Confession: I rarely take time to read for ME. Hardly, if ever. So when I had the chance to do a review on the book, “Good Enough is Good Enough” I felt as if the Holy Spirit was leading me to do so. And it was a Holy Spirit moment indeed because this title could not have come to me at a better time. Author Colleen Dugan introduces herself as a Catholic mom of six with a perfectionist personality living a very imperfect life. A mom that in her past was trying to live up to a standard of perfection that no one could possibly achieve. In our oversaturated Instagram perfect lives we can all identify with that, yes?
I *know* that I cannot fill from an empty cup but yet I continue to spread myself thin saying “yes” to too many things for others. I put myself last thinking that someday I will have more time to do the things that I truly love to do. Colleen gave me a clear wake up call that I needed to tend to my own flock before caring for all of the outside world, “Here is one truth we Catholic parents have to accept: we must quit worrying about what everyone else is doing and set to work becoming holy within the confines of our own particular families.”
Interestingly Duggan uses St. Ignatius of Loyola’s autobiography to support her stance of self care and how he rejected the extreme religious penances of his time so that he might be encouraged to be of sound body and mind. Sound body and mind. That’s a novel thought! How many of us with multiple children (particularly with children under the age of 3) have considered the state of our own body and mind lately?
Taking care of ourselves
Truth be told we aren’t going to be perfect. We all will strive to be model Catholic citizens and we will fall flat on our face time after time. I know I do anyway. If you are like me and continue to strive towards holiness and feel defeated over and over this book is for you. Duggan will relate her life (and yours) to the Saints and to the difficulties that Mother Mary faced. You will finish the book with a better idea of how to love God better in spite of our imperfections!
I was inspired by this book and I know you will be also! Grab your copy of “Good Enough is Good Enough” from Ave Maria Press before May 1st and save 20% with the promo code: COLLEEN