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Welcome to the Catholic Mom Book Club.  Our goal is to promote quality works by Catholic authors or works promoting Catholic themes.  To get started reading right away, simply click on the underlined title of the book to order the book online from, and have it delivered right to your front door.  When you order a book from or  Barnes & by clicking on the title here at Catholic Mom, we earn a small commission on your purchase.  Our commission enables to continue to grow and reach out to Catholic parents.   


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December Bonus Book Spotlights

Advent Books for Catholic Families
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December 2004
Angel in the Waters

by Regina Doman, Ill. by Ben Hatke
Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher - Sophia Institute Press, October 2004
Price: $6.95

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Editors Note: 
As we anticipate the wonders of Christmas during this season of Advent, and treasure time with our precious families, I hope that you will enjoy sharing Angel in the Waters with your loved ones.  The story and illustrations that fill this book are works of art just like the journey of life they share!  I know that this will be a treasured part of your family's library for years to come.  Lisa

About the Book

In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there.  These gentle illustrations and wise words tell the story of that baby and the angel in the waters . . . a story that will delight all young children, and adults as well, because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too.

Regina Doman is the author of several books for young adults. Ben Hatke is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Virginia.

November Bonus Book Spotlights

The Pilgrim's Progress by Tim Dowley
The Words We Pray by Amy Welborn
Holy Land, Whose Land?  by Dorothy Drummond by James Wetherbe, PhD
Prayer Resources for Wives, Mothers and Homeschoolers by Michele Howe
Couples in Love: Straight Talk on Dating, Respect, Commitment, Marriage, and Sexuality by John R. Waiss
Holy Cards by Sandra Dipasqua, Barbara Calamari
Shower of Heavenly Roses by Elizabeth Ficocelli

November 2004
What I've Learned from My Daughter: Blessings from a Special Child
by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Liguori Publications; (March 1, 2004)

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About the Book:

Sometimes God's greatest gifts are unrecognized. Such was the case with Nancy Jo Sullivan, an expecting mother who received the unexpected: a Down syndrome child. Open to God's plan, and filled with love for her child, Nancy Jo came to realize that her daughter Sarah was "a sacred surprise disguised as a handicapped baby."

A Note to Our Readers from Author Nancy Jo Sullivan:

Dear Catholic Mom Readers,

Nineteen years ago, our first child, "Sarah" was born with Downs Syndrome. As a new mother, I wondered how I could possibly parent a child with so many limitations. I felt grief as I mourned the loss of a "healthy" child. I was scared about the future. And, I was angry at God. I kept asking him: WHY OUR FAMILY? WHY OUR CHILD?

But gradually, as the early months of Sarah's life passed, something amazing happened. I began to realize that my daughter was a gift from heaven.

As an infant, Sarah always smiled. Always. During her toddler years, she seemed to defy her disability as she slowly learned to walk and talk and sing. Throughout her teenage years, Sarah has continued to inspire me with her unconditional love, zest for life and her unique insights into faith, hope and love.

Now that Sarah is almost 20 years old, I find myself reflecting back on the years. Indeed, Sarah has brought has brought spiritual transformation to my life. She has taught me to face my own disabilities, my deepest fears, my hidden insecurities, even my lack of trust. She has shown me that God's presence often shows up in "weakness" and that small miracles happen each day.

I am honored that CATHOLICMOM.COM has invited me to share the spiritual lessons I have learned from Sarah. In my newest book, What I've Learned from My Daughter, you will discover that I have chronicled these lessons into a simple, easy to read story, told from a mothers perspective.

As you read this book, I will pray that Sarah's insights will enrich your life, enhance your faith and affirm your own unique call to motherhood.

Nancy Jo Sullivan Review:

Nancy Jo Sullivan probably never dreamed that one day she'd "grow up" to write this book - sometimes life brings unexpected twists and turns that we can never imagine. In this wonderful book, Nancy Jo shares her experiences as a mom of three beautiful daughters, one of whom was born with Down syndrome. It's easy to fall in love with Sarah, "God's Princess", who succeeds in teaching us all many lessons in this book.

This is not just a book for parents of children with disabilities. It is a book for all of us, looking to count our blessings, love unconditionally, and never take the everyday treasures of life for granted. Nancy Jo ends each chapter of this book with a set of "ponderings", which will prompt you to ask yourself a few questions, consider a few new ideas and learn some valuable lessons from Sarah. Gift yourself the gift of this book and you will find yourself with a new, uplifted perspective on life.

About the Author:

Nancy Jo Sullivan is an established Catholic author with articles published in Reader’s Digest, Guidepost’s, Catholic Digest and Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is also the author of five books, including her newest release; What I've Learned from My Daughter. Nancy Jo’s newest book, published by Liguori Press, highlights the authors experience of parenting a child with Down’s Syndrome.

While Nancy Jo is a committed Catholic, her story-driven style has been recognized by a variety of ecumenically focused organizations including The Billy Graham Association, Focus on the Family and The Catholic Press association. This past September (2004), The American Council of Catholic Women selected Nancy Jo’s book, What I've Learned from My Daughter for their National Book Club feature.

