The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life By Kendra Tierney

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    If you've been wondering how to bring the rich traditions of the Catholic Church's liturgical year into your home and into your family, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what the liturgical calendar is, this still might be the book for you, if you are looking for ways to bring your faith home from Sunday Mass, in every season, all year long.Catholic blogger and mother of many, Kendra Tierney shares how her family incorporates traditional Catholic practices into today's family life throughout the Church year―from Advent and Christmas, through Lent and Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. She provides ideas for stories, decorations, activities, and foods that will help you to celebrate your Catholic faith with your family and friends without expertise or much advance planning. She also offers tips and tricks from her fifteen years in the Catholic mommy trenches on things like surviving bringing young children to Mass and saying a family Rosary.Whether you're a convert or a revert, an expert theologian or a brand new Catholic, a member of a big family or a little one, a stay at home or a working parent, you're sure to find ways to make your Catholic faith a memorable and meaningful part of your busy family life.  And have fun doing it! The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life

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    This book is well written and well thought out, which I expected from Kendra having followed her for a while. It’s big enough to contain a load of information while not being so big as to be overwhelming. She writes in an engaging, conversational tone which makes the information easier to remember in my opinion. If you want to add anything to your repertoire or just want to know what on earth ‘liturgical living’ is, you can’t go wrong with this book. 345 pages I’ve had this book for about a year now. I often feel uninspired by the recommendations found in it for ways to celebrate feasts. The author seems to link holy days with a type of food even if there is nothing really linking them (like eating ‘eclairs’ on the Feast of St. Clare, and watching an egg go white on the Transfiguration…) There is very little explanation sometimes about why certain practices exist (no explanation on why there are traditionally herbs blessed on the Feast of the Assumption, for example). Sometimes I find myself a little annoyed with the overly jocular way the writer describes rather serious things, which is on nearly every page. In all I can say that if you’re looking for random connections between the liturgical calendar and an answer to your question “what can I make for dinner?” then this book might be useful to you. As for anything of real substance, you’re probably better off making up your own traditions for a lot of things. 345 pages Kendra brings the liturgical year to life in this book. The pages are filled with practical ways to incorporate the Catholic traditions and celebrations into your home life. Personal anecdotes, historical references, and bite size pieces of catechism shows us the why behind the how. As a mom of four, I appreciate the ease with which Kendra approaches liturgical living. The appendices alone hold a wealth of information at your fingertips. It honestly feels as if a good friend is guiding you through the all planning that needs to be done. I intend to use this as the backbone to planning out our homeschool year! Thank you so much, Kendra for such a wonderful resource. 345 pages I was a little nervous that this book would be solely aimed at the US audience but Kendra Kierney makes it clear from the start that she is living in the US and is a stay at home mum but this book is written for everyone who wants to live liturgically. I like Kendra’s writing style and approach to the domestic church and liturgical living and rather than feeling like you can’t possibly do everything you are encouraged to do what works for your family in your situation. I highly recommend! 345 pages Overall this was fun, easy to read, and had some good suggestions for bringing liturgical living into the home. I particularly like the suggestions for advent and Christmas ways to help keep them prioritized while still celebrating the true meaning of each. The only downsides of this book for me: since I'm actually Ukrainian Catholic and while we follow the Gregorian calendar for secular life, we have much of our liturgical input from the Julian calendar, so some of the dates differed from this book vs when we would typically celebrate them. I was also pretty shocked to see a few notable days absent from her calendar, such as Saint Faustina's feast day, Our Lady of Loreto, etc. However overall I'd say it's still definitely worth purchasing! 345 pages