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Kathy's Books

Kathy's Books

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Using the liturgical year as her framework, Kathy explores the spirituality of many kinds of mothers and the ways that various aspects of the Christian tradition shed light on the daily and unique holiness of motherhood.  "Kathleen Finley weaves the threads of our rich faith tradition into women's experience in a way that both affirms and challenges women to a deeper awareness of the sacred call to motherhood." - May Jo Pederson, lay advisor to the USCC Committee on Marriage and Family


more savoring god

Savoring God has, consistently, been one of Kathy's most popular books. Its many fans will be happy to know that now there's a second collection of meditations for "savoring God with all our senses." Prayer can easily involve the ordinary things that we use and come across in our everyday lives. As with the first Savoring God, these brief prayer exercises use all kinds of ordinary things to inspire prayer, from a photograph to a door; from a book to a needle and thread; from a hammer and nails to a seashell.


Our family book of days

For each day of the year this beautifully book--available in either a hardback or paperback edirion--gives a list of holidays, holy days, and notable anniversaries, along with several empty lines to write in your own special events as they happen year after year.


prayers for the newly married

A beautiful collection of short prayers on all kinds of experiences from married life...and don't let the title fool you, it's for all couples, no matter how long they have been married.  A great wedding gift, too, of course!  A religious sister we know said that her community is using it because so many of the prayers apply to everyday life in a religious community, too!  "A nice little 'extra' to include with a wedding gift. The prayers address everyday issues couples will face in the coming years. It would also be nice for couples to receive from their own church when planning their wedding.  An unusual but practical book for any couple." - from an reader review


savoring god: praying with all our senses

Prayer can easily involve the ordinary things that we use and come across in our everyday lives.  Brief prayer exercises using all kinds of ordinary things, from car keys to tissues; from shoes to underwear; from a ring to a plant or flower.


building a christian marriage

A close look at key skills needed by both partners to achieve a lasting marriage, complete with a list of helpful resources and reflection questions for couples and individuals.



dear god

This easy-to-use book of prayers provides a much-needed resource for families who want to celebrate the everyday events of their lives.  Dear God is the ideal way to involve parents, older siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others in the faith life of young children in their families.  It holds the promise of a deeper relationship with God and those we love.



Expecting and raising a new baby is an exciting time in life--one filled with hope, anxiety, optimism, and wonder. This collection of prayers for parents feeds the spiritual side of the prospect of imminent parenthood. This book contains a series of simple, kindly, and heartfelt prayers appropriate for all stages of a new child's life, from preconception until the first birthday.


the people's catechism

We wrote Part Two of this summary of "Catholic Faith for Adults," on the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. We're surprised at how frequently in our travels people mention having read this book and how they go back to it time after time. "This is an intense book! I personally felt a need to read it slowly over a long period of time as there was much to savor here. The subject matter also lends itself to discussion . . .  This book, like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is divided into four sections: faith, sacraments, morals, and prayer. Each of the four sections is written by a different author (or team of authors) . . .  The essays are clear, contemporary, and meaningful." - from an reader review

christian families in the real world

This book first appeared in 1984.  It was the first book to "unpack" the theological insight that the family, in its various forms, is the domestic church, the most basic unit of the Church. Subtitled "Reflections on a Spirituality for the Domestic Church," it won the Thomas More Medal "For a Distinguished Contribution to Catholic Literature."  After two editions under the generic title, Building Christian Familiies, now with a new Preface and some minor revisions it's back in print under its original title, and it still answers, in practical terms, the question, "What does it mean to say that the family is the domestic church?"