The mother of three teenage daughters, Nancy Jo’s writings often reflect themes of family, friendship and faith. Her work encourages readers to look for God in the ordinary faces and places that define their everyday lives.

October Bonus Book Spotlights

Couples in Love: Straight Talk on Dating, Respect, Commitment, Marriage, and Sexuality by John R. Waiss
Holy Cards by Sandra Dipasqua, Barbara Calamari
Shower of Heavenly Roses by Elizabeth Ficocelli
Firestorm by Jeanette Windle (Christian Fiction)
Forbidden by Wilma Wall (Christian Fiction)
The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers by by Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss (Family Cookbook) 
Reflections on the Peace Prayer of St. Francis by Albert Haase
From the Ashes by Janet Butler

October 2004
A Mother's Rule of Life:  How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul
by Holly Pierlot
272 pages
Sophia Institute Press; (October 1, 2002)

Available through:
Catholic Company, Amazon


About the Book:

Motherhood and home schooling had overwhelmed her. The house was dirty, the laundry undone. Holly felt frustrated, discouraged, and alone. She couldn't find time to snuggle and have fun with her five children or to go out with her husband. Yes, she loved Philip and she did love God, but she had come to resent Philip's freedom and she almost never found time for prayer.  Today, everything's better.

Holly still home schools, but the house is cleaner, she gets more done, and the kids are happier. There's less stress, less strife, and less housework. Holly's been healed of past wounds that troubled her soul and her marriage. Best of all, she spends at least an hour each day in prayer and time each evening with Philip.

Holly brought about these changes with what she calls her Mother's Rule of Life, a pattern for living that combines the spiritual wisdom of the monastery with the practical wisdom of motherhood.

Holly's Rule is not just another set of schedules; it's a way for Christian mothers to answer God's call to holiness.

With the help of your own Rule, you can get control of your own household, grow closer to God, come to love your husband more, and raise up good Christian children. In these wise and practical pages, Holly shows you how.

Do you want to be a better wife and mother? To have more order in your life? To grow in union with God? Are you desperate yet?

With your own Mother's Rule of Life, you'll transform motherhood and its burdens into the joyful vocation it's meant to be. Learn from Holly Pierlot how to craft a Rule that's right for you and your family. Then use that Rule to help God draw you, your husband, and each of your children into Heaven!

About the Author:

Holly Pierlot  is a popular speaker at catechetics and marriage programs and home schooling conferences. She lives on Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her husband, Philip, and home schools her five children.

September Bonus Book Spotlights

From the Ashes by Janet Butler
Black as Night: A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Doman
Naked Fruit by Elisa Morgan
Campin' in Chicago by Hilary McRee Flanery
Your Signature Work by Dianna Booher
Second Advent by Tony Perona
The Journey Within - Prayer as a Path to God by Sister Kathryn Hermes
Come and See Catholic Bible Study Series by Fr. John Ponessa, S.S.D. and Laurie Manhardt, Ph.D.

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September 2004
Stalking the Divine : Contemplating Faith With the Poor Clares

by Kristin Ohlson
Hardcover: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 8.57 x 5.79
Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (August 6, 2003)
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About the Book

Wandering into a forgotten downtown Cleveland church for a Christmas mass, Kristin Ohlson discovered the Poor Clares -- a tiny, threadbare congregation of cloistered elderly nuns with one mission: to pray day and night (literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) for the sorrows of the world. Ohlson -- utterly enchanted by these devoted women -- started to attend church for the first time in many years. So began her three-year dialogue with the Poor Clares, a dialogue that afforded Ohlson a fascinating, unprecedented glimpse into the intensely private nuns and their life in the cloister. Why, she wonders, have these women retreated from the world to joyfully devote themselves to perpetual adoration? How do they sustain their faith? And what, ultimately, is faith? As Ohlson -- a long-time skeptic -- opens up to the Poor Clares, she opens herself to the possibility of the sacred. The result is an inspiring personal journey as well as a poignant reflection on the power of the church and faith, no matter what our religion may be.

Visit the Poor Clare Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Website

A Note to Our Readers from Author Kristin Ohlson

Hello everyone and thank you. I'm so honored that the CatholicMom book club has chosen Stalking the Divine for its September read.

I have to tell you that I'm also still shocked when things like this happen. If anyone had told me six years ago that I'd write a book that would be in the spirituality section of the bookstore--and that groups like yours would make it their book club choice-- I would have been incredulous.  I'd been without faith for so many years that I couldn't really remember what it was like to have faith. And aside from a few members of my family, I didn't really know anyone who had faith. Sunday mornings were special only for brunches or hikes or bike rides.

It wasn't always that way, though. My father was a Catholic and I went to Catholic school up until sixth grade and I remember that for years, when I was very young, I did FEEL faith -  I felt it as sort of glowing trust and promise and presence. Then I became a teenager and there seemed to be no way to reconcile faith with the life of exploration and discovery I wanted. I felt you couldn't lead that kind of life if you subscribed to a system of beliefs that demanded that you look at the world in a certain way. And Catholicism - any kind of faith in God - urges you to look at the world in certain ways.

