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  • God The Fathers Love


    How do we cut through the noise of the world to help our children hear the still, small voice of God? The answer is found in the pages of the Bible, God’s living and breathing Word. Introducing our children to Sacred Scripture will help prepare them to encounter God in their lives and to recognize the sound of his voice.

    In God the Father’s Love, you will encounter the heart of God the Father for yourself — perhaps for the first time — and find the words and confidence to guide your children along the first steps of their journey with God. This beautifully illustrated book dives into twenty different Scripture passages that reveal God the Father’s love for us. You’ll be guided through the process of reading and relating to Scripture as a family, and conversation starters at the end of each chapter will help spark meaningful discussion and reflection.

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  • Standing Strong : Good Discipline Makes Great Teens


    With wit and wisdom, Dr. Ray Guarendi gives parents the tools they need not only to navigate the teen years but also to enjoy them. Teens are “full of life, enthusiasm, energy, and laughter,” Dr. Ray asserts, in defiance of a culture that conditions us to expect a far gloomier reality. Too often, the world tells parents to be content with mediocrity instead of the prospect of raising respectful and responsible children with strong character.

    In a lively question-and-answer format, Dr. Ray unpacks issues ranging from sibling relationships and peer pressure to curfews and chores to overcoming backtalk and teaching your kids to avoid drugs. He equips parents to give their teens a safer, more stable adolescence and help them develop virtues for a lifetime. If you feel as if you’ve been a weak disciplinarian, Dr. Ray explains that “there are . . . critical reasons to reverse your parenting, even if it seems late.” He offers practical approaches such as:

    *Four tips to help you enjoy your kids’ teen years
    *Three techniques for becoming a calmer parent
    *Five ways to monitor your child’s use of technology
    *Four simple house rules that lead to success
    *Four consequences to curb nasty talk
    *A strategy to motivate underachievers

    You will also learn four key sayings for communicating more effectively with your teens. In addition, you will find out specific ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your kids. Most significantly, you will learn how to help your children treat you with respect, so that they will develop this habit in their relationships with others as well. As you grow in becoming a stronger parent with calm, loving resolve, you will learn how to foster quality time with your teens and have real fun together.

    This book is wise, perceptive, and laugh-out-loud funny. Dr. Ray uses his trademark humor-with-a-dash-of-sarcasm to give those parents who are barely treading water some good, sound, logical advice to change the tone and tenor of their households for the better.

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  • Jesse Tree For Families


    The Jesse Tree is the family tree of Jesus Christ. Its name comes from Jesse, the father of King David, referring to the words of Isaiah: “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” (11:1). This prophecy refers to the coming of the Messiah from the family of King David. Over time it became tradition during Advent to review the family of Christ as a way of illustrating the story of salvation.

    The Jesse Tree for Families presents a lovely, achievable way to celebrate the liturgical season of Advent with your children. Each day focuses on a specific person from Jesus’ family tree with a meditation perfect for the whole family and a beautifully illustrated portrait, plus an ornament to hang on your family’s Jesse tree. Conversation starters and resources for parents are included, with the goal of helping your family grow in faith so that, together, you can prepare for the arrival of Christmas.

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  • Intentional Catholic Family


    Catholic families today are busy. And not just busy, but B.U.S.Y.! There’s so much to be done. School, sports, shows, recitals, doctor appointments, grocery shopping, bills, jobs, Sunday Mass. All the things! Time to ponder and plan? Are you kidding?!

    Intentional Catholic Family is the resource your family has been searching for to help you get more intentional about your faith and reorient your family’s life around what matters most. Beginning with a mission, vision, and goals, and providing a year’s worth of Catholic education and practical inspiration, this book provides families of all shapes, sizes, and kinds with the relevant resources and the roadmap to go do it – to live out your faith according to the unique gifts God has given your family!

    Weekly exercises, easily completed around the dinner table on a Sunday evening, keep families on track and provide inspiration all year long. Not only does this book help families foster their Catholic identity, it assists parents and children in shaping a unique family identity.

    Intentional Catholic Family is #goals. This book is designed to meet families where they are and to support them in building the awareness, habits, and experiences that, over time, can change lives. This approach engages every family member and offers the best kind of belonging – to be a loved and valued part of a family with a clear identity and necessary role in the world.

