Popular author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is back, this time with a book that addresses the vocation of motherhood, with all its joys and challenges. Using personal recollections, stories, Scripture, papal writings, and quotes from the saints, Donna-Marie encourages women to fully embrace their calling as mothers. The book takes an honest look at family planning, raising sons and daughters in our media age, overcoming perfectionism, single parenting, and dealing with the tough issues today’s families face.
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About the Author
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife and mother of five. Host and creator of EWTN’s TV series Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms, she is an internationally known speaker, award-winning journalist, and bestselling author of numerous Catholic books, including The Domestic Church: Room by Room, published by Servant Books.
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Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Catholic wife, mother, catechist, and author known throughout the world. She appears regularly as guest and host on Catholic radio and TV shows and has a strong presence on the Internet where she keeps up several blogs including Daily Donna-Marie: A Dose of Inspiration and View from the Domestic Church. In Embracing Motherhood, O’Boyle looks at two sides of the parenting coin: the joys and blessings for mothers and the special challenges they face “as we usher our children through life, raising out little saints to heaven.” She presents this book as a help for all who hope to do their job as mothers well, “please God, and love your children to heaven while embracing motherhood with all your hearts!” The book is divided into nine chapters with titles like Building the Domestic Church and Dealing with the Really Difficult Stuff. Each chapter ends with reflection questions and an original prayer. The text refers frequently to such sources as church documents, Scripture, lives of the saints, and modern Catholic and secular media. Let’s look at Chapter 4, First and Foremost Educator, as an example. O’Boyle opens with her view of the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child,” which at one time she found “pretty accurate and even kind of idyllic.” Now, however, she hesitates, recognizing that our culture is not based on Christian values. She cites instruction from the Catechism on the home as the base for education in virtue. The next section, “Don’t Put That Garbage in Your Head,” uses this quote from a priest friend’s homily. O’Boyle then provides guidelines on guarding our senses of sight, hearing, and touch from the garbage of the Internet, media, and entertainment industry. The chapter also addresses the need for parents to stay alert to pressures and influences of the culture and to teach children to be prayerful. The reflection questions deal with the grave responsibilities of parents in raising children in the faith and being more vigilant with respect to lurking dangers.
In Embracing Motherhood, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle does what she does so well: she brings the warm embrace of Christ's love and Church teaching to a point that's accessible and relevant to modern moms. She reaches out, across the pages, to encourage and challenge women in their unique vocations as mothers.