I’m a voracious reader, and in the past few years, I’ve turned to more parenting and spiritual reading to fill my shelves. Using the Kindle application for my iPad has been wonderful, since I can operate it one handed, and not keep anyone awake late at night.
I’m listing ten books for Catholic women that I plan to purchase this year, or recently finished reading and consider a vital addition to your collection.
I put this item on my wish list, and my husband ordered it for me as an All Saint’s gift. I poured over it in one day, and plan to go back and look at each Saint a little closer. Some are well known, some are a bit more obscure, and married couples make the cut as well.
Each reflection is laid out to study more about the Saint, including daily prayers and ways to teach your children about these holy helpers. It’s EASY to squeeze into your busy days.
Lisa Hendey is also the author of The Handbook of Catholic Moms – another great addition to your wish list!
Having four children (with Baby 5.0 on the way!), homeschooling, working part time, and being active in my parish, I’m always looking for ways to streamline my ‘busy-ness’, and keep everything together.
This book by Tami Kiser, of Smart Martha fame, appeals to me as a totally Type A mom. She reminds us to approach every Martha task with a Mary attitude, and shows us how to foster spiritual beauty in our young children.
I’ve always been a big fan of Dr. Ray Guarendi and his down to earth style. This book is laid out with one ‘simple step’ per chapter to improve your marriage, and bring spouses closer for a happier, more rewarding marriage.
4. The Church and the New Media
As a blogger, I loved reading about Pope John Paul’s call to the new evangelization. Brandon Vogt’s book highlights the benefits and pitfalls of social media, and how we can utilize this powerful tool to spread the Word.
I’m a big fan of daily devotionals, and breaking things down into more manageable goals. This book accomplishes both. Each month has a particular focus, such as joy, simplicity or grace. There is also a companion journal as well.
I recently heard Randy Hain discuss this book on the Catholic Moments podcast. No matter what we do in life, we come in contact with others. This book promises tips to integrate our Catholic faith with our day to day lives, whether that is at work, in playgroups, ballet class or homeschooling co-ops.
I could be a perpetual student, no doubt. One of the things I LOVE learning about is my faith. This highly recommended book takes a look at the Mass and how it relates to Biblical events. Many parishes are using this as a group study.
This book is available for pre-order now, and will be released in March. I’m excited, since it’s a compilation of some of my favorite Catholic authors including Hallie Lord, Simcha Fisher, Rachel Balducci and more. Topics include fitting prayer into your daily life, the effect of a baby on your marriage, as well as the unique challenges of single life.
Amy Welborn is one of my favorite writers, and I was thrilled to see her daily devotional on Amazon. The devotionals are quick, but poignant, and easily applicable to a mother’s life. Be sure and check out her newest book, Wish You Were Here, about her trip to Sicily after the sudden death of her husband.
A booklist for Catholic women would not be complete without a book on the Rosary. I actually bought this book for my husband, after he told me he struggled with the idea of the Rosary. Karen Edmisten created an encouraging guide for us to use the Rosary to bring ourselves closer to Jesus through his mother, Mary. She also has a daily devotional , Through the Year with Mary.
What about you? What books are on your Catholic ‘must read’ list?
Want more ideas? Here are 10 more books that are perfect for Catholic mothers!
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