Ten Reminders of God’s Love for You

(I am reposting this because I think we all need reminders of God’s love every now and again. When we are struggling or hurting in various ways it is easy to forget that we are not alone. So, if you are struggling, I hope these reminders will give you some hope and courage. God bless.)

Reminders of God's Love

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This post is dedicated to my Aunt Miriam who passed away a few years ago. She was one of the first people to encourage me to read the bible and to dedicate my heart to Jesus. I loved her so much and still miss her dearly. She loved God and understood His great love for us. She also loved to read her bible and did so faithfully. The Bible is God’s love story to us, so if you need a reminder of how much God loves you, here’s ten of them:

1. “O Lord, your love reaches to heaven; your faithfulness, to the clouds.” Psalm 36:6

2. “With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you.” Jeremiah 31:3

3. “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, he will sing joyfully because of you.” Zephaniah 3:17

4. “As the Father loves me, so I love you. Remain in my love John 15:9

5. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

6. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal live.” John 3:16 (My personal, all-time favorite verse from Scripture!)

7. “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37

8. “For I am convinced that either death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38

9. “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the holy ones, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Ephesians 3:16-21

10. “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet we are.” 1 John: 31

I pray that you are touched by God’s love today. I pray that whatever you are going through you will have the courage and faith to stay strong. Never forget: You are loved. You matter. Your presence makes a difference in this world!

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10 Fun and Frugal Outdoor Activities for Children

*Finally, we are getting some warmer weather and no rain (at least here in NJ!) In honor of the nice weather I am republishing this popular post in case you want or need some ideas for outside activities.*

Fun and Frugal Outdoor Activities

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Spring is underway and summer will be here before you know it. Everyone is heading outdoors and soon school (homeschool and traditional) will be coming to a close. With school’s end, the question becomes, “What do we do?” Here are some of Andrew’s favorite outdoor activities that keep him occupied and happy for long stretches. The best part? All these props can be bought for a buck at the dollar store or less in some clearance racks!

1. Sidewalk chalk. Andrew doesn’t like to draw or color – on paper. Give him a piece of chalk and he can draw and color and create games and have all sorts of fun on our driveway. πŸ™‚

2. Hula hoop. Remember these as a child or am I dating myself! Andrew struggles keeping the hoop up which makes him determined to work on it until he gets it mastered!

3. Bubbles. Need I say more? Who doesn’t love a good bucket of bubbles on a warm clear day? Additionally, bubbles aren’t only cheap, but also so easy and fun to make!

4. Hose. You can either hook up one of those Slip ‘N Slide things or sprinkler for some wet fun on a hot day. Or do double duty and have your child (children) help you wash your car or whatever you need cleaning. LOL!

5. Balloons. Water balloons are fun, of course. But so are regular balloons. Andrew has quite an imagination and he finds all sorts of uses for them..

6. Old-fashioned Tag. Most kids love tag. It’s not only fun but good exercise, too. If you can, try to get in a game for yourself and get in some exercise for yourself too. πŸ˜‰

7. Ball. Baseball, basketball, tennis ball or any kind of ball in the hand of a kid is a good thing!

8. Marbles. I played marbles as a kid in NYC. We’d play in the park or dead-end streets. It’s a lot of fun and I’m working on teaching my son and his friends. To learn how to play, go here or here.

9. Obstacle course. This is another super-fun activity for kids that will get them some exercise. It’s so easy to set up a course where they race to jump, climb crawl around, over and under things.

10. Camping. I’m not talking about out in the back-woods, “real” camping (although that’s a great idea too). I’m talking about a tent in the backyard kind of camping. πŸ™‚ A picnic, cards, reading or anything in the tent seems to make it all the more special.

What are your favorite outdoor frugal activities for kids? Do share!

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Ten Scripture Verses to Pray Over During Lent

(repost: I thought this would be a good complement to Sr. Christina’s guest post. πŸ™‚ )

We are just on the cusp of Lent, and as I’ve said many times before, one of the best things we can do is read God’s word. One of the best ways to do this is to pray the scriptures that are given to us at Mass. The Liturgy is wrought with meaningful verses to encourage us to deepen our understanding of the Lord’s sacrifice, to open and convert out hearts and renew our commitment to the Lord. That is why I am republishing this post of 10 scripture verses:

10 Scripture Verses to Pray Over During Lent

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Here is a small compilation of scripture verses to help get you meditating on the Holy Word God:

1. “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4

2. “A clean heart create in me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” Psalm 51 12

3. “Return, O Israel, to the Lord, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt. Take with you words, and return to the Lord.” Hosea 14:2-3

4. “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.” Joel 2:12-13

5. “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” Matthew 7:1-2

6. “He released Barabbas to them, and after having Him scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.” Matthew 27:26

7. “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Luke 9:22

8. “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

9. “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

10. “God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

I can’t resist adding these two more:

11. “Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not regard equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found in human appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8

12. “Judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

What favorite scripture verses do you like to pray over during Lent?

