I’m not going to call this a ‘gift guide’ but, let’s just say you can’t go wrong scanning my favorites, clicking over to my Pinterest board and taking notes for those hard to shop for Catholic women on your list. (Ladies quick! Email this post to your husbands!!) 

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Between being a bad blogger, a poor wanna be author and not sleeping, I’m still managing to read through a short stack of great books. I’m blessed to have met so many wonderful writers online and I share in their happiness as their words jump off the screen and into the “officially published” realm. I wanted to share what I loved about a few titles and point out a few on my ‘To Read’ shelf you might enjoy too. Do I need to say I wasn’t paid for these favorites? However, I was blessed by a couple of authors with free copies, with the understanding that if I didn’t like their books, I was free to burn them. Thankfully, no friendships were harmed in the writing of this blog post. 

1. Pope Awesome and Other Tales, How I Found God, Had Kids and Lived To Tell The Tale,  by Cari Donaldson

Seriously, what can I write that hasn’t already been said? I was very excited when my signed copy arrived a little while ago. (Pope Awesome himself took time out of his busy schedule!!) Cari’s conversion story is so much different from mine. I enjoyed reading about her journey and if you love conversion stories, you will too. If you know someone who’s strayed from the faith or is intrigued with Catholicism, give them this book. Cari’s humor will bait them while her honest retelling of a journey from disbelief and curiosity,  to acceptance in the face of fledging doubt, will hook them.

2. Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart

On sale until Thanksgiving for only $4.99!

My husband and I have made a point to lead a liturgically centered life, as much as possible, for the last six or seven years. We both enjoy incorporating new recipes and traditions based on the Church’s seasons in our family life. I especially like the Stewart’s book because it features recipes highlighting seasonal produce. Traditionally, the time of year would have dictated the main food for a specific feast, just like the name of Haley’s blog, “Carrots for Michaelmas” eludes to. ‘Feast!’ hearkens back to a time when life centered around planting, harvesting and the Church calendar.

3. Yes God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn About Parenting From Today’s Vocation Stories, Susie Lloyd

I’ll be interviewing Susie and featuring a full write-up on her latest book in another post, but I couldn’t help but add it to my favorites this week. Both my oldest and I enjoyed this quick read and the candid answers, plus trademark humor, Susie shares in her interviews with nine young religious.

4. Mary and the Christian Life, Amy Welborn

I first noticed this book a while ago on Amy’s sidebar where she mentioned it was available as a free pdf download. A sucker for a deal I snapped it up and have been reading it on and off for a couple of months. I plan to finish it this Advent. It’s bringing me closer to the Blessed Mother, without drowning me in deep theology. Pure and simple, just like Mary herself, this book gives plenty to meditate on as we approach the Nativity.

5. Teaching In Your Tiara, a homeschooling book for the rest of us, Rebecca French


This is the only one on the list I haven’t read. However, we start our Advent/Christmas break soon and I’m looking forward to picking it up. I tend to read homeschooling books during the months we’re on break to help recharge my batteries. And thankfully, Dwija already favorably reviewed the book. If Dweej likes it, how can I go wrong?

Can a non-fiction book in question/answer format be a page-turner?  I’m going to say yes.  Rebecca is funny, honest, experienced, and…I don’t know….regular?  Like, she doesn’t claim to be GOOD AT ALL THE THINGS or the perfect anything.  Except for being the perfect person to be her kids’ mom, which we all are, and that’s kind of the point, right? Despite our shortcomings, we have our kids’ best interest at heart so whether or not we choose to homeschool (yes, you heard right.  She freely acknowledges that homeschooling isn’t for everyone at every stage of life.  Good stuff, yes?), we can trust ourselves to make the best decisions for our children.

Check out my Pinterest board for more books by bloggers you know and love. Did I forget your favorite? Who else do I need to pin? Once you’re done correcting me, be sure to swing back to Housewifespice for more Wednesday readers and Hallie’s for more flashy favs. 

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