Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Book Review: The Catholics Next Door
When a review copy of this book showed up in my mail box I was pretty excited. That day I started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. The following day I spent a lazy afternoon engrossed in the book and finished it. The book is a great mix of sound advice and humor.
Several of the "adventures in imperfect living" shared in this book are expanded versions of what I've heard on a few of their podcasts. So I think it's safe to say if you enjoy listening to Greg and Jennifer on Sirius XM radio or via their podcasts, you'll probably like this book as much as I did. If you've never listened to them [and you're not anti-humor--seriously, there are people out there who don't want any humor mixed in their Catholicism] and you're in the trenches raising kids you'll likely enjoy this book.
While this book is actually quite humorous, that doesn't mean that Greg and Jennifer don't cover any serious topics. They talk about some of the tough topics that are tough for some Catholic couples to swallow, such as being open to life and practicing NFP [Natural Family Planning]. They are very candid about these topics and are pretty transparent about how at one point in time they bought into a more secular view of these issues. They share how they put their marriage first, before their kids, and why that's a good thing for both them and their children. They even discuss their experiences with homeschooling and public education.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it if your looking for something good to read this summer.
I was provided with a review copy of The Catholics Next Door Adventures in Imperfect Living by the publisher, Servant Books in exchange for my honest review. You can take a peek inside this book here.