Suzie Andres

I am Suzie Andres, a Catholic wife, and the mother of two sons, and I live and write in sunny Southern California, U.S.A. My new internet home is this page on Sue Elvis’ blog. Sue is a Catholic wife and mother of many more than two 🙂 who lives and writes in NSW, Australia.

Welcome to all and sundry who have fallen through the rabbit hole and landed here, at my page on Sue Elvis’ blog.

If you don’t mind a new metaphor or two, now that you’ve reached the end of the rainbow, you’ll find a pot of gold—the best I can offer you in books, and all the wealth and treasures they contain!


First off the shelves are my own books – the ones I wrote and edited with the help of God’s merciful love and the assistance of His angels, both heavenly and earthly.

The Paradise Project

Suzie’s Debut Novel: A Romantic Comedy for all ages

Have you ever kept a New Year’s Resolution? Elizabeth Benning hasn’t, but she’s determined that this will be her year. Like Elizabeth Bennet before her, Liz Benning doesn’t work, lives at home, and takes pride in her resourcefulness, but when she resolves on a yearlong project to be happier, it looks like her ambition has outrun her abilities…Enter a love interest more conniving than Wickham, a blonde cold enough to freeze out Caroline Bingley, and Elizabeth’s paradise project is heading for disaster. She’s never been so unhappy, but if she can discover which hero is straight out of her beloved Jane Austen, she might yet take the prize for happiest ever after.

Also available as a Kindle ebook






Homeschooling with Gentleness, second edition

(expanded edition)

Can a Catholic in good conscience unschool? Suzie ably answers this question in the second edition of this unschooling classic– and the answer is yes! Suzie describes her search for the perfect educational methods for her children which led her to unschooling: “It has taken years of trial and error, along with the grace of God, for us to find the homeschooling approach that fits our family best. I have enjoyed writing about our experience in the hope of helping others to discern how God is leading them.” This approach to education is not only gentle but filled with a trust in God and the natural tendency for learning that He has placed in us all. From the foreword by Ralph McInerny: “You will find here no brief against the compulsory schools. Rather homeschooling is seen as the natural way, the basic way, in which children can be taught. Schools of the usual sort are an afterthought. Doubtless some of them still do a tolerable job. Suzie Andres is far more interested in putting before the reader the positive, attractive, practical, fulfilling notion of homeschooling.”




Homeschooling with Gentleness, first edition

(out of print)

Suzie explores the basic premise of the household as the primary place of education and the role of parents as primary educators.

“Suzie Andres’ wise and witty little book is, as billed, a gentle approach to home schooling. Any reader who comes to this subject with fears will have them quickly allayed by the bright and positive discussion.”—Ralph McInerny, noted Thomistic philosopher and public speaker

The book will be engaging and helpful regardless of the method of education selected by parents—homeschooling, unschooling, or public and private schooling.




A Little Way of Homeschooling

Suzie and twelve other Catholic homeschoolers describe how they implement an “unschooling” style of teaching in their homes. Drawing from St. Therese, St. John Bosco, John Holt (How Children Learn and How Children Fail), and ancient philosophers, the families paint a picture of authentic education without the constraints and pitfalls of typical modern education. Andres admirably addresses the question of whether a Catholic can happily and sanely unschool by explaining it as a sensible approach to the mystery of learning, not as an ideology in competition with her faith. The heart of the book is the honest and humble description of home education by twelve homeschooling mothers who have embraced unschooling in varying degrees. Anyone interested in education and particularly home education will be inspired by their narratives.

Also available as a Kindle ebook






Selected Sermons of Thomas Aquinas McGovern

“As Catholics we have reason for lasting and deep joy. The Incarnation means that God Himself is now one of us; God is now our brother in the flesh, has a mother. The Second Person of the Triune God emptied Himself to assume the condition of a slave, to become as men are. The Incarnation has given new value and fresh beauty to all life.”

— Rev. Thomas A. McGovern, S.J.

Published by Thomas Aquinas College, with a foreword by founding president Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, and edited by Suzie (a 1987 graduate), Selected Sermons begins on the first Sunday of Advent and includes sermons for all the Sundays of the Seasons of the liturgical year. An additional section features sermons for special feasts and occasions, from Solemnities of Our Lord, to Saints’ days and Baccalaureates. The collection concludes with Dr. McArthur’s favorite among Fr. McGovern’s sermons, “This Most Blessed of Sacraments,” originally published in The Wanderer (shortly after Father’s death in February of 1985) and subsequently reprinted in Homiletic and Pastoral Review.



