The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul

Ave Maria Press
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The Handbook for Catholic Moms, Lisa M. Hendey’s eminently practical and award-winning resource, has helped new parents balance and integrate the deeply personal needs of their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls with the demands of family life and faith commitment.

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.
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About the author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of the award-winning CatholicMom.com. She is the bestselling author of The Handbook for Catholic MomsA Book of Saints for Catholic MomsThe Grace of Yes, The Chime Travelers children’s fiction series and I Am God’s Storyteller. Hendey is the coeditor of the The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion.
 
Hendey has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV,  and as a part of the Momnipotent DVD series. Her work has appeared in Catholic DigestNational 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.

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Publisher
Ave Maria Press
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Published on
Aug 2, 2019
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781594713125
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / General
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
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Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Family Life. (Second Place).


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