The Summa Domestica - 3-volume set

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Most wives possess a deep, existential intuition that they bear primary responsibility for creating the home environment, in cooperation with their husbands, who protect and provide for it. When Leila Lawler started out as a young wife and then became a mother, she had no idea how to keep a house, manage laundry, or plan and prepare meals, let alone entertain and inspire toddlers and select a curriculum to pass on the Faith. 

She spent decades excavating deeply rooted cultural memories that had been buried under an avalanche of feminist ideology. Lawler developed and meticulously presented these on her popular website, Like Mother, Like Daughter, and has now collected them in this comprehensive, three-volume set to help women who desire a proficient and systematic approach to home life. 

The Summa Domestica comprises three volumes: Home Culture, which delves into establishing a home and a vision for raising children; Education, which offers a philosophy for the primary vocation of parents to form their children and give them the means to learn on their own; and Housekeeping, which offers practical details for meals, laundry, and a reasonably clean and organized busy and thriving household.

All at once lively, funny, calming, and complete, The Summa Domestica an indispensable how-to book on making and keeping a home that will serve your family best. 

  • Pages: 1376
  • Format(s): Hardback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-510-5
  • Product Code: 5105
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2021
  • Categories: By title, Marriage and Family Life, New Releases, Sets
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I NEEDED this!
As a Catholic convert, wife, and mother, my knowledge in all those areas have been very limited. I wasn't raised for living out the Catholic faith because I wasn't raised Catholic. I wasn't raised with the skills of home keeping or how to care for children because I never showed interest and therefore, wasn't taught. I can remember calling home after I was married for directions on how to make spaghetti! My learning curve in my vocation has been huge in all areas. I've slowly learned the basics and my family of 8 is thriving, but the information in Lawler's books takes you beyond the basics and enriches life as a Catholic wife and mother. These books are practical but also highlight the beauty of everyday life as we live it for Christ. These books are a treasure trove of information and I will be reading them again and again. I'll be passing these books down to my daughters or buy them their own sets. I needed the wisdom shared in these books! These books will assist me in living out my vocation and being a blessing to my family.
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Excellent domestic advice that you're not likely to find elsewhere
For its primary intended audience — housewives and mothers — Leila Marie Lawler's just-published trilogy is truly a "summa" for home culture (vol. 1), education (vol. 2), and housekeeping (vol. 3). This set brings together all the best advice from Leila's blog "Like Mother, Like Daughter," arranged topically. And, according to my wife and many other women, it is indeed most excellent advice that you're not likely to find elsewhere, and certainly not the entertainment value of the writer's brisk and gentle style. I've read enough to know a good thing when I see it. In particular, I admire Leila's ability to combine lofty Catholic thoughts, down-to-earth common sense, vintage wisdom, and a vast experience talking with other wives and mothers about their aspirations and exasperations, the difficulties and successes that make up the tapestry of everyday life in the home. I have a feeling that the short but packed chapters will quickly become preferred morning cup o' tea or late-at-night bedtime reading for many women, especially newlyweds and mothers with lots of small kids wondering what to do about this and that, and how to hold it all together. For three sewn hardcovers with ribbons and a slipcase, it's a steal. (I've attached photos of the first page of the table of contents of each volume to give prospective readers a sense of the kind of topics dealt with.)
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Practical wisdom from Auntie Leila!
Oh my goodness, this set of books is truly a treasure. If, like me, you grew up in an era when being a homemaker was scorned as being lesser than being a "career woman" - and thus your mother taught you nothing about keeping a lovely home for your family - this book is for you! The jam packed books are composed of brief reflections so it is easy to pick up and read a few topics as time permits. The set would be worth buying for the chapters on raising a 13 year old boy and a 12 year old girl alone! This set will definitely be my new go-to wedding gift.
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I actually ordered these for my 2 daughter in laws for Christmas and they both love them. My one daughter in law wants to bulk order them and give them away as baby shower gifts. She has never read a parenting style book where she has agreed with all of it until she read this one. So thank you!!
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