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. :)