Books

by Mary DeTurris Poust

Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2022-23

Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2022-23

Prayerfully journey through Advent and Christmas with Mary DeTurris Poust’s fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Waiting in Joyful Hope can deepen your experience of this hopeful season.

Purchase copies on Amazon or Liturgical Press

If copies are unavailable through Amazon or Liturgical Press, please contact Mary.

Praise for Mary DeTurris Poust’s reflection books:

“Mary DeTurris Poust has a peculiar gift for finding the common experiences with which we can all identify and rendering them into profound meditations that are both consoling and instructive…”
Elizabeth Scalia, author of Strange Gods: Unmasking Idols in Everyday Life

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass leads you through traditional Catholic devotions and introduces you to new approaches to prayer and spirituality. Whether you’re new to Catholicism, a lifelong Catholic, or returning to the faith, this inspiring guide helps you develop or deepen a meaningful, fulfilling life of prayer. For every season, for every day, for every person, there is a prayer or pathway to God. The Essential Guide provides both in abundance.

This book carries an imprimatur, assuring Catholics that everything is in line with Church teaching and approved by the Church.

“In her engaging book, Mary DeTurris Poust lovingly walks us through many of the Church’s rich and diverse traditions of prayer, breathing new life into ancient, beloved devotions, and pointing the way toward more modern methods of prayer as well. Perhaps most valuable of all, Mary breaks down the parts of the Mass – the ultimate prayer – to enhance the reader’s understanding and appreciation of this Sunday banquet …  As Saint Paul confessed, ‘none of us know how to pray as we ought.’ This book is sure a help.”
— +Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Buy at Amazon

Buy at Barnes & Noble

Published by Alpha/Penguin

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism

Operating instructions for being a Catholic.

The Catechism is an amazing collection of Church teachings that cover everything from the basics, like honoring God, to more unusual subjects, such as paying just wages and respecting animals. Perfect for students, lay teachers, Catholics, and readers of other faiths, this guide is the key to understanding the daily life of Catholics, and gives readers an appreciation for what Catholics believe in the easy-to-understand format that has made the Idiot’s Guide series a trusted resource.

This book carries an imprimatur assuring Catholics that everything is in line with Church teaching and approved by the Church.

Published by Alpha/Penguin

Buy on Amazon

Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

Whether it’s a fish, a friend, or a family member, nearly every child will experience a loss in his or her early years, and the experience and feelings of a sad event can be confusing and scary. When grief intrudes, children look to their parents and the adults in their lives to fix this pain, take away what they don’t understand, and show them how to handle their emotions. Parenting a Grieving Child provides a practical and approachable resources for parents and other adult helpers who work with children to use the power and traditions of the Catholic faith to accompany children as they work through their grief in a healthy way.

Buy at Amazon

Published by Loyola Press

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

As featured on CNN

In this first book on the topic written from a Catholic perspective, Mary DeTurris Poust offers personal, hard-won wisdom on the complex relationship between food and spirituality. Drawing on the rich appreciation of meals first gained at the tables of her childhood in an Italian-American family, Mary leads readers into reflection on the connection between eating, self-image, and the spiritual life. She offers reflections questions, practical exercises, and prayers in each chapter.

“Whether you’re tired of being obsessed with your weight, are hungry for inner peace even more than you’re hungry for food, or are desiring the freedom that comes with self-acceptance, Cravings will leave you satisfied.”

– Kate Wicker, Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

To purchase, contact Mary.

Published by Ave Maria Press

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

The path to the divine is the same path you take through life every minute of every day. It doesn’t require carving out extra time or giving up daily activities, just changing the way you approach them. Mary DeTurris Poust shows you how to transform the actions of your busy day in ways that incorporate prayer and center your spiritually while meeting life’s responsibilities.

She offers practice exercises as a template for putting her words into action.

“I love this book because it’s practical. Too often spirituality is seen as something reserved either for mystics or, well, ‘someone else.’ Mary DeTurris Poust shows us that the spiritual life is not removed from your daily life, it is your daily life. Her new book will invite you to try some simple, down-to-earth and accessible ways of encountering God in what you might consider your ‘ordinary’ life.”
— James Martin, SJ, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything

Buy eBook at Amazon

To purchase a printed copy, contact Mary.

