When a former Presidential speechwriter pens a book, you know it will be good.
Colleen Carroll Campbell shares her spiritual memoir in “My Sisters the Saints.” Truth be told, I only read this because my friend Tanja twisted my arm. She promised wine and cheesecake if I joined her and some girlfriends at book club. When those things were involved, I had to read it. I tend to be a fast reader – as in, if the book captures me in the first chapter I’m likely to finish within 24-48 hours.
She had me hooked early not simply because she was writing about some of my favorite saints, but wow, what a storyteller. She blended her life with the lives of the saints so beautifully, so poignantly that I was unable to set the book down for any period of time.
I think my family ate Cheez-its and chocolate bars for dinner one night. Maybe?
After I read her book and discovered Lisa’s post about a spiritual board of directors, I knew it was no coincidence. I enjoyed every aspect of this book – learning more about the saints, identifying with the struggle of one woman and her fertility and empathizing with a woman who was career-driven yet called to motherhood. If you’re looking for a great read and one that may leave you left pondering how you can increase your own faith life, this one’s a winner.
And, LUCKY YOU! I’m giving one copy away to a sweet Team Whitaker reader. You know the drill. Rafflecopter it up. Spammers need not apply.
The bonus, is you also get a quick review of another book the publisher so graciously sent me, “Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux.” After our pilgrimage to St. Therese’s birthplace in France, I became more intrigued by such a young soul who did seemingly small things, yet still managed to capture so many hearts years after her death.
This book by Fr. Patrick Ahern was written before he died. Looking back, I wish I would’ve read St. Therese’s own memoir before diving into this book. Fr. Ahern makes several references to the original manuscript and I think I would’ve enjoyed this book even more if I had read the original piece. It was a quick and easy read and I found myself underlining and highlighting a few passages within it. And I rarely do that. Having St. Therese as my board chair has certainly made me focus more on the little things I do in life and I can only think this book was another reminder to keep on keepin’ on.
Get to entering, y’all!
*Image Books, the Catholic division of Random House, was kind enough to send me a copy of both books in exchange for my reviews. You know me well, though, I only rave about the things I love. And, a special thanks to Colleen Carroll Campbell for answering my email and connecting me to her publisher.