Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul

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Lisa Hendey, creator of the popular website CatholicMom.com, draws from the deep tradition of the Catholic faith in coaching Catholic moms to care for themselves-heart, mind, body, and soul-so that they can better love and care for their families, their neighborhoods, and their Church.

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Lisa Hendey, creator of the popular website CatholicMom.com, draws from the deep tradition of the Catholic faith in coaching Catholic moms to care for themselves-heart, mind, body, and soul-so that they can better love and care for their families, their neighborhoods, and their Church.

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As a Catholic mother, Hendey, the creator of CatholicMom.com, 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594712289
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 450,300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the creator of www.CatholicMom.com and the host of the weekly Catholic Moments podcast and the "Catholic Mom" television show. Hendey writes regularly for Faith & Family, and her articles have appeared in National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor. She also gives workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics. Hendey lives in the Fresno area with her husband of twenty-three years and their two teenage sons.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I Heart 1

Chapter 1 A Match Made in Heaven 2

Chapter 2 Somebody's Mom 14

Chapter 3 Soul Sisters 30

Chapter 4 Faith Family 38

Chapter 5 Special Circumstances 48

Chapter 6 You're Never Alone 60

Part II Mind 73

Chapter 7 School's Never Out 74

Chapter 8 Working Things Out 84

Chapter 9 Bearing the Clock 94

Chapfer 10 The Family Banker 104

Chapfer 11 Weaving Your Way through the Web 114

Chapter 12 Cultivating Creativity 124

Part III Body 135

Chapter 13 Fitness Focus 136

Chapter 14 Fuel for the Journey 148

Chapter 15 "And Protect Us from All Anxiety" 158

Chapfer 16 Doctor's Orders 168

Part IV Soul

Chapter 17 Prioritizing Prayer 178

Chapter 18 Mass Matters 188

Chapter 19 A Mother's Mother 198

Chapter 20 Saintly Solutions 210

Chapter 21 The Beauty of the Bible 222

Chapter 22 Culture of Faith 232

Acknowledgments 243

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Encouragement for the Catholic Mom!

    This is not a parenting-advice book but one on how moms can take care of themselves. Moms need to take care of their heart, mind, body and soul so that they can nurture their families and loved ones. Through personal stories from the author and others, moms learn that they are not alone and receive concrete suggestions on how to handle life's challenges. A wonderful, encouraging book for any mom, no matter what age her children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Solution to your gift-buying dilemma

    Do you have a woman in your life who's impossible to shop for, who has it all, who doesn't need - or want - a thing? Do you find yourself dreading gift-giving holidays, wanting to delight her, but fearful of falling short? Do you pray for a miracle and inspiration?

    Your prayer has been answered.

    With Lisa Hendey's debut book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms, Catholic dads everywhere can rest assured that they're buying the perfect gift. It's equal parts girlfriend sharing, wise advice, and divine inspiration.

    Be warned, moms and dads: you're going to need to buy two copies, or maybe even three. That woman you're buying for, of course, gets one, but you deserve one too (even if you're the dad - here's your chance to get a glimpse (and what a lovely glimpse!) into her world!). Then there's that copy you're going to want to give away - maybe to the new mom who's looking a bit discouraged at Mass or the old friend who needs a hug but won't admit it.

    Lisa has done what Lisa does so well.she has collaborated and gathered the wisdom of the Catholic community into one place. Her book has earned its spot on the shelf that holds my dearest and most favorite books.

    I imagined Lisa, so often throughout the book, putting her arm around me. There's one part in particular where she talks about being at Mass and being inspired by the variety of moms around her and she shares how each of them, so different and yet so united, are her heroes.

    Lisa has long been a hero of mine. She's the kind of person you can call late at night and ask to pray with you. She's the kind of person who gives and gives and gives.and then reminds us, by her example, that what comes first - whether she's introducing herself at a conference or meeting you for the first time online - is our vocations as wives and mothers.

    This is the kind of book that I'll be keeping in stock at my house, because I come into contact with a lot of moms who need what this book offers: gentle encouragement, faith-filled sharing, and timeless wisdom.

    I recommend it for, oh, everyone.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    An Excellent Read

    Well written, excellent organization, enjoyable to read with a variety of contributions giving a nice balance of different voices. Focuses on nurturing moms (and maybe dads) and is a must have resource for any mom or anyone who knows a mom.

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