Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Association award, Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting is now available from Liturgical Press in paperback or e-book. You can also buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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From the book cover:
Everyday Sacrament: The Surprising Grace of Parenting is one mother’s story of discovering God in the daily rush of raising children. Laura Kelly Fanucci sets the Catholic sacraments in a new light through the smudged and sticky lens of life with little ones. From dinner time chaos to bath time giggles to never-ending loads of laundry, Laura stumbles into the surprising truth of what the seven sacraments really mean: that God is present always, even in the messes of motherhood.
A spiritual memoir of parenting’s early years and a sacramental theology rooted in family life, Everyday Sacrament offers an honest, humorous, and hopeful look at ordinary moments as full of grace.
As a mom, Laura Kelly Fanucci has a unique perspective on the Catholic sacraments — informed by everything from giving birth to her first child to chaos at the dinner table. Fanucci walks us through her experience of the seven sacraments as only a mother can.
– St. Anthony Messenger magazine
With heart, honesty and humor, Laura Kelly Fanucci’s offering of a peek into her quest for God in the midst of the craziness of parenting will help inspire you along your own path to God. Full of tender moments and truth, this is a book that every Catholic who ever lived in a family will appreciate.
– Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
Everyday Sacrament is a gift to any of us seeking God in the messiness of life and raising kids. With refreshing honesty, Laura Kelly Fanucci shares her home and heart to reveal the sacred in everything from changing diapers to rocking a child to sleep. Along the way, she develops a real-world theology that brings the sacraments to life and honors parenting for the holy vocation that it is. As with any encounter of grace, gratitude is in order for this powerful testimony to the messy grace of parenting.
– Jeremy Langford, author of Seeds of Faith: Practices to Grow a Healthy Spiritual Life
Everyday Sacrament is a gift to every parent everywhere. Whether she’s writing about giving a newborn a bath or flying with a cranky toddler, Fanucci reveals the holiness that lives right in the mess of parenting. Her writing is graceful, sensitive, and honest in its portrayal of the highs and lows of motherhood. This beautiful book is a feast for the mind, the heart, and the soul.
– Ginny Kubitz Moyer, author of Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood
Excerpts from Everyday Sacrament available online:
- “To My Children, Called in Childhood” in Bearings Online from the Collegeville Institute
- “A Strong Hand on the Shoulder” on Notre Dame’s FaithND website
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