A Favorite Book Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion …

A Favorite Book Review: A Catholic Mother’s Companion …

Happy Weekend, everyone! On this beautiful Saturday, I’m proud to be the latest stop on my friend Sarah Reinhard‘s book tour. A popular Catholic blogger {she’s my hero!}, mom of 3, and author, this gal has her hands full, yet she handles it all with such grace and authenticity. Today I’m so happy to share my thoughts on her latest endeavor.

To celebrate the launch of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah invites all of us to spend her blog book tour praying the rosary together. Today, she shares this reflection on the Crucifixion:

It was dirty and uncomfortable at the foot of the cross. She had endured watching him being tortured, and now, unbelievably, she was watching him die. I don’t think, though, that she carried a heavier weight than I do when I weigh myself down with worries about what could happen, what might be, what’s possible and probable, and potentially what’s going to happen.

In fact, I wonder if there wasn’t a certain freedom for Mary at the crucifixion. We know she had complete trust in God, so even there, at what seemed to be the end, she must never have lost sight of her faith and belief that God had it all under control.

I wish I could say the same. What keeps me from relying on God as Mary did? What stops me from letting God have my worries, my anxieties, and my fears? Why don’t I just hang them up on the cross with Jesus and let them die?

As we pray this decade of the rosary, let’s hold all those brave women who have said yes to difficult and challenging motherhood in our intentions in a special way. Don’t forget, too, that we are praying for an increase in all respect life intentions as part of our rosary together this month. (If you’re not familiar with how to pray the rosary, you can find great resources at Rosary Army.)

 

My mother’s Rosary, now mine, given to her way back in 1955.

 

Our Father . . . 

10 – Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be . . . 

O My Jesus . . . 

You can find a complete listing of the tour stops over at Snoring Scholar. Be sure to enter to win a Nook (and any number of other goodies) each day of the tour over at Ave Maria Press.

I’ve had such fun this past week, leaving my copy of the great Sarah Reinhard’s A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy lying around. If you want to see my poor husband’s face turn ghostly white, let him think for even a moment or two that we’re embarking on that particular journey again.

Breathe, honey. Breathe.

Many of you know my vulnerability when it comes to pregnancy, so when Sarah asked me to review this book for her, I was cautious. Truth be told, I thought it might be too difficult, because so often just the word pregnantbrings about a lot of emotion, never mind an entire book on the subject.And yet, I’m so glad that I said yes.

It was an absolute pleasure to read.

 

 

First of all, it’s no mistake that instead of referring to this book as a guide, Sarah chose the word companion. While every chapter is filled with great, informative tidbits on each particular stage of a woman’s pregnancy, never once does Sarah’s tone imply that she feels she’s the authority on the subject. She walks with you on this journey and graciously shares her insights—her voice as comforting as that of your closest faith-filled friend.

Every page offers encouragement. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but even those women who have a relatively smooth and uneventful nine months would say that there are times when it feels like more of a sacrifice than a joy, and Sarah understands this. She helps us to navigate our way through those moments with her “Small Steps” and “Faith Focus” segments. Each chapter also highlights Our Blessed Mother’s life and her own journey into motherhood by featuring a reflection on the Rosary. I can think of no better example of faithfulness and grace under pressure than the mother of Christ. Meditating on the mysteries not only invites a sense of peace into our day, it allows us the time to put our own fears into perspective.

Overall, the book reads like and has the calming effect of a favorite prayer.

And while it may be marketed toward expectant mothers, so much of A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy could easily be applied to other situations in life in which we find ourselves vulnerable, which is probably why I so enjoyed it. I’m not pregnant, but her emphasis on the power of prayer and placing one’s trust in God’s plan fortified me still.

Do not be afraid of God’s plan for your life. Do not be afraid of the small blessing within you. Do not be afraid of what’s ahead, but hold fast to God’s hand, and use your will to choose to trust.

Beautifully said, Sarah.

I’m glad that I left myself open to Sarah’s words by replying in the affirmative to her request, even if I was secretly reluctant.

I only wish she’d written them, oh, about seven years ago.

And now for some goodies …

If you would like to receive a copy of Sarah’s wonderful book to enjoy yourself or share with a friend, please leave a comment here. The winner will be chosen at random.

And that’s not all! You have a chance to win a Nook! YES, a Nook! I know … can you believe it?! Click Sarah’s sweet banner below to enter, and good luck!

Please note: I received a copy of this book for myself and one for a giveaway, in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting this stop on Sarah’s tour. I love what I’ve been reading from it. I particularly enjoyed today’s because it had a picture of her mother’s rosary. My mother died this year. And, her favorite rosary (she, like Sarah, had many) was a silver one from Mexico she got while studying at the University there…way back in the 40’s!

    God bless you.

  2. Well Written post my friend. Love the photo of your Mothers ( your) rosary too xo
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  3. I had to do a double take when I saw her name 🙂 I’m sarah reinhart with a T.
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  4. Michelle – what a great review. Saying that this book had an “emphasis on the power of prayer and placing one’s trust in God’s plan” alone makes me want to read it. Thanks for sharing. xox
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  5. This looks like a beautiful book! I really look forward to reading it!

  6. TupperDiva says:

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful review, Michelle. Just what little was excerpted from what must surely be a wonderful book truly resonated with me, and I’m going to share this blog link with my Mom To Mom group. It’s so comforting to know that there are women out there who can (and will) light the way in faith to young(ish) women during what can be an amazing, yet traumatic, time in their lives, when faith can often be called into question. Bravo, Sarah.

  7. I love the quote you posted and that Sarah focusses on prayer. I wish this book had been around when I was on the journey of achieving motherhood!

  8. {Kathy} Oh you know I am diggin’ this! I was listening to a favorite homilist this weekend about how Mary is one of the ways God has given us to overcome the devil. She is Our Mother, indeed. Thanks for bearing Her light.
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  9. Please enter me as I have a first-time pregnant wife! Thanks and blessings.
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