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  • Generous Lap : A Spirituality Of Grandparenting


    In this charming and inspiring work, Kathy Coffey reflects on the spiritual dimensions of grandparenting–how this stage of life may expand our hearts, enlarge our humanity, put us in touch with fundamental aspects of our selves, and allow opportunities for a more generous and fruitful life.

    She notes: “God uses this period in human life to transform us. The most cantankerous, self-absorbed jerks suddenly discover a sweeter side. The stern start spoiling relentlessly. The introverts pull out the photos, cute sayings, and stories. Those who thought their physical ailments were paralyzing sprint after the toddler heading for the street or hoist aging bodies up the jungle gym when a grandchild quails at the terrifying steepness of the slide. As ‘the child grows in wisdom, age, and grace, ‘ we get to marvel, and gradually grow into God’s loving self.

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  • Becoming Wife : Saying Yes To More Than The Dress


    Whether you are preparing to be or are already a wife, you likely are immersed in the external reality of marriage. But being wife is so much more: It’s a call to holiness and a vocation of incredible significance.

    Becoming Wife explores what it means for a woman to fulfill this vocation. Catholic wife, mother, speaker, and author Rachel Bulman shares – like a friend over a cup of coffee – how being a wife is at once a calling and a purpose. The more a wife makes herself a gift to her husband, to her children, and to the world, the more she inevitably becomes the person God created her to be. She becomes more wife, more woman, more Christian. Thus, she fulfills her identity as a daughter of God and cultivates the soil from which her motherhood comes to fruition.

    By exploring the life of the Blessed Mother and the guidance of great minds in the Church, like Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, this book unwraps the gift of becoming a wife and what it means to make a “total gift” of oneself through matrimony.

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  • Reclaiming Motherhood From A Culture Gone Mad


    In the midst of a culture that is increasingly confused about sexuality, love, life, and our very identity as persons, the Church offers us the truth of who we are. For women, this truth is rooted in motherhood — not just biological but, even more, spiritual — because women are the bearers and nurturers of life. Yet it’s difficult to understand and defend the true value of motherhood when the lies that permeate secular culture have seeped into our own way of thinking, even in the Church.

    Reclaiming Motherhood from a Culture Gone Mad helps Catholics to peel back societal assumptions to understand the fundamental misconceptions fueling our culture’s attacks on marriage, motherhood, and the family. Examining current practices in light of these faulty assumptions will empower women in their own motherhood and equip Catholics to combat the culture of confusion by boldly proclaiming God’s vision for our lives.

    This book offers a deep dive into what the Church teaches on motherhood and its dignity, equipping us to understand the WHY behind those teachings. It is only by living within a vision that honors the self-gift of motherhood as the pinnacle of womanhood that love, and not self-interest, can begin to reorder our lives.

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  • Obedience Paradox : Finding True Freedom In Marriage


    Few concepts in Christianity are more misunderstood than obedience. Words like submissive, subject, and obedient can appear utterly incompatible with the fundamental equality that Jesus offers to us in baptism. Yet headship and obedience within marriage has been preached authoritatively throughout the Church’s history.

    When properly understood and lived out, obedience is, in fact, liberating. The Obedience Paradox illuminates the subject by examining the relationship between husband and wife in marriage as an image of Christ’s relationship to the Church. Presenting the sexual complementarity of husband and wife as an expression of gift, this book probes the meaning and power of receptivity in a relationship.

    While a marriage certainly involves mutual giving and receiving, a husband most authentically lives headship when he acts as a generous giver towards his wife. Correspondingly, a wife practices authentic obedience when she graciously receives of her husband’s self-gift. Understanding obedience as the free reception of a gift unveils its unique potential to make us more free and to bring about deeper spiritual union between persons, both human and divine.

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  • Peace In Pregnancy


    Pregnancy is a blessing, an incredible gift from God — and one of the hardest things a woman will ever do. In the midst of this experience, God invites us to offer him the concerns of our hearts, whatever they may be, and to draw close to him through prayer, reflection, and meditation.

    Peace in Pregnancy: Devotions for the Expectant Mother is a place of rest to embrace the peace God offers. It serves both new and seasoned mothers, as the effort to embrace a state of peace renews itself with each change in life.

