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Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living [Paperback]

By Danielle Bean (Author)
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Danielle Bean writes about the joys and trials of being a Catholic mother and wife today. In this hilarious and touching account, Bean reaches out to mothers on an intimate level. Ideal for any woman who wants to benefit from Bean's lived wisdom and hearfelt advice.

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After receiving many questions from readers of her popular blog, Danielle Bean decided to write a book that appealed to their concerns?and those of other Catholic mothers. With her trademark humor and wit, Bean sprinkles animated accounts of her own children with sound advice. Mom to Mom, Day to Day offers a fresh perspective on family life and spirituality. Packed with common-sense suggestions, spiritual musings, and hilarious tales of Danielle's own gang of eight kids, Mom to Mom, Day to Day is sure to keep any mother reading, reflecting?and laughing What are people saying about this title? ?We live in an age of ?anti-mother??this book passes on practical wisdom and the easy humor of a chat over a cup of coffee.? ?Holly Pierlot author of A Mother's Rule of Life ?From spills to spirituality, from housework to holiness, Danielle voices a perspective that gently, and with humor, encourages women to give their best to God and to their families while caring for themselves along the path of life.? ?Lisa M. Hendey founder of ?As wife and mother of eight, Danielle Bean has sifted through her sleepless nights and busy days to glean a treasure trove of wisdom for her sisters in Christ.? ?Genevieve Kineke author of The Authentic Catholic Woman ??A great faith filled book for everyone?not just Moms ?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Pauline Books & Media
Pages   155
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.29" Width: 5.03" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Pauline Books & Media
ISBN  0819848557  
ISBN13  9780819848550  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sarah A. Reinhard is a popular Catholic writer, blogger, and contributor to such sites as, Integrated Catholic Life, New Evangelizers, and Amazing Catechists. She produces a weekly segment on Mary for the iPadre, Catholic Foodie, and Uncommon Sense podcasts. In addition to serving as editor of her parish's publications, ministry scheduler, and odds-and-ends parish support, Reinhard is the author of five books for Catholic families and writes a monthly column in the Diocese of Columbus's The Catholic Times. She also contributes a weekly column on the Catholic Writers Guild's blog. Reinhard holds a master's degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children.

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Encouragement for Real Moms  Mar 3, 2008
Danielle's second book is written especially for younger moms who are overwhelmed and still trying to figure out how to work out a lot of the details of smoothly running their homes (and lives). These moms tend to feel guilty for not "having it all together" and wonder how older, more experienced moms with more kids ever manage their large brood and complex family life. I know I felt that way when I was a younger mom and I would have very much appreciated the gentle wisdom contained in this book.

I found this book "light", but inspiring; helpful, but not preachy. Her writing deserves to be called wise, because she manages something that so few parenting/advice books do - she draws out practical truths that really do apply to everyone and then gives examples of how she applies them to her own family.

The book is organized into six main sections (that are divided into smaller essays):

How Can I Survive the Preschool Years Without Losing My Mind?

How Can I Fill My Marriage with More of `The Better' and Less of `The Worse'?

What Kind of Role Does a Catholic Mom Play in This Great Big World?

How Can I Get on Top of the Housework When It Feels Like I'm Smothering Under It?

How Can I Make Our Faith an Integral Part of Family Life?

Can I Really Have a Spiritual Life While Caring for All These Little People?

She tops it off with a simple, but helpful resource guide for Catholic families.
Like talking with a friend   Aug 4, 2007
If you don't know Danielle Bean's writing, you might not know what to expect from a book with the subtitle, "Advice and Support for Catholic Living."

You might pick it up thinking, "Who is this woman to give me advice? Has she lived so long and so perfectly that she can dish up the goods on my life when she doesn't even know me?"

Then, you might open it, and read Danielle's preface, and find out that she is the kind of woman to pick up an advice book (you know the kind I mean: one with a rigid prescription for how to eat, drink, live, marry, parent, sleep, breathe and forego sugar) and think:

(from the preface):
"Who does this woman think she is? I find myself furiously thinking as I flip to the back cover to read the author's bio. Is her family really so perfect? Doesn't her husband ever leave his balled-up, smelly socks on the bedroom floor and she snaps at him about it? Don't her kids ever argue about who's looking at whom and who got the last cookie last time and who got it the time before that and ...."

And, you might next think, "Hey! I love her! She's just like me!"

And, you'd be right (unless you're the author of the aforementioned book that initially raised Danielle's ire, in which case, I don't even want to know you.)

Which is why you'll love this book and this author. She's so very real. I want her to live next door to me and come over for lots and lots of coffee while we ignore our children and catch up with each other. Because once in awhile, that's what real mothers do.

What's in this book? Let me start by telling you what's not in it.

Danielle Bean will not advise you to rise every morning at four a.m. in order to squeeze in that bit of extra prayer time that you need (but, she does have excellent advice on prayer and lovely prayers at the end of each section.) She will not try to convince you that you can whip up gourmet meals six nights out of seven without breaking a sweat (but, she does know how meal planning can keep you sane.) She will not tell you how to create the perfect craft, such as carving bath toys out of soap, thus saving money and mess (but she will offer twelve months' worth of real ideas for observing the liturgical calendar with your kids.)

