Since the first edition was published in 2010, it’s become an indispensable resource for two generations of Catholic moms, offering a unique perspective on all aspects of life and honest advice from fellow moms on topics ranging from marriage and finances to stress management and parish life.
The Handbook for Catholic Moms is not a typical parenting book: It doesn’t offer tips for calming a fussy baby or dealing with adolescent angst. In caring for yourself—heart, mind, body, and soul—you can better love and care for your family, community, and Church, according to Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and bestselling author of The Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Grace of Yes.
Hendey provides her personal stories and observations on a number of topics, including:
- stress reduction and sleep
- nurturing your marriage
- engaging in Mass as a family
- modeling lifelong learning to your children
- balancing your career with your vocation as a mother
Each chapter includes relevant scripture references, quotations from saints or noted Catholic figures, commentary and perspectives from other Catholic writers, and checklists of suggested steps moms can take in bringing better balance and integration to their lives.
About the Author
Hendey has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV, and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Her work has appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor.
Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics. She has spoken at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, the National Catholic Youth Conference, the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, and the National Council of Catholic Women. Selected as an Egan Journalism Fellow with Catholic Relief Services, Hendey has traveled, written and spoken on behalf of CRS, Unbound, and other non-profit organizations to support their humanitarian missions in Rwanda, the Philippines, India, Tanzania, Kenya, and Columbia.
She lives with her husband, Greg, in Los Angeles, California.
Table of Contents
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