    This important resource offers helpful tools for expectant mothers to find peace and comfort, including:

    *Reflections to accompany you on the path to peace
    *Profound lessons in peace from saintly mothers
    *Meditations on the mysteries of our faith, including the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross
    *Fine art illustrations to help you discover the therapeutic power of beauty

    As a child finds rest in his or her mother’s, so God calls you to rest in him, to trust that he works all things for good for those who love him.

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  • Consecration To Saint Joseph For Children And Families


    Protect your family! Entrust your family to St. Joseph. Why? Because God, Himself, did. God entrusted the Holy Family to St. Joseph to keep them safe, and so should you. Drawing on the wealth of the Church’s living tradition, Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC and co-author Scott L. Smith, Jr., call on all of us to turn to St. Joseph, entrust ourselves, our children and families, our Church, and our world to our spiritual father’s loving care. Watch for wonders when the Universal Patron of the Church opens the floodgates of Heaven to pour out graces into your family’s lives.

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  • Domestic Monastery : Creating A Spiritual Life At Home


    What is a monastery? A monastery is a place set apart–a place to learn the blessings of powerlessness, and that time is not ours but God’s. Our home and our duties can, just like a monastery, teach us those things. The vocation of monastic men and women is to physically withdraw from the world. But the principle is equally valid for those of us who cannot go off to monasteries. Certain vocations offer the same kind of opportunity for contemplation, and provide a desert for reflection.

    In ten brief and powerful chapters, Fr. Ron explores how monastery life can apply to those who don’t live in a cloister:

    – Monasticism and Family Life
    – The Domestic Monastery
    – Real Friendship
    – Lessons from the Monastic Cell
    – Ritual for Sustaining Prayer
    – Tensions within Spirituality
    – A Spirituality of Parenting
    – Spirituality and the Seasons of Our Lives
    – The Sacredness of Time
    – Life’s Key Question

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  • Having Meaningful Sometimes Difficult Conversations With Our Adult Sons And


    Do you wish you could have discussions about difficult topics with your adult children? If so, you’re not alone.

    Every parent dreams of having wonderful relationships with their adult children, but when our children make choices that we believe are not in their best interest, how do we talk to them about these concerns? And how do we know when to speak and when to keep quiet.

    Using real-life examples of conversations based on calls to their syndicated radio show and their family counseling practice, bestselling authors Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak offer vital guidance that will give you the confidence and ability to have meaningful conversations on a variety of topics. You’ll discover:

    * Common obstacles to meaningful conversations
    * How to unleash the power of forgiveness
    * Ways to support your adult child without endorsing choices you don’t agree with
    * and so much more!

    Whether you want to nurture already loving relationships with your adult children or have experienced damage in your relationships, you can draw closer to them and help guide them on the path to more faithful and fulfilling lives.

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  • Parenting Your Kids With Grace


    Believe it or not, the Catholic family isn’t primarily a human institution. It’s a divine one. By uniting with the sacramental life of the Church, your common, ordinary, crazy family becomes something sacred, a “domestic church.”

    Family therapist and parent Gregory Popcak and his wife, Lisa, are back with Parenting Your Kids with Grace. Building on their best-selling book Parenting with Grace, first published twenty years ago, this new volume draws on the same parenting principles and provides up-to-date research to guide parents through each stage of child development from birth to age ten.

    Practical, faithful, and humorous, Parenting Your Kids with Grace addresses four key questions:

    1. Are Catholic families called to be different from other families in the way we relate to one another in the home? If so, how?
    2. What does an authentic, family-based approach to Catholic spirituality look like in practice?
    3. What can the latest research tell us about creating a faithful home and raising faithful kids?
    4. How can Catholic families be outposts of evangelization and positive social change?

    By checking our basic assumptions about parenting against both the Church’s vision and what science can teach about living out that vision in healthy ways, we can discover God’s plan for parenting healthy, godly kids.

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  • Family Guide To Spiritual Warfare


    Demons wage war against families because families are vital to God’s plan of salvation. This stark reality requires that your family members become well-trained spiritual warriors who actively secure your home and fight to keep it off-limits to demonic activity.

    In A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare, Kathleen Beckman offers you potent advice from her 12 years of active participation on an exorcist’s team. She shows you how to clean up your household by cultivating in your family a civilization of love and how to withstand the spiritual attacks that inevitably come to destroy the harmonious family life you create.

