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Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers-to-Be

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This beautifully crafted book is a reflection guide, keepsake, and prayer journal that offers inspiration for each month of pregnancy in the tradition of the popular nine-day prayer, the Novena.

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This beautifully crafted book is a reflection guide, keepsake, and prayer journal that offers inspiration for each month of pregnancy in the tradition of the popular nine-day prayer, the Novena.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780824524593
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/25/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 322,953
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    I couldn't wait to get to the next month!!

    My best friend gave me this book when I was expecting baby number 7. I had never seen anything like it and read it through pregnancy 7, 8, and 9. I'm now expecting baby number 10 and will read it again. I couldn't wait to get to the next month (and I was tempted to read ahead!) It's the perfect read whether this is your first baby or your 10th!! It's also perfect for busy moms. I'm so blessed to have received this as a gift and will treasure it always!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Spritual Support

    Donna Marie's book, Prayerfully Expecting, is a real gem. The monthly prayers and readings were such a tremendous help to me in making my pregnancy a truly blessed time of drawing closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. The 'Mother's Daily Prayer for her Children' became especially precious to me as I called on many of the saints associated with motherhood and pregnancy to pray for us. When our baby suddenly came six weeks early, those prayers went with me to the neonatal ICU where I continued to pray them over our delicate little girl. Such comfort and peace this book brought to my whole pregnancy. I cannot think of a better gift for any expectant mother!!! Thank you, Donna, and may God bless you always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    The Perfect Gift for Any Expectant Mother

    This wonderful journal offers mothers not only the chance to record the physical and emotional stages of pregnancy, but also to grow spiritually as the young life develops within her. With suggested prayer, mysteries of the Rosary, and novenas in fact the book is meant to transform pregnancy into a nine month novena. Each month has also has a description of the physical changes that the baby is experiencing. I would definately recommend this book for any pregnant woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2007

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    ¿You have been blessed with the privilege of conceiving a child, whose heart beats within you. Cradled inside you, your unborn child will be nourished and kept warm in your womb for the next nine months. What an incredible miracle!¿ With these words, Donna-Marie Cooper O¿Boyle planted a seedling of hope in my heart with this, my second pregnancy, and nurtured it over the course of months. She didn¿t spoil the fun of what I would find in this nine-month journey ¿ because not only am I not a rookie at it, but I am also not finished with it ¿ but she did reframe it for me in a way that I never would have thought of ¿ she turned me back to God with this, the incredible miracle of life within me. She changed my paradigm from one of self-focus to one of heavenly focus, and taking the nine months of my pregnancy and transforming them into a novena, a series of prayers, has made my bond with my baby and my Savior completely different. Pregnancy is naturally a time of reflection. How can it not be, as your body changes and there is movement within you? However, for me, it never occurred to me to do more than just the usual prayers during this very sacred time, until, that is, the brown paper package containing Prayerfully Expecting arrived at my door. Within its covers, I have found hope¿not just for a healthy baby or a great pregnancy, but hope for the world. As I have journeyed through the months of this book during my pregnancy, I have reflected on the examples of those great women before me, especially Jesus¿ own mother, who have taken this excursion down the path of pregnancy into motherhood. I have also had the opportunity to write about my experience, to memorialize what it means to be pregnant this time and in the set of circumstances I¿m wearing now. Within the nine-month novena of this book, I¿m finding the joy of praying and reflecting slowly. So often, I find myself hurrying through my prayers to get them done I catch myself checking them off the list of things I have to do I multi-task until I can do no more. This book is keeping me honest. The pleasure of opening its pages and finding out what the month holds ¿ in terms of my baby¿s development and for my own spiritual growth ¿ is enough to make me sit down, pause, and truly thank God for the miracle within me. While pregnancy is a time of joy and thanksgiving, so often it is also a time of sacrifice and suffering. I know many mothers who have lost babies at various stages of their pregnancies, and I know plenty (myself included!) who spend the nine months fighting worries of one kind or another. I also know mothers who have great physical hardship as a result of bringing a baby into the world ¿ from nine-month nausea and vomiting to the frustration of bed rest and limited mobility to the sickening worry that comes from finding out there is ¿ or might be ¿ something wrong with the little one inside. The powerlessness that accompanies pregnancy is something hidden from the balloons and singing of the showers, something that is so often borne alone. But I am finding, this time around, that having my nose inserted in Prayerfully Expecting is keeping me from focusing on the negative aspects of my ¿condition¿ when they crop up, and it¿s keeping my eyes trained where they¿re supposed to be anyway ¿ heavenward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    A different kind of pregnancy journal

    Prayerfully Expecting is a different kind of pregnancy journal. Imbued as it is with Scripture, exhortations from John Paul the Great, wisdom from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and both traditional and original prayers, it steeps expectant mothers in an atmosphere of holiness, reminding them that what they are experiencing is sacred. I plan to put away three copies of this book -- one for each of my daughters -- for 'someday.'

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