Cherished and Chosen, Graced and Gifted, Rule!




I’ve had a blinding revelation.  If I don’t plan and make time for study, it won’t happen.  I need to study.  I need to dive into the Scriptures.  I need to dive into Church teaching.  I need to dive into my vocation.  I need to make it a priority, plan it, set aside time and make it happen.  I need some study.  I need it to stir up the flames of my faith, my heart and my vocation.  


I recently bought a popular, new book, trying to find encouragement, more focused on the home schooling part of my vocation.  It was a good book.   While this book is enjoying great popularity, deservedly so, it was not the kind of book I wanted or needed.  I think I will commit a “bibliophile sacrilege” ~ I’m going to give the book away.  I know that one of the many Catholic homeschooling women I have the privilege to know would probably appreciate it much more than I did.  


At the top of my list for self-study are two book and DVD sets by Kimberly Hahn.  These are fresh and updated studies that are very similar to Kimberly Hahn’s “old” women’s study on Proverbs 31.  I own the old set, on cassette, but this new set, being a book and DVD combination, is a great improvement.  I started to go through Chosen and Cherished, the first of the series, last year, but never got far.  After working my way through Chosen and Cherished  I look forward to following up that study with the sequel, Graced and Gifted.  And last, but not least, when finished with those, I’ll be listening to Hahn’s teaching CD’s on  A Mother’s Rule of Life (based on the book by Holly Pierlot.)  



I am not sure how long it will take me to work through these sets, but I need to be on the lookout for the next study material. I’ve done much of Fr. Corapi, The entire Hahn Adult Ed Series, and Father Emmerich Vogt’s retreats.  I am considering some of the retreat CD’s offered at Casa Maria Convent and Retreat House in Birmingham, Alabama. I am not sure which I’d want to do next, but I know I have to keep myself actively pursuing knowledge and wisdom by deliberate study and I’m on the look out for the next thing.





About becomewhatyouare

Catholic, Middle-Aged, Knitting-Addicted, Wife, Homeschooler, Mom of 6, Mom-in-Law to 1, Mother of 11 little saints, Grandma to 1, Godmother to 12, Foster Mom to 5, Army mom, Happily living in Texas!
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4 Responses to Cherished and Chosen, Graced and Gifted, Rule!

  1. KC says:

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of these books. I have the CDs but haven’t had a chance to really listen to them.

  2. becomewhatyouare says:

    I’ll definitely let you know. Honestly, the DVD part is the most appealing part of it all because I find it harder and harder to find time to sit and actually read (the book I read yesterday was such a quick and easy read that it doesn’t count as “reading.” It only took a couple of hours of my time total ~ start to finish.)

    Besides, with DVDs, I can knit while I watch!

  3. teachinmom says:

    Have you read any of Oscar Lukefar’s stuff? His is probably a bit more on the apologetics side, but good nonetheless.


  4. becomewhatyouare says:

    I have. You’re right about it being more “apologetics” oriented and about it being good stuff!

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