My book’s first review, and a giveaway!

My book’s first review, and a giveaway! August 12, 2013

My book isn’t even available for pre-order yet, but it already got a good review!

Bearing of Bearing Blog read The Sinner’s Guide to NFP, and she wrote:

[E]ven if I am not the target audience, I am maybe the target reviewer, because I wholeheartedly endorse the attitude in this book.  The truth is that even when you’re both totally on board, NFP has features which, well, you might as well laugh at them so you don’t

(a) cry or

(b) throw things at each other.

As for the state of NFP discourse, even (especially?) among faithful Catholics?  Well, it can be even worse.

And that is why we need Fisher’s book.  It’s frank, it’s conversational, and it’s funny.  What’s possibly most important: it firmly rejects the nosy judgmentalism that pervades the conversation today, choosing instead to emphasize the great variety of good paths that a couple may find as they discern together the right decisions for their family.

You can read the rest of her review here.  Thank you very much, bearing!

I was extremely pleased and grateful to be able to also include blurbs from Brandon Vogt, Dr. Janet Smith, Msgr. Charles Pope, Jennifer Fulwiler, Leila Miller, Elizabeth Scalia, Kayla Peterson, Elizabeth Duffy, Marcel LeJeune, Erin Manning, and Gregory Popcak.

I know it’s kinda early to do a giveaway for a book which won’t be out until November, but I’ve been meaning to do a mini fundraiser for my kids’ charter school.  Here is where I describe the school in particular, and here is where I describe what I’ve learned to look for in a school in general.  I can guarantee you that every cent of your money will be spent wisely and well!  This school is like what I always wanted my home school to be, except with friends, and I don’t have to do the work.  Fantastic.

As I did last year with Style, Sex, and Substance, I’m going to combine a giveaway with a fundraiser, and will be giving away free copies to three winners.  So if you would like to pre-win a copy of my book, which of course you do, here’s the deal:

OPTION ONE:  Leave a comment, any comment, in the comment box here, and you will be entered into the drawing — easy peasy.

OPTION TWO:  Make a contribution to the Surry Village Charter School, and your name will be entered in the drawing ten times. 

To  contribute, click on this PayPal button

make a donation in any amount, and your name will be entered ten times into the drawing (no need to leave a comment unless you want to!).

If your name is chosen, you can choose either format:  ebook or audiobook.  I will select three names randomly next week, on Monday, August 19, and will announce the winners on Monday or Tuesday, depending on how together my act is.

Remember:  it’s free to enter; but if you want to increase your chances of winning tenfold, make a donation to the school.

Good luck!

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  • Lindsey

    I’m in! Way to go, Simcha.

  • cmum

    If I don’t win it, I am still going to buy it 🙂 because both of my sons just got married in the last several months.

  • Margaret Newhall

    Can’t wait to read this!

  • Sherry

    If only to freak people out with the cover, this is so so worth it.

  • Well I hope I win! I’m so pleased to see you have a great review already. I cannot wait to read it 🙂

  • Jordan

    Come ooooonnnn, lucky comment!

  • Elaine

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jeannine

    Excited to read this book!!!

  • Callie Langworthy

    As someone who’s about to attend her very first NFP class with her fiance – sounds like I could use a copy!

  • Katharine Memole

    I’m excited too and want to WIN!!

  • Cam

    Thanks for the opportunity Simcha!

  • Joshua Mercer

    If it’s written by Simcha, it’ll be worth getting this book even if I don’t win it.

  • Mary

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Janna

    I need this book!!!

  • Mario

    Very happy for you Simcha. I know this book will do well.

  • Jim & Heather Kontoes

    So excited to read this book! Go, Simcha!!!!

  • Christian

    Looks like an intersting read 🙂

  • Sarah Winslow

    I’d like to be entered!

  • Telma Lisseth Rosales

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Ann Richards

    Looking forward to reading this – and sharing with friends and family!

  • Charity Horinek

    Since I have quoted you for years (“worst possible system…”) I think I should get to read it NOW. 😛
    Way to go, Simcha!

  • Eve Muggeridge

    Looking forward to reading this book!!

