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LIVE BIG, LOVE BIGGER

The story of one woman’s laugh-out-loud journey to authenticity and freedom

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LIVE BIG, LOVE BIGGER

The story of one woman’s laugh-out-loud journey to authenticity and freedom

Praise for Live Big, Love Bigger

“With the tone of a friend sitting down with you for some BBQ and real talk, Kathryn Whitaker shows us how to dream big and keep our sanity in the process.” 

— Jennifer Fulwiler

SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream

“You may think your own family is far from perfect, and perhaps have never considered them ‘holy.’ If so, then this book is for you.”

— Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P.

Executive Director of Busted Halo Ministries
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"Whitaker’s enjoyable mix of spiritual fervor and homespun humor will appeal to Christian readers and general audiences alike."

Publishers Weekly

“If you believe that pursuing a faithful life is intimidating or overwhelming, I highly encourage you read this book. Kathryn’s story, laden with numerous examples of God’s ability to work miracles in our present day lives, is a raw, down-to-earth account of a woman seeking to follow God the best way she knows how.” 

— Jenna Guizar

Founder of Blessed is She

“Real, transparent, and inspiring.”

— Brandon Vogt

Content Director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

“In Live Big, Love Bigger, Kathryn Whitaker invites us into the sacred story of her life with God, family, and friends. The birth of the Whitaker’s son Luke called her to suffering, a more intimate relationship with God, and ultimately to a whole new life. Her story is one of dying to self in order to live for Christ and her husband, children, and friends. People of faith have influenced Whitaker; by her life and these reflections, she influences others and calls them to value family and grow in faith. Whitaker’s story enables us to get in touch with our own sacred story and discover anew God’s incredible love often shown by the other people he places in our lives.”

— Most Rev. Gregory Aymond

Archbishop of New Orleans

“This book is a gorgeous read, a shot in the arm, and a balm for the weary soul! Kathryn Whitaker’s writing is truly a gift. With honesty and hilarity, she shares own struggles and leads to deep insights that will touch your heart and inspire you to be a better wife, mom, and daughter of God. We are in this struggle together, and Kathryn Whitaker is our beloved Texan cheerleader, encouraging us with uncommon humility, wisdom, and grace."

— Danielle Bean

Catholic author and brand manager of CatholicMom.com

“Kathryn Whitaker writes just likes she loves—with conviction! With sweet Southern style she shares openly about her faith and fears, triumphs and trials of raising her Texas-size family. Live Big, Love Bigger will leave you empowered to live a more authentic life by making space for a little more Jesus and a lot more love. BBQ sauce not included." 

— Kelli Kelley

Founder and CEO of Hand to Hold

“In Live Big, Love Bigger Kathryn Whitaker digs deep into her Texas sized heart, taking us on an adventure, encouraging us to live with intention, love with abandon, and showing us how to see the face of Christ in all we meet.  Life is messy, filled with obstacles and uncertainty, but Whitaker shows that if we let go and let God in, we are able to embrace the hard things and allow them to transform and heal us. Whitaker uses her southern wit and sass to prove over and over that with BBQ, sweet tea, and a whole lot of Jesus we can do more than just survive this life — we can live bolder and love bigger than we ever thought possible."

— Mary E. Lenaburg

Catholic speaker and author of Be Brave in the Scared

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she’ll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they’ll be able to say yes to what matters most—Jesus.

It’s not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it—when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. “Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way—proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?”

Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

Whitaker’s sassy authenticity will make readers laugh—and cry—while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.

MEDIA

The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer, 09/26/19

The Gist TV Show with Rachel Balducci, 10/09/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly with Catherine Hadro, 10/03/19, 20:57 to 27:57 mark

This is the Day TV Show, 10/01/19, 7:15 to 11:30 mark

Beyond the NICU, Hand to Hold podcast, 10/01/19

Texas Lifestyle Magazine, 09/26/19, "Five Minutes with Kathryn Whitaker"

Undivided Intention with Jeff Schiefelbein, 09/20/19

Kresta in the Afternoon, 09/19/19, 5:25 to 18:15 mark

Forte Catholic with Taylor Schroll, 09/18/19, Episode 153

While You Were Folding with Catherine Boucher, 09/18/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

Faith in Action on Catholic Radio Indy, 09/16/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

Shoot the Shiitake with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, 09/12/19, "NFP, 6 Kids, Barbecue & Convert"

The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM, 09/11/19 (link coming soon!)

