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Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

    A MUST read!

    Hi Donna-Marie,

    I got your book "Grace Cafe" a couple days ago and I read it already, I'm not a speed reader or anything -I just REALLY enjoyed your book. I don't know where to start except for Thank you for writing it!! I have been praying I would find something that would inspire me to be a good Catholic mother AND show me how. I cannot express in words how proud and excited I am to be Catholic -even more so now that I know what to do thanks to you and your book!! You are wonderful and I am looking forward to reading "The Heart of Motherhood" next!!

    Thank you and God bless you!

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    A Generous Serving of Love at Grace Cafe

    Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle has given us just that in her beautiful book Grace Cafe.

    She fills you up with truths from Church documents, encyclicals and inspiring words from such saints as Therese of Lisieux and St. Joseph. She truly shines her light on Christian motherhood.

    Donna Marie shows us mothers how to turn our everyday lives into one constant prayer and offering to the Lord. Beginning our day with prayer for our families. Asking Our Lord to bless our families and our husbands.

    As wives and mothers we are placed by God as specially appointed keepers of our domestic churches. The opportunities to holiness are endless. Holiness is found in the teaching of prayers to your children, in fixing supper for your husband and even in the laundry piled high.

    I highly recommend this book for those occasions when you feel overwhelmed by it all. This book ends with some beautiful prayers and poems that will renew and refresh you.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    Nourishment for a mom's soul

    Grace Cafe offers "recipes" that will nourish any mother (perhaps especially anyone struggling with her vocation as a stay-at-home mom.) Donna-Marie's informative, encouraging, mom-affirming message is reinforced with quotes from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, and various saints. <BR/><BR/>Welcome nourishment for any mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2008

    Grace Cafe....the transcendence of Catholic MOtherhood!

    Donna Marie Cooper-O¿Boyle has once again hit a home run with her latest work, Grace Café! <BR/>Her latest book is a great testimony to the vocational call of motherhood that manifests itself in a sublime sacramental and pragmatic manner in our Catholic Church. The examples of feminine individuality and determination that Donna presents in such illustrious characters as Teresa of Calcutta, Theresa of the Little Flower, The Virgin Mother, Saint Mary Madeline and so forth are stirring examples of the critical importance women play in the daily sanctification and evangelization of the Catholic faith.<BR/><BR/>The most incredible points are when you take graced spiritual moments and apply them to the 21st century pursuit of holiness¿such as a ¿domestic prayer chapel¿ and the raising up of domestic activities as part of the overall developing plan of God¿s creation are moments that deserve great prayer and pondering by all faithful people.<BR/>Grace Café is an exceptionally fine example of putting Catholic theological concepts into practical everyday illustrations of our Catholic worship. What I find especially uplifting is the central focus Donna places on the maternal role of leadership in prayer and faith that is often times forgotten in our harried and secularized lives. The proper formation and education of the Catholic faith rightly belongs to Catholic parents, especially roots of faith catechesis and evangelization focused in the Catholic home and hearth. <BR/><BR/><BR/>However, the inclusion of Fulton Sheen in the last chapter truly shows how important the planting of the Gospel message in the fertile ground of Catholic family life is so critically important for the future of the growing and living Church. The mentioning of the 50¿s iconic Archbishop Sheen strongly places an emphasis for all parents to consider catechesis through the familiar teachings of our own foundations of Catholic Theology. The message of Archbishop Sheen was simply a magnificent tool of Catholic faith exegesis through the simple grace filled moments of everyday living. Donna Marie¿s Grace Café clearly reminds all of us, that our faith is indeed nurtured by all of the special moments we all share as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers and grandchildren as we live our faith in a daily unfolding of God¿s grace and sanctification.<BR/><BR/>Donna¿s stories and personal reflections are indicative of our common religious upbringing, such as recalling your grandmother¿s apartment, and saying the family rosary are magnificent signs and anchors of the transmission of faith that truly is nourished and enhanced by the everyday domestic trials and tribulations of Catholic motherhood. <BR/>Most significantly the maternal obligation and responsibility incumbent on all Catholic mothers illustrates the magnificent nurturing nature that is Catholic motherhood and the development of Catholic spiritual coherence. Grace Café clearly heralds the great ministry of Mary, the Mother of Jesus as she set the model and example for all future Catholic theological maternal relationships.<BR/><BR/>Grace Café is a great book, which uniquely strikes a resonant chord in my Catholic foundational background. It will do the same for your spiritual development as well. <BR/><BR/>Hugh McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist that writes on Catholic topics and issues. Hugh studied both philosophy and theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He writes daily at: http://

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Buy Two -- One for You and One for a Friend!