  • Kathleen Dunn

    I’d love to read this book! I hope to do talks at universities on NFP – would love this perspective!

  • Catherine

    Finances allowing, I will definitely get this book one way or another! It sounds like my marriage needs it!

  • Kathryn Murphy

    I am looking forward to your book being released!

  • Beth Clark

    Looking forward to reading this book!!

  • Hannah Elise

    Well, I’m a Protestant, not a Catholic, but we recently started using the Marquette method of NFP, so I’d be interested in reading this. 🙂

  • KyApiarist

    Looking forward to reading this book and sharing with my friend that is getting her certification as a NFP instructor.

  • Erika

    Will be looking forward to reading this book – and sharing the goodness with friends and family!

  • I would love to read this book!

  • editorbelle

    I am looking forward to reading this book!!

  • Jane Stanley

    I’d love to read this book!

  • Bob Feldhake

    Sounds like a good read!

  • Stuart

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  • Ooooh, enter me, enter me!!

  • Ava

    Same reasoning as Sherry ^_^

  • Meghan Elise Watt

    Enter me! Fingers crossed; August 19th is my birthday!

  • Kelli Carruth

    We’re 4 years and 3 kids into marriage and starting to have some serious re-discussions about NFP! Your book has good timing.

  • Leslie Dalton

    I can’t wait to read this book! Please enter me into this drawing. Thanks!

  • I don’t NEED this book OR anyone’s charity, but I DO want to read it so I’ll probably just BUY it anyway.

  • James

    Sounds fantastic. I would be more than happy to write a review on my blog if you would like.

  • Kate Cousino

    I would LOVE to have this book on my ereader. 🙂

  • James Hammell

    The Title, Cover, and Review make me interested in giving this a read, and you “can’t beat free” as they say. Please enter me for a free copy.

  • Emily Krutzig Cook

    Dying to read this book!

  • Karen in SC

    I’d love to read your book!

  • Britt @ Proverbial Girlfriend

    I would love this…as a paperback, if only for the fun of seeing people’s reactions while reading it on public transit (my only reading time).

  • I must win, otherwise I will unfriend Somechop on Facebook and abuse NFP like there’s no tomorrow.

  • Kurtis Wiedenfeld

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • I want to win!

  • Kristy Knable Ziegler

    Oooooooh, I need this book BADLY!

  • Katherine Gielskie

    Can’t wait to read this!

  • Sue K

    Great topic! I can’t wait to read it.

  • Amanda Rose Lowe

    Looking forward to it!

  • Christy Isinger

    Love it! I can’t wait to read it Simcha!

  • Douglas Beaumont

    Me want book. 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    Sounds like an interesting read!

  • Amy Enloe

    I want this for my atheist cousin who wants to turn to NFP

  • James Van Damme

    Best book title ever!

  • Amelia Bentrup

    I really want to read it…and if I win I’ll promise to review it on my blog for all 20 of my readers. LOL

  • Ann Fischer


  • Mary Schreiner

    So exciting! Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I can’t wait to get the book!

  • Yay, thanks!

  • Cinthya Alvarez-Perez

    Sounds very interesting! We have been using NFP since we got married and are looking into becoming Creighton practitioners. Looking forward to reading this book.

  • Teresa

    Here’s to winning a copy, but either way I look forward to seeing the book in November! (Here’s hoping this didn’t re-comment.)

  • Suzanne

    Wow this looks great.

  • Mary Oborny Schroeder

    I’m interested. I really enjoy your writing. Thanks for “serving” by sharing your insights on NFP 🙂

  • pattymarie

    I would love to read your book! Thanks for the giveaway, Simcha.

  • Elizabeth

    I would love to leave this book (after I read it!) on our coffee table for a conversation starter!

  • SarahRDoll

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Nicholas Hardesty

    I can haz?

  • Karen Delaney

    This book looks great! Can’t wait to get a copy, either way 🙂

  • Monica Patterson

    Need this so I can get my mum off my back about spacing our babies…I’ll probably read it even if I don’t win the giveaway. Probably.