Here are links to articles of mine posted online:

Raising Children is Like Reading a Good Novel

Of Spiders and Saints and So-Much-KindnessOf John the Baptist, Family Size and Romantic Comedy

Her Enduring Charm: Reading Jane Austen

How Junipero Serra Faced His Own Death

24 Reasons to Love St. Therese of Lisieux

Falling in Love with Fatima

The Message of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

33 Days to Becoming a Saint

Books and Friendship with the Saints

Giving Everything to Mary

With St Juan Diego to the Merciful MotherMother Teresa’s Christmas Present

Elijah: Our Model of Peace in Chaos


Next you’ll see books I’ve had the privilege of contributing to in some way. Reading the credits for Keira Knightley’s version of Pride and Prejudice, I was thrilled to see an acknowledgment of Emma Thompson, and later I found out she’d had a lot to do with improving that script at the eleventh hour. In the case of this second group of books I’ll present below, my help was rather like Jane Austen’s own Emma’s help: something I’m so pleased with that I’ll gladly take more credit than I deserve, because the marriage of these authors and their books is such a happy match. In some cases (for instance with Mike Augros’ book) I can only claim to have known the author while he wrote, and my contribution consisted merely of many a heartfelt novena to St. Therese for the writer and the book’s success.


Diary of a Country Mother by Cynthia Montanaro

A mother’s worst fear: the death of her child. Cindy Montanaro lived that nightmare when her adopted son Tim died in 2005. Some months later she started a year-long journey of prayer, meditation and writing. “I envisioned an extended period of time in which to record, before memory failed me, all of the little humorous and profound incidents that made up my son Tim’s short life.”

Meet Tim. An outgoing boy with a big smile and an even bigger heart, a boy with an infectious sense of wonder and enthusiasm. Adopted by Cindy and Andy Montanaro in 1989, he was diagnosed at a young age with physical and mental disabilities. His life brought joy and happiness to his parents and family; but always there was the shadow of his mental illness. “I think of Tim and the clear brightness of his moments of insight that would suddenly burst forth in blazing glory,” writes Cindy, “only to be overshadowed quickly by the grim reality of his mental disorder.”With faith, tenderness, and humor, Cindy Montanaro’s deft hand brings to life the delight and tragedy of Tim’s time on earth. Tim saw Christ’s image in everyone he met, not with a conscious vision, but with the instinct of the heart.




Through the Year with Mary by Karen Edmisten

Daily insight into truths about the Mother of God.

This book will draw you closer to Mary and also to Jesus—and closer to Jesus is where Mary wants you to be. A fresh turn of phrase, an unexpected train of thought, a piercing insight from writers across the centuries will lead you into the heart of this woman uniquely chosen by God to be his mother, your mother, ready to help you all day, every day.

This book features one quote per day accompanied by a brief question or reflection designed to fuel prayer. Major Marian feasts will offer entries specific to the feast day, while other quotes will be more universally about Mary’s faith, life, example, and intercession. Quotes are from a wide variety of sources, including popes, the saints, spiritual writings, literature, and the Blessed Mother’s own words from approved apparitions.




The Angels of Abbey Creek by Sue Elvis

In Australia, where Christmas is in summer and dads like to play cricket, is a small town. Not far from this town, along a narrow, winding road, is the village of Abbey Creek. And on the edge of this village, nestled among the shady gum trees, is a sprawling brick house. This is the home of the Angel family: Mum, Dad, Edward, Kate, Joe, Celeste, Lizzie and Annie. And this is the story of their very adventurous year! It’s a year full of happy days and magic moments, of camping in the bush and perfect beach holidays, of feast days and birthdays and even a First Holy Communion. The year has exciting days and disastrous moments, with racing bushfires, naughty birds and scurrying mice. And it’s full of surprises. The biggest surprise of all happens on Christmas Day! The Angels of Abbey Creek contains 22 individual adventurous stories which fit together to tell the tale of one exciting year!

Also available as a Kindle ebook.




The Angels of Gum Tree Road

The Angel family of Gum Tree Road is looking forward to another year of adventures. As usual, there will be birthdays and feast days to celebrate. But what else will happen in the months ahead? Nobody knows. But there’s one thing they’re sure about: Life won’t be ordinary because, as Dad says with a grin, “We’re not an ordinary family.” When you’re adventurous and willing to try new things, anything can happen.

