Archive for ‘Book of the Month’
Andrew and Terri Lyke, two experienced family life ministers, set forth a “new paradigm” for marriage ministry that encourages families to be “lights” to other families. They also offer some particular insight on African-American families. This book proves to be a valuable resource in strengthening and supporting families in the Church, especially those in the margins.
Wedding preparation involves more than just flowers and seating charts; it is also a time of stress, excitement, and personal growth. In “Invited,” author Stephanie Calis offers practical tips, stories, and spiritual help for brides (and grooms) navigating through wedding planning, while helping readers prepare for a Christ-centered marriage.
The personal witness of a happy, holy married life can be a source of encouragement and strength for others who are striving to virtuously live their own vocations. The letters of St. Gianna Molla and her husband, Pietro, provide an image of beautiful, sanctifying married love.
With honesty, warmth, and fidelity to the Church, Lisa Duffy offers a guidebook for divorced Catholics that includes her personal story, practical actions after divorce, and steps toward emotional and spiritual healing.
Grief specialist and author Harold Ivan Smith provides a valuable resource for those helping a grieving child. He gives practical advice for every stage of the process that is sure to aid children and adults alike.
The decision to adopt requires sacrifice and discernment. Jaymie Stuart Wolfe combines practical advice with personal experience to help those families considering adoption.
A series of essays on all aspects of marriage and family life. Each author brings an expertise and poignant personal stories.
In The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for a Catholic Man, Chet Collins provides humble and relatable advice for Catholic men transitioning from the dating stage to engagement, and finally to the early years of married life. This informative guide for men is sure to be intriguing.
John Yzaguirre, Ph.D., and his wife Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, MFT, M. Div., provide a how-to guide for married couples who want to keep their marriages strong. By incorporating spiritual and psychological approaches, the authors outline factors that affect marital relationships overall. Looking for ways to strengthen your marriage? Check out this book!
Louise Kirk provides a how-to guide for parents in explaining the topic of sexuality to their children at various ages. Kirk does this through a series of dialogues between a parent and a child. This insightful book abides by Catholic teachings on sexuality within the bounds of marriage. Are you unsure of how to bring up this sensitive topic appropriately with your children? Check out this book!
Dawn Eden’s The Thrill of the Chaste sheds light on the struggles of chastity and provides insight into the daily process of conversion of heart in a narrative manner which is sure to be engaging.
Providing both interreligious and intercultural insights, Not Just Good but Beautiful offers a compilation of reflections on the complementarity of man and woman.
A Short Guide to Praying as a Family is a marvelous how-to guide for families who want to pray together but don’t know how, as well as for families who do pray together and want to progress even further in their shared life of prayer.
An exposé of the full spectrum of forgiveness, this book uncovers the power of healing even life’s most painful offenses.
A great pick for the Jubilee of Mercy – gives insightful, fresh advice on how to live the works of mercy in marriage and family life.
Well-known author Jane Austen’s novels provide a wealth of advice for single young women on how to find a marriageable man and, more importantly, how to be a virtuous woman ready for marriage.
Author Tara Parker-Pope uses social science research and personal anecdotes to provide valuable insight for married couples seeking to strengthen their relationship. A set of quizzes help couples to examine aspects of their own marriage.
In Love Factually, Duana Welch lays out ten steps to finding love based on her research as a social scientist.
With beauty and honesty, Sheldon Vanauken recounts in A Severe Mercy the story of his and his wife’s selfless marriage, their conversion to Christianity, and her untimely death.
In Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love, Edward Sri tackles Karol Wotyła’s Love and Responsibility, summarizing the text about human sexuality and love in accessible language and offering his own practical insights.
Catholic school counselor and creator of Faith Journeys Foundation Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski provides well-structured and interactive workbooks for children and adolescents experiencing their parents’ separation or divorce.
Yes, they do! Journalist and dad Paul Raeburn gives a convincing argument, based in a variety of research fields, that fathers are indeed important to their children.
The Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again
The Catholic Guide to Depression examines the relationship between depression and the spiritual life and offers practical and faith-filled advice for how to cope with and overcome depression.
This book provides a much needed look at the difficulties that come with practicing NFP. It is a wonderful resource for married couples who “want to work through the spiritual and emotional challenges of NFP.”
The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home gives concrete and practical advice on how families can create a sacred space within the home where they can foster a family prayer life.