    Beckman reveals how you can recognize diabolical disguises in your home and offers proven means of protection found only in the Church’s arsenal of spiritual weapons.

    You’ll also learn the devil’s strategies how he does not necessarily seek to possess but simply to seed your family with the venom of hatred, desolation, envy, and vice. This, she explains, is why it s so important for spouses and children to become schooled in the art of spiritual combat. It’s the only way you can destroy the works of the devil and unmask the hidden evil that weaves in and out of your daily family life.

    Along with more than two dozen effective prayers for family healing and deliverance, you’ll also learn:

    *How to understand the spirits working for and against your family, and what to do in response to them

    *What specific actions to take if you believe your family has come under the influence of demonic activity

    *How to use your baptismal, spousal, and parental authority in spiritual warfare

    *How curses can become effective and what can be done to counteract them

    *The difference between diabolical temptation, oppression, obsession, and possession

    *The seven ways your family can wear the full armor of God

    *The diabolical counterparts to each of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes

    *The 13 weapons you can use to defend yourself and your family against evil spirits

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  • Strategic Grandparent : Your Most Important And Fun Role Yet


    How can you reach your grandchildren and impart faith to them? You are not alone in this question, and author Michael Shaughnessy wants to give you a proven plan for doing just that. Applying the principles of youth work, The Strategic Grandparent gives you a step-by-step plan for connecting with your grandchildren, engaging them, and making a lasting impact in their lives. You have an important role to play in God’s plan for your grandchildren take the first step today!

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  • Family Examine


    The Family Examine is a beautifully illustrated story book. Full color.

    This short story book is actually a prayer, not a story. Based on the Ignatian Examine, The Family Examine will take our family through this powerful mediation, together. Along with prompts for the examine, each day also features the incredible art of Jen Olson, which depicts an image of the Holy Family. Therefore, the Holy Family is your real guide through this powerful exercise.

    As we worked on this book, here is how I dreamt this book would be used:

    A parent grabs the book and sits down on the couch. Kids snuggle in. The family makes the sign of the cross and then the parent open the book and reads the opening prayer. Now the family begins the Examine together. On the first page they pause and silently become aware that God is present. Next, the family recalls and shares one beautiful thing they experienced. Next, each person shares a way that they felt love today, and then sorrow and finally grace. Maybe not everyone will share for each topic, but together the family will recall the way God worked in their life that day.

    The book concludes with a prayer for your family.

    It’s simple and beautiful. And the art on each page will inspire you as you recall they way God was present in your day.

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  • Indispensable Dad : A Guide To Cultivating Family Happiness, Virtue, And Su


    The best givers of advice are those who encourage while they share their own accounts of learning through failure and celebrating success. This book offers just that.

    As a father of eight adult children, Stephen Gabriel has years of flubs, wins, trial-and-error, joys, sorrows, lessons learned, lessons shared, observing, trench-time, and plenty of reflection on the vocation of fatherhood. His book offers a go-to virtue-checklist of sorts, full of relatable stories that relate to the grind of the Everyday.

    Dads: use this book as a measure and reminder of your indispensable role as virtuous leaders of your family!

    With reliance on the grace and guidance of the Heavenly Father, the sacraments, a life of prayer, the blessing of friendship and community, and common sense, Gabriel’s insight is a source of invigorating support for all fathers.

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  • Saint Monica Club


    If you have ever loved someone who left the Faith, you know the ache of wanting that person back at the table. When we feel this ache, the one intimately known to Saint Monica for years, we begin to learn how to love as God loves.

    In this book, Maggie Green shows how you can faithfully follow the example of Saint Monica, whose prayers, tears, and witness eventually led to the conversion of both her husband and her son, Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church. This isn’t a book on how to win your “prodigal” child back ?it’s a book on how to wait for them, how to be okay with planting the seeds and laboring in the vineyard without necessarily seeing the harvest. Read these pages, and you’ll come to see how the Holy Spirit is at work in each of us, calling us all home and encouraging our witness to each other.

