“As mothers, our greatest gift to our family is our true presence. We may run around doing lots of things for them, but it is our being that makes all the difference.” Denise Roy, a marriage and family therapist, spiritual director and mother of five, combines the wisdom of experience with the insights of meditation in this parenting guide. Reflections are divided among the categories of Presence, Attention, Compassion, Embodiment, and the Sacred in All Things. Through story, reflection and guidance in specific spiritual practices, this book invites moms to cherish their child-raising years as the God-given ministry and mystery that they are. As the title suggests, Momfulness is aimed at mothers, but its insights can be applied by anyone who cares for children on a regular basis. This book can be used individually or in small groups, particularly women’s and mother’s groups. An abridged edition is available from Random House Audio.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming