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The Catholic Wedding Book: A Complete Guidebook

There is a lot of planning that goes into a wedding! The Catholic Wedding Book seeks to offer some practical advice in the planning of a Catholic Wedding, including the preparation, ceremony, and Mass. This lighthearted read is the focus of the August Book Review.


101 Tips for a Happier Marriage: Simple Ways for Couples to Grow Closer to God and to Each Other

Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes present 101 tips with reflections for spouses to better serve their spouse and family.


The Gift of Self: A Spiritual Companion for Separated and Divorced Faithful to the Sacrament of Marriage

What does divorce mean for the sacrament of marriage? Maria Pia Campanella explores how those who are separated or divorced can continue to live out their sacramental marriage as well as offers insight to those who are ministering to them.


Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray, and Act

In our book-of-the-month for May, Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss offer daily spiritual exercises to busy mothers who feel like they don’t have time to pray.


It Is Well: Life in the Storm

In his memoir about his wife’s death to cancer at the age of 32, Chris Faddis provides an intimate glimpse of loss, faith, despair and hope.


Spirituality, Intimacy, and Sexuality

A book about three themes important to everyone’s life. Insights about intimacy in marriage and intimacy with God.


Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness

A trustworthy guide to the “why” and “how” of praying with your spouse.


Living in Difficult Relationships

Every marriage has its difficult moments, some more severe than many others.


Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home

In their new book, Tim and Sue Muldoon write that spirituality can be found “right in the messy midst” of home life. They encourage families to see their lives as a pilgrimage together, and they suggest reading Scripture together as a family as a way to foster each other’s faith.


Winning the Discipline Debates

Looking for good advice about disciplining children? Popular author and psychologist Ray Guarendi weaves his typical humor and common sense into true-to-life “discipline scenes” and offers “stage directions” to Mom and Dad. Readable as a whole or in parts.


Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage

In this book, popular authors Greg and Lisa Popcak offer solid advice to newly-married couples. They cover topics such as conflict, sex, and prayer.


Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women

The author uses an evangelical style to encourage readers to be a “woman for others.”


The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family

Is your family life a chaotic race from sunup to sundown? The author proposes “to help you run your family with more clarity and context and purposefulness by provoking you to answer three simple questions that can change your life.”


Good News for Married Lovers: A Scriptural Path for Marriage Renewal

This week’s book is a classic by the late Fr. Chuck Gallagher, a driving force behind Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Fr. Chuck considers the extent to which people who are married become part of each other’s lives and must, as a consequence, give “absolute priority” to each other.


‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America

Some interfaith couples downplay their faith differences, but that’s not a good idea, says the author of this new book. Religious differences are more than superficial. They need to be addressed before the wedding to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.


Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood

“This book bothered me right at the beginning. Something about the cover image — a woman wearing a polka-dot dress, 3-inch heels and a halo while sitting on a cloud — turned me off. The word “bodacious” made me wonder if the book should be taken seriously. So what made me change my mind?”


For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families

Maintaining a balance between work and family life is often difficult, but even more so when a business is run from the home. The author’s insights apply not only to entrepreneurial couples, but also to those who work from home and anyone who is struggling to balance home and work responsibilities.


Man to Man, Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood

The “identity and duties” of men and of fathers “have been in flux for decades, and it is time for us to start building something new and better from the shifting sands of our culture,” says the editor of this new book. The various essays explore such topics as marriage, sexuality, the theology of the body and understandings of manhood itself.


A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy

Drawing on the example of Mary and the saints, the author offers helpful guidance for pregnancy, childbirth and baptism. She reflects on the mysteries of the rosary, offers simple faith practices, and explains an element of Catholic belief related to each chapter’s theme. A perfect gift for a newly pregnant friend or family member!


Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home

Do you ever find yourself at a loss for words when the moment arrives to pray during a family gathering, for example, at Christmas or Easter dinner, after a child’s baptism or during an engagement party? If so, “Prayers for the Domestic Church” may be the resource you need.


Cave Refectory Road

The author writes,“I sense that there’s a deep stream of possibility in the monastic way that can help us in the 21st century to find new ways to live.” The monastic rhythm, he says, suggests that “most of our hurrying is unnecessary and perhaps even harmful.”


The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach

Pornography has become a major issue for many couples. This small, highly readable book offers information and guidance to men who use pornography, their wives and loved ones, and parents who want to protect their children from its tragic effects.


Why Children Matter

This book by a Bruderhof pastor has “the tenor of wise counsel,” says our reviewer. It’s “full of advice for cherishing, guiding and nurturing children, and it is realistic about the challenges of parenting.”


Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles With Food, Self-Image and God

Is there such a thing as a spirituality of food? The author says that family mealtimes and slower eating are key to a “saner and healthier diet.” She makes a persuasive case for “more mindful eating” and ways to “reframe our food-focused thinking.”


Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

Many adult children come back home to live for awhile these days. This book by the author of a similarly-titled, well-known childrens’ series, is an account of the (temporary) return of her youngest son and his family.


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