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  • Praying For And With Your Spouse


    God wants to fill your marriage with the love that comes from his very own heart. Praying for (and with) Your Spouse will show you how to let God take every part of your relationship to the next levelfrom living each day with your joys and struggles to working out your decisions and disagreements to setting aside time for love and romance. Prayer, in marriage, is more than checking off a box. It is time spent in the presence of the Author of love himself. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, God gives us greater insight into what it takes to love each other bettermore deeply, more honestly, more authentically, and more passionately. Every time we pray for and with our spouse, we open our hearts to a love that can satisfy our deepest longings and allow our marriage to be a light to the world.
    This book will help you discover the simple steps you can take to invite God to renew and refresh your love for one another. As you pray together and for one another, youll find out how much joy God has in store for you and your spousein this life and in the next!

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  • Catholic Grandparents Handbook


    Whats the difference between being a grandparent and being a Catholic grandparent? Youll find the answer to this questionand much morein The Catholic Grandparents Handbook. This book offers ideas and inspiration on how you can incorporate faith, hope, love, and fun into your relationship with your grandchildren. Topics such as the importance of prayer, sharing faith, passing on family history, and preserving family traditions are explored. Youll also find valuable advice on helping grandchildren through difficult times, dealing with grandchildren who are unchurched, and building strong relationshipseven when grandchildren live far away. Whether you are an experienced grandparent or awaiting the arrival of your first grandchild, this handbook will support and affirm you as you grow in your role as a Catholic grandparent.

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  • Catholic Family Prayers


    Too often, the noises and pressures of the world drown out the still, small voice of our heavenly Father. This little book will help Catholic families take advantage of quiet moments&mdashin the mornings, at mealtimes, throughout the day, and at night-to join together for times of thanksgiving, intercession, petition, praise, and all sorts of prayer, drawing closer to the Lord and to each other.

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  • Blessings And Prayers For Married Couples


    Here is the perfect resource for encouraging married couples to engage in the spiritual discipline of daily prayer as a means of affirming the blessings and intimacy of their relationship.

    The seven sections of the wedding vows serve as the framework upon which hang the enduring values that need to be renewed through the decades with scripture, reflections, and questions.

    This inspiring book provides an aid to couples for continuing to find praying together a natural act for a lifetime of love. It will make a thoughtful gift, whether for newlyweds, couples celebrating their anniversaries, or Marriage Encounter participants.

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  • Men Women And The Mystery Of Love 2nd Ed.


    In 1960, Fr. Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) published a philosophy of personalistic marriage, in which each partner prioritizes the well-being and self-realization of the other.Edward Sri makes this life-changing work, “Love and Responsibility,” accessible to every reader. He emphasizes the practical nature of the book, offering actionable advice on issues such as authentic love, pornography, friendship, intimacy and much more. This seminal analysis brilliantly sheds light on the mysterious dynamics between men and womenand challenges us to live out those relationships better.

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  • 5 Steps To Building Unity In A Marriage


    If you are looking to strengthen the relationship in your marriage, this short book is for you. The Kelleys share their thoughts about building unity in a marriage in a simple, but powerful way. The steps are all based on love referred to as the Art of Loving: be the first to love; see and love God in the other; enter into what the other is living, making yourself one with him or her; love those who hurt you. By the end of this short read, you may end up full of gratitude as the Insights and Examples lead you from a discovery of your own sense of being loved and feeling love for your spouse, to a desire to reach out with love to others.

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  • Hope And A Whole Lotta Prayer


    Are you blessed with perfect teens? Teens who never argue, disobey, or talk back? Teens who do as they’re told the very first time, or even before you ask? If your answer is “yes,” then you can move on. This book isn’t for you.

    If, however, your answer is “keep dreaming,” “I wish,” an eye roll, or any variation of the word “no,” then this might be the book for you. A teenager’s life is full of change, turmoil, fights, hormones, overreactions, and ideas that seemed liked good ones at the time- But so is the life of a parent of a teen, and some days you just have to throw up your hands and ask God for help.

    This book will give you 365 days of reflections and prayers to help you get through a year of “What were you thinking?!”

    With God’s help, you might just find you can do all things – even raising a teenager.

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  • Family The Church And The Real World


    Family life is both messy and holy!

    If you embrace only the holiness, or if you just get lost in the messiness, then you miss the fullness of the experience that is living as a family – both in the domestic church and the Institutional Church. Here you’ll find inspiration from Scripture and modern advice that does more than just tell you how family life is “supposed” to be. This book gives you real, practical wisdom on how to navigate the holy messiness of family life.

