Congratulations to Fr. Leo Patalinghug on the release of the wonderful new version of his book Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life! I recently shared the following endorsement of this great resource for families:

Through his amazing ministry and this wonderful new book, Father Leo Patalinghug has cooked up the perfect recipe for a fun, faith-filled and delicious family life.  This book is packed not only with delectable meals any family can prepare, but also with thought provoking commentary to get conversations flowing around your dinner table.  You'll enjoy Father Leo's culinary treats, his spiritual inspiration, and the great wit and good cheer with which he draws friends and family closer together to celebrate life, love and great food.

Here's a brief description of this book:

In Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, Father Leo Patalinghug (yes, the same Father Leo who defeated Bobby Flay on Throwdown!) helps you make family meals a way of life. Combining more than 30 simple but delicious recipes related to personal milestones, family holidays, and faith observances, along with scriptural references and short essays offering wisdom on faith, values, and family togetherness, Father Leo shows that mealtime is the perfect setting for discussing the major issues all families face. In fact, research shows that frequent family dinners can reduce many risks facing children, including drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance. These are meals that nourish body and spirit.

Father Leo and his publisher have kindly donated five copies of this book as a giveaway for our readers.  To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what you think about the importance of family dinners.  Five winners will be randomly selected. To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight on August 14, 2010.  The giveaway will end on August 14, 2010.

Order Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life and support with your purchase.

Update: Our lucky winners are Scott(#1), Chinwe (#13), Mary (#23), Sharon (#54) and Barb (#73). Your prizes will be sent soon.  Take a look at our other contests for more great chances to win!