Book Review: Home in the Church by Jessica Ptomey

Do you know what warms my heart? What draws me in? A good book, but not just any good book – a book that embraces change. A book that shows a purpose, a struggle, but ultimately, a journey. This is exactly what Jessica Ptomey wrote about in her new book, Home in the Church: Living an Embodied Catholic Faith.

Ptomey’s journey from Protestantism to Catholicism exemplifies a beautiful conversion story as she found answers to deep spiritual questions alongside her husband. She delves into the beauty she experienced among her Protestant friends and churches, but ultimately, she found her true home in the Catholic Church with the sacraments, Holy Mass, the Catechism, and the ancient traditions.

Home in the Church will take the reader on a pilgrimage of conversion, love, and discovery. The book also provides other resources in which the reader may choose to delve deeper into the chapter themes. This Catholic conversion story is a vivid example of the work of the Holy Spirit upon souls so dearly loved by God and His desire for them to enter upon His earthly journey towards heaven.

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Disclaimer: This review was not a paid sponsorship and is my own opinion. The book was gifted for review purposes.

Homeschool Q and A

Join me in a Homeschool Question and Answer Session on Monday, July 13th at 2:00 pm on my Instagram (IGTV). I have been receiving many questions about our homeschool experience, our transition from a private Catholic school several years ago, and what curriculum(s) we love! Hope to see you there!

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Book Review: Giving Thanks and Letting Go by Danielle Bean

If you are in need of support or moments to contemplate your vocation as a mother, this beautiful vocation given by God, please pick up Danielle Bean’s book: Giving Thanks and Letting Go – Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.

Ave Maria Press – Giving Thanks and Letting Go

I’ve been meaning to write a review on this book for months, but God had other plans: my electronic copy as an initial reader through the publisher didn’t work so I purchased my own print copy through Ave Maria Press, I was then surprised with first trimester pregnancy symptoms, usual homeschooling deadlines, and in fact, at one point I needed St. Anthony to step in for me because I couldn’t find the book and had only one chapter left to read. Let’s just say that my 2020 is been about the same as everyone’s – trudging along, praying for relief, and confidence in God’s Will. Well, I just found some relief from this estranged world and have a chance to sit down to review this book.

I’ve read a lot of books written by Catholic moms, but Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is one of my absolute favorites! I could relate so closely with Danielle Bean as she reminisced the times with young children and her transformation throughout the years. There were times I laughed out loud and other times when I started to cry, because it was so relatable. I’m in those busy years of little children, but I’m also watching my older children reach middle school while being pregnant with baby number six. It’s an odd realization that my older ones are at a different stage and they will soon need to spread their wings, while I’m left with motherhood gaps. I’m learning to embrace this time with them more now and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to homeschool them and spend these fleeting moments by their side.

I appreciate Danielle Bean’s raw narrative and her trust in God’s Will for their family in regards to finances, children, and life in general. Thank you for writing such a fantastic book, Danielle Bean! I highly recommend every mother to read this book. Motherhood truly is a transformation and each day I’m learning to let go a little more of my expectations and giving into God’s plan. I’m so grateful for mothers like Danielle Bean, who followed their passion for motherhood and writing while raising many little ones and trusting in God. I will fully admit that trusting is God is not easy, as I have had my moments of apprehension, but I never regret relying on His goodness in the end.

If you are in need of support or moments to contemplate your vocation as a mother, this beautiful vocation given by God, please pick up Danielle Bean’s book: Giving Thanks and Letting Go – Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood. It will be a great book to have in your home library for man years to come!