Here is a space to catalogue the many things that I personally have found to be helpful on a variety of topics. I’ll keep this updated for sure!

Pregnancy & BirthMade For This: A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth  (preorder) Mary Haseltine has given a true gift to all women and the Church in this book. This is my go-to gift for first time Mommas (though it’s aptly suitable for all types of preggers.)

Post-PartumMuTu System is a 12 week online program that helps you get your core strength back after baby. I’ve never felt stronger than when I was finishing up this program. It’s a lifetime membership too, so you can return to it regularly, whether post-partum or not.


Fr. Jacques Phillipe is a spiritual master. While each of these are tiny, thin books, they are meant to be savored. Read them S L O W L Y. Seaching For and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise of Peace of HeartInterior Freedom (look past its bland cover…this book is pure gold), The Way of Trust and Love – A Guided Retreat by St. Therese of Lisieux.

Fr. John Bartunek’s The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer is excellent as a daily meditation on the gospels.

Fr. Francis Fernandez’s In Conversation with God: Meditations for Each Day of the Year offers profound reflections that follow the liturgical year.

Fr. Michael Gaitley’s DIY retreats: 33 Days to Morning Glory (Marian Consecration)Consoling the Heart of Jesus (Ignatian Retreat)33 Days to Merciful Love (Theresian Divine Mercy)

Blessed Is She has wonderful journals for Advent and Lent. They tend to sell out so act fast if you are interested!


Here’s a future saint with a story for our times: Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy. (Make sure you have tissues ready when you read.) My friend Lisa Cotter wrote an article about her here.


Endow: Educating on the Nature & Dignity of Women offers women a chance to plumb the depths of Catholic teaching in a small group setting. I’m in my second group now, and it’s truly a blessing to grow with these women!

Healing & Growth:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  I love love love this book! FYI- Brown is her authentic self & uses some colorful language.

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce This book helps children of divorce understand themselves in a new way. Invaluable.

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life Practical strategies and nuggets of wisdom, albeit from a secular perspective, that can greatly aid one’s growth in virtue.

Crystalina Evert’s website Women Made New offers a wealth of wisdom to jump start your personal healing journey.


The Joyful Mysteries of Life is a beautiful way to explain “the birds and the bees” to your child when they are ready.

Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kids Dr. Ray Guarendi’s advice to parents is extremely helpful.

A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child’s Mind by Michael O’Brien provides a thought-provoking vision of the effects of culture on our children. The booklist in the back is a jewel!