The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, an award winning author and Lay Misionary of Charity. In this wonderful book, the author shares that today's mothers need encouragement and recognition. She states that she hopes to "help more mothers realize and embrace the sublimity of their missions as mothers, responsible for the souls entrusted to our care." Written in a warm and engaging style, this book contains many quotations from Blesseds John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Each chapter ends with a prayer, and an inspiring pause or reflection upon the content discussed. The author reminds each of us of our call to be a saint in our own walk of life, and emphasizes the need for mothers to take breaks for prayer and refreshment each day. Mothers are encouraged to strive to imitate Mary, the Mother of God, and her virtues. The author stresses the importance of a mother's duty to pray on a regular basis, to teach their children to pray constantly, and to seek opportunities to evangelize in their everyday relationships. Topics such as the value of family meal times, suffering as a form of prayer, and the recognition of moments of grace and "everyday miracles", are addressed. This book serves to encourage and support the vocation of motherhood with gentle and loving care. Copyright 2006. Dimensions: approximately 5.125 x 7.5 inches. Soft cover. 158 pp.