I’ve had the honor of knowing Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for some years now

…and she has written a lulu of a spiritual autobiography that you need to read. It’s called The Kiss of Jesus and tells the surprisingly gritty story of somebody who has been through the wringer and come through it with the help of God.  Here’s a quick description from Amazon:

Growing up in a Polish-American Catholic family, Donna-Marie was blessed with hard-working parents who provided a stable home for their eight children. At times her childhood was golden and carefree, but other times it was tarnished by pain that she felt was best left unspoken as she sought God for help and strength.

After she left home after high school, her path took some harrowing turns. A Vietnam veteran fiancé snapped and held her against her will. She suffered pregnancy loss, serious illness, divorce, and single motherhood. Perhaps her greatest trial was an epic custody battle in which she needed to defend both her reputation as a mother and the safety of her five children.

Yet through all the dark valleys, Donna-Marie kept the fire of her faith burning. Helping her to see the beauty of the crosses in her life, and to rely on the presence and the providence of God, were saintly souls who became her friends and mentors. One of these was Blessed Mother Teresa, who was her confidant and spiritual mother for ten years.

“This candid and poignant account pierces the heart and leaves the reader changed.”
— Johnnette Benkovic, Founder, Women of Grace®

“A courageous, sometimes stunningly personal memoir. Donna-Marie reminds us that everyone gets a turn on the via Dolorosa.”
— Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress at Patheos.com

“A gripping spiritual adventure telling of God’s faithfulness in times of terror and abuse.”
— Mark Shea, Author, By What Authority

“Runs the gamut of virtue and vice, flesh and spirit, demonic and holy. Her extraordinary life gives hope to all.”
— Jim Pinto, Co-Host of EWTN’s @ Home with Jim and Joy

“For anyone who wishes to move beyond anger and resentment, this book is an answer to prayer.”
— Mike Aquilina, Author, The Fathers of the Church

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  • Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

    Thank you, Mark. You are very kind. God bless you!