A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

Have you heard about Lisa Hendey’s new book, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul?

I received mine a few weeks ago and really like it! I’ve always enjoyed reading about the lives of Saints, it helps inspire me and strengthen me in my own life and journey to holiness. But sometimes it is hard to read about the Saints lives and know how to apply their saintly wisdom to my own simple life. Life is very different now than what it was like for many of the Saints that lived decades and even centuries before us.  It can also be overwhelming to try and read a whole book about one saint and I know there are many great Saints out there who I have never even heard of yet.

With Lisa’s book, you can read a little bit about one saint per week, or every other week, or per month or however often your life (and children) let you. Each week you’ll learn about some of Lisa’s favorite saints that have supported her emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. With each Saint, she shares the Saint’s Story in one or two pages, offers some Reflection prompts, provides some suggested Traditions and devotions to go along with the Saint, provides some Wisdom with a quote from the Saint, daily Scripture verses to help you pray during the week in connection with the weekly Saint’s theme, and then even presents some “Saint-Inspired Activities” to do for “Mom” and “With Children”. A daily Prayer for Our Family and Something to Ponder help bring it all together each week. By the end of the week, you’ll know more about a new Saint that you may not have known about before. More importantly, A Book of Catholic Saints for Catholic Moms lays out clear directions for applying the wisdom and holiness of various Saint’s lives to your own life so that you can grow closer to God and become a holier woman, wife and mother along with your family.

For example, the second week I learned about a Saint I either never knew about or had unfortunately never paid attention to until now: Saint Zita of Lucca who teaches us about “Diligence in Domestic Tasks”. She is the patronage of “Homemakers, Domestic Workers, Servers”. Here is an excerpt from “Lessons from Zita”

“Domestic responsibilities are on every mom’s ‘to do’ list, no matter how much time she spends at home. For the most part, I tend to dread seeing items such as ‘clean boys’ toilets’ or ‘go to the market’ on my list of chores. I’m not one of those women who is by nature a gifts domestic. My husband has put up for years with a wife who’d rather blog than bake and who’s better at coding than cooking.

But learning about the life of Zita of Lucca has given me a new take on my attitude about household duties. The Reverend Alban Butler wrote of Zita that she fully embraced her domestic position as a gift from God. Zita saw all works as a form of penance for sin, and she was therefore happy to be in a position to serve the God she loved so greatly. She saw her constant obedience to her employers as a sign of her obedience to the will of God. For her, work and prayer were interchangeable, and a constant rhythm of devotions accompanied her day. Learning about Zita’s attitude hasn’t exactly made me joyous to see overflowing mounds of dirty laundry, but it has reminded me that my station in life is a blessing. With my work around the house, I serve not only my husband and sons but also the God who has gifted me with shelter, with comfort, with sustenance, and with the love of my family.”

A book of Saints for Catholic Moms could be a great daily devotional for yourself and for your family. It could also be a great gift-idea for a new mom or even a friend who is intrigued with the lives of the Saints and wants to learn more in bite-sized pieces. I think this book could also work for a group of Catholic mothers who meet monthly or weekly even. There are many possibilities and I am thankful to Lisa Hendey for taking the time to share her favorite Saints with us in such an easy-to-read and relatable manner.

Speaking of giving this away as a gift how would you like a FREE one?!  Simply leave a comment with your name below and, if you’d like, an answer to the following “Something to Ponder” excerpt and your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE copy of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.”  (Deadline: Monday, November 21)

“Do you have a positive or a negative attitude about cooking, cleaning, yard work, and other household chores? How can you better unite your household work with your prayer life?

Check out the cool book trailer for the book here!

 

 

33 thoughts on “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

  1. Janet Peak

    I (hope) that I have a positive outlook on household chores! I think by having little prayer points throughout my day is a nice addition – like each time I look at a laundry basket, or a spatula for example.

  2. Michelle

    Wow! This sounds like a great book! Honestly, I have a negative attitude about some of my household duties. It seems though that if I have someone to offer them up for, I have a more positive attitude towards them.

  3. Elizabeth

    I would have to say my attitude towards the daily duties of my vocation varies greatly. Some days I do a tolerable job of remembering the spiritual benefits of my daily chores, other days (or weeks, even months) I drag my feet and whine about it to an extent I’m embarrassed to admit. I’ll definitely have to look into getting this book, sounds like it would be a good source of inspiration and instruction (but I’ll wait until after the 21st to do that ;D )

  4. Kristi

    I think I agree with a previous poster… My attitude towards housework fluctuates a lot. While “working on my prayer life” a few weeks back, I counted out 10 cabinets in my kitchen and used them to pray the rosary while cleaning. Sometimes silly little ideas like that keep me going. I Would Love to Check Out This Book!!

  5. Debi

    This looks like a wonderful resource! It’s funny because I have a very negative attitude BEFORE I start any household project, but once I get off my “big seat” and start, I don’t mind it at all. Motivation is my biggest struggle…you know, the “what’s the point of it, it’s just going to get messed up again” mentality.
    Thanks for sharing, Erika!

  6. cathi d

    I “offer up’ my household chores. Try to sing a hymn while collecting dirty socks from under the bead rather than shout out what I was really thinking.

    Every bit of our suffering is felt by the Lord.