    Grace Cafe is the "cookbook" we each wish we had for living life as a Catholic wife and mother - a realistic, yet very prayerful guide towards living out our vocation.<BR/><BR/>When reading this book, I found myself reflecting back to younger days with my now teenage sons and wishing I'd had this resource back then! Donna-Marie reminds us in Grace Cafe that mothering is a lifelong role filled with many joys and a few struggles too. She gracefully gives wisdom for dealing with all ends of the mothering spectrum.<BR/><BR/>Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's books are always firmly rooted in Catholic doctrine and filled with references from the Catechism, scripture and papal encyclicals. And yet, Donna-Marie has a true knack for helping this sometimes heady material seem both relevant and accessible. When you read Grace Cafe, you will be both edified and inspired - I can hear Donna-Marie's soothing voice and uplifting words like a warm hug from a special friend in both books.<BR/><BR/>Buy two copies - one for you, and one for a beloved friend or family member. Grace Cafe is one to share and enjoy over and over!

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    A Cookbook for Mothering

    I¿m not really a fan of books about motherhood. I¿ve read a few, but it¿s not a genre I generally seek out. That makes me doubly glad for having discovered Donna-Marie Cooper O¿Boyle¿s Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering.<BR/><BR/>She starts the conversation with a truth I¿ve witnessed over and over, among friends and women from all over: ¿Mothers today don¿t have many opportunities to receive a pat on the back.¿ She continues, later in her introduction, ¿We can certainly benefit from encouragement and praise to aid and uplift us on our pilgrimage throughout the challenging vocation of motherhood. We can and should extend a hand to help each other along the way.¿<BR/><BR/>In eleven chapters, Donna-Marie serves up advice gleaned from her experiences and observations. I felt, reading it, that we were sitting down and having a discussion over a cozy cup of tea.<BR/><BR/>This book is perfect especially for mothers who are around their children all the time - I hesitate to say ¿stay at home¿ because I am not a ¿stay at home¿ mother, but I am around my children for big chunks of time, and I benefited from reading this book. Mothers who find themselves struggling with the demands of motherhood and the many expectations and pulls from the world around, gather! This book is for you!<BR/><BR/>Each chapter has a central theme - ¿How can I find myself through the vocation of motherhood?¿ for example - and a ¿recipe¿ to guide you through to the answer. I found the poems and prayers concluding each chapter a good point of reflection and a helpful reminder of Whose design we¿re supposed to follow.<BR/>¿Throughout, Donna-Marie sprinkles the wisdom of modern-day saints - notably John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. She tackles more than just the easy challenges of Catholic motherhood, and she made me think about why I am the way I am.<BR/><BR/>There were a few points that made me stop reading - I wasn¿t sure I agreed with what Donna-Marie was saying. Going back, though, I appreciated Donna-Marie¿s conversational style, which leaves room for thought and growth.<BR/>¿Do you find yourself at home, looking around with a weary heart and an over-busy mind, running the rat race of motherhood with no joy? Stop and brew a cup of tea, and sit down with this book. It¿s a boost of support, and not just for Catholics! All Christian mothers will benefit from O¿Boyle¿s wisdom and advice, and will find themselves discovering the satisfaction of their vocation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I'm so thankful for Donna-Marie and her wonderful books! She's i

    I'm so thankful for Donna-Marie and her wonderful books! She's is a bright light on the path for faithful Christian moms in our world today. There's something so familiar about her writing that speaks straight to my heart. It's as if I'm able to sit down for coffee with a trusted friend or around the dinner table with my mom, Grandma and aunts for treasured time who know both Jesus and our calling as mothers (whether physical or spiritual) well. Someone who seems to know my heart and can speak uplifting words of inspiration, confidence and encouragement. For example, how to maintain an active prayer life throughout the very busy and often chaotic days and nights of mothering, how to sanctify each day as we take steps each day to answer our universal call to holiness by our Baptism - for ourselves and for our family's salvation- and especially words of wisdom from years of experience how to serve in love and joy. To keep the fire of love and faith alive in our hearts and share it with others, with sincere joy. How to not miss the tremendously beautiful gifts that God has given us, and how to cooperate with His grace with our Yes. Especially in this &quot;Year of Faith,&quot; and the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II when the council fathers said in closing that women living the Gospel could do much to &quot;aid humanity in not falling,&quot; I believe this is an excellent book to help us on that path.

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