The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living by Greg and Jennifer Willits
Hosts of a Catholic radio show, Greg and Jennifer Willits have written a book that covers daily life as a Catholic family. They cover a wide variety of topics from the relationships we develop with others, Natural Family Planning, family prayer, and the role of technology in a faithful family.
I have never listened to the Willits's radio show, but I was looking forward to reading this book, mainly because I expected it to be an amusing peak at their lives. There were some funny parts, but the best one ("Toddler boys lasso each other with rosaries at family prayer.") is on the back cover and in all the descriptions of the book.
The book is written in alternating voices, Greg and Jennifer taking turns, which works rather well. The different sections flow one to the other as if they were sitting next to each other. I imagine their radio show gives them a lot of practice talking to others in the same way.
Overall, though, I was a little disappointed in the book. I am in no way a perfect Catholic mom. (People who only read the blog might not realize that, though you hopefully learn that blogs aren't the whole story. I don't write about my failings as a mother often on this blog; I like to keep that stuff private.) I really felt like I didn't learn that much from this book, though. I suppose it's more about providing moral support than a lot of depth.
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