Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

My Cup of Tea

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

My Cup of Tea

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MY CUP OF TEA. By DANIELLE BEAN. Pauline, 192pp. $15.95paper.

Although many excellent books have been published about the teaching of John Paul II on marriage and the family, excellent books about how to apply this teaching and put it into practice on a daily basis are more difficult to find. Enter Danielle Bean. She is not a theologian, and this book is not an elaboration on how the family is an icon of the Trinity. Rather, it is about what such lofty ideals imply in the daily struggles of raising a large family in a hostile world. Bean takes on the gamut of obstacles that a mother faces-everything from dirty diapers to terminal illness. But the book is not only for hard-pressed mothers who look for light or yearn for solidarity in their trials. Counselors and spiritual directors who sympathize with their plight will find solid and specific advice on how to console them. …

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