The Handbook for Catholic Moms (Book Review)

In The Handbook for Catholic Moms, Lisa Hendey presents a survival guide for mothers, addressing the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul of every Mom.  She offers priorities for a healthy life, assuming the many roles of Moms, balancing demands and addressing emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual needs and goals. 

She shares her personal stories of trials and discoveries, as well as those of other moms, to further enlighten our way, reinforcing our need for daily personal prayer at the top of the list of priorities.  She invites us to be strengthened by Sacraments, Scripture, Mother Mary and the Saints and to live our Faith both as moms and as families.

I enjoyed the way the book was organized, nurturing our hearts, minds, bodies and souls.  Lisa’s honest and friendly writing style, peppered with her personal Mom moments endears her to the reader as a friend, talking casually “Mom to Mom” about “what works”.

I liked the placement of the resources as they relate to each chapter, but perhaps a consolidated index of the resources at the back of the book could ease future quick reference.  So much for criticism: that’s all I could come up with!

I enjoyed reading The Handbook for Catholic Moms.  Believe it or not, my Doodle Summary (below)helps me to organize the many thoughts offered within the book and gently reminds me of what I’d like to work on!

I won my copy of The Handbook for Catholic Moms through Lisa Hendey’s website:  (or possibly through her Catholic Moments Podcast?).  I’m dangerously late posting this review, especially in light of the upcoming release of Lisa’s new book A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
I hope to get a copy of this new book from Lisa Hendey and I look forward to posting another review!

I hope to slowly build up my collection of  “Book Badge Reviews” and “Doodle Summaries” on my blog.  I will happily accept good Catholic reference, spiritual or fiction books in exchange for my honest review (and possible Doodle Summary).


  1. By the way, I read that you are interested in reviewing the book Visions by Victor S.E. Moubarak. I bought the book and very much enjoyed reading it! Are you familiar with his blogs?

  2. Hi Monica, you are so creative! I’m admiring your doodle summary above for the book you reviewed. I enjoyed your review as well!

    Do you have any recommendations on how to teach about the Creator to 1st graders? Any worksheets you’d recommend? Coloring pages?

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