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An Open Book: What I’m Reading This September

An Open Book: What I’m Reading This September

September is here! And I don’t know about you, but this month feels like a mini-new year of sorts. I think it has a lot to do with the new academic year beginning. What says “fresh start” better than opening a new notebook and writing with a newly sharpened #2 pencil? Plus, the beginning of a new season stirs up the desire to change my wardrobe, try a new recipe, and refresh my home’s decor. The beginning of September also…

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5 Catholic Novels to Read This Summer

5 Catholic Novels to Read This Summer

As August begins, are you planning one last road trip or weekend getaway to the beach or cabin? Before the kids head back to school, we often desire to soak up the sun and savor the last days of summer. Even if we don’t have school-aged children, we can still have a back-to-school mindset as fall approaches. For autumn seems to be the season when we return to a more organized routine, while summer permits more leisurely activities and lingering moments….

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An Open Book: What I’m Reading This August

An Open Book: What I’m Reading This August

Happy August, everyone! Can you believe we’ve reached this last month of summer? The kids’ activities are beginning to wind down, and we are gearing up to begin our back-to-school preparations. The supply lists are long, there are shoes and uniforms to purchase, and we have to squeeze in some haircut and dentist appointments, too. Even if it feels like summer is coming to an end, I am still savoring the later mornings, quieter afternoons, and longer evenings. And I…

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“Secrets” Blog Tour Stops Here (and a Giveaway!)

“Secrets” Blog Tour Stops Here (and a Giveaway!)

“For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8:17) I am so honored to be part of the blog tour for Secrets: Visible and Invisible, a new short-story anthology for Catholic teens from some of the best Catholic fiction authors around. There is definitely a little something for everyone in this collection. Each of the seven short stories is written in a unique genre and…

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An Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

An Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

Summer has proven to be a wonderful time to catch up on one of my favorite past-times: reading. Except for one minor hiccup: I am not a fast reader. Therefore, I am never going to read all the books I hope to read in any given amount of time. If I am OK with that, and I think I am, then, yes, summer is a wonderful time to catch up on my reading! In June, I set out to read…

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An Open Book: What I’m Reading This June

An Open Book: What I’m Reading This June

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a nice chat about books. The last time I shared what I’ve been reading was back in October. For some reason, 2018 has not started out as my year for reading an impressive list of books. In fact, according to my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge, I’ve only read three books in five months. (Yikes!) The thing is, I love books, and I love to read. And now that it is summer, and our family schedule…

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‘Anyone But Him’ Blog Tour Stops Here (And a Giveaway!)

‘Anyone But Him’ Blog Tour Stops Here (And a Giveaway!)

I am so honored to be part of the blog tour for Theresa Linden’s new adult novel, Anyone But Him. In one sentence, I can tell you that I LOVED this book! In a few more sentences, I will tell you why. But first, here is a brief synopsis of Anyone But Him: Caitlyn Summer had always followed the straight and narrow path. Her perfect husband would love Jesus more than her and love her because of her love for Jesus. He…

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Four Spiritual Books Invite Us to Pray With Scripture This Lent

Four Spiritual Books Invite Us to Pray With Scripture This Lent

With Lent less than one week away, many of us are taking time to decide how we want to spend this prayerful and penitential season. What prayers will we say? How will we fast or sacrifice? Where will we give alms? One of my favorite Lenten practices is finding a new spiritual book to read. When we read spiritual books, we are inspired to grow in holiness, and our insights into the Catholic faith are deepened. Spiritual books can include…

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Jesus Approaches Review: Learning From Women in the New Testament

Jesus Approaches Review: Learning From Women in the New Testament

If my bookshelves could talk, they would tell you of my love of books. Yes, I am a bit of a bibliophile, and I enjoy reading a good book with a steaming cup of tea. And while I have read many good books over the years, very few enter the category of “best books.” You know the ones. The books that are more highlighted than not, the ones you return to again and again, the ones you praise from the rooftops. When…

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Advent Book Giveaway Prepares Families for Christmas

Advent Book Giveaway Prepares Families for Christmas

It’s Black Friday. I am sitting at my computer perusing all of the sales and deals that have appeared in my inbox. I am not one to venture out on this busy day, but I am getting excited to begin the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. Advent doesn’t begin for over a week, though. Normally, this is the weekend I unpack our Advent wreath, take out our Jesse Tree ornaments, and decorate the house with a few hints…

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