So I went on to be an atheist for the next twenty or so years, either oblivious to or downright scornful of faith. I raised my children to think that believing in God was about as sensible as believing in leprechauns. I was probably not so different from many people you know - perhaps your friends, or your brothers or sisters, or your children. I believed in being a good person, but I didn't know what faith had to do with it.

Then I started to change, although at first this was imperceptible, even to me. I like to compare it to those hearing tests where you have the headphones on and you're supposed to wave a hand at the audiologist when you hear a tone: first, there's a sensation in your ear that you don't even recognize as sound, then all of a sudden you realize it's the tone and you wave your hand. It was like that with me for faith. I started to have a longing for faith without even really realizing it.

And that's what led me to write  Stalking the Divine. I hope you enjoy it!

Kristin Ohlson

About the Author

Kristin Ohlson is the author of Stalking the Divine, a memoir praised for "beautiful writing and gritty honesty" in a starred review by Publishers Weekly. Stalking the Divine won the American Society of Journalists and Authors' Best Nonfiction Book Award for 2004, as well the "Spirit of Serra" Award from Serra, an international organization that is Pope John Paul II's lay arm for promoting vocations.

A California-born, Cleveland-based writer, Ohlson has published articles and essays in the New York Times, Salon, Ms Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, More, Discover, New Scientist, Tin House, Food & Wine, Poets & Writers, Sojourners and many others, and has published fiction in literary magazines. A personal essay appeared in a 2003 anthology from Salon called "Life As We Know It," and she is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's major fellowship for fiction for 2003-2004.  Look for her upcoming articles in Brain, Child; Ladies Home Journal; and Utne Reader.

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August Bonus Book Spotlights

Come and See Catholic Bible Study Series by Fr. John Ponessa, S.S.D. and Laurie Manhardt, Ph.D. (8/04)
Raising Courageous Kids by Charles Smith (8/04)
Mommy Come Home by Sandra Gillmore (8/04)
Courageous Series Catholic Bible Studies for Women by Stacy Mitch (8/04)
Ten Circles Upon the Pond by Virginia Tranel (8/04)

August 2004
Grace Will Lead Me Home : A Novel
by Katherine Valentine
Paperback: 288 pages
Image; (July 20, 2004)


Purchase Grace Will Lead Me Home: A Novel from Barnes & Noble

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July Bonus Book Spotlights

The "I Like Being" Series
featuring Catholic Mom and Author Therese J. Borchard
Read this Spotlight

Amazing Grace Series
Seeks Reader Submissions
Read this Spotlight
The Child Goddess
by Louise Marley
Read this Spotlight

July 2004
Letters to a Young Catholic (Art of Mentoring)

Basic Books, March 2004
Hardcover, 208 pages

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June Bonus Book Spotlights

Amata Means Beloved
by Mary Catharine Perry, OP
Read this Spotlight

Letters to Mary from a Young Mother
by Patrice M. Fagnant-MacArthur
Read this Spotlight
Invisible Underwear, Bus Stop Mommies and Other Things True to Life
by Karen Rinehart
Read this Spotlight
June 2004
The Catholic Home : Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day

by Meredith Gould
Doubleday, February 2004
Hardcover, 256 pages

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May Bonus Book Spotlights

Amata Means Beloved
by Mary Catharine Perry, OP
Read this Spotlight

Rosary Meditations for Real Life
by James M. Hahn
Read this Spotlight
Invisible Underwear, Bus Stop Mommies and Other Things True to Life
by Karen Rinehart
Read this Spotlight
May 2004
Special Book Focus - Praying the Rosary

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The Rosary: Worry Beads for Anxious Parents
Your Own Mysteries: Praying Your Life Through the Rosary
Rosary Meditations for Real Life
Praying the Rosary: With the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, & Glorious Mysteries
The Secret of the Rosary
Praying the Rosary

April Bonus Book Spotlights

Amata Means Beloved
by Mary Catharine Perry, OP
Read this Spotlight

As I Was Saying
by Katha Winther
Read this Spotlight


The Habit
by Elizabeth Kuhns
Read this Spotlight



April 2004
Meditation in Motion: Exercise Your Body and Your Soul - At Same Time
by Barbara Bartocci
Ave Maria Press, March 2004
Paperback, 190 pages

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March 2004
Wisdom in the Waiting: Spring's Sacred Days
by Phyllis Tickle
Loyola Press, February 2004
Hardcover, 130 pages

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February Bonus Book Spotlights

Lent Books for Catholic Families

The Habit
by Elizabeth Kuhns
Read this Spotlight


Families on the Move
by Marion Krell
Read this Spotlight

February 2004
Waiting With Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life
by Amy Kuebelbeck
Loyola Press, February 2003
Hardcover, 174 pages

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January 2004
Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids

by Dr. Ray Guarendi
Servant Publications, Charis Imprint, April 2003
306 pages

About the Book
Author, counselor, broadcaster and dad, Dr. Ray Guarendi, offers parents practical advice about disciplining children to form their children's character and to teach them the basics of living, moral responsibility, and respect.


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