Why isn’t Kate looking forward to Easter? Will Mum run in the mothers’ race? Will Dad become a star? Is the Angels’ baby a boy or a girl? What crashes into Granny’s house in the middle of the night? Why do eleven girls need eleven pretty dresses? And will the Angels be upset when Dad tells them some unexpected news on Christmas Day?

This sequel to The Angels of Abbey Creek is the story of a Catholic family living on the edge of the wild Australian bush.

 Kindle edition




The Adventures of Nathaniel B. Oakes by Nathaniel B. Oakes

Kindle edition

A must read for those who love to laugh out loud. Snuggle up with your loved ones and enjoy the adventures and misadventures of fifteen children growing up on a small farm in the West. Leaps of linguistic license and masterful storytelling unite to engulf you in these humorous tales as told by our young hero, Nathaniel B. Oakes. You will experience the love, the companionship and exhilaration of life as you join Nathaniel as he escapes the barnyard rooster, milks recalcitrant cows and trains reluctant birds. Do not stop until you have canoed, slept outside and bow fished for the fearsome carp with Nathaniel, Jeremy, and the rest of the gang.






The Adventures of Nathaniel B. Oakes, Print edition

Of all the books on this page, this is the one I most hope you will buy…you can click on the title and you’ll be magically transported to a book seller’s page where you can click again and trade some filthy lucre for a fine and wholesome book…

Oh, but only click if you like to laugh, smile, chuckle, chortle, snort, grin, and share aloud with whomever is in earshot — because yes, I’m afraid you will be compelled to share these tales. The summer after I discovered this book, I ended up giving 25 copies away for Christmas. You see, I was still laughing when December came, and I love to share laughter! …When the “sequel” Never Squeeze a Honeybee came out, I did the same, even though Honeybee was getting ready for a second edition to make it even better (I couldn’t wait to share it…)

So what makes this book the delightful family read that it is?

Start with a premise more interesting and adrenaline producing than the latest action movie: The author grew up (on a farm) in a family of 15 kids. One farm, one family, 15 kids.

Yes, you read that right, and it adds up to a mathematical proof worthy of Lewis Carroll: 15 kids + 1 amazing dad (he is so good!) + 1 terrific mom (you’ll read about her bread making super powers in Honeybee) = adventures galore!

And while they may be tall tales, I happen to know they’re true tales. Well mostly…I got to meet Nathaniel’s mom once, and when I asked, “So is it true?” meaning that she’d had 15 lovely children, she misunderstood and thought I was speaking of the tales – were they all true? To which she responded, “Oh, he tends to exaggerate…” — good thing, I say, or he couldn’t have lived to tell all about it! But fourteen siblings? Absolutely, and you’ll wish you’d had that many too when you see the fun that ensues.


Never Squeeze a Honeybee! The Continuing Adventures of Nathaniel B. Oakes

Nathaniel is at it again. Family, farm and fun are brought to life once more in these delightful tales of Nathaniel growing up with his fourteen siblings on a small farm in the West. Masterful storytelling takes you up close to sulky vultures, mad bulls, angry honeybees and much more. A wholesome book, brimming with life, to be enjoyed by the whole family. Your merry adventuring with Nathaniel begins again.







Who Designed the Designer? by Michael Augros

The “New Atheists” are pulling no punches. If the world of nature needs a designer, they ask, then why wouldn’t the designer itself need a designer, too? Or if it can exist without any designer behind it, then why can’t we just say the same for the universe and wash our hands of a designer altogether?

Interweaving its pursuit of the First Cause with personal stories and humor, this ground-breaking book takes a fresh approach to ultimate questions. While attentive to empirical science, it builds its case not on authoritative pronouncements of experts that readers must take on faith, but instead on a nuanced understanding of universal principles implicit in everyone’s experience.

Here is essential reading for all people who care about contemplating God, not exclusively as a best-explanation for the findings of science, but also as the surprising-yet-inevitable implication of our commonsense contact with reality. Augros harnesses such intellects as Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas, ushering into the light a wealth of powerful inferences that have hitherto received little or no public exposure. The result is an easygoing yet extraordinary journey, beginning from the world as we all encounter it and ending in the divine mind.


Speaking of St. Therese—and it only illustrates how much I love books that it took me this long to get to her—next you’ll find my favorite novena prayer to little Therese, along with one way to approach the question of roses. My way, naturally, but neither copyrighted, patented, trademarked or otherwise exclusive, so feel free to use and share this approach with excessive liberty.

Following this prayer to little Therese, here are my favorite books by and about her.


St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as “Therese of the Child Jesus” and “The Little Flower” was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin, in France in 1873. She was often anxious and depressed in childhood, as she suffered the early death of her mother. After she converted interiorly and began to read Thomas a Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, she joined 2 of her sisters in a discalced Carmelite convent as a nun at just 15 years old. After her oldest sister was elected prioress, Therese became a permanent novice to allay suspicions that her family was dominating the small community. She lived humbly, concealing her intense prayer life and countless sacrifices.

Therese is the author of her own popular autobiography entitled The Story of a Soul, which she began writing in 1895, and she instituted a simple path to holiness now widely known as the “Little Way”. She died of tuberculosis on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24 and was canonized only 28 years later, in 1925, by Pope Pius XI. She was later installed as the thirty-third Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.


There are two versions of St. Therese’s Story of a Soul. They are both great but very different.

Story of a Soul, critical edition

This critical edition is quite different from the classic edition (though only in accidentals – kind of like the 2 forms of the Mass now, old and new, “extraordinary form” and “ordinary form” – they look and in some ways are quite different, but in essentials are the same).







Story of a Soul, classic edition

This classical edition  is from St Therese’s oldest sister’s (Pauline, known as Mother Agnes or Sister Agnes) editing of the book and it is the first one that came out and was the standard for decades (and is awesome.)







Her Last Conversations

Translated from the critical edition by John Clarke, OCD. Includes general and biblical index, with 12 photos. Those who attended St. Therese of Lisieux during her last illness were living in the company of one of God’s greatest saints, one prepared for our times. Fortunately for us they did not simply listen to her conversations, but wrote down what they remembered. This volume brings together their reports of Therese’s final words during her last months, including some of her most famous sayings, such as I will spend my heaven doing good on earth.






Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux, Volume II: General Correspondence 1890-1897

This sequel to volume 1 contains all of ThĂ©rèse’s letters from the end of September 1890 (during her novitiate) until her death in 1897, as well as many letters written to or about her. Here the mature Saint ThĂ©rèse shows the path of her growth as a religious and as a deep spiritual writer. The reader learns much about all of her correspondents, including her two “missionary brothers,” and gains familiarity with the development of her thought and message. Fifty pages of complementary documents give us useful tools for studying the texts. This work has been translated from the critical edition by John Clarke, OCD. The ebook includes 4 pages of facsimiles of ThĂ©rèse’s letters, plus a fully linked general and biblical index.






Fr Jean C.J. D’Elbee
I Believe in Love

Pere Liagre
A Retreat with St Therese

Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face ( Celine Martin)
My Sister St Therese (reprint of A Memoir of My Sister St Therese)

The Spirit of St Therese de L’Enfant Jesus

Patrick Ahern
Maurice and Therese: The Story of a Love

Francois Jamart, O.C.D.
Complete Spiritual Doctrine of St Therese of Lisieux

John Nelson
The Little Way of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Fr. Jacques Philippe
The Way of Trust and Love

Books about Her Sisters, and Their Paths Down the Little Way

Stephane-Joseph Piat

Leonie Martin: A Difficult Life

Pierre Descouvemont
Thérèse of Lisieux and Marie of the Trinity

And that makes three sections (the third consisting of 3 parts) which might be plenty and certainly is Trinitarian, but in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas (my confirmation Saint), and just to make the most of Sue Elvis’ (my hostess’) generosity in giving me A PAGE OF MY OWN* and finally in order to extend the efforts of all men and women of good will who work to redeem the Internet, let’s add a few more sections and reach the delightful number of seven…my favorite next to three…

So far then—

  1. My books
  2. My friends’ books (that I pretend to have been indispensable in the production of**)
  3. Little St. Therese. And then—
  4. Books I love and so highly recommend that we’d better add them next so they can change your life too.

