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Many Catholics might recognize Mark Hart as the dynamic speaker and youth minister from Life Teen who has all the right answers about being and staying Catholic. But, flash forward eighteen years: Mark and his wife Melanie have four children and they realize that despite all the advice they’ve doled out over the years, there’s no single formula for having a happy, holy family. In Our Not-Quite-Holy Family, the Harts offer candid, sincere, and down-to-earth wisdom from the trenches of parenting.
Do you feel as if you’ve taken all the right steps to create God-loving individuals but still find your children are tuning you out? Are you trying to figure out how to have a family that is holy but still “normal” and human? If so, you’ll find comfort, encouragement, honesty, wit, and—most importantly—practical wisdom in Our Not-Quite-Holy Family.
Chock-full of amusing anecdotes about their journey raising four children, the Hart’s book reminds Catholics that being a good parent means taking time to get to know—and actually enjoy—your children. You’ll find thoughtful insights on a range of parenting topics, including:
· becoming a proactive, emotionally-present parent,
· healing personal wounds before they emerge in your parenting,
· parenting with your spouse as a team while maintaining intimacy in marriage,
· praying as a family without coercing your children,
· managing screen time, social media, and demanding schedules, and
· picking your battles and being a good listener.
Each chapter presents typical shortfalls and obstacles faced by Catholic parents, suggestions and ideas to think and pray about as a couple, and resources or activities to try as a couple or family.
A book for Catholics at every stage of the parenting journey—the Harts have a child in college, high school, middle school, and elementary school—Our Not-Quite-Holy Family leaves parents with a little less tension in their shoulders and a slap on the back for doing a good job—no matter what everyone else says “good Catholic parenting” should look like.
A Note From the Publisher
“Mark and Melanie Hart are the breath of fresh air that modern Catholic parents need."
Author of Something Other Than God
“Is stepping on a LEGO redemptive suffering? Mark and Melanie Hart have written a treasure map for harried parents searching for honest,
faithful, fun parenting. This book is a godsend. It is honest, boots-on-the-ground living in a Spirit-filled family.”
Actor, writer, and comedian
“What I may like most about Mark and Melanie Hart is that they genuinely admit their faith, hope, and love in the midst of life's struggles. They don’t have it all together. But they’re together. So with God’s help, they’re on their way to becoming a holy family and are willing to help the rest of us along the way.”
Host of The Catholic Guy Show on SiriusXM Radio
“This book is terrific! While I may not be raising a family of my own, I definitely come into contact with so many couples and families who are trying their best to love each other well and get each other to Heaven. Mark and Melanie Hart’s book is not only a gift for those who find themselves trying and failing, but also for those who have hit their stride and are looking for people to run with. Full of practical counsel and humor, this book is a winner for Catholic parents (and the priests who want to help them)!”
Fr. Mike Schmitz
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Diocese of Duluth
“This book is absolutely essential reading for couples trying to figure out how to thrive as man and wife while inhabiting their roles as mom and dad. With easy humor, beautiful vulnerability, joyful enthusiasm, and brutal honesty, the Harts have given us all a gift in this book.”
Katie Prejean McGrady
Host of the Ave Explores podcast and author of Follow