Published by Alpha/Penguin

Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2022-23

Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas 2022-23

Prayerfully journey through Advent and Christmas with Mary DeTurris Poust’s fresh and meaningful reflections on the daily Mass readings. In just minutes per day, the insightful meditations of Waiting in Joyful Hope can deepen your experience of this hopeful season.

Purchase copies on Amazon or Liturgical Press

If copies are unavailable through Amazon or Liturgical Press, please contact Mary.

Praise for Mary DeTurris Poust’s reflection books:

“Mary DeTurris Poust has a peculiar gift for finding the common experiences with which we can all identify and rendering them into profound meditations that are both consoling and instructive…”
Elizabeth Scalia, author of Strange Gods: Unmasking Idols in Everyday Life

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass

The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and the Mass leads you through traditional Catholic devotions and introduces you to new approaches to prayer and spirituality. Whether you’re new to Catholicism, a lifelong Catholic, or returning to the faith, this inspiring guide helps you develop or deepen a meaningful, fulfilling life of prayer. For every season, for every day, for every person, there is a prayer or pathway to God. The Essential Guide provides both in abundance.

This book carries an imprimatur, assuring Catholics that everything is in line with Church teaching and approved by the Church.

“In her engaging book, Mary DeTurris Poust lovingly walks us through many of the Church’s rich and diverse traditions of prayer, breathing new life into ancient, beloved devotions, and pointing the way toward more modern methods of prayer as well. Perhaps most valuable of all, Mary breaks down the parts of the Mass – the ultimate prayer – to enhance the reader’s understanding and appreciation of this Sunday banquet …  As Saint Paul confessed, ‘none of us know how to pray as we ought.’ This book is sure a help.”
— +Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Buy at Amazon

Buy at Barnes & Noble

Published by Alpha/Penguin

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism

Operating instructions for being a Catholic.

The Catechism is an amazing collection of Church teachings that cover everything from the basics, like honoring God, to more unusual subjects, such as paying just wages and respecting animals. Perfect for students, lay teachers, Catholics, and readers of other faiths, this guide is the key to understanding the daily life of Catholics, and gives readers an appreciation for what Catholics believe in the easy-to-understand format that has made the Idiot’s Guide series a trusted resource.

This book carries an imprimatur assuring Catholics that everything is in line with Church teaching and approved by the Church.

Published by Alpha/Penguin

Buy on Amazon

Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope, and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

Whether it’s a fish, a friend, or a family member, nearly every child will experience a loss in his or her early years, and the experience and feelings of a sad event can be confusing and scary. When grief intrudes, children look to their parents and the adults in their lives to fix this pain, take away what they don’t understand, and show them how to handle their emotions. Parenting a Grieving Child provides a practical and approachable resources for parents and other adult helpers who work with children to use the power and traditions of the Catholic faith to accompany children as they work through their grief in a healthy way.

Buy at Amazon

Published by Loyola Press

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God

As featured on CNN

In this first book on the topic written from a Catholic perspective, Mary DeTurris Poust offers personal, hard-won wisdom on the complex relationship between food and spirituality. Drawing on the rich appreciation of meals first gained at the tables of her childhood in an Italian-American family, Mary leads readers into reflection on the connection between eating, self-image, and the spiritual life. She offers reflections questions, practical exercises, and prayers in each chapter.

“Whether you’re tired of being obsessed with your weight, are hungry for inner peace even more than you’re hungry for food, or are desiring the freedom that comes with self-acceptance, Cravings will leave you satisfied.”

– Kate Wicker, Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

To purchase, contact Mary.

Published by Ave Maria Press

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

Everyday Divine: A Catholic Guide to Active Spirituality

The path to the divine is the same path you take through life every minute of every day. It doesn’t require carving out extra time or giving up daily activities, just changing the way you approach them. Mary DeTurris Poust shows you how to transform the actions of your busy day in ways that incorporate prayer and center your spiritually while meeting life’s responsibilities.

She offers practice exercises as a template for putting her words into action.

“I love this book because it’s practical. Too often spirituality is seen as something reserved either for mystics or, well, ‘someone else.’ Mary DeTurris Poust shows us that the spiritual life is not removed from your daily life, it is your daily life. Her new book will invite you to try some simple, down-to-earth and accessible ways of encountering God in what you might consider your ‘ordinary’ life.”
— James Martin, SJ, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything

Buy eBook at Amazon

To purchase a printed copy, contact Mary.

Published by Alpha/Penguin

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