  • christina

    Sounds like an awesome book. LOVE the title!

  • Bria Fries

    I’m down. I’d love to read this

  • Kelly Deschamps

    yes please:)

  • Liesl

    I’m intrigued to read this book! 🙂

  • Kristen inDallas

    “a book which won’t be out until November” … my birthday’s in November. 🙂

  • pburg

    I’m disenchanted by the weird enthusiasm of (and faulty stats cited by) the nfp pod-people. Gimme!

  • Catholic Grammie

    Wow, what an awesome line-up of people and great topic!

  • Shannon Patterson

    I. NEED. This.

  • Amy Williams Schirmer

    I have three marriageable aged sons (18, 21, 24) one of whom has just come into the Catholic Church, the other two are in the process. Just sayin’.

  • Angela Bevilacqua

    I…really want this.

  • Monica Peckinpaugh

    Can’t wait to read this.

  • Jennifer Anzalone

    That is awesome cover art! Love it.

  • Mary Gietman

    I can’t wait to read it!!!

  • Heather Turner

    excited about the book!

  • DeirdreMundy

    Sounds like fun…. Of course *I* don’t actually NEED to read about NFP, because unlike all of you sinners, I follow the HTT method of family planning. (Holier-Than-Thou). If you REALLY trusted God, you wouldn’t need to learn all these icky details about how your body works. Also, I never go grocery shopping. I just eat the food that appears magically in my refrigerator. And it cures disease too! Double Win, you infidels!


    • MightyMighty1

      Me too! Whatever I’m doing is what is best! Follow me or perish! Do you want to join my Mommy Group? We’re having a meeting on How to Raise Perfect Children, Organically.

  • Catherine Lorio

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Marti B

    Sounds like a nifty book. Although the image of going to confession naked is now stuck in my head, somewhat frighteningly.

  • Me please!!!

  • Valerie Duffy

    can’t wait to read this!

  • Courtney S

    I would love to win, sounds like a good book.

  • Kathryn

    Yay! I want this book!

  • Melanie Behnke

    Would love to review this book!

  • J Jaeger

    I’m not surprised at the review. You don’t sugar coat the reality and you aren’t afraid of talking about you-know-what.

  • Lydia

    “will announce the winners on Monday or Tuesday, depending on how together my act is.” This is why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your posts. I can’t wait to read it. My pile of books wanting to be read is getting taller by the minute, but yours will definitely go on top!

  • jenny

    I like the cover ………………!!!

  • Timothy

    any comment. (I took over your facebook wall, that counts right?)

  • CS

    Ok can someone explain what an ebook is? I mean, do I have to own a reader of some sort? Can you download them to your computer? Print them out? Or do you then have to pay twice, as per Vatican policy?

  • razzle

    would love to read this – thanks! 🙂

  • Kimberley Dierdorf

    Great posts, I can’t wait to read your book

  • Dan F.

    Pick me! (Please) 🙂

  • Oh, I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  • MightyMighty1

    I would love a free copy of this book that I have been waiting for ever since I first found your lovely blog. Ehhh, lovely isn’t the word. Hilarious? Sassy? Sticky? Something….anyway, my husband now reads you so that he doesn’t have to listen to me paraphrase whatever you’ve just said. Smart man.

  • Luke S

    Sounds like a book worth reading. 🙂

  • Lisa

    I think this book might be just what I need…

  • Sarah

    I’d love to read your book! 🙂

  • John

    Finally a book about NFP.

  • Katie Chase

    I would love to win this book, but if I don’t it will be on my Christmas list. My husband and I both use NFP and we love reading your blog. Now we can have both favorites in one! (Sorry if this is a duplicate. I thought it got deleted it when I was trying to enter it earlier.)

  • RH

    well, I’m related to you, but I could still really use this book.

  • Fingers crossed!

  • Jenn Wampler

    Love your stuff!

  • CMerie

    I would love to win the ebook!

  • Rebecca

    Looking forward to reading this!

  • Lisa

    Sounds like a great read!

  • katrina

    pick me! pick me!

  • Jenny Uebbing

    love the cover, love the idea of winning an actual physical copy to hold in my hands, and love anything and everything you write.

