Holy Family, the Harts offer candid, sincere, and down-to-earth wisdom from their time in the trenches of parenting.

Do you feel as if you’ve taken all the right steps to create God-loving individuals but still find your children are tuning you out? Are you trying to figure out how to have a family that is holy but still “normal” and human? If so, you’ll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and—most importantly—practical wisdom in Our Not-Quite-Holy Family.

Chock-full of amusing anecdotes about their journey raising four children, the Hart’s book reminds Catholics that being a good parent means taking time to get to know—and actually enjoy—your children. You’ll find thoughtful insights on a range of parenting topics, including:

  • becoming a proactive, emotionally-present parent,
  • healing personal wounds before they emerge in your parenting,
  • parenting with your spouse as a team while maintaining intimacy in marriage,
  • praying as a family without coercing your children,
  • managing screen time, social media, and demanding schedules, and
  • picking your battles and being a good listener.

Each chapter presents typical shortfalls and obstacles faced by Catholic parents, suggestions and ideas to think and pray about as a couple, and resources or activities to try as a couple or family.

A book for Catholics at every stage of the parenting journey—the Harts have a child in college, high school, middle school, and elementary school—Our Not-Quite-Holy Family leaves parents with a little less tension in their shoulders and a slap on the back for doing a good job—no matter what everyone else says “good Catholic parenting” should look like.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594719172

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A breath of fresh air.”

    “Mark and Melanie Hart are the breath of fresh air that modern Catholic parents need.”

    Jennifer Fulwiler
    Author of Something Other Than God

  • “A treasure map for harried parents.”

    “Mark and Melanie Hart have
    written a treasure map for harried parents searching for honest, faithful, fun parenting. This book is a godsend. It is honest, boots-on-the-ground living in a Spirit-filled family.”

    Tom Wilson
    Actor, writer, and comedian

  • “A winner for Catholic parents.”

    Our Not-Quite-Holy Family is terrific! Full of practical counsel and humor, this book is a winner for Catholic parents.”

    Fr. Mike Schmitz
    Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
    Diocese of Duluth

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