In other words, what Danielle Bean will give you is a bunch of truths. Truths about how the little things can pile up and make even the best of moms yell at little people (but she'll remind you that you're not alone) ; about how marriage takes work (but is still the best thing we humans have got going) ; about how boring it can sometimes be to stay home (and yet how ultimately fulfilling and holy it is.) She will talk to you, as if you were having lots and lots of coffee together, about how to get the upper hand on the housework, how to live your faith with your kids, and about how prayer time really works at her house.

Because this is what Danielle Bean is about: striving for the very-real sacred in the midst of the very-real everyday. It's all connected: the yelling, the commitment, the smelly socks, the prayers, the boredom, the faith, the toilet-scrubbing, the journey to heaven. We moms don't get to travel a pristine path to holiness. Ours is peppered with dirty diapers, cranky kids, blown fuses and fishsticks. It's a path that evokes an "Eeewww!" from many. It's not pretty. And yet, it is the most exquisitely beautiful thing in the world.

Danielle Bean has seen that paradox, as genuine and strange as The Event it mirrors. Motherhood is a kind of crucifixion, a dying to self. From suffering and death come Resurrection. And from the struggles of motherhood joy, beauty and new life emerge.

That's what Danielle Bean knows, and it's what she'll tell you in this book: That it's hard. That there are ideas that will help you. Here they are. Take them and use them. And, along the way, let your vocation transform you.

This isn't "advice." This is friendship of the very best sort. Because that's what moms do. Mom to mom, we take care of each other.

Let this book take care of you for awhile.
Especially recommended as a giftbook for recent Catholic brides.  Jul 9, 2007
Written by homeschooler and mother of eight Danielle Bean, Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice & Support for Catholic Living is a repository of wisdom especially for Catholic women and mothers. Danielle Bean is author of the popular daily blog [...]. and when her readers send her questions about motherhood, family, and general living advice, she provides answers grounded in her day-to-day life experience. Mom to Mom, Day to Day is a deeply spiritual book, blending equal parts of practical family members and reverence for the divine. "We humans cling to the false notion that ultimately we are in control of our lives. Finding ourselves unexpectedly pregnant reminds us of the uncomfortable truth: We are not in charge. Sometimes the hardest words in the world to pray and to really mean are 'They will be done.' We fear God's will might not match our own. We forget that when God sends us a new challenge, he also sends us the graces we need to handle it." Especially recommended as a giftbook for recent Catholic brides.
Important book for Catholic wives and mothers.  May 5, 2007
For the last five years,I have presented the "Marriage as a Sacrament" talk at pre-Cana for our parish. In addition, I have worked as one of the wedding coordinators for our parish, talking with new brides and running the wedding rehearsals etc. There were many times over those years that I wished I had a book that I could give to these young women that would help them start out their married lives in the right direction. I wanted something that was steeped in the richness of our Catholic faith, but wasn't so deep in theological language and terminology that you needed a degree in theology to understand it. I found just such a book in Danielle Bean's new book, "Mom to Mom Advice and Support for Catholic Living."

The entire book with resource guide is only 153 pages long, so its size is not intimidating. Its beautiful cover is very inviting. I think I might even be able to convince our busy parish priest that this would be a wonderful book to buy and hand out at pre-Cana, or give to new mothers at baptisms. It's a very fast and enjoyable read. (I read the entire thing while manning the awards table at a swim meet!)

But don't let its size and appearance fool you. Mrs. Bean packs a lot of information and solid advice in those pages, with a dollop of wit and humor on the side. The target audience for this little book is young Catholic mothers with small children in the early part of their marriage. Those ladies will feel that Danielle Bean is right in the trenches with them, coping with the challenges, stress and fatigue that comes from dealing with little folks all day long. But even after almost 28 years of marriage on my resume, I felt that I too could benefit from much of what she was saying, particularly in how to relate and care for my spouse. Newlyweds will find a lot of practical advice in that area as well.

I think the fifth section of the book entitled, "How Can I Make our Faith an Integral Part of Family Life" would be particularly helpful to young women with or without-children-yet in making their faith a day-to-day living faith. There is a lot of concrete advice in that section of truly making a little domestic church and living the liturgical year! That section gives solid examples of how to develop a relationship with the Lord.

Danielle makes the book a very personal look at her own joys and struggles. The part about her non-Catholic brother-in-law coming to dinner and being questioned by her little boy about not saying grace had me chuckling out loud! She shares a lot about the joys of having a large family and the blessings they bring.

I am going to present this book to my own pastor and suggest he buy it for our church library and to give out at pre-Cana and at the baptism classes. I will point out that if nothing else, he should at least want to make sure that the list of resources in the back of the book get out to the young families our parish serves! I'm sure as time goes by this is going to be one of the must-have books for Catholic moms!
Awesome read for ALL mother's regardless of religion!!!  Apr 2, 2007
I read Danielle Bean's first book, "My Cup of Tea", in 2 days on the beach in St Lucia while vacationing with my husband for our 10th anniversary. The ONLY thing that would have made this book any better, would have been if it came with tickets to go back down to St. Lucia!!! VERY easy to read chapters, taking no more than 5 minutes to get through a single chapter. Hard to put the book down. I had my 5th child 6 weeks ago and was able to read the book while nursing her ~ finished the book in just 4 days!

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