Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Recipes for Faithful Mothering

I chose to read and review Grace Café: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering based on this description: “Ever wish you had a cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother…. a step-by-step guide for various “domestic church” situations.” While there are no recipes for tasty dinners, the author does give ‘recipes’ for ways to incorporate our Faith more fully into our daily personal and family life.
From the beginning, O’Boyle acknowledges that a mother’s life is busy but still our Lord is calling us to holiness. She reminds readers that our Lord “placed mothers in the heart of the home” and that we can be sanctified in the everyday tasks of wife and mother.
We are reminded to find time for prayer, teach our children to pray and to remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. O’Boyle shares a long list of practical suggestions to make Sunday a more special day in our family while acknowledging that the world doesn’t share the same outlook.
I love the way the author inserted quotes from Scripture, the Catechism, saints, encyclicals, and even a Catholic dictionary. Each chapter begins with a quote and ended with a ‘recipe card’. The only thing missing from this book are discussion questions. I will be recommending this book to our parish's Moms’ Ministry for consideration for reading and discussion next year.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Grace Cafe.


Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Thank you very much for your very nice review. :) Since you mentioned discussion questions; I'd like to point out that my book, "The Domestic Church: Room by Room: A Mother's Study Guide" that came out at the same time as "Grace Cafe" is designed to be studied within a group setting or even alone. Grace Cafe would work well too for a Catholic Mom's group to study. I may write a study guide to accompany it at some point. Feel free to check back with me before you are ready to do the study and I'll let you know.

Also, you may contact me at DMCOBoyle(at)aol(dot)com or visit my website: http://www.donnacooperoboyle.com for discounts on books for study groups.

Thanks again for the review.

God bless!


Renee said...

I'll pass along both suggestion to the book choosing committee.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Thank you, Renee. Have a wonderful grace-filled Lent!