  7. Tiff

    Like everyone else I could always use more motivation! I’m trying to improve on my attitude and not be resentful of my seemingly never-ending duties, and try to remember that even if know one else notices, I am doing it for God, not for recognition or pats on the back from my family. I should be grateful for the opportunity to serve them, as Christ said: “No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45, New Jerusalem Bible) Even knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier! =)

  8. Ana

    Sounds like a good book, definitely going on my to read list.
    Household chores are rarely fun, but they do serve a purpose and the results of purposeful work is always positive, so while scrubbing the tub is not exactly an awesome activity, how great do we feel when it is done? Another way to look at it is our little sacrifice, chores, are for our families, for their good. And when the task seems endless, a good friend (priest) suggested those are the times we can think, ‘Jesus this is for you’ and it really changes the whole experience of duty into love. :)

  9. Jasmine Jelesoff Larimer

    Actually have been looking forward to this book! I am a team leader in our parish for Confirmation prep & am always looking for new ways to talk about the saints! As for the domestic chores question, it’s not really a negative attitude that gets me but more the actual starting point. Once I begin I can follow through! I was raised with the “offer it up” method so I do try to do that when negativity threatens to keep me from starting a job.

  10. Michelin L

    I am so excited to read this book. I have already recommended it to another friend who needed to find some readable and understandable info on St. Monica. It is so hard to read some of these books about the saints because they are so hard for me to understand. This books looks like I will be able to read AND understand it. Can’t wait. Thanks for your review.

  11. Erika Marie Post author

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! I’ve never had so many! Everyone’s ideas for how to do our chores ‘happier’ are so great! I love the 10 kitchen cabinets and Rosary one! All the ideas and suggestions are great and, in retrospect, I’m not sure why I titled this a “Contest” as it’s more of a “Drawing” and all of these ideas are great.
    Lately I’ve found that music is my sanity-saver. Whistling or singing or humming or putting on some nice music to groove with while cleaning up the kitchen helps me be more joyful and have more fun while I work. I can’t say that the kids’ ‘music’ has the same affect on me though!

  12. Larissa Hoffman

    I think Lisa’s book sounds perfect for busy moms who want to include lessons about the Saints into their schedule without having to do a lot of extra work. It sounds like the book has everything you need, particularly since its weekly and not daily, which can be overwhelming. I would love to win a copy!

    As for the ponder question, I’ll be the first to admit that I have a negative attitude toward housework when it interferes with something else I’d rather do. Blocking out time for certain tasks has helped me with doing jobs I don’t like (at such & such a time, I will do this before I can…). I also try to attack small things (fingerprints, dust in weird places) right when I see it, instead of having to do big jobs of cleaning at one time. It’s all about tricking myself into doing things… I wish I were less selfish!

  13. Phil Bartek

    Excellent job on your blog! Will bookmark and add a link to our website if you’d like as well as the other social media goodies. Was lucky to meet Lisa this summer and have been following her writing and blogging for quite awhile but don’t have her new book yet.

    As for housework – my wife lets me take care of the housework so she can focus on her art and me on my writing, so you know how that goes;)

  14. Theresa Thompson

    I try to use my version of the St. Patrick prayer: “Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ in my laundry, Christ in my dishes…” It at least puts some perspective and humor in it!

  15. kristy

    there are some chores around the house that i don’t really mind at all… cooking and laundry, for instance. but LOADING THE DISHWASHER… argh. i’ve been thinking alot recently about St. Terese (little flower) and wonder what she thinks about it? a book on the saints would be awesome!

    thanks!

  16. Joy

    I usually love doing household chores. The only time I really resent them is when I feel like I’ve been cleaning all day instead of spending quality time with my three babies.

    To make the work more tolerable, I meditate on Mother Mary and contemplate what kind of mother she was for Jesus. Do you think she complained about scrubbing the floors or washing the laundry? :)

  17. Ellen

    I am just learning more about the saints and am a very busy Mama. I would love the opportunity to devote more time to learning and sharing these saints with my children.

  18. Stacey

    I agree with the previous posters. I have a hard time to just stop and praise God for all He has given me. Perhaps this book can help all women find that brief moment to stop and say a prayer and find a connection to another woman (obviously a saint).

  19. Nicole

    I would love a copy of this book! I really like the excerpt that was posted. I actually love taking care of my family by baking, cleaning, and cooking. I try to see it as my God given purpose in life. Though I admit, sometimes it can be difficult to keep a positive attitude when the work seems never ending. It can be good to have a reminder to stop and and thank God for the wonderful family I have been blessed with!

  20. Natalie

    I am constantly struggling with resentment when I’m doing housework. In fact, I hadn’t even considered uniting the duties that I see as “drudgery” with my prayer life until I recently read Matthew Kelly’s book, “Rediscover Catholicism.” I’m not sure the best practice yet, but when I’m feeling resentful about some work that I have to do, I sing or hum the words “We shall draw water joyfully, singing joyfully, singing joyfully. We shall draw water joyfully from the wellspring of salvation.” So far, that has instantly changed my mood and makes the work enjoyable. Thanks for the drawing!

  21. Kimberly Craigmyle

    I try to be positive about my household duties as much as I can as my husband actually dislikes any household chores and as I live with my parents my mom has had some life troubles lately and therefore a lot of our joint duties have been given to me. As I am pregnant with our third child and we have two little ones under three and our two sons have had some medical problems lately it has been hard for me to try and be positive about all of my duties.

  22. Joel

    My wife and I trade off on household chores. I tend to do the cooking because it seems to stress her out. Perhaps intermingling tasks with prayer would make them more pleasant. I’ll share this with her. And hopefully I’ll win this book for her too!

  23. Sarah Dawes

    I would love a copy of this book.

    When possible I try to play cds of catholic music or try to remind myself that preforming household chores I am not serving myself but my family. If Jesus was willing to die for me, surly I can clean my house for my family.

  24. Monica

    To be honest, I am one of those nerdy people who likes housework. Probably a little too much. But when it comes to things I don’t enjoy, or just things I get frustrated with, I always try to say, “Praised be Jesus Christ, both now and forever,” and somehow that helps me get thru the nitty-gritty a little more easily.

    Great review! Still so crazy that we both did ours the same week! You got some really great comments.

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