A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom

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A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom

Written by Karen Eifler

Paperback book -- 156 pages -- 5.5" x 7.5 -- ACTA Publications -- February 2011

Being a Catholic schoolteacher brings with it a unique set of challenges, requirements, and rewards. In A Month of Mondays, author and master teacher Karen Eifler draws from her own extensive teaching experience and that of her colleagues to help teachers, administrators, and catechists reflect on the meaning and importance of their work as "grace in action." Using humorous and touching real-life stories to make her points, Eifler digs deep into the connection between teaching and spirituality.

Meditations include:

  • Taking the God's Eye View
  • The Communion of Saints
  • Crazy Present-Tense Beatitudes
  • I Teach People, Not Geography
  • The Power of the Personal
  • The Tongue of a Teacher

Eifler... wrote her book with the busy educator, catechist and administrator in mind. It is a compilation of separate humorous, touching and meaningful reflections about the grace she discovered in her students and fellow teachers. The 30 true stories, which add up to a month of Mondays, open with a chocolate bar fundraiser heist, which clearly sets the stage for an interesting book.Eifler's stories might just be the jolt that many weary teachers desperately need on a hectic Monday. The stories, many of which have universal themes and characters (the "world's best kindergarten teacher" teaches lifelong lessons, the troublemaking eighth-grader actually does have a soft spot), will encourage readers to remember that students and peers are examples of grace that continually change perspectives and teach the teachers.-- Regina Lordan, Catholic News Service (Read the full review)

Karen Eifler

Karen Eifler served as a youth minister and taught just about every subject to middle and high school students in the archdioceses of Los Angeles and Oakland, California, for fifteen years. After earning her doctorate at the University of Nebraska, she found her bliss in becoming a teacher of teachers, and spiritual director, which she now does at Oregon's Catholic university, the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: AP1053
Dimensions: 5½" x 7½"
Length: 156 pages
Publisher:
ACTA Publications
ISBN: 978-0-87946-456-1
Written by Karen Eifler