My Books

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Classroom Management for Catechists

by Jennifer Fitz, Liguori Publications, 2013

I wrote this book because when I started teaching religious ed, it was a disaster.  I knew the faith and I had experience teaching, but I was totally blown away by the power of a room full of tired, jaded, teacher-wise ten year olds.   Classroom Management for Catechists is a summary of all the things I learned in the process of turning that first fateful class into something amazingly good.

The book provides detailed, step-by-step methods for catechists on how to manage classroom behavior with love and grace. These are the time-tested methods for classroom discipline used by professional educators, but applied specifically to the particular challenges of the parish religious education setting.  Because quality teaching is one of the cornerstones of a good classroom experience (trust me: children will not behave if you are boring them to death), the book covers the basics of class planning, including chapters addressing each of the big pitfalls waiting for catechists — stuff you don’t necessarily face in any other environment.

Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary

By Sarah Reinhard and Contributors, Ave Maria Press, 2015

My friend Sarah Reinhard undertook a massive collaborative blogging project, and it turned into this book.  Me and a bazillion authors you already know or really should know each wrote a reflection on a word of the Hail Mary.

My word is “women,” and I was nervous when the book arrived that I would have written something I regretted, but nope, I did great.

It’s no surprise that some of the writers who accepted the call when all they had was enthusiasm and a heart for Jesus have since gone on to big things.  Sarah has an eye for picking talent.

 

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

Sarah Reinhard, Ave Maria Press, 2012

This isn’t my book, it’s Sarah’s.  I put it here because she asked me to write a chapter-opening on the topic of siblings and the new baby, and I think it was one of the best things I ever wrote.

This book is hands-down fantastic, and I don’t usually like books like this.  I couldn’t be more pleased to have been a part of it.

 

 

As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

Lisa Hendey, Editor, 2014

A reflection on the daily Gospel reading for every day of 2015.  This is from the team at CatholicMom.com, bringing you a brand new set of reflections for the new year. You can preview the first month, which lets you get a taste of each contributor’s style and the kinds of ideas that will be coming your way each day.

If you just want to see my name in print, scroll down to the 16th.  All the proceeds from the sale of the book go to help underwrite the cost of keeping CatholicMom.com up and running.

If you enjoyed As Morning Breaks, look for the follow-up reader, The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections launching in August 2016.