It’s Your Last Chance!

Reminder: today is the last day to get the eBook version of the Advent Prayer Journal for $5 bucks. πŸ™‚ Tomorrow, the price goes back up to $10.

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You can find out more about the book here. Also, if you are looking for other ideas for Advent, I have 5 ideas to help you get the most out of this Advent Season.

I pray that this Advent Season is a grace-filled, prayer-filled, and peace-filled time for you! God bless.

Are You Ready for Lent?!

Can you believe that Lent starts next week with Ash Wednesday? It seems strange, especially since technically the Christmas season (for us Catholics) just ended February 2 which was the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Well, ready or not here it comes! Now may be a good time to think and pray about what you want to happen during the Lenten Season.

For most of us, the focus of Lent becomes focused on us. Or, at least, I’m guilty of focusing too much on me. What am I giving up for Lent? What will I do for almsgiving? What prayer practice am I going to do this year? Then when we fail or mess up we blame ourselves, get frustrated, and sometimes give up. Now, don’t get me wrong. Fasting, almsgiving, and extra prayer are all good things. I’m not saying to abandon them!

What I am saying, for me, is that I want to switch focus this year and put it on Christ. I am still going to “do” those Lenten practices but I am going to try and keep my eyes fixed on Christ and really enter into the mystery of His suffering, death, and Resurrection.

One way I am going to do this is to make a greater commitment to journaling and to use it as a form of prayer. Journaling is a wonderful way to pray. Why? It is a type a freewriting where you can pour out your heart to God without thought. Or, if you have a definite thing to say, putting it into paper makes it “real” or tangible.

I started journaling a few years ago for Lent and it made a huge difference for me. Once Lent was over, I sort of let the practice fall by the wayside. Oh, I still continued to journal every day but it was, again, more of a “me” thing as opposed as a tool to connecting with God.

Lenten Prayer Journal for Women

To help me using journaling as a prayer aid, I created the Lenten Prayer Journal for Women. Each day has a short quote from one of the Mass readings for the day and lots of lined and blank pages. My plan is to use these pages as an opportunity to do a sort of informal reflection on those quotes. Of course, many days I will probably use the pages to pour out my heart to God in other ways too and that’s okay. There is no right or wrong way to use a prayer journal!

I’ve also made the journal available to you in hopes that it may help you kick start your prayer this Lent, too. If you are looking to refocus your mind and heart on Christ – if only for a few minutes! – I pray that this journal will help you do just that. πŸ™‚ May it be your best and most fruitful Lenten season yet!

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Advent Prayer Journal for Women

If you have spent any time at all on this blog, you know that prayer is very important to me. It truly is the best (and only!) way to deepen our relationship with God. Advent is a great time to either begin or renew a deeper prayer life and to help you (and me!) to grow your prayer life, I have created an Advent prayer journal.

Advent Prayer Journal for Women

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I am self-publishing a paperback copy through Ingram Spark and I am just waiting for the proof to go through. Once that’s done the book will be published. In addition, since Kindle versions of journals don’t work, I have created a printable PDF version of the journal.

This is from the book description:

Make The Advent Season A True Spiritual Journey

The Advent season is a time of joyful anticipation and waiting; however, in the rush and stress of preparation, the real meaning of Advent can be lost.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way! By spending some time each day in prayer, you can refocus and center your heart and mind on the one whom we await: Jesus Christ. And, this Advent Prayer Journal For Women can help.

This 162 page journal includes:

  • Scripture quotations from the Mass Readings
  • Lots of lined pages for writing and journaling
  • Blank pages for doodling, drawing, or pasting pictures
  • A section and explanation of the β€œO” Antiphons
  • A section for prayer intentions

May this journal be a tool to make this your best Advent Season yet!

The paperback book will be sold for $14.95 and the PDF will be sold at $10. However, for this week only (Until Friday, December 4), you can get the PDF for $5. There are no coupon codes needed, just go here to order the journal.

I pray that this journal will bless you and help you grow ever closer to Our Lord!

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Complimentary eBook: The Busy Woman’s Guide to the Mass

Free Mass Guide

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the wonderful solemnity of Corpus Christi, otherwise known as “The Body and Blood of Christ.” It is one of my favorite solemnities of the Church calendar!

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving for all that Jesus has done for us, but on this feast, we give special thanks for Jesus giving Himself in the form of bread and wine. No doubt, the “how” and “why” of the Eucharist is a mystery, but it truly a special and unique Gift!

Unfortunately, too many people doΒ  not realize how awesome the gift of the Mass. It has become just one more thing to do for so many people, if they even bother to go at all.

That is why I wrote this eBook, The Busy Woman’s Guide to the Mass: 15 Tips for ‘Getting the Most Out of the Mass and Making the Liturgy an Integral Part of Your Daily Life.” (Yes, I know it’s a long title… πŸ™‚ ) My hope is that it will encourage you and strengthen your love for the Mass, and that it helps you to find ways to stay focused and present during the Liturgy. *Go here to read more about the eBook.

To get the eBook, fill in your name and email address below. Once you confirm your subscription you will have instant access to the book. You will also be automatically subscribed to email updates where 2-3 times a week I share meditations, tips, and other posts to help you live out your Christian vocation. God bless!








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Complimentary eBook for Busy Women Looking to Make Time for Prayer

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A lot of women say they don’t have time for prayer. They say that they are spinning their heels running from one activity to another and barely have time to breathe let alone pray. I get that. We live in a fast-paced world and we are all pulled in many directions. We have many things vying for our attention and we often don’t know where to start first.

Here’s the thing, prayer is the most important thing that we can do each day. God doesn’t need our prayers, but we need to pray. Praying helps keep us grounded and centered. Prayer connects us to God and allows His grace to work through us. Without prayer, everything else we do loses its meaning.

