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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    Encouragement for Moms

    Though an individual would benefit from reading, this book is arranged as a study guide for a group, with discussion questions at the end of each section. (And, pssst ... don't worry, busy moms -- the answers are there, too! So don't worry about passing class.)<BR/><BR/>The Domestic Church, like all of Donna-Marie's books, backs up its exhortation with solid sources such as quotes from Scripture, encyclicals and saints.<BR/><BR/>I love the realism, too, such as this beautiful quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta:<BR/><BR/>"A living love hurts. Jesus, to prove His love for us, died on the Cross. The mother, to give birth to her child, has to suffer. If you really love one another properly, there must be sacrifice."<BR/><BR/>The Domestic Church honestly addresses "temptations to abandon the heart of the home," noting that mothers can get discouraged, or feel unrecognized and unappreciated. Donna-Marie writes: "A mother who is fighting this interior battle may feel, or even state that she is 'just' a mother. I have heard this so often, and I will tell the mom that she is 'not just a mother!'"<BR/><BR/>This is the heart of Donna's message, and this is her mission: to help other moms realize that their work is a vital, vibrant, holy vocation.<BR/><BR/>I highly recommend Donna-Marie's books to newly married women and new mothers, and to moms of any age who seek encouragement and affirmation in their vocation.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    What a sweet journey...room by room!

    It is truly a privilege to write a review for The Domestic Church: Room by Room, by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.<BR/><BR/>The title of the book intrigued me. As the mother of a large homeschooling family, it's not too difficult for me to see our home as the Domestic Church, our faith is rooted in everything we do and our home reflects our rich, Catholic heritage.<BR/><BR/>I was immediately taken by the warm, friendly and inviting tone set by the author as she seeks to lead us "room by room" on a spiritual journey of self-discovery,one that ultimately leads us to a deeper appreciation of our role as ¿the heart of the home." I'm quite sure the sweet metaphor of each "room' will charm you, so I'll not give much away!<BR/><BR/>The Domestic Church - Room by Room is well written, with thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. This book is well suited to large group study, and yet, was a delight for this busy mom to curl up with, all alone at the end of the day. As a wife and mother with more than a quarter century of experience, I can honestly say I found great encouragement in the words of Donna-Marie, the beautiful scriptural passages, quotes from papal encyclicals and from Bl. Theresa of Calcutta.<BR/><BR/>If you find yourself in need of a "mini-retreat," this is the book you're looking for. Set aside a bit of time each day and allow Donna-Marie to lead you gently through your Domestic Church, you'll enjoy the journey!

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Should Be on every mom's bookshelf!

    Through her growing body of work, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has supported and inspired countless mothers. With the publication of The Domestic Church: Room by Room Donna-Marie offers them yet another source of enlightenment.<BR/><BR/>This Mothers Study Guide will aid women studying either independently or in intimate groups to grow in their vocations to motherhood. Firmly rooted in Catholic doctrine and complimented by both scriptural and catechetical references, the guide offers a "room by room" look at the role of spiritual parenting, encompassing every aspect of a woman's life.<BR/><BR/>Small groups will be aided by Donna-Marie's instructions for forming and getting the most out of a small group experience, as well as the helpful Leader's Guide which accompanies the study.<BR/><BR/>I look forward to gathering with a group of my friends to enjoy a study of The Domestic Church: Room by Room and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to grow in both holiness and familial commitment.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Explore and Enjoy Your Domestic Church

    A few years ago, I participated in a Catholic mother¿s study and was left feeling...unsatisfied somehow. Since I know many women who have benefited greatly from this particular study, I questioned my general ambivalence, tending almost to negativity. Was I just at a bad place; did I just have a bad attitude?<BR/><BR/>After a different small group study, based on a different series, I realized what I missed in the first one - though I am a Catholic mom and it was for Catholic moms, it didn¿t include Church teachings and documents in a way that stimulated me to grow.<BR/><BR/>When Donna-Marie shared her book The Domestic Church: Room by Room with me, I recognized a study that answers that desire I had - and continue to have - to grow in faith with other Catholic women. It¿s a great introduction to some of John Paul II¿s writings on family, packaged in a clever design, where you explore your domestic church one room at a time, starting in the foyer and traveling through the garage, nursery, bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room, and basement, ending with the porch and patio.<BR/><BR/>You could use this guide in a small weekly group, or you could go through it alone. (I¿m more likely to actually answer questions when I¿m in a group setting.) Having your Bible handy will give you a chance to reference the Scripture passages Donna-Marie uses throughout.<BR/><BR/>The Domestic Church: Room by Room is a study that sits you down, heart to heart, with some of the greatest Catholic minds of our time. It will make you walk through your own home with a new appreciation for your vocation within it.

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

    Hugely disappointing

    I read this book with my mom's group at church. In the beginning we were all excited to read a Catholic author's perspective on a faith-filled motherhood journey. What we got instead reads like a dissertation. There are almost no stories to bring the principles to life. It comes across very preachy and half the time I felt like I could never live up to the ideals presented. Particularly disturbing is the patronizing way in which adoptive motherhood seems to have been an afterthought for this author.

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    Posted March 9, 2009

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