Catholic Book Lady so we will start with books, because they are my favorite. Some are new and some not, but these are the ones I like right now, by some of my favorite authors.
Tomeo: I'm a big fan of Catholic podcasts and Catholic
radio. Teresa is the host of Ave
Maria Radio's Catholic
Connection, among other gigs. I've read most of Teresa's
other very popular books, but I like this one the best: Walk
Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions. It has
short devotions and fits in my purse or glove compartment. The
devotions use a lot of humor, but are thought provoking and
prayerful. It is good choice for any Christian woman, even one who is
just getting started in the faith, and it is tailor-made for Mother's
Burke: Before Dan Burke started his website Catholic
Spiritual Direction there was little online about Catholic
prayer that was truly authentic and not tinged by influences from
other spiritualities. Now, several years later, his website is a
mature, extensive resource for learning about genuine Catholic prayer
and the spiritual life. A few years ago, he published a classic
the Interior Life. This has now grown into a series of
books to help deepen your prayer life.
I own two new books in this series: Finding
God Through Meditation by St. Peter of Alcantara who was a
spiritual director St. Teresa of Avila; and a book of letters by St.
Teresa herself, called 30
Days With Teresa of Avila that include reflections written
by Dan and Dr.
Anthony Lilles. I have been reading a little every day of
Teresa's letters and what impresses me is just how easy they are to
read and how her personality shows through. The reflections are easy
to understand and very helpful. I think any mom who is interested in
prayer and the spiritual life would find this a nice gift. St.
Peter's book, however, is for someone who is very advanced in prayer
and is ready to move onto greater holiness.
Stimpson: I can't tell you how huge a fan I am of Emily
Stimpson because of this book These
Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body. Now,
you might be thinking “No, my mom/wife/grandma doesn't need a book
about the Theology of the Body because it is all about sex and just
too big and complex.” Well, my friend, you are wrong. Saint Pope
John Paul II's Theology of the Body does have a large component about
marriage and sex, and it can be complicated; but the body, marriage
and family is more than about sex. It is about beauty and grace and
holiness, even amidst the complexities and messiness of life. The
Theology of the Body touches every part of life, and Emily Stimpson
has unraveled it, digested it, made it understandable, and then
written an absolutely beautiful book with the aim of bringing real
love, simplicity, and grace to all parts of your life and your
family. This book has literally changed my view of life and the
world. It makes me yearn for beauty, and reach for grace. You need to
buy two, because you need to read it yourself. She has a lovely
Catholic Table, that I highly recommend.
Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. Now, I
have to admit I have not read this book, but I hear it is wonderful,
and it goes along with Emily Stimpson's book about grace and
generosity. As the creator of CatholicMom.com
I think it is a safe bet that your mom will love this.
Fulwiler: Jennifer writes one of the most popular blogs in
the Catholic online universe, Conversion
Diary. As a big fan, I waited a long time for Jennifer's
Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently
Found It, to be released. She went from a born-and-raised
atheist living the high life but not completely happy, to a Catholic
homeschooling mom of six kids with a wildly popular blog about her
and her husband's faith journey. I devoured it. Fast paced and vastly
interesting, their journey is nonetheless profound and incredibly
inspiring. Don't hesitate to get this book. Psst: don't tell her that
I just discovered I have been spelling her name wrong for years.
Maguire Armstrong: I got to be roomies with Patti at a
Catholic convention and she is incredibly fun, a fantastic writer,
and one of the best people I know. Patti is constantly writing
articles on the Catholic faith and culture, and she has several
books, including as co-author of the popular Amazing
Grace series. This book however is the one that I like the
best, and would be great for Mother's Day: Big
Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families. This
book explains what happens to families when they allow their hearts
to be generous – their struggles, but also their triumphs and joys.
Cooper O'Boyle: I doubt there could be a list of Catholic
books for Mother's Day that doesn't include at least one book by this
lovely lady. Donna-Marie is an incredibly prolific writer. A friend
of Mother Teresa's, she imbues everything she writes with a
beautiful, gentle spirit. Surprisingly, I'm not going to recommend
any specific book. The last one I read was The Miraculous Medal, but
she has many books on bringing in a prayerful aspect to the family
and motherhood, books on prayer, ones for expectant mothers, a Bible
study, books on Mother Teresa, and other saints and even angels.
There just isn't just one I could recommend, but the best thing is
that she is sure to have written a book that would interest your
OK, woman cannot live by book alone, so let's get onto other gifts
Jewelry, Rosaries and other cool stuff:
You can get cool jewelry everywhere, but meaningful jewelry is
another story. I'm always surprised at how many Catholic ladies
online I know that have small businesses and so many of them are on
Etsy, Facebook, etc. Their wares are beautiful, and if you buy from
them you are supporting a craftswoman directly. Check out these:
(Full of Grace Divine Designs) – Amazing jewelry. Gorgeous and very
stylish. I just love everything there and would own it all if I
could! The lovely necklace at the top of this post is this from here.
Country Creations Some very cool country signs
You're “It” Beautiful and affordable, personalized
hand stamped jewelry. I really like these.
Rosaries Just so amazing.
Road Catholic Jewelry
Treasures Jewelry & Rosaries (the rosary above is
and there are lots more, check out the Catholic
Etsy Artist Guild Members too.
Edwards, painter of some of the most iconic modern
Catholic art. I have a few of her prints. They are beautiful,
meaningful, and affordable. And she is just the most fabulous person
– well deserving of your business.
And speaking of icons, which are considered by the Orthodox Christians to be windows to Heaven... there are many places to purchase icons, which is fortunate since they are so beautiful and stunningly crafted.
Leaflet Missal has many in all price ranges and is an excellent company.
Monastery Icons has beautiful icon jewelry, and a lot of more contemporary icons as well.
Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They are what the
angels must sound like. Listening to these amazing nuns makes me
immediately relax and settle in for prayer, or imbues my working day
with sense of the sacred around me. Their voices are stunning.
Not to be outdone by those Benedictines, the Dominican Sisters of
Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have their own album, Mater
Eucharistiae. You might remember these traditional nuns
from the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and the “American Bible
Mom might also like the sublime singing of the British vocal
They are wonderful.
Want something a little more contemporary? The beautiful music of
can't be beat.
Well, there you have it. If you have any other great ideas for
gifts, please let us know in the comments. I'd love to hear what you
have to say!
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