    Insights have been gathered from experts in every area of family life, including: Dr. Sean Reynolds, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak, Lisa Hendey, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Dr. Don Paglia, Christopher West, Fr. Andrew Wisdom, Dr. Tom Neal, and Greg and Jennifer Willits. You’ll discover that Catholic Church teaching on marriage and family is rooted in our ultimate calling – to love with all we can muster, even through those messy moments.

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  • Project Holiness : Marriage As A Workshop For Everyday Saints


    Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints celebrates the holiness of the ordinary and the goodness of married discipleship. Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium reminds Catholics of the universal call to holiness. Each person-lay and ordained alike-shares this vocation to holiness, this call to sainthood. For most adult Catholics, it is within the context of vowed, married life that the joyful and challenging path to sainthood is traveled. Based on an extensive qualitative study of long-lasting Catholic marriages, Bridget Burke Ravizza and Julie Donovan Massey examine the virtues, values, and practices that ground flourishing marriages and lead married partners to holiness.

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  • To Have And To Hold


    This 365-day devotional assists couples to prioritize prayer together. By combining a passage from Scripture with a pertinent, heartfelt prayer, and thought-provoking reflection, it will give couples prayers they can say together on relevant topics. These themes bring focus and over time, will allow couples to develop stronger bonds with each other. The cliche is true: couples who pray together, stay together.

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  • Journey Of Faith


    Hopefully, the reader will gain some insight into the world of spirituality for the years to come and will be motivated to have a closer connection to God and not to religion as such. There are many questions asked but the answers are up to the reader. Richard Money doesn’t expect Journey of Faith to be a record-breaking novel. In fact, the only reason it is being written is because so many people have told Richard over the years that he has a book in him. When is he going to get it out? Well, here it comes, for better or for worse. Journey of Faith is comprised of many incidents in his life that he believes may show not what he has done, but what he has become with the Grace of God. If you are looking for a religious experience, we don’t think you will find it here, although you may. We are not making any promises. Journey of Faith will stimulate the mind to see the real messages of Jesus. What makes this book unique is the ingredients of life, and the events of a married priest after being married, and the training of priests of sixty years ago. If you are seeking the meaning of life and the working of the Holy Spirit this book will truly bring light into your life. All people seeking the Holy Spirit in their lives this is for you. Not only the religious but those on the fence, as it were who may doubt the workings of God in their lives. This book is to be a bridge between God and Man, and to see the manifestations of God in our lives. This is our life in the Journey of Faith.

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  • Getting The Marriage Conversation Right


    Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue teaches you how to promote and defend traditional marriage in non-religious terms. It’s a great “how to” guide to answer those tough questions you’ve struggled with. Author William B. May shows you how to navigate the pitfalls and avoid making this a gay vs. Christian issue. May brings into the legal definition of marriage the rights of children, and provides sensible guidelines on how to avoid common traps that hinder communications for advocating public policy about marriage. Getting the Marriage Conversation Right includes a substantial section of FAQs at the heart of the conflict. Marriage is the only institution that unites kids with their moms and dads, and that has been recognized by every culture, society, and religion, each according to their own competencies. Getting the Marriage Conversation Right shows how to get that interest recognized in laws, societal institutions, and individuals, and begin to rebuild a marriage culture.

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  • Catholic Family Advent


    For many families, the four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a time of great stress, unrealized dreams, a commercial blur, and a financial burden. Susan Hines-Brigger, the mother of four children, knows well that the days counting down to Christmas can easily become for parents and grandparents a nightmare of whiny behavior, crowded to-do lists, and a less-than-spiritual experience. That’s why this mother who has seen and heard it all in her own home during Advent created this resource with prayers and activities: She wants to put Christ back into the family holiday celebration and help families-even hers-become holier. Using A Catholic Family Advent on a daily basis will give Catholic families time together to pray, reflect on Scripture, and do a simple activity together. This daily source of inspiration can be used in the family setting as prayer before or after meals, as morning and evening prayer, or as family time in front of the Advent wreath or Christmas creche.

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  • Infertility Companion For Catholics


    One in every six Unites States couples experiences infertility but Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore the medical options available to them. Filling a major void in Catholic resources, this book describes the Church’s teaching on reproductive technologies and provides a rich spiritual perspective on the emotions and faith involved in embracing the cross of infertility. The authors both experienced periods of being unable to conceive and they walk in solidarity with readers, compassionately coaching them through the challenging landscape of infertility.