P. S. In case you want to print these verses to pray over them, I created a .pdf file to make it easier for you. You can print it here, no opt-in required. πŸ™‚Β 10 Scripture Verses to Pray Over During Lent

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The 10 Best Christmas Songs Ever!

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Aren’t you just loving all the wonderful Christmas music? I am! I love them all, but there are some that I can listen to over and over and never tire listening to them. For fun, I thought I would share a few of them. πŸ™‚ (Some are religious, some are not… and I’ve tried to link directly to the artist singing the song or to the lyrics.)

10 Christmas Songs Ever

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1. The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless us Everyone) by Celine Dion.

2. O Holy Night ( Il Divo Version).

3. Christmas Canon by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

4. Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth (David Bowie, Bing Crosby version).

5. Christmas Eve by Celine Dion (I love all the songs on Celine’s “These are Special Times” album actually.)

6. Do You Hear What I Hear? (Whitney Houston version).

7. The Holly and the Ivy (Traditional).

8. Baby it’s Cold Outside (Michael Buble version).

9. The Christmas Shoes by Newsong. This song makes me cry every time, but I still love it!

10. Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day (Avalon version).

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite Christmas song or Christmas album? Do tell in the comments!

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10 Quotes About God’s Mercy From St. Faustina’s Diary

(Repost with revision)

Today I am going to share some quotes from St. Faustina’s Diary about God’s infinite mercy (in no particular order). As we embark on the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, let’s remember all that Jesus undertook for our salvation, and the great love the Father has for us. His great mercy is truly inexhaustible!

10 Quotes about God's Mercy from Saint Faustina's Diary

These quotes are the words Jesus Himself spoke to Saint Faustina, which is why they are in bold. The couple quotes in regular type are the words of St. Faustina. The numbers in parentheses refer to the paragraph number in the diary.

1. “Tell souls not to place within their own hearts obstacles to My mercy, which so greatly wants to act within them. My mercy works in all those hearts which open their doors to it. Both the sinner and the righteous person have need of My mercy. Conversion, as well as perseverance, is a grace of My mercy.” (1577)

2. “Let Souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy.” (1578)

3. “I received a deeper understanding of divine mercy. Only that soul who wants it will be damned, for God condemns no one.” (1452)

4. “I have opened my Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust. Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good. Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death.” (1520)

5. “And I understood that the greatest attribute of God is love and mercy. It unites the creature with the Creator. This immense love and abyss of mercy are made known in the Incarnation of the Word and in the Redemption [of humanity], and it is here that I saw this as the greatest of all God’s attributes.” (181)

6. “Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…” (1146)

7. “The flames of mercy are burning me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause Me when they do not want to accept them!.” (1074 – paragraph 2)

8. “Tell My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.” (1074 – paragraph 4)

9.” There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted-it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because IΒ  myself take care of it.” (1273)

10. “Today the Lord said to me, Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself entirely in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.” (1602)

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Ten Must-haves for an Emergency Kit

* I heard that it is going to be an especially cold winter this year so I thought I would revive this post. Things happen and it is a good idea to be prepared.

We all know the importance of having an emergency kit; but, how many of us have actually taken the time to put one together? Ideally, we should have two: one for our homes and one for our car(s). Emergencies happen when we least expect it. Or, when we are least prepared.

10 Must-haves for an Emergency Kit

With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be traveling by car (often long distances) to our festive gatherings. Lots of accidents and break-downs happen during the holiday season, so if you don’t have an emergency kitΒ  in your car, now many be a good time to think about getting one together.

Here’s a list of the most common (and important) things to keep in your emergency kit:

1. Water. We personally keep three cases in our car at all times, but a couple of gallons or cases of bottled water should be enough.

