3 Books For Those Who Don't Have Time to Read



If you’re anything like me, you want waaaay more time to read than you actually have. So I bring you these three books (I guess two of them are probably categorized as pamphlets) that won’t take any more than five minutes a day (or less). I give them my full thumbs-up!

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Saint of the Day: Updated & Expanded, edited by Leonard Foley O.F.M., revised by Pat McCloskey O.F.M. (Franciscan Media, 2013)

I’m a saints junkie, but I’ll be honest: I wasn’t going to even open this. But that was BEFORE my little attack of “I CAN’T GET ANYTHING READ.” I’ve been following along after I read and pray with the scriptures each morning, and the two minutes it adds onto my devotions is well worth it. Not only do you get a bite-sized bio, but also a comment that’s relevant to now, and a prayer or quote or tidbit-type thing, too. Yeah, there are apps that will do this. But sometimes old school is a good way to be.

Here’s the official blurb:

This is the 40th anniversary edition of Saint of the Day, first compiled by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., and published in two volumes. Through the years, this popular book has been a go-to source for information on key saints. This seventh revised edition contains the following additions:

  • New saints and blesseds such as John of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John Henry Newman, and John Paul II.
  • An expanded Introduction, with more detail about the current process of canonization.
  • Also, background on the evolution of Saint of the Day since the first two volumes, including its recent formats as a daily online resource and as an app.
  • A suggested resources section of additional Franciscan Media products with information about saints and blesseds

Saint of the Day has been a trusted guide for forty years, and this latest edition continues the tradition.

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A Mother’s Bouquet: Rosary Meditations for Moms, by Sherry Boas (Caritas Press, 2004)

When I started using this little booklet, I didn’t fully appreciate how helpful and fruitful it would be for my mothering and my rosary-praying. Truly a gem, and one worth keeping on-hand to share.

From the Amazon blurb:

Grow in holiness within the wondrous vocation of motherhood with these rosary meditations written especially for moms.

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The Catholic Mom: Nurturing Your Household, by Kathleen Blease (Liguori Publications, 2012)

What’s not to love with a title like this? 🙂 Maybe you’ve heard it all before, but this purse-sized pamphlet is just the thing to (a) give you some wind under your maybe-drooping-a-bit-after-this-winter wings, (b) encourage you in what you’re doing (which isn’t easy, and we know it), and (c) be a quick don’t-feel-like-getting-invested-in-a-book read. Seriously. For under $2, you can’t go wrong. Wait, yes you can. But with THIS, you won’t!

From the blurbage:

A pamphlet for Catholic Moms looking to better the spiritual direction of their household.

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Copyright 2014, Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.

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