Small Steps for Catholic Moms – blog tour and giveaway

Once upon a time, I could sit down and read for hours.  I had the time and the attention span.  I would tear through 400 pages by Doestoevsky in a matter of days, and I read things that I needed to hear.
Things have changed.  My reading now takes place in snippets, and often just before I fall asleep (which makes for some interesting dreams, if nothing else).
Small Steps for Catholic Moms is a book designed for people just like me.
We know we need a little boost, a little challenge and encouragement to make our days something better than a frantic game of catch-up.  So in this book, the year is laid out, one page per day, with something to think about, something to pray for, and something to do.
It’s by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss — two moms who know a little bit about being busy, raising kids, and how easy it can be to feel like you’re drowning if you don’t have a little specific encouragement to turn things around.
Wednesday’s page made me laugh out loud.  The “think” one said:

So you’ve been hauled over the coals?  Don’t follow the advice of pride and lose your temper.  Think:  ‘How charitable they are toward me!  The things they’ve left unsaid!’

Ha.  I needed to hear that.   Here is the prayer that goes with it:

Sweet Jesus, I talk too much.  I sigh too often.  Please give me sufficient grace to keep my mouth closed in the face of trials.
and the call to action:
What is it that you are avoiding?  Do that thing today and suffer through it with a silent smile.
Okay, so I failed at that while I was halfway through typing out the sentence above.  But that’s kind of what this book is about:  small steps.  Not major renovations, not thorough overhauls.  Just little things that you really can do — easy enough to achieve, but important enough to make a difference, if you put the effort it.  So now I am trying again.  I can do this!
Now for the giveaway.  Just leave a comment on this blog, and in a few days I will randomly select someone to win a free copy of this neat little book.

Here is another taste of what you can find in this book.  This excerpt is from November, which has a theme of gratitude:

Think:
“Because I am so weak, you have pleased to grant my childish little desires, and now you will grant the rest—other desires far greater than the Universe.”
 - St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Pray:
You have given me so much, gracious God. I look over my catalog of blessings this month, and I am moved by your generosity. So often, my prayers are petitions that are tied to this world on earth. Please know that above all, I want most to be with you in heaven.
Act:
Take a moment today to thank someone who accepts you despite your weaknesses. These kinds of friends are gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Small Steps for Catholic Moms is going on a blog tour, so you can hear what other bloggers have gleaned from this helpful little book.   Here is the schedule of tour stops:
Don’t forget, leave a comment on this post, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of this book.  Good luck!
 
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  • Crystal Berg

    Would love to win this book, sounds like just what I need.

  • Phoebe Gleeson

    This looks like a good one for me.

  • Anna

    Sounds perfect and I always loved Danielle’s Lenten posts in this format!

  • Erica Minneman

    This looks like a great book!

  • sarah

    Sounds awesome!

  • Ann

    Looks really good, thanks for sharing!

  • Guest

    This sounds perfect!

  • http://www.talesoftheelders.com/ Caitlin E

    Exactly what I need!

  • Grace Bess

    This book sounds great! I’d love a copy :)

  • Karyn

    I would love to have this for those five minute increments I can manage. Thank you for this contest!

  • Jessica Shurts

    I could definitely use this! Reading has fallen by the wayside for me.

  • Stephanie

    Pick me! Pick me! (Please oh please….)

  • Cathy

    I sometimes miss the days when I could read and entire book straight through! Would love to have this one! The format sounds like just what I need.

  • Nan

    But why limit it to actual moms? I’m dealing with the aftermath of my mom’s stroke and she has told me that now I’m the mom. My little girl is 78.

    • hotboogers

      Sympathies. I am sole caregiver to a stroke patient who is 54. I know the life. Prayers for you.

      • Nan

        Thank you. I’m not actually even her caregiver; we’re in the throes of the MA app, seliing her house and have already gotten rid of most of her stuff so of course now she may be able to go to enhanced assisted living. We still have to check out the place and may need to get some furniture, but it sounds promising as she has never wanted to be in long term care. You are also in my prayers.

