Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: Review and Giveaway


My relationship with the saints has been a bit of a tumultuous one over the years. It has taken me many years to see them as more than just plastic statues with picture book lives. I wanted desperately to be like them but was not able to see myself in their shoes... or visa versa.

Fast forward a dozen years or so... I have finally discovered a real treasure in my heavenly family; and now believe that I, too, can walk where they have walked. With my failures and struggles and bad hair days and even worse mama days... right into the arms of God.

Lisa Hendey just did a beautiful thing for moms like me. She wrote a book specifically designed to help us grow closer to the saints of God as we walk the path of our vocation. The  book is called A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and it does provide a wonderful opportunity for busy moms who are always looking for ways to grow in holiness through their vocational call. Think you've got enough books about the saints around your Catholic home? Maybe. But I think you might discover that this is the one you didn't even realize you were missing.

Definitely buy the book for yourself or someone you know. And don't forget to enter my giveaway for an extra copy to keep or give. (More info on that below.)

Before I go on, I just want you to watch a brief trailer (2 minutes and 15 seconds) for the book. Lisa Hendey is a wonderful and faithful Catholic mama. She is the founder of CatholicMom.com and author of  the popular Handbook for Catholic Moms. She is also a world-class sweetheart and I would love for you to hear from her own mouth why she wrote this book for us...



The book is arranged in 52 chapters with one saint for each week. Each chapter includes stories, traditions, quotes, Scripture, prayer for the individual and for the family, reflection and action steps for bringing the spirit of the saint into our motherhood. Long enough to provide plenty for the searching soul. Short enough not to unduly burden the busy daily schedule.

In addition to offering a free copy of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms to one of my readers, Lisa will also be writing a guest post here on Wednesday (11/23) on the importance of carving out quiet, prayerful time in our domestic day.

On to the giveaway... you have TWO chances... I'll make this super easy...

~ Entry #1: Leave a comment telling which of your domestic duties you most need a patron saint for. For example: I am currently searching for the patron saint of toilet scrubbing. I need an attitude adjustment in this area... and a whole lot of grace! 


~ Entry #2: Leave a separate comment telling which of your duties brings you the most satisfaction. For example: I am so grateful for the blessing of nursing my babies. In those moments, I feel like a very, very good mother. As close to perfect as it gets.


~ Deadline for entry is Friday, November 25th at 11:59pm.

~ Winner will be notified on Saturday, November 26th.

Thanks so much to Lisa for this super opportunity and for blessing the lives of Catholic moms everywhere. :)

26 comments:

  1. I could use a patron saint for difficult bedtimes! My boys seem to think that their cribs are bounce houses.

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  2. What brings me the most satisfaction is comforting during illness or upset. I remember the little babies they once were when they curl up on my lap and I rock them back to sleep.

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  3. I could use a Patron Saint for sleepless nights. I don't do well with little sleep!

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  4. What brings me the most satisfaction is cleaning my kitchen. When my kitchen is clean, I feel like my whole house is pretty clean.

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  5. For me, I am a Catholic husband and i find that taking care of my wife when she is ill and helping around the apartment at different times brings me satisfaction. I love my wife and I love being able to do chores and take care of those people i love.

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  6. Paperwork- I need a patron saint for paperwork. When I think about all the pieces that come into our home on a daily basis....and each time I sit to sort them all out on the dinner table, my organizationally gifted son removes hem all from the table- because he likes the look of a clear spot. The process begins again, and again, and again.

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  7. What brings me satisfactions is lightbulb moments I am blessed to witness in our children. Those moments are when they share of themselves with others, when they advocate for another, when they think on their own accord to do a good deed for another, when they include someone in their prayers at night. It gives me hope that somehow God is getting through and the seed which was planted is taking root.

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  8. I need a patron saint for clean kitchen countertops. No matter what I do they never stay clean or clutter free.

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  9. What brings me the most satisfaction is caring for my children or simply goofing around with them to see them smile or laugh. For my littlest one, I'm happiest to just hold her in my arms while she sleeps.

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  10. I could use a patron saint for irritability. I am too easily irritated by people, things, etc.

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  11. What brings me the most satisfaction is cleaning my house. When my house is clean and organized, I feel like I am fulfilling my vocation as wife and mother.

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  12. I need a patron saint for clutter & for organizing in small spaces with a shortage of closets.

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  13. A patron saint for laundry!!! Laundry used to be one of my favorite chores because there was an end. These days, I feel like it never ends and I get super frustrated after spending a whole day doing laundry.

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  14. When all the beds are made, I feel a moment of accomplishment in my domestic duties. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  15. Socks! Oh how I need help with finding pairs!
    Charline

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  16. Snuggles and cuddles is the duty that I love the most!
    Charline

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  17. I need a patron saint for bending over and picking up all the food that is thrown off the high chair!

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  18. I find the most joy when both my girls are fighting to sit on my lap, we all start laughing which brings on gigglefest!

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  19. I am constantly praying for patience and the ability to see my children as God sees them...not the way I sometime critically view them.

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  20. I LOVE watching the relationships develop between the children. I have to continually remind myself to step back and let them be...it's okay not to get through all of our school work every day if they are genuinely happy doing/playing something with a sibling. That's what they'll remember when they're grown...and I'll remember it too!

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  21. I need a patron saint for Simplicity. I get so caught up in nesting and making sure that my kids have enough toys and books and that I miss out on opportunities to just cuddle with them or play with them.

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  22. What brings me the most satisfaction is rocking whichever kid has woken up in the middle of the night. It's quiet, dark, peaceful, and just us two rocking to the sound of our breathing while the little one lies his/her head on my shoulder.

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  23. I could use a patron saint for cleaning my blinds. It's a chore that is so tedious and time consuming since I have so many!

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  24. What brings me the most satisfaction is when all the laundry is put away and the house is de-cluttered. When everything is in it's space, I feel content.

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  25. I need a patron saint for dusting!

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  26. I am great at vacuuming and I always feel that the house feels so much cleaner as long as the floor is clean :)

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