Current pile of books…

I have a lot of good books going right now. Besides trying to read a little bit of everything, I’ve also been napping more lately. Lots of good things keeping me from blogging, as you can see. But here’s a list of the books in no particular order (click any of the titles to buy them!). What have you read or would like to read on this list? Stay tuned for reviews of these and more!

1. A Little Way of Homeschooling 

edited by Suzie Andres

I started this one months ago. It’s taken me awhile, but not because it lacks appeal–I just keep starting new books! Still, this one is easy to pick back up. Each chapter is by a different Catholic homeschool/unschool mom. Because of this book, I discovered the Catholic Unschoolers group on facebook and the blog of a mom in my own home state, Karen Edmisten. Besides seeing how homeschooling/unschooling is as unique as each family, Suzie Andres does a great job of summing up how she sees unschooling as an application of St. Therese’s Little Way.

The pile currently being read (minus Deathbed Conversions which was out in the living room).

The pile currently being read (minus Deathbed Conversions which was out in the living room).

2. Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line

by Karen Edmisten

I was fortunate enough to win a drawing for a copy of this new book from the author’s blog. Since I’m looking forward to doing a review of this as well in the not too distant future, suffice it to say for now that the best part about it is that  as it sits next to my couch in the living room everyone from the babysitter to my parents and from The Hunter’s hunting buddies to my little siblings pick it up and take a look. Everyone is intrigued by it!

And, here’s my first reaction when I began the book:

Just read ch. 1–and I cried and felt inspired to be that beacon of light, even when I don’t see any effect in my friends’ lives.

So, I highly recommend this short book for your inspiration and coffee table conversation starter!

3. Red Storm Rising

by Tom Clancy

Just in case you thought I only read spiritual books (which are wonderful, of course), here’s one that The Hunter recommended. He’s more of a doer than a reader (unless it pertains to what he’s doing…), but he has lots of Tom Clancy books and has finally convinced me to pick one up and read it. I’m not very far yet, but the writing style is enjoyable, and I know I’ll learn a lot!

4. How Weaning Happens

by Diane Bengson

This is a book published by La Leche League. I love their books–they touch on so much more than just breastfeeding, it really encompasses the whole mother-child relationship. And I have a toddler, so I’m just curious when/how weaning will eventually happen!

5. When the Well Runs Dry: Prayer Beyond the Beginnings

by Thomas Green

You’ve probably seen my excited posts about Fr. Green’s first book about prayer, Opening to God. I mentioned that one here and here. Now, I’m excited to get started on the next book and learn more about living and growing in this relationship with God.

6. Parenting with Grace: The Catholic Parents’ Guide to Raising almost Perfect Kids

by Gregory and Lisa Popcak

I actually read this book when Pumpkin was about seven months old. As she discovers her own will and “experiments” more with spilling things and breaking things and whatever else comes into her little head, I’m picking it back up for some of the great tips and suggestions about understanding and disciplining gently. I love the philosophy behind this book which is to tie in the Theology of the Body with parenting. Our goal? Self-donative parenting.

7. Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose

by Matthew Kelly

I started this book quite awhile ago, but it’s easy reading and really inspiring. I feel like it gives me good information to present to others if they have questions about the Catholic Church in today’s day and age.

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Spirituality as a mother

If your heart yearns for that quiet place within, but you never can find it because of nursing your babies, chasing toddlers, cooking, cleaning, and once in awhile getting to relax–here’s a few ideas of how to regain or find that interior peace that I’ve recently found helpful:

 

Young Woman Praying Beside Baby's Cradle

1. Find a spiritual director: this might seem daunting, but this person can not only give you suggestions, but keep you honest and motivated! Perhaps it’ll be a priest that you know well, or one that you’ve heard good things of from others. Perhaps you’ll find a lay person to whom you can turn for experience and advice. Whoever it is, get started and make regular appointments with them.

2. Read this book: Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer
(this link will take you straight to Amazon to buy it!)

This book is short and easy to understand–but still profound and compelling. With years of experience as a spiritual director, Fr. Green writes this book as a beginner’s guide to prayer which he defines as “a personal encounter with God in love.” With analogies and real life experience, it makes growing in prayer understandable and desirable. (Go ahead and click through my link above – which helps me! Or, support a local business and buy it at Gloria Deo.)

3. Daily Mass: no, not every day just yet, but if there’s a day or two a week when you could make it to a daily Mass, fit that half-hour in and you’ll get an infinite Gift in return. Some parishes offer evening Masses now, that’s been easier for me than getting up earlier in the morning!

4. Adoration: start with just 10-15 minutes once or twice a week. Do some spiritual reading, journal, read scripture, pray the Office, rosary, chaplet, or just bring your thoughts to Him.

5. Journal: for me, this is the best way to collect my thoughts and pray through whatever is on my heart. I simply address the journal entry to Our Lord or the Blessed Mother, and I write my thoughts, and they seem to come together and be answered.

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