The Handbook for Catholic Moms

Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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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 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.

Product Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594712289

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “The Catholic mom instruction manual.”

    “If you’re a Catholic mom looking for the instruction manual—with a side of honesty and deep faith—you've found your winner in this book.”

    Kathryn Whitaker
    Author of Live Big, Love Bigger

  • “A book every Catholic mom should own!”

    “Here is a book every Catholic mom should own! Lisa Hendey encourages and inspires with practical ideas and mom-to-mom sharing for women of all ages and stages of motherhood. Read this book and come away refreshed and ready to dive into your motherly vocation!”

    Danielle Bean
    Catholic author and brand manager

  • “Informative, upbeat.”

    “Practical, easy-to-read guide to all things maternal and Catholic. 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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Preface to the Book
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A Discussion Guide to the Book
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