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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.


My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints

The author, an abuse survivor, offers helps for those who experienced childhood sexual abuse. She draws on the wisdom of the saints, such as Ignatius of Loyola and Theresa of Lisieux, to guide the sufferer through difficult periods.


Neighbors: Short Reflections on Loving the People Around Us

This little collection of reflections by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, on how we treat those around us is brief, but profound. Our neighbor, Lubich writes, is “one of the straightest roads to God.”


Spicing Up Married Life: Satisfying Couples’ Hunger for True Love

Will a wife and husband who together create a meal for the two of them not only stay together but enrich their relationship in ways that contribute to their long-term happiness? This priest/chef/author offers tempting recipes plus discussion-starters to help spouses rekindle their marriage.


The Infertility Companion for Catholics

Subtitled “Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples,” this book delivers what it promises. It offers a comprehensive look at infertility from many perspectives, including possible treatments in light of Church teaching.


Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making

Here’s a book for anyone who faces important decisions, whether related to marriage and family or not. The author explains how to discern God’s will when we are faced with two good possibilities.


The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality

How can parents encourage each family member “to grow in faith, hope and love”? Drawing on the wisdom of St. Benedict, the author offers practical guidance for dealing with the difficult tasks of family life.


Saints on Call: Everyday Devotions for Moms

When we need help or encouragement, it’s nice to know that we can turn to those special friends of God–the saints. These short biographies of 50 female saints will delight and inspire the reader.


Help Your Child Make Friends and Be a Friend: Nurturing Lifetime Relationships

Most parents would agree that communicating with teenagers about relationships and love is anything but easy. The book will “help parents teach their children to deal with all aspects of the relationships they’ll form throughout their lives.”


Catholic & Newly Married: 5 Challenges and 5 Opportunities

Here’s an ideal book for couples who want to strengthen their marriage from the outset. It outlines five challenges couples will experience as they begin to build their own marriage, and it directly relates each challenge to an opportunity flowing from it.


Embracing Motherhood

For the faithful Catholic mother who seeks to raise her children in a devout household, the author offers support and ideas. Motherhood, she says, is not a condition to be endured but a vocation to be embraced.


God Is Love: The Heart of Christian Faith

Here’s an excellent choice for your summer spiritual reading. Fr. Kelly’s new book offers “a meditation on what it means to identify God as love.” He hopes it will encourage readers to contemplate God’s “awe-inspiring transcendence” and the transforming reality of divine love.


Blessed Is Marriage: A Guide to the Beatitudes for Catholic Couples

Even though married life is challenging, couples can still aspire to holiness. This new book shows how couples can use the Beatitudes to develop a more loving attitude.


After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope

If you have suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage, or know someone who has, this book will help you to better understand and deal with the experience. Although written for Catholic women, its information, reflections and resources are accessible to people of all faiths.


Every Tear Will Be Wiped Away

“Living through grief takes courage,” Gretchen Schwenker says in this new book.” She compiled prayers and reflections for people who lose someone they love and struggle to “cope with the pain,” hoping in time to remake their lives.


Gifts From Heaven: Providence in Our Family

Is God always present and active in family life? The authors believe so. Their many stories reaffirm their belief that only the hand of God explains the outcome of key events in their lives.


Grow Old Along With Me: Marriage in the Later Years

Based on interviews with successful, long-married couples, the authors offer insights for those who want to make the most of the later years of marriage. This enjoyable, easy-to-read book includes stories and questions for reflection.


Blessings and Prayers for New Parents

“This short book–“for imperfect parents”–includes prayers for all kinds of occasions in family life, along with observations and suggestions for parents. There’s a prayer for letting go, and another when a child is in the emergency room. It’s a great book to keep close at hand and to use often.


Your Time-Starved Marriage

“In these hectic, hurry-up, stressful times, every couple we know – including ourselves – is rushing around to get more done in less time,” say the authors. “Life in the fast lane inevitably means less time with the one you love.” Read how couples can maximize their time together.


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