Recently, I hosted a book tour for this book with a reflection from Sarah on the Transfiguration. The following is the review I posted at Amazing Catechists.
Author Sarah Reinhard never ceases to amaze me. She’s the mother of three small children, has an active blog, is a columnist for (it seems like) 100 websites, is CWG Chair for the Seal of Approval Committee… and on top of it all, she’s managed to write four books in two years! As the author of four books (written over ten years) myself, this is nothing short of miraculous!
Her most recent book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, is a beautifully written year long reflection with a spiritual focus.
As with Sarah’s other books, each chapter has a format and sections within the chapters: Walking with Mary, One Small Step, Faith Focus and Praying Your Pregnancy. Interspersed throughout the book are short contributions on different facets of pregnancy from various Catholic writers including Karen Murphy Corr, Jennifer Fitz, Jane Lebak and many others.
Part 1 is a weekly journal and starts from conception right up to labor. Part II covers labor and birth and Part III talks about Baptism. The author discusses fears, hopes as well as the details about what is going on at each stage of pregnancy with mother and baby. Father’s role is also included.
I enjoyed Sarah’s honesty. There is no sugarcoating any of the information. She shares some of her own worst fears and concerns in pregnancy. I also appreciated her humor.
I highly recommend this wonderful resource. I think this book’s Catholic focus makes it the ideal gift for expectant Catholic mothers as a companion in pregnancy.
Copyright 2012 Ellen Gable Hrkach