Your Labor of Love: A Spiritual Companion For Expectant Mothers by Agnes M. Penny

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Your Labor of Love is a new book written by a young Catholic mother of three children (so far). She began writing this book after her first pregnancy because she had been unable to find a Catholic book of spiritual encouragement for expectant mothers. ” I wrote to sort things out in my own mind,” she says: “the seemingly interminable morning sickness and discouragement of the previous nine months, and the inexpressible joys I was experiencing in caring for a baby all my own at last.” In this book, the author shares with readers the spiritual solutions she found to the normal problems and struggles women typically experience with pregnancy. And she covers these in 36 short chapters, on a range of topics (see below). This book is perfect for women who want to accept the challenges and joys of motherhood according to God’s will, rather than to follow the wisdom of the world. But it is also extremly insightful for all women — before, during and after child-bearning. Highly practical, truly Catholic and very uplifting, Your Labor of Love will be a great support for all Catholic mothers in their struggles with motherhood. It is also a real eye-opener for men, giving them key insights about women and their tremendous vocation of bearing children for Heaven! CONTENTS INCLUDE: Discovering Pregnancy; Your Changing Body Challenges Unique to Your First Pregnancy Challenges Unique to Subsequent Pregnancies Bodily Discomforts; Mood Swings Making Friends with the Blessed Mother Tiredness; Worry; Fearfulness; Sleeplessness You Are Not Alone Seeking Physical Comfort; Seeking Worldly Comfort Praying for Your Baby (see special prayers below) Marital Difficulties A Visit with Two Expectant Mothers Jesus in the Womb Accepting Your vocation; The Vocation of Motherhood Run-Ins with In-laws A Long Wait; The Approaching Birth Despondence; Discouragement Imitating Christ; Bearing Saints The Privilege of Parenthood Post Partem PRAYERS INCLUDED: Prayer of an Expectant Mother to Jesus Prayer to Our Lady, Model and Mother of Mothers Prayer to St. Joseph, Protector of Families Prayer to an Unborn Baby’s Guardian Angel Prayer to St. Gerard, Patron of Expectant Mothers Prayer of an Expectant Mother on Bedrest Prayer During a Crisis Pregnancy Prayer of a Bereaved Mother of an Unbaptized Baby Prayer of a Bereaved Mother of a Baptized Baby Prayer During Post Partem Depression Prayer After Childbirth

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