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  • Blessings And Prayers For New Parents


    It can be scary to hold your newborn–especially your first time! Yet God’s grace and spirit are present. Blessing and Prayers for New Parents calls attention to these holy moments by offering reflections, prayers, scripture, special suggestions for growing as a parent, and ways to remember how much you love your child as you grow together as a family.

    Enjoy the new life of your child as author Matthew Beck shares prayers and blessings as you “anxiously await the wonder” on up through “God and toddlers” and beyond

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  • Temperament God Gave Your Kids


    Art and Laraine Bennett provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling, science, Catholic spirituality, and wonderful storytelling to the four basic temperaments that serve as the foundation of one’s personality and approach to life. This is the authors third book on the topic of temperaments, sharing not only their professional expertise but also their personal life experiences. They have been married for thirty-four years and have four children one each of the four temperament types!

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  • Naming The Child


    SKU (ISBN): 9781557255853ISBN10: 1557255857Jenny SchroedelBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 2009Publisher: Paraclete Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Handbook For Todays Catholic Family (Revised)


    Over the years, thousands have turned to the Handbook for Today’s Catholic Family as a guide to Catholic family living. This revised edition offers families and pastoral-care providers a profound and serious resource for Catholic-family life. Updated with topical reference citations to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Handbook also contains new material for blended and single-parent families. It stresses the significance of prayer, sacraments, and traditions that can build a stronger Catholic identity.

    Now more than ever, building a strong foundation is vital to faith formation, and this begins in the home. No family should be without the Handbook for Today’s Catholic Family, the perfect tool for transforming life together into an experience of peace and joy.

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  • With This Ring (Revised)


    This popular book helps newly married couples build a solid foundation for their life together and avoid “traps” that can undermine their marriage. With candor and creativity, the book pinpoints over twenty crucial areas of necessary adjustment for each spouse. It offers guidance for communicating effectively, accepting each other’s faults, enjoying sexuality, getting along with in-laws, building a spiritual relationship, and much more.
    Since no single approach will be right for all couples, newlyweds are actively involved in finding a solution that works best for them. Valuable exercises help them respond constructively to the complex issues of the early years of marriage. 5
    Renee Bartkowski is enjoying over thirty-five years of fulfilling satisfying married life. She is the author of the bestselling book Prayers for Married Couples.

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  • Breastfeeding And Catholic Motherhood


    SKU (ISBN): 9781933184043ISBN10: 1933184043Sheila KippleyBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 2005Publisher: Sophia Institute Print On Demand Product

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  • Gift Of Grandparenting


    Each of the ten reflections in The Gift of Grandparenting focuses on opportunities for sharing the gifts that each generation holds for the other – opportunities to play, to teach, to grow, to trust, to serve, to limit, to heal, to remember, to love, and to dance. Softcover, 188 pages.

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  • God Knows Caregiving Can Pull You Apart


    12 Chapters

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    But How to Keep It All Together?

    A great and courageous question! That’s what this book is all about. It’s for those who have crossed the threshold of “if” in regards to caregiving, and moved on now to the “how” of it.

    Each chapter that follows focuses on a different way to “keep it together” while giving care to a loved one.

    Included in each chapter are brief explanations about how a particular way might look or work for you, short quotes for inspiration, stories about how others have gone about it, and a number of exercises that you can use to pause and reflect, regroup, and expand your caregiving repertoire.

    Because journaling in particular can be such a useful exercise for caregivers, and because its tools (paper, writing utensil) are compact and simple enough to be brought into almost any setting, most chapters will include at least one journaling suggestion. Many caregivers have told me that journaling-writing in a completely non-judgmental way about their lives and having one certain safe place to express their experience in all its complexity-gives them valuable insights that might not be gained as easily in any other way. All exercises, however, including journaling ideas, are only suggestions.

    This is a book that need not be rushed through. In fact, it will probably serve you better if you wander through it slowly and thoughtfully, perhaps even in a spirit of well-deserved leisure. It might sit on your bedside table, get tucked alongside a favorite armchair, or travel with you in a purse, briefcase, or satchel. Its quotations and stories are intentionally brief, that they might easily be remembered for inspiration or sustenance at just the right moment.