Sinner Saint Sister with Allison Sullivan, 09/11/19, "Joy"

How-To Catholic with Lisa Cotter, 09/08/19, "How-To Intentional Living"

The Modern Lady Podcast, 09/08/19, "Living a Hell Yes Kind of Life"

Mast Appeal with Coleen Kelly Mast, 09/07/19, 11:20 to 26:13 mark

Good Things Radio with Brooke Taylor, 09/06/19, 9:22 to 33:45 mark

"Wake Up!" on Catholic Community Radio, 09/05/19, 20:00 to 27:50 mark

Jon Leonetti in the Morning, 08/30/19, 19:00 to 24:32 mark

The Catholic Feminist Podcast with Claire Swinarski, 08/28/2019, "Intentional Boundaries + Saying 'No'

L.A. Catholic Morning Radio, 08/27/19, 23:44 to 31:00 mark

San Antonio Living, NBC News 4, 08/26/19, "One Mom's Journey of Motherhood"

Girlfriends Podcast with Danielle Bean, 08/16/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger with Kathryn Whitaker"

Baby Mamma Podcast with Leslie Knopf, 08/13/19, "A Birth Story"

Gospel Con Carne Podcast with Alan Graham, 07/24/19, "Living Big and Loving Bigger"

Publishers Weekly, 07/24/19, "Catholic Publishers Focus on Moving Forward"

Baby Mamma Podcast with Leslie Knopf, 06/26/19, "Managing Expectations"

"The Show" with Edmund Mitchell, 04/30/19, "BBQ and Family Wins"

Jon Leonetti in the Morning, 03/15/19, 49:15 to 55:13 mark

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she’ll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they’ll be able to say yes to what matters most—Jesus.

It’s not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it—when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. “Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way—proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?”

Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

Whitaker’s sassy authenticity will make readers laugh—and cry—while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.

MEDIA

The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer, 09/26/19

The Gist TV Show with Rachel Balducci, 10/09/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly with Catherine Hadro, 10/03/19, 20:57 to 27:57 mark

This is the Day TV Show, 10/01/19, 7:15 to 11:30 mark

Beyond the NICU, Hand to Hold podcast, 10/01/19

Texas Lifestyle Magazine, 09/26/19, "Five Minutes with Kathryn Whitaker"

Undivided Intention with Jeff Schiefelbein, 09/20/19

Kresta in the Afternoon, 09/19/19, 5:25 to 18:15 mark

Forte Catholic with Taylor Schroll, 09/18/19, Episode 153

While You Were Folding with Catherine Boucher, 09/18/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

Faith in Action on Catholic Radio Indy, 09/16/19, "Live Big, Love Bigger"

Shoot the Shiitake with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, 09/12/19, "NFP, 6 Kids, Barbecue & Convert"

The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM, 09/11/19 (link coming soon!)

Sinner Saint Sister with Allison Sullivan, 09/11/19, "Joy"

How-To Catholic with Lisa Cotter, 09/08/19, "How-To Intentional Living"

The Modern Lady Podcast, 09/08/19, "Living a Hell Yes Kind of Life"

Mast Appeal with Coleen Kelly Mast, 09/07/19, 11:20 to 26:13 mark

Good Things Radio with Brooke Taylor, 09/06/19, 9:22 to 33:45 mark

"Wake Up!" on Catholic Community Radio, 09/05/19, 20:00 to 27:50 mark

Jon Leonetti in the Morning, 08/30/2019, 19:00 to 24:32 mark

The Catholic Feminist Podcast with Claire Swinarski, 08/28/2019, "Intentional Boundaries + Saying 'No'

L.A. Catholic Morning Radio, 08/27/2019, 23:44 to 31:00 mark

San Antonio Living, NBC News 4, 08/26/2019, "One Mom's Journey of Motherhood"

Girlfriends Podcast with Danielle Bean, 08/16/2019, "Live Big, Love Bigger with Kathryn Whitaker"

Baby Mamma Podcast, 08/13/19, "Episode 12: A Birth Story"

Gospel Con Carne Podcast with Alan Graham, 07/24/19, "Living Big and Loving Bigger"

Publishers Weekly, 07/24/19, "Catholic Publishers Focus on Moving Forward"

Baby Mamma Podcast, 06/26/19, "Episode 6: Managing Expectations"

"The Show" with Edmund Mitchell, 04/30/19, "BBQ and Family Wins"

Jon Leonetti in the Morning, 03/15/19, 49:15 to 55:13 mark

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