Have you ever kept a New Year's Resolution? Elizabeth Benning hasn't, but she's determined that this will be her year. Like Elizabeth Bennet before her, Liz Benning doesn't work, lives at home, and takes pride in her resourcefulness, but when she resolves on a yearlong project to be happier, it looks like her ambition has outrun her abilities...Enter a love interest more conniving than Wickham, a blonde cold enough to freeze out Caroline Bingley, and Elizabeth's paradise project is heading for disaster. She's never been so unhappy, but if she can discover which hero is straight out of her beloved Jane Austen, she might yet take the prize for happiest ever after. Also available as Kindle ebook
hOMESCHOOLING WITH GENTLENESS
Can a Catholic in good conscience unschool? Suzie ably answers this question in the second edition of this unschooling classic-- and the answer is yes! Suzie describes her search for the perfect educational methods for her children, which led her to unschooling: "It has taken years of trial and error, along with the grace of God, for us to find the homeschooling approach that fits our family best. I have enjoyed writing about our experience in the hope of helping others to discern how God is leading them." This approach to education is not only gentle but filled with a trust in God and the natural tendency for learning that He has placed in us all. From the foreword by Ralph McInerny: "You will find here no brief against the compulsory schools. Rather homeschooling is seen as the natural way, the basic way, in which children can be taught. Schools of the usual sort are an afterthought. Doubtless some of them still do a tolerable job. Suzie Andres is far more interested in putting before the reader the positive, attractive, practical, fulfilling notion of homeschooling."
Suzie and twelve other Catholic homeschoolers describe how they implement an "unschooling" style of teaching in their homes. Drawing from St. Therese, St. John Bosco, John Holt (How Children Learn and How Children Fail), and ancient philosophers, the families paint a picture of authentic education without the constraints and pitfalls of typical modern education. Andres admirably addresses the question of whether a Catholic can happily and sanely unschool by explaining it as a sensible approach to the mystery of learning, not as an ideology in competition with her faith. The heart of the book is the honest and humble description of home education by twelve homeschooling mothers who have embraced unschooling in varying degrees. Anyone interested in education and particularly home education will be inspired by their narratives.
the selected sermons of Rev. thomas a. mcgovern, s.j.
“As Catholics we have reason for lasting and deep joy. The Incarnation means that God Himself is now one of us; God is now our brother in the flesh, has a mother. The Second Person of the Triune God emptied Himself to assume the condition of a slave, to become as men are. The Incarnation has given new value and fresh beauty to all life.” — Rev. Thomas A. McGovern, S.J. Published by Thomas Aquinas College, with a foreword by founding president Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, and edited by Suzie (a 1987 graduate), Selected Sermons begins on the first Sunday of Advent and includes sermons for all the Sundays of the Seasons of the liturgical year. An additional section features sermons for special feasts and occasions, from Solemnities of Our Lord, to Saints’ days and Baccalaureates. In Selected Sermons, the reader will find not only the wit, wisdom, and humility for which Fr. McGovern was known and loved by his students and colleagues, but also the good fruit of his lifelong discipleship to St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor.