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Read More, Read Well

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The Read More Read Well Podcast is meant to help and encourage women to develop and maintain a reading habit.It can be a challenge to make time to read in a world that never stops. Developing and maintaining the ability for deep reading isn’t something we can take for granted. Millions of Americans … read more

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A Closer Look Episode: Love Letters to a Child

May 11th, 2023


In the final episode of our very first season, Marcie interviews author Tracey Finck about her book, "Love Letters to a Child".

Do you long to connect deeply with your children, but don't know how? Tracey shares that …

Connecting with Your Family Through Literature: Episode 3

April 21st, 2023


"I love this book...somebody's got to read it!" Have you ever felt this way? We love to share things that are important to us, and they help us connect with those we love. In this final episode in the series Connecting …

Connecting with Your Family Through Literature: Episode 2

April 13th, 2023


Would you love something that connects you with your spouse in a way that's deeper than just watching a TV show together? Try adding some literature …

Connecting with Your Family Through Literature: Episode 1

March 30th, 2023


One great reason to add literature to your life is the way it can help us connect with our family. Janel is joined in this series by Eric and Elisabeth Cyr, who are avid readers and parents of young children. They use …

Lifelong Learning: Episode 2

March 16th, 2023


In this second episode of the series Lifelong Learning, Janel and Karen talk about sharing the wisdom you gain through the years with those around you, and how important reading is to gain that wisdom.

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Lifelong Learning: Episode 1

March 9th, 2023


It is never too late to learn, and never too early either! Janel and Karen talk in this series on lifelong learning - from reading childhood books to picking up a book as a grandma, our lives can always be enriched by …

A Closer Look Episode: The Gift of Forgiveness

March 2nd, 2023


This week, author and speaker Elizabeth Kely Shares a beautiful Lenten reflection on the gift of forgiveness. Elizabeth's new book, A Place Called …

Why Read? Episode 4

February 17th, 2023


We've been looking at some unexpected answers to the question "Why Read?" and Episode 4 dives into one of the most important answers of all - …

Why Read? Episode 3

February 10th, 2023


This week Nicole and Janel talk about Why Read? Reason #3: Developing a practice of self-reflection and spiritual growth. We can all use some help …

Why Read? Episode 2

February 3rd, 2023


Join Janel and Nicole as they explore reason #2: Literature as a connection to the Body of Christ.  How does reading help us connect with one …

Why Read? Episode 1

January 26th, 2023


We all know there are benefits to reading, but in this series "Why Read?" Janel and Nicole explore 4 reasons to read literature, and they are ones …

A Closer Look Episode: How to Choose and Read a Worthy Book

January 19th, 2023


In this encore presentation, members of the Well-Read Mom team share some criteria for how to choose a worthy book, and how we can approach reading these great books so they make the most change in our lives. 

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How to Start Deep Reading: Episode 4

January 6th, 2023


"In deep reading, we see a world we didn't see before." - Marcie Stokman

In today's podcast, Janel and Marcie take one last look at deep reading. …

How to Start Deep Reading: Episode 3

December 29th, 2022


Does taking time to deep read feel like a waste of time? Choosing to spend your time reading can seem countercultural in a world that exists so much …

How to Start Deep Reading: Episode 2

December 23rd, 2022


Marcie and Janel continue to talk about creating a deep reading habit, from slowing down and taking baby steps, to understanding why deep reading is …

How to Start Deep Reading: Episode 1

December 16th, 2022


The way we read in our culture has been drastically changing. We're moving more and more into digital reading, but we might be missing out on the …

A Closer Look Episode: Marcie Stokman and Dean Kimberly Shankman on Giving

December 8th, 2022


We're in the middle of the "giving season", and Marcie and Dean Shankman take a closer look at how we can accept the gifts of the Great Giver - no matter if they seem good at the time or not. We've all been given great …

How to Start a Book Club with Hospitality: Episode 3

December 2nd, 2022


Are you a reluctant host or hostess? Janel and Ana talk in this final episode of the series "How to Start a Book Club with Hospitality" about overcoming the hurdle of inviting people in. Things don't have to be perfect, …

How to Start a Book Club with Hospitality: Episode 2

November 24th, 2022


What is hospitality? Is it a lost art in our fast-paced, individualized culture? Janel and Ana talk about what hospitality really means, and how we …

How to Start a Book Club with Hospitality: Episode 1

November 18th, 2022


Janel is joined by Ana Braga-Henebry to start the series, "How to Start a Book Club with Hospitality." In Episode 1, we hear about the spark of courage and leap of faith it takes to put yourself out there and invite …

Reading with Kids in the House: Episode 3

November 3rd, 2022


In the final episode of the series, "Reading with Kids in the House" Janel and Dana talk over the ways a support system among friends and family can help you build a reading practice. Your kids can even be your biggest …

Reading with Kids in the House: Episode 2

October 27th, 2022


This week Janel and Dana talk about another strategy to fit reading into your family life - utilizing audiobooks. How and when are the best ways to …

Reading with Kids in the House: Episode 1

October 20th, 2022


Do you struggle to fit reading into your daily life? Especially with small children in the house! Join Janel and Dana as they explore ways to fit reading pockets into your day, and swap out some activities for more …

Well-Read Mom Podcast Guest Starring Margaret Cronin on the Importance of Leisure

June 22nd, 2022


Highlights include:

We need true leisure now more than ever

How rest is different than entertainment

Training our gaze to be able to give full …

Why Literature Matters and "How to Read (and Write) like a Catholic" - an interview with Joshua Hren

March 16th, 2022


Highlights include:

  • When is a book ok to read? Discerning the line
  • If I'm scrupulous, should I even read literature?
  • What is the possibility of …

St. Francis DeSales and St. Jane de Chantal: How They Help Ordinary People Live Holy Lives with Fr. John Burns, Marcie Stokman, and Colleen Hutt

December 10th, 2021



11:00 How do you know if you are making progress in the spiritual life?

Am I good enough? Am I secure in the love of God?

13:46 What if I don't have time to pray?

15:20 Can changing a diaper be a prayer?

How to use your Between the Lines Reading Journal

November 1st, 2021


It's so important to capture the insights that we gain from literature! Listen in to this podcast about how to use the Between the Lines Reading Journal. Find out more and purchase one here:

It's okay to make room for reading literature! Literature and Spiritual Growth with Gregory Wolfe

September 20th, 2021


Highlights of this podcast include: 

  • How to become an active reader?
  • Why is reading meant to be a communal act?
  • Experiencing renewal through deep …

My Years With Corrie Ten Boom: A Well-Read Mom Interview With Ellen Stamps

September 2nd, 2021


Ellen Stamps tells her story of working with Corrie ten Boom, author of Well-Read Mom book pick The Hiding Place, in an interview with Well-Read Mom founder, Marcie Stokman. Learn more about Corrie and her sister and …

Purposeful Parenting and Finding Time to Read with Tonja Milligan

July 12th, 2021


The number one reason that women give for not reading is "not enough time." Join Marcie Stokman, founder of Well-Read Mom, as she talks with Tonya Milligan, author of No Perfect Parent, Just a Perfect Purpose: Keys to …

Great Books for Kids During COVID-19: Well-Read Mom's Family Supplement

May 14th, 2020


We thought some of our women might want some ideas for meaningful books to hand to their kids during this unexpected time at home. This is the first …

On Being at Home (with joy!) in These Uncertain Days

March 22nd, 2020


Marcie Stokman, president and founder of Well-Read Mom interviews Ana Braga-Henebry on how we can be at home in beautiful way with our children …

Great question! Answers to your most frequently asked questions about Well-Read Mom membership

March 5th, 2020


During this episode, Well-Read Mom co-directors Nicole and Janel answer the most frequently asked questions about Well-Read Mom's membership terms …

What are the criteria for a Well-Read Mom book selection?

February 11th, 2020


During this episode, you'll hear about the criteria Well-Read Mom uses when choosing a book for our book club.
We'll discuss the importance of tradition, humanity, and art in literature. 
We'll also consider whether it is …

Why Art Matters for Women: Interview with Art Historian, Elizabeth Lev

January 1st, 2020


Elizabeth Lev is an art historian, bestselling author, international speaker and certified sommelier. She teaches Baroque, Renaissance and Christian Art at Duquesne University in Rome.

She is also the author of "How …

Well-Read Mom - An Answer to the Loneliness Epidemic?

December 23rd, 2019


Marcie Stokman and Janel Lewandowski, both of Well-Read Mom, discuss how reading good literature together fosters friendship - the kind of …

Introducing the Well-Read Mom Family Supplement

November 8th, 2019


Want to share your love of reading and beauty with your family? Listen to find out what the Well-Read Mom Family Supplement is and how to use it.

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Tolkien's Fairy-Stories with Dr. Scott Moringiello

October 31st, 2019


Marcie Stokman, founder of Well-Read Mom, interviews Dr. Scott Moringiello, Catholic Studies Professor at DePaul University. They discuss Tolkien's …

Introducing Well-Read Mom's 'Year of the Artist' with Liz Kelly - What is art? How does it communicate truth?

October 2nd, 2019


Well-Read Mom Founder Marcie Stokman and her daughter Beth Nelson introduce the 'Year of the Artist' as our 2019-2020 theme for the year.

Liz (Elizabeth) Kelly, a native Minnesotan, is a noted speaker, retreat leader …

The Art of Homemaking: Interview with Well-Read Mom Ana Braga-Henebry

September 9th, 2019


Ana inspires us to create beauty, cultivate love, and open our homes in hospitality. Learn how each one of us is the artist of our own home and …

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