Before Ginny Kubitz Moyer became a mother, she spent a lot of quiet time with God. But the moment she became a mom, those deeply meaningful times of serenity all but disappeared, raising a critical question: How do you maintain an active spirituality when your life is consumed by the nonstop mayhem of motherhood?
In Random MOMents of Grace, Moyer helps mothers realize that their spiritual lives don’t have to stagnate even though most of their time is now spent in a world of playdates and playgrounds. In fact, Moyer contends that all that wiping of noses and reading of bedtime stories can lead to some pretty amazing spiritual growth.
For any mom wondering if it’s possible to be fully engaged in the lives of her children without sacrificing her spirituality,Random MOMents of Grace offers a definitive “yes” as it shows moms how to see God’s grace at work in even the silliest, messiest, and most frustrating moments of motherhood.
“The mystic Meister Eckhart said ‘we are all meant to be mothers of God.’ You don’t need to be a mother of children to benefit from the spiritual wisdom in Random Moments of Grace. Female or male, married or single, you will learn to birth love moment by moment, and bless the world with gratitude. I love this book, and so will you.” – Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic?
“In this, her second book, Moyer explains how she tries to parent with mindfulness, paying attention to the deeper meaning of everyday experiences, from blowing bubbles on the front lawn to letting out an expletive after stepping on a plastic dinosaur on the floor. Moyer is neither overly saccharine nor holier-than-thou, and her heartfelt stories will resonate without inviting self-critical comparison. Her insights are simple yet profound, and grounded in Catholic spirituality.” – Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter
Reading Guide for Reflection and Discussion
Random MOMents of Grace is perfect for book clubs and moms’ groups! Print out the RandomMOMents Questions reading guide to enhance your discussion.
Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God shares the stories of forty-six women, from their twenties to their nineties. They are laywomen and religious sisters, cradle Catholics and converts; they are single, married, and widowed, teachers and lawyers and musicians, mothers and grandmothers. All of them share their candid thoughts on Mary, reflecting on the often-surprising ways that she speaks to their lives. Woven with commentary and scripture references, Mary and Me offers a fresh, compelling look at the depth and breadth of Mary’s influence on women today.
Winner of a 2009 Catholic Press Association Award
Praise for Mary and Me
“This is a quintessential women’s-book that men should read, too … Because the author has been on her own spiritual journey, her exploration of women’s relationships with the Blessed Virgin Mary is a thoughtful, even complex piece. Moyer avoids the overtly sentimental discussions that mar some books on Mary. Instead, she offers a down-to-earth exploration of the Virgin Mary that is grounded in women’s experiences of her and in their experiences of life, with the range of joy and happiness to suffering and sorrow … This book is written for anyone interested in how the Virgin Mary appeals to many people and how she responds in so many ways. It is also written for those who are not necessarily seeking a connection to Mary, but who are living through transitions and seeking the path for their lives.”
Darleen Pryds, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spirituality
Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California
“The strength of Mary and Me is that it is devoid of the usual saccharine images of Mary that are often found in books that focus on the mother of Jesus … Moyer focuses on Mary’s complexity and it is in looking at the many faces of Mary that Moyer uncovers a mother that indeed can connect with one and all …. a first-rate book that will have you hunting for Mary in your own life.”
Author, Googling God
Managing Editor, BustedHalo.com
Read Mike’s entire review on BustedHalo.com
“Moyer takes us on a journey of the heart. We are invited to reflect on our own experience of Mary — the woman of a thousand faces and a thousand titles — whose influence is at once universal and deeply personal.”
Author, My Monastery is a Minivan and Momfulness
Reading Group Questions
Mary and Me is a great choice for book clubs! Below is a PDF file of reflection questions to enhance your discussion. They’re also helpful for individual prayer and journaling.