Sunday, March 25, 2007

Book Review - A Catholic Woman's Book of Days

In most of her works, Amy Welborn has a very straight-forward direct writing style. A forty-something mother of five children ranging in age from toddler to adult, former teacher, and accomplished writer and blogger, she comes across as a woman not to be messed with. Her beliefs and her faith are rock-solid and she will defend them to the death. In "A Catholic Woman's Book of Day's," I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to meet a softer side of Welborn.

This book offers a reflection for each day, beginning with a scripture verse, then Welborn's comments, and concluding with a short prayer. In her reflections, Welborn shares stories from her own life, her struggles with parenting and her career and her pain at not being able to be at her mother's side as she passed away. She conveys all the hopes and prayers that all of us who struggle to make our way in the world can relate to. She speaks of having difficulties with her spiritual life at times and finding the faith to keep going. She offers her prayers of thanksgiving and praise and contrition and petition. She invites us to walk a year's journey with her.

These short reflections are perfect for a quick jolt of spirituality in the morning, or anytime in the day when you have five minutes to spare. Welborn has outdone herself with "A Catholic Woman's Book of Days."

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