Books by the Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Conrad Baars (in this order) namely:
Born Only Once
Feeling and Healing Your Emotions
Healing the Unaffirmed
Psychic Wholeness and Healing

Dr. Claire Weekes
Hope and Help for Your Nerves
(about understanding and overcoming panic attacks)

Fr. Thomas Dubay
Fire Within

Father Joseph Langford
Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire

I once asked my grandfather, “Who is your favorite saint?” He looked at me like I was from Mars and said with a flash of impatience, “St. Mary, of course!” So for my section of favorite saints, I’ll start with “Mary, of course!”

Recently I read an article called “St. Catherine Laboure, The Miraculous Medal, and Me,” written by my friend Hope in the print journal “Soul Gardening.” In her article, which ranks among the most beautiful things I’ve ever read, Hope wrote this about what St. Catherine Laboure took away from her meetings with Our Lady in the visions that brought us the Miraculous Medal:

“Catherine was known to say to her sisters, ‘Ask, ask, ask! In all things you must ask!'”

And so, right now, whoever you may be who has chanced upon these words, I join St. Catherine in encouraging you — ask, ask, ask! Ask Our Lady for graces of every size, shape, color, and taste! Let your imagination, your hope, and your heart run on ahead of your fear, doubt, and anxieties, whatever they may be…You have an audience with the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and she turns out to be your mother! Not only that, but she’s the sweetest mother that ever was, and she delights in saying yes to her children. She heads the list of favorite saints, “of course,” and although here she’s only mentioned in a few of her titles, you’ll find her again in the bonus section near the bottom of the page.

  1. Saints and Saints books (and Saints books’ authors)

Our Ladies 🙂
of Guadalupe
of Lourdes
of Fatima

St. Joseph
St. Anthony
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Teresa of Avila
St. John of the Cross
St. John Bosco
St. Dominic Savio
St. Therese
St. Faustina
St. Padre Pio
St. John Paul II
Fr. Edward Flanagan

  1. Favorite prayers, “Because prayer can work miracles,” as Fr. Flanagan said.

An Old French Prayer for Friends

Blessed Mother of those whose names you can read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. Amen.







Novena to St Therese

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus
Please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me
as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in you hands
( mention your special prayer request here )

St. Therese, help me to always believe
as you did, in God’s great love for me,
so that I may imitate your “Little Way” each day.


Prayer of St John of the Cross

O Blessed Jesus,
give me stillness of soul in You.
Let Your mighty calmness reign in me.
Rule me, O King of Gentleness,
King of Peace.






Prayer to Mary the Undoer of Knots

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.

No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot…I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.

O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.

Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge! Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.


Prayer to St Joseph in Every Difficulty

With childlike confidence I present myself before thee, Oh holy Joseph, faithful foster father of Jesus! I beg thy compassionate intercession and support in this, my present necessity. [Name your petition.]

I firmly believe that thou art most powerful near the throne of God, who chose thee for the foster father of his well-beloved son, Jesus Christ. Oh blessed Saint, who saved that treasure of heaven, with his virginal mother, from the fury of his enemies, who with untiring industry supplied his earthly wants and with paternal care accompanied and protected him in all the journeys of his childhood, take me also, for the love of Jesus, as thy child. Assist me in my present difficulty with thy prayers before God. The infinite goodness of our savior, who loved and honored thee as his father upon earth, cannot refuse thee any request now in heaven.How many pious souls have sought help, from thee in their needs and have experienced, to their joy, how good, how ready thou art to assist. How quickly thou dost turn to those who call upon thee with confidence! How powerful thou art in bringing help and restoring joy to anxious and dejected hearts! Therefore, do I fly to thee, Oh most worthy father of Jesus, most chaste spouse of Mary! Good St. Joseph, I pray thee by the burning love thou hadst for Jesus and Mary upon earth, console me in my distress and present my petition, through Jesus and Mary, before the throne of God! One word from thee will move him to assist my afflicted soul. Then most joyfully shall I praise him and thee, and more earnest shall be my thanksgiving!



  1. And last but not least, booklists, hearkening and honed from the back of my books Homeschooling with Gentleness and A Little Way of Homeschooling.

