It’s been a hamster wheelish couple of weeks! If you have contacted me, please be patient while I scamper my way around to you! Thank you!
Sweet Jenna of Call Her Happy sent me some interview questions that I had fun answering. Best question? She wanted to know about my very first blog post, which went up about seven years ago. Thanks, Jenna!
The indefatigable Sarah Reinhard wrote a recommendation for CatholicMom.com’s Book Notes, and explains that my book is really about relationships. Yes indeed! Sarah has been incredibly helpful and encouraging as I muddle my way through this first book experience. Nothing makes me more fearful and downhearted than success, and Sarah scooped me up and set me back on the right path more than once in the last few weeks.
There is a softness to Fisher’s writing here that is absolutely perfect for the topic at hand. There is a patience and gentleness and honest compassion that immediately draws you in, regardless of your experiences with NFP.
Don’t be mistaken, the voice is still authentically Fisher’s, and that humor that she is known for is used so, so well here, but there is a camaraderie evident in the pages that really took me aback. After all, as ridiculous as it sounds, by reading the comboxes following any article on NFP, you come away with a decided “us vs. them” mentality among people trying to faithfully live out their Catholic faith in all areas of their life.
With good-natured teasing of all sides of the spectrum (and including herself in that teasing), Simcha manages to put everyone at ease, the better to get to the nitty-gritty of the topic. NFP is a cross, and it’s a blessing and it takes things away and gives so much more, and it’s everything and nothing all at once. Because, as she points out in her chapter “The Golden Box”, what “God really wants is you. How you give yourself to Him is a much, much longer story”, of which NFP is only a part.
If you want a real treat, order Cari’s new book, Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale, coming out Nov. 5 from Sophia Institute Press.
Oh my goodness, just look at that cover! I was privileged to be able to read this book a few weeks ago, and I zipped through it. So entertaining, so endearing, so true. One of the most enjoyable conversion stories I have ever read.
Okay, so don’t forget to enter the contest! No entries accepted after noon, eastern time, tomorrow. Oh, and those bon bons which are part of the first prize? I had some yesterday. They are the best chocolates I have ever had. Indescribable.