A long time ago I was at a retreat and the priest guiding the retreat said to us (possibly quoting a saint), “You should pray at least one hour a day. If you are very busy and pulled in several directions than you should pray at least two hours a day!” He said this not to say that we should literally pray for one or two hours a day but to stress how important prayer is to our lives.

I certainly don’t have time to pray for one or two hours a day and I’m guessing neither do you. πŸ™‚ However, if you think you don’t have time for prayer, it’s time to think again. With a little creativity and thought, you CAN find time for prayer. That’s why I wrote the eBook, The Busy Woman’s Guide for Making Time for Prayer.  I wrote it to prove to you that you can find time to pray if you really want to (even if it is only for 5 to 15 minutes a day) and to give you specific ways in which to do so.

And guess what? It’s f*r*e*e! I could charge for the eBook but I really want as many women as possible to read the eBook and hopefully put it into practice. So, to get your complimentary copy, all you have to do is sign up for blog updates. Once you confirm your subscription you will get an email with the download link to the eBook.

To sign up and get the eBook, just put your name and address in the box below and a confirmation email will be sent to you.

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Book Review: Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews

This is going to be a very short review…

GO GET THIS BOOK NOW! Seriously, it’s THAT good.

Longer version: :mrgreen:

I’m a long-time reader of Blogging with Amy, and as I mentioned before, I kept meaning to get Tell Your Time but never did. Finally, I decided if I was going to get the book, I’m going to get it now, so hopefully it will help me get the new year off to a good start. It was a good decision. πŸ™‚

Why?

First of all, the book can be read quickly. It’s short – just like Amy intended. I read the book in under an hour – and that’s with highlighting snippets I wanted to stand out. I was also able to print out the worksheets and had them completed in less then 30 minutes.

Secondly, I was able to implement the suggestions immediately and already seeing a difference. Not only in getting things done, but more importantly, in how I feel: I’m already beginning to be more at peace and less stressed!

Third, you can’t beat the price. Seriously. It was only $2.99 when I purchased it. To get the content that Amy puts in this book, for this price, is a steal.

What impressed me most about Tell Your Time can be summed up in the preface of the book:

“Many time management techniques do a good job of helping you organize your activities. Few challenge you to think about whether you should be doing those activities in the first place.” (Italics mine)

But Amy does just that. She helps you discover where you are stuck and then gives you the “secret” to managing your time. Using examples from her own life, she outlines how to create a schedule that will work for you, based on the priorities and goals that are important to you and your family.

So, if you are looking to streamline your life and create a schedule that works, I highly recommend you get a copy of this book. πŸ™‚

(Contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for details.)

Simple Slow-Cooker Handbook

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Simply Scrumptious Slow-Cooker Recipes is a collection of dishes that are so easy to prepare and yet are quite delicious!

Here is a rundown of the Table of Contents:

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Benefits of using a slow-cooker ………………………………………………………………….. 5
How to Choose a Slow-cooker ……………………………………………………………………. 6
Time Saving and Other Tips ……………………………………………………………………….. 8
Apricot Pork Loin ……………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Beef and Barley Soup ………………………………………………………………………………. 12
Beef Stew ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
Chicken Cacciatore ………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Chicken Noodle Soup ………………………………………………………………………………. 15
Chili ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 16
Ham and Cabbage …………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Lentil Soup (Vegetarian)…………………………………………………………………………… 18
Moist Crock-Pot Chicken ………………………………………………………………………….. 19
Red Bean Soup ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
Split Pea Soup (Vegetarian) ………………………………………………………………………. 21
White Bean Soup ……………………………………………………………………………………. 22
About Carol ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
About this eBook and Disclaimers ……………………………………………………………… 24

Every recipe has been a hit with my family and I am sure it will be a hit with yours! To get your FREE copy, just click here:Β Simply Scrumptous Slow-Cooker Recipes No opt-in required!

And the Winners Are…

A big thanks to all who participated in the giveaway! One of my neighbor stopped by unexpectedly, so I had her witness the drawing. πŸ™‚ In order of how they were picked out of the bowl, the winners are:

Katie O.

Emily L.

Roseanne M.

Liz

Theresa A.

Congratulations to the Winners. I’ll get the eBooks out shortly.

If you have any trouble buying or downloading the eBook, check out the FAQ or email me carol @ simplecatholicliving (dot) com. πŸ™‚

Thanks again to all who participated! If you know anyone who might profit from or be interested in slow-cooker recipes, please let them know about my eBook. Thanks!


My First Giveaway!

I’m very excited! I just finished my first eBook: “Simply Scrumptious Slow-Cooker Recipes.”Β  It is a project that I’ve been wanting to tackle awhile now.

I use my slow-cooker regularly – about once a week. I know there are a lot of people who have a slow-cooker tucked in the back of their closet or cabinet somewhere waiting to be used. With this eBook, I hope to inspire you to dust off that slow-cooker and start using it!

In this 22 page eBook you’ll find:

  • Tasty, easy to put together recipes
  • Benefits of using a slow-cooker
  • Advice on how to choose a slow-cooker
  • Two pages of time-saving and other tips

The eBook will be regularly priced at $9.95, but in celebration of the ebook’s launch, I am giving away FIVE (5) copies of the eBook FR*EE! To participate, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address. I’ll pick a winner Thursday around 2pm and then post the winners soon after. (You will NOT be signed up for giving your email address. I just need it so that I can let you know that you’ve won!)

Since there can only be 5 winners, everyone else will get a 20% discount on the regular price for a limited time. The code for the discount will be given out when I announce the winners.

( To get an idea of what kind of recipes you’ll find, take a peek at my Slow-Cooker Chili Recipe, which is one of the recipes included in the eBook. You can learn more and read a snippet of the introduction by going here.)