"A saint is a sinner who just keeps getting back up." - Brian Patrick on EWTN's Son Rise Morning Show (quoting an unknown source)
Back in May, I introduced my friend Lisa Hendey to Peace Garden Writer. Today it seemed fitting to introduce Lisa's newly released book:
As I write this, we are celebrating All Saints Day in the Catholic world. By the time you read this post, it will be All Souls Day. I can think of no more fitting time than now to have my first book giveaway of a book titled, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul, here on Peace Garden Writer!
Before I go further, I want to address my Protestant friends, who probably account for at least half my readership. Although the subject of canonized saints might feel a bit foreign and not applicable to you, I really do feel that this book and the concept of heroes -- which is really all that officially recognized saints are -- can apply to anyone regardless of particular denomination or faith.
It might be helpful to explain why I'm personally drawn to the saints. Well not all saints. We have upwards of 40,000 who have been officially recognized within our tradition over the years (we realize there are many, many more saints who have not been officially recognized). But certainly, ones who have crossed my path and held my attention for one reason or another.
Basically it comes down to the same thing that compels me to anybody and anything: story.
The saints have all led lives marked with wonderful stories! Stories of heroic virtue. Stories of ill-fated beginnings that have turned brilliantly faith-filled. Stories of despair and hope, suffering and redemption. This is the stuff good characterization is made of!
Just in case someone might feel alienated from the subject of sainthood, let me remind you, as author Thomas Caughwell did me this morning, that a good many saints have colorful histories. His book, Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints, is a helpful reminder that we need not begin as a saint to become one.
Lisa's book includes stories also; inspiring stories that can help us as mothers in this journey of attempting to achieve holiness. She highlights a sampling of 52 of them, which means one saint for every week of the year. Each section is broken up into the following categories related to the relevant saint: stories, lessons, traditions, wisdom, Scripture and activities.
It's my privilege to offer a free copy of Lisa's book to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment to let me know you've stopped by, and some way of getting in touch with you, should you be chosen. Though I'll choose the winner randomly, I'd love for you to include, in your comment, the name of your favorite saint, or a saint you're interested in learning more about, and why.
Meanwhile, I'm going to be taking these saints week by week myself. I'm looking forward to hanging out with these holy men and woman of God who have so much to share with us about why it's worth it to travel the journey of faith.
I'm going to give this a couple weeks. I'll share the winner of the giveaway in the November 16 edition of Peace Garden Writer!