A Booklist for Parents

For Refreshment

Authors Whose Novels I Can Read

Alcott, Louisa May
Little Women
Eight Cousins
Rose in Bloom

Andres, Suzie
The Paradise Project

Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey

Benson, E. F.
Queen Lucia (series)

Cather, Willa
Shadows on the Rock
Death Comes for the Archbishop

Goudge, Elizabeth
The Scent of Water
The Dean’s Watch
The Rosemary Tree
The Little White Horse
The Bird in the Tree
Pilgrim’s Inn
The Heart of the Family

Jewett, Sarah Orne
The Country of the Pointed Firs

Karon, Jan
At Home in Mitford (series)

Montgomery, L. M.
Anne of Green Gables (series)

Morley, Christopher
Parnassus on Wheels
The Haunted Bookshop

Porter, Gene Stratton
A Girl of the Limberlost
The Song of the Cardinal
The Harvester

Stevenson, D. E.
Miss Buncle’s Book
Miss Buncle Married

Tarkington, Booth
Gentle Julia
The Flirt
Rumbin Galleries
Image of Josephine

Trollope, Anthony
The Warden
Barchester Towers

von Arnim, Elizabeth (sometimes simply Elizabeth)
The Enchanted April
Mr. Skeffington
Any and all titles

Wodehouse, P. G.
Any and all titles!
I really like Something New

Essays and Humor

Milne, A. A.
Not That it Matters
A Table Near the Band

Thurber, James
My Life and Hard Times
The Thurber Carnival

White, E. B.

The Elements of Style (with William Strunk)

My Favorite English Catholic Authors

Baring, Maurice
The Puppet Show of Memory
The Coat Without Seam

Belloc, Hilaire
A Path to Rome

Benson, Robert Hugh
The Friendship of Christ

Chesterton, G. K.
What’s Wrong with the World

Guinness, Sir Alec
Blessings in Disguise
My Name Escapes Me

Knox, Ronald
Pastoral and Occasional Sermons
Retreat for Lay People

Pearce, Joseph
Literary Converts

Waugh, Evelyn
Brideshead Revisited


Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

Frost, Robert

Hopkins, Gerard Manley

Patmore, Coventry
The Angel in the House

Wilbur, Richard

The Neumann Press Book of Verse

For Unschooling / Homeschooling

Books by John Holt
How Children Fail
How Children Learn
Learning All the Time
Teach Your Own (with Patrick Farenga)
Never Too Late
Growing Without Schooling: A Record of a Grassroots Movement
(contains the first 12 issues of Holt’s newsletter/magazine)
Friends and Followers of John HoltWallace, Nancy
Better Than School
Child’s Work

McKee, Alison
Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
In the Unschooling Mood

Colfax, David & Micki
Homeschooling for Excellence
Hard Times in Paradise

Gatto, John Taylor
Dumbing Us Down: The Invisible Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
The Underground History of American Education

Hailey, Kendall
The Day I Became an Autodidact

More Helpful Homeschooling Books

Hood, Mary
(Christian/Relaxed Homeschooling)
The Relaxed Home School
The Joyful Home Schooler
Taking the Frustration out of Math (booklet)

Levison, Catherine
A Charlotte Mason Education

McCauley, Susan Schaeffer
(Christian/Charlotte Mason approach)
For the Children’s Sake

Beechik, Ruth
(Christian/gentle guidelines for what to know when)
The 3 R’s

Moore, Raymond & Dorothy
(Christian; among the earliest homeschool advocates)
Home Style Teaching; and others

Catholic Homeschooling Books

Andres, Suzie
Homeschooling with Gentleness
A Little Way of Homeschooling

Clark, Mary Kay
Catholic Homeschooling

Berquist, Laura
Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum

Hahn, Kimberly & Hasson, Mary
Catholic Education: Homeward Bound

Mackson, Rachel & Wittmann, Maureen
A Catholic Homeschool Treasury
The Catholic Homeschool Companion

Foss, Elizabeth
Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home

Gunther, Alice
Haystack Full of Needles

Books on Books

Bennett, William Rose
The Reader’s Encyclopedia

Hanff, Helene
84, Charing Cross Road

O’Brien, Michael D.
A Landscape with Dragons

Fagan, Theresa
A Mother’s List of Books (booklet)

Trelease, Jim
The Read Aloud Handbook

For Growth in Trust

The Bible

As a learned priest once taught me, the Church reads the Bible as liturgy. To enter into the Church’s liturgy, try using a Missal and the Divine Office. Even if you aren’t able to make it to weekday Mass, you can read along with the Liturgy of the Word throughout the Liturgical Year at home, and/or join in the Liturgy of the Hours.