  • Patrick Tramma

    NFP – “No Bleepin’ Plan”. 🙂

  • ImTim

    Me and Wifey are having a baby Sept 22(ish). We got pregnant right out the gate. The bishop who witnessed our vows started telling people that we “Planned our Wedding around {Wife Name}’s fertility.”

    Please give me a free book.

  • Rachelle Revell

    Really looking forward to reading this book!

  • Renee Bouchard Gardiner

    Although I am past needing NFP, I would love to win this book

  • HeatherRenshaw

    I am only entering to win this book because all the cool kids are doing it. Personally, I am not that cool. But it would be cool to win. And I might be cooler *if* I win. Might.

  • Teresa

    Ooh, I would love to read your book. I despise the tone of most of the NFP literature out there (you know, the kind where they make it sound like not using NFP is pretty much the same as using contraception), and I think your book will give me a more charitable view. :p

  • Angela Snyder

    I’m thinking this book looks interesting just by the looks of the cover!

  • BC

    I would love to win a copy of this! (Can the prize include being given the time to actually read it?)

  • Raymond

    I’d love to read the book! Good cover too!

  • My husband and I used to teach NFP through our diocese. I’d love to read your book.

  • Denise

    sounds interesting

  • Mary

    Pick me pick me!

  • M Letourneau

    Sounds interesting!

  • Allicia Faber

    Um. #1 Love NFP. #2 Love Simcha! #3 Love Books. Best Comment Ever? Um, yeah!

  • Sarah

    looks like an awesome book. might make me run naked to confession, though!

  • ModerateMom17

    I’m the best, gimme the book.

  • SalomeEllen

    Sadly, I’m broke, but I would definitely read this book before passing it around to my married kids. (At 62 I’m well past the target demographic, but still interested.)

  • Kelly Mason McClintock

    It would be fun to see the reactions if your book were on my desk (Parish Secretary here…)

  • Christine

    I’m planning on starting to chart soon, even though I’m currently single, and am excited about the possibility of winning the book!

  • Brooke

    Pre Cana door prize!

  • Kinsi A.

    I’m such a lazy NFP’er, I could use a good kickindapantz.

  • Stefani


  • Leah Nguyen

    As long as it doesn’t have any visual aids – I can ‘t wait to read this book!!!!!

  • Megan

    I’m in!!!!!

  • KackyK

    Looks good. Thanks for the chance!

  • Your book sounds so awesome! I’m in!

  • Emily M

    Count me in!

  • Tania

    Yes, please!!

  • Suzanne Emery Andrews

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Wendy Plunkett

    Simcha, as you know, I’m not Catholic, and you also know that NFP is the opposite of what I need, since I want as many children as God will let me have, BUT anything that you write is guaranteed to be very entertaining and full of love. It would be fun to win, but either way, I’ll be sure to get a copy.

  • Karen

    Congratulations on your new book! And thanks for introducing me to your brother’s great blog.

  • I’d love to win your book!

  • Kaitlin @ More Like Mary

    I’m so glad it’s finally finished! Can’t wait to read it.

  • collinsfamilyjmj

    Six kids in ten years, I need NFP.

  • Ann Marie W

    Comment, Comment

  • Herman Sutter

    I can’t wait to read it. My wife is constantly calling out in a fit of laughter, “You have to read this!” And when she does, I know it’s either Symcha Fisher or …. I guess it’s always, you.

  • Emily

    Can’t wait to laugh!!

  • Sarah Harkins

    count me in!

  • Tiffany Thompson

    Hope I win!! 🙂 And, sorry, I’m currently worse than broke!

  • 12anon

    I really need this book so I hope I win!! 🙂

  • Joe

    WOOHOOHOO FREE BOOK! So my fiancee and I are HUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fans of yours, and we LOVE your blog. We’re getting married in October so it would be super sweet if we won :).

    If not, we’ll totally buy it so w/e, but yeah, you’re AWESOME! As a young Catholic couple sort of trying to find our own place in the world your blog is very helpful. 🙂 Gracias.

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