1) I love to read, but rarely make the time. I knew the review/giveaway would hold my feet to the fire.
2) This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a very, very long time. But again, see #1.
You can see my dilemma/excitement.
When the book first arrived in the mail, I initially thought, “Hey, that will be a cool book to just breeze through. And, I’m betting she says the things I already know.” Over confident, much? What I came to love about the book, though, is that it really IS a wonderful handbook. You won’t just breeze through it in one sitting. I keep finding myself reading forward and then stepping a page or a chapter back and re-reading it because I love the advice so much.
Y’all. I have even busted out the highlighter.
The pages are marked with prayer cards, napkins and business cards. True story.
I *may* have taken it with me to CNMC in Dallas in hopes that I could get Lisa to put her John Hancock on it. But, darn it all if she had already headed home by the time I arrived. Guess I’ll just have to stalk her somewhere else.
The thing I love most? Lisa doesn’t pretend to know it all. She tells a bit of her story at the beginning of each chapter and then reaches out to other moms to share their insight. The book is broken into four big categories: heart, mind, body and soul. Within each section, she addresses specific topics like building a community by reaching out to other mom’s in your parish, taking care of yourself (fitness, nutrition, etc.), parenting special needs children and finding your big, bad place in the world we call Catholic motherhood.
How did I operate without this handbook before? It has given me a renewed sense of purpose. I’ve even found myself strategically attacking my weaknesses as a mom. Now I feel like I can and that there’s an army of support out there.
I’m putting this on the top of my “buy this for a new mom” list. If you’re looking for a book that won’t be gathering dust on the bookshelf, but rather be your new hipside companion, you’ve come to the right place.
That’s right, it’s Giveaway Wednesday time. If you’d like your very own copy of the book, just comment below. The giveaway lasts until Monday, October 8 at 1pm CST. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, October 9!
*I received a free book from Catholic Family Gifts for this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.*