For a convenient and current Missal, you might like the monthly Magnificat. It costs about $40 for a one-year subscription. Their website is or call (800) 317-6689.The Divine Office is available in a one-volume edition (without the complete Office of Readings) from Pauline Books and Media. They also sell a separate volume containing the complete Office of Readings.

Scripture Passages for Growth in Trust

Psalms 19, 23, 27, 33, 34, 42, 45, 46, 48, 62, 63, 65, 81, 84, 92, 100,

103, 113, 116, 125, 127, 130, 131, 139, 146, 147

Song of Songs

Isaiah especially: 12; 30:15-26; 35; 40-46; 49-55; 58; 60-66

The Gospels especially: John 14-17

Romans 8

1 Corinthians 1-2; 12-13

2 Corinthians 10; 12:1-10

Galatians 5



Colossians 3

Hebrews 1; 4; 12; 13

1 Peter

1 John especially: 4

Books of Comfort

Langford, Joseph
Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire

Martinez, Louis M.
When God is Silent
(previously published as When Jesus Sleeps)

Philippe, Jacques
Searching for and Maintaining Peace

Baars, Conrad
Born Only Once
Feeling and Healing Your Emotions

Kowalska, Saint Maria Faustina
Diary of Saint Faustina

Suzie Andres’ Favourite Books for Children: a long list of treasures!

Finally, as a bonus, you’ll find a section on favorite titles of Our Lady

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady Star of the Sea

Our Lady Help of Christians

Our Lady Gate of Heaven

Our Lady Comfort of the Afflicted

Our Lady Health of the Sick

Our Lady Cause of Our Joy

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom

Our Lady Queen of the Angels

… and now links to Sue’s blog (proper) and since, in addition to her always entertaining posts on everything-under-the-sun, she’s written many a kind post on my books, we’ll add a special link to those special posts.


Stories of an Unschooling Family
Out of My Catholic Mind

Blog Posts

Doing Our Own Thing
We’re Catholic Unschoolers: Woo! Hoo!
Suzie Andres Chats about Unschooling
Unschooling: No Hippie Way of Life Needed
Suzie Andres’ Unschooling Books
Unschooling the Little Way
How Much is Enough?
Question: What do you find if you google “Suzie Andres blog?”

Answer: Sue Elvis’ blog! (That’s true!)
So we decided if you can’t beat the google elves, then join them—or at least turn them into honest elves by fulfilling their prophecies.

I hope to maintain this page as a website rather than as a blog. Why?
First, I owe it to Elizabeth, the main character of my debut novel, The Paradise Project. I want to let the rest of her adventures emerge on the pages of another novel, but that can only happen if I spend time with her, which means limiting the amount of material I add here.

Second, I owe it to my husband to continue writing about Elizabeth, because he’s got some crazy kind of faith in my writing – or at least in my typing skills – that prompts him to repeatedly encourage me to keep writing fiction. Hence, a limit (again) on my factual posts here.And third, I owe it to Jesus and you, the readers who have fallen out of the Internet and into my page on Sue Elvis’ blog—because I’m sure that the best thing I can give you is all the books we’re showcasing, and more of the same.

This is my little way of reading and writing and sharing the joy I’ve found on this earth, and while there are lots of great little ways, I need to be faithful to mine, which starts with prayer, and doesn’t (so far) end in a blog, but in books.We (Sue and Suzie) enjoyed presenting, for your perusing and reading pleasure, the treasure at the end of the rainbow! Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us! Our Lady, Comfort of the Afflicted, pray for us! Our Lady, Gate of Heaven, pray for us! Our Lady, Cause of our Joy, pray for us! And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!

Vaya con Dios!

And may the angels accompany you!

*Virginia Woolf famously said that women must have money and rooms of their own to write fiction. I have been blessed with a husband who loves his work and hands the money over to me, and I’ve found that our rich (if decadent) culture provides rooms rather freely (at the public library, if nowhere else, and thankfully I have no trouble finding a room of my own). What has been lacking to me until now is A PAGE OF MY OWN, and for the gift of that, I heartily thank Sue Elvis.

**For a convincing argument that ending a sentence with a preposition is, far from an assault on good writing, a situation we must, if not aspire to, at least occasionally tolerate, consider Winston Churchill’s famous retort: “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” For further proof, see the incomparable James Thurber’s essay, The Psychosemanticist Will See You Now, Mr. Thurber, collected in Alarms and Diversions, and Morris Bishop’s poem, “The Naughty Preposition.”

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