Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom

Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom


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The truth about parenting is that you don't have to get everything right and your family doesn't need to be perfect. Colleen Duggan learned those lessons through years of struggling with unrealistic expectations.

In this frank and intimate story, Duggan explores the emotional and spiritual healing that needed to take place in her life in order to be the parent, spouse, and follower of Christ God created her to be. Sharing both funny parenting moments and difficult times of self-scrutiny, Duggan invites us to join her in experiencing God's healing mercy and shows how to allow that healing to rejuvenate our lives and revitalize our families.

As a child, Duggan smoothed over the jagged edges of her difficult home life with good grades and perfect behavior. By the time Duggan was an adult, her drive to constantly be in control was her way of life. It was only when she began raising her family that she realized how damaging this compulsion was for both her and the people around her.

That's when she began her faltering journey toward letting God be in control.

In Good Enough Is Good Enough, Duggan shares her heartaches—learning her child has a genetic disorder that might lead to cancer; realizing that her drive to do and be everything for everyone strained her marriage; and struggling with feelings of worthlessness after leaving her job to become "just" a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. She also shares parenting difficulties we've all faced—trying to keep her kids quiet during Mass; wondering whether she's giving them enough opportunities for growth; and balancing time spent on herself, her kids, and others. With each story, we feel the brokenness she tried to cover by being a "perfect" parent and the eventual realization that she needed to find healing.

Through the saints, the Sacraments, and Catholic traditions and literature, Duggan found the Church a place where God's love and healing grace embraced her. She invites us to the same conclusion: whether we are dealing with everyday frustrations or life-changing tragedies, it is in the heart of the Catholic Church that we are finally free to let go of our facades in order to embrace our brokenness and find healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594717314
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Series: A Book Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 641,235
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Colleen Duggan is a Catholic writer whose work has appeared in Catholic Digest, Creative Catechist,, Aleteia, and Integrated Catholic Life. Duggan also is an art teacher and department head at a classical Christian academy in Maryland. She is a catechist, leads Bible studies, and speaks on Catholicism and Catholic parenting. She founded the women’s ministry at her parish.

Duggan earned a bachelor's degree in religious studies and psychology from Saint Mary's College and a master's degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. She is a contributor to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area with her husband, John, and their children.

Lisa M. Hendey is Catholic blogger, speaker, creator of, and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa M. Hendey ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Confession 1 I Don't Know How to Master Motherhood 1

Confession 2 I Don't Always Take Care of Myself as I Should 23

Confession 3 I Don't Know How to Keep My Kids Catholic 43

Confession 4 I Don't Like Watching My Children Suffer 65

Confession 5 I Sometimes Compare Myself with Other Parents 93

Conclusion 119

Notes 131

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