Editor’s note: Today, we continue our weeklong celebration of the publication of Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray and Act, the newest installment in the CatholicMom.com Books partnership with Ave Maria Press. Today, we have a great review from Mary Wallace. LMH
Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss give moms the gift of time management in their new book, Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Your Daily Call to Think, Pray and Act. This truly is a daily call, formatted almost like a daily text message. Because the messages are succinct, focused, and efficient, I am drawn into the book’s daily messages with true implementation plans of developing virtue in my busy momma day. I am able to read the daily message either in the morning before rising from my bed, in the middle of my day, or when I return from work (while cooking dinner!).
In the introduction, Danielle and Elizabeth give us permission as busy moms to use this book as a tool. As a busy working Catholic mom (outside of the home), I am always looking for tools to help me on my faith journey. I don’t have lots of moments of silence for reflection and prayer, and this book gives me the snippets I need to continue a journey to sanctity. By focusing on specific virtues in our motherhood, we are able to journey with other busy moms (that includes all moms, I do believe!), and balance duties of being a mom with the relationships that sustain us most: Father, Son, Holy Spirit – and our Blessed Mother Mary.
By using quotes from the saints of the Church, Danielle and Elizabeth bring the concepts to life. The prayers offered are quick, yet heart-felt and thought provoking. The actions suggested are specific, challenging, and able to be completed. As a working Catholic mom, Small Steps is a daily tool for me to keep moving forward on my faith journey. I expected the same ole devotional. What I found was a gold mine of advice, as if I were sitting down for coffee with my girlfriends. Thank you, Danielle and Elizabeth!
Copyright 2013 Mary Wallace
About the Author
Mary Wallace, PhD, is a devout Catholic wife, mother of 4 daughters, and college administrator. She is co-host of a Catholic radio show: Faith and Good Counsel, on Baton Rouge Catholic Community Radio. Mary is also a contributing writer at the Integrated Catholic Life. Follow Mary on Facebook.