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  • 9 Ways To Nurture Your Marriage


    This collection of light-hearted anecdotes has been compiled from conversations with couples who have found the key to a happy, fulfilling marriage. From these interviews, the Rabiors derive nine ways to energize your marriage, nurture spiritual life, and to cultivate physical intimacy. Spouses will discover how to communicate more clearly, develop trust, enjoy a better sexual relationship, put a stop to pointless power struggles, deal creatively with anger, and more.

    At the end of each chapter, the authors have provided points for discussion to generate dialogue–helping with new growth and possibilities.

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  • 3 To Get Married


    One of the greatest and best-loved spokesmen for the Catholic Faith here sets out the Church’s beautiful understanding of marriage in his trademark clear and entertaining style. Frankly and charitably, Sheen presents the causes of and solutions to common marital crises, and tells touching real-life stories of people whose lives were transformed through marriage. He emphasizes that our Blessed Lord is at the center of every successful and loving marriage. This is a perfect gift for engaged couples, or for married people as a fruitful occasion for self-examination.

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  • Take Back Your Kids


    SKU (ISBN): 9781893732070ISBN10: 189373207XWilliam DohertyBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 2000Publisher: Sorin Books

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  • Gift Of Self In Marriage


    One of the most striking features in the Catholic Church today is the ever-widening gap between its official teaching on marriage and sexual morality and the practice of most of its lay members. This book seeks to bridge this gap in two ways – it considers some of the tacit assumptions about marriage and sexual morality in today’s society, since these affect Catholics as much as everyone else; and it also considers the Church’s teaching in some of these areas and explores new ways of explaining it so that it will make sense to ordinary lay Catholics. The author draws on contemporary writing as well as bringing her own reflections and experience of living the Church’s teaching to bear on the subject.

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  • Advent A Family Celebration


    Advent is the perfect season to begin praying as a family! Its wealth of traditions, such as the Advent wreath, the Advent calendar, and the Jesse tree, can be the perfect focal point for prayer. Advent: A Family Celebration will delight both children and adults with its ability to relate Scripture and prayer to real life events.
    Each day’s meditation, designed to be said after the lighting of the Advent wreath, features a Scripture passage based on the Mass readings. A reflection and prayer then relates the Bible passage to a story or event.
    Two sets of meditations are written-one for very young children and another for older ones.
    Prayers for all three Sunday cycles are also included. In addition, the book includes special Scripture passages and prayers to say each day while decorating the Jesse tree.
    In the frenzy of the busy shopping season, family prayer during Advent keeps the reason for Christmas ever before us and our children.

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  • Caring For Your Aging Parent


    SKU (ISBN): 9780879737313ISBN10: 087973731XBill Dodds | Monica DoddsBinding: Trade PaperPublisher: Our Sunday Visitor Inc.

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  • Faith Development In Early Childhood


    SKU (ISBN): 9781556122125ISBN10: 1556122128Editor: Doris BlazerBinding: UnknownPublished: November 1999Publisher: Sheed & Ward Print On Demand Product

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  • Joyful Mysteries Of Life


    SKU (ISBN): 9780898706307ISBN10: 0898706300Catherine Scherrer | Bernard ScherrerBinding: Trade PaperPublished: March 1997Publisher: Ignatius Press

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  • Marriage Is For Grownups


    Are you grown-up enough to handle it?

    To many couples, marriage means little more than just living together. But others succeed in establishing a true union, a profound emotional fusion that involves not only sharing a home, but sharing an entire life as well. In Marriage Is for Grownups, Joseph and Lois Bird analyze the problem areas common to most marriages and offer sound guidelines toward solving them and attaining that true union and meaningful relationship.

    The authors–who have years of experience in marriage counseling–offer no marital nostrums; instead, they encourage each partner to examine his own fears, demands, values, and defenses in order to decide where he wants his marriage relationship to go–and how to reach that goal. The Birds explore many aspects of married life maturely and positively, and at the same time suggest rational ways of confronting them. Whether they’re discussing communications problems, finances, sex, in-laws, children, they do so on a realistic level with the aim of helping married couples become motivated to improve their marital relationship. As Dr. Bird points out, “This is not a marriage ‘cook book,’ providing pat answers which would hopefully apply to all (but which never do). It raises questions by which the spouses can find their own answers.”

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