    • Brandy Miller

      Nan -

      Motherhood takes many forms. You don’t have to have been a physical mother to be a spiritual one. Realize that you are a mother to so many more people than you know.

  • Rebecca Lamb Mlinek

    Well, here’s my comment. I wonder if the name that shows up beside it will be mine or one of my kids’….It’s a crapshoot these days.

  • Maria

    Can’t wait to read it, whether I win the free copy or not!

  • Heather

    I just recently started reading Elizabeth Foss and love her! I would very much love to win this!!

  • Karen Cain

    I would love to win this. I have four boys and homeschool all of them, but reading is how I recharge, so I am often found sitting at the kitchen table, grabbing a few minutes to read when I can.

  • MightyMighty11

    This sounds great!

  • SusieHomemaker

    This sounds like the perfect devotional for busy moms. I would love a copy!

  • Sheila T

    this looks great – I would love to get a copy of it!

  • Carolyn Svellinger

    Hoping to win a copy!

  • Christina Poynter

    I saw this on a friend’s fb wall and thought it looked cool, then forgot all about it! Looks like a good idea for me, sign me up!

  • Tiffany Thompson

    Hope I win!! I will probably buy this book anyway, though. It’s right up my alley!

  • Claire

    This book is a great idea. Sounds like something I need to read!

  • Brandy Miller

    I absolutely LOVE this post – and the prayer is awesome. i shared it on Facebook (with a link back here, of course).

  • Kristy Bratten

    Looks great!

  • Sunda

    the old saying “one day at a time” fits right in with this book. One day, one page, at a time; it definitely feels less overwhelming that way. Thanks!

  • Brigid

    Well, if I don’t win here ;) , I know what to tell my hubby to get me for Christmas!

  • Stephanie Higgins

    I think I need to get this book!

  • Marietta Newland

    So if I win, He’s telling me I really, really need to read it. ;)

  • happytimesfour

    I’d love to win (but if I don’t, the book is going on my Christmas list!)

  • Nicole Alvarez

    Yeah…another chance to win this book.

  • Kelly Mason McClintock

    I’d love to win this book and give it as a gift to my friend, Amparo – the busiest mom I know.

  • Lara Lee

    Oh! Yes, yes! I used to tear through Dostoevsky too! Now, not so much. This sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Erika H

    This sounds right up my alley!

  • Mary Beth

    I was disappointed when this book went out of print. Now that it’s back, I would love to win a copy!

  • Rose

    I’d love to win this, but either way it’s going on my Amazon wishlist!

  • schaub.g

    This book looks great, win or not I want to read it.

  • Ann Pocta

    Sounds great!

  • Melissa Hunter-Kilmer

    Ooh, ooh, me, me! Even though I’m really a Catholic grandma with no kids or grandkids actually in residence . . . but it probably counts that my husband is chronically ill with some rather serious but non-terminal illnesses, right?

  • Rose K.

    Commenting in hope!

  • dkpak

    This sounds wonderful! Thank you for highlighting and for sponsoring the giveaway

  • Beth

    I would love a copy!

  • AnitaM

    With 5 kids, two aged 2 I could really use this book.

  • Anne

    Is it too late to enter? I don’t even know what day it is…

  • Christina Channell

    Just had my third child and “frantic game of catch-up” actually describes daily life quite nicely. I would benefit from this book!

  • Cara

    Wow. I need to read this. I guess I needed a spiritual whack across the head, because this book sounds exactly in line with advice I was given in confession this weekend. If I don’t win it, I’ll have to buy it :)

  • Guest

    Just the kind of book I have been looking for! :)

  • Lorae Storm

    Sounds wonderful!

  • Cléo Rosseneu

    ‘I would tear through 400 pages by Doestoevsky in a matter of days…’ Me too! Now I’ve got only.one.tiny.sweet.babyboy and can’t even remember how to spell Dosto…

  • ashley

    Please send my mom this book!
    Signed, four suffering children who have been known to scream in tandem and simultaneously :)

  • Cecilia H

    Sounds like a wonderful book I would love to read, thank you for your blog and this opportunity!


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