2. Food. Non-perishable foods, such as pretzels or granola bars, would be best; although throwing a few pieces of fruit in the car as you are leaving would be a good idea, too. πŸ™‚

3. Blankets. If you break down and have to wait a while (or longer) for a service truck, having a few extra blankets will come in handy. πŸ™‚

4. Medical supplies. You should have extra prescription medications, Acetaminophen, a first-aid kit andΒ  personal medical supplies (such as diabetes equipment, etc.) as part of your emergency kit.

5. Extra clothes. Obviously, if you are traveling by car you have a suitcase (or several!) full of clothes already with you. However, It’s a good idea to keep an extra outfit for each person in the car at all times. You never know when you’ll be glad you did!

6. Flash light and extra-batteries. Enough said here; except, if you have a child like my son (who likes to take the flashlight – or anything else for that matter! – apart), you might want to keep the flashlight out of reach of your little one!

7. Road flares. They aren’t that expensive and can help prevent an accident if you breakdown at night.

8. GPS Tracking System or Maps. A lot of cell phones have built-in GPS tracking systems now-a-days, and if yours does, you are all set. If not, you may want to invest in one. Or, get a local map(s) of the areas you will be traveling in.

9. Whistle. Okay, I am be a bit paranoid; but, there are some not-so-nice people out there, so yeah, I keep a whistle with me. Yelling “help” or even “fire” might not get attention, but a whistle sure will! (My late great-Aunt once saved herself from being attached once by blowing a whistle into the ear of the attacker! I’ve never forgotten that!)

10. Extra kids stuff. Again, if you are traveling with kids you have what you need already; but, it would be good to keep an extra bag of things you need for little ones in the car at all times. And don’t forget to keep a personalized child’s traveling bag within reach, too! (We certainly want to keep our little ones happy while traveling!)

Do you have an emergency kit prepared? If so, what’s in yours?

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Ten Reasons to Love Autumn

(repost)

My favorite season has always been spring; but, I have to admit that autumn has slowly become my new favorite. I don’t tolerate winter very well, so for years, autumn was nothing more than a precursor to my most dreaded season. However, over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate the many joys of autumn. Here are the top ten reasons I’ve come to love the season of autumn:

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

1. Cooler weather. After the scorched days of August, the cooler weather of autumn is a welcome relief!

2. The colors. I love the deep, earthly colors of autumn! The reds, the oranges, the yellows and browns are comforting and homey.

3. Fall Foliage. When I lived in Ohio, I loved walking or driving around town to look at the leaves as they turned color and fell to the ground. Here, in NJ, I love to see the turning leaves. the NJ Parkway is lovely in the fall. And, who doesn’t love the reward of jumping into a newly raked pile of crunchy leaves?!!

4. Fall Festivals. Bring on the fall festival fun! The hay rides, the mazes, and all the harvest goodness that comes with fall festivals is definitely worth the onset of autumn. πŸ™‚

5. Snuggling. It is so much fun to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and cup of tea. Or, better yet, to cuddle up on the couch with my husband and son and read or watch TV together!

6. Flannel sheets. I love the cozy warmth of flannel sheets (and pajamas). Although, I must confess, it makes getting out of bed so much harder. πŸ˜‰

7. Family gatherings. Summer gatherings and barbecues are fun; but, there’s nothing like Thanksgiving dinner or getting together around the kitchen to chat or for a rowdy game of Pictionary!

8. Pumpkin carving – and eating! Some people are so creative. It’s fun to see all the different designs and characters that are carved out of the pumpkins. Unfortunately, I’m not very creative, so I’ll stick to decorating with markers and stickers. LOL! And let’s not forget the wonderful pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup!

9. Apples, apples, everywhere!Β  Apple picking must be one of the best things about fall. And, even if you can’t get to an apple orchard, apples are so inexpensive now. There are so many varieties to try and choose from. I make a simple homemade applesauce that my family loves. Besides, who doesn’t love warm apple cider, apple pie and apple butter? I also like to toss apples in my sausage, peppers and potatoes recipe for a touch of sweetness.

10. Soups and Stews. There’s nothing better than a nice, hot bowl of soup to warm you up on a cold day, so I make lots of homemade soups and stews in the fall/winter. Just throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker and in a few hours you have a tasty and hearty supper. Add some bread and/or salad and you have a complete and healthy meal.

The one thing you aren’t going to find on my list is football. I’m sorry (Not!) to say that I don’t like football. {gasp!} It’s true. I find it boring. Did you know that during a 3 hour football game there’s only about 11 minutes of action. I’m not kidding. My father-in-law read it somewhere last year and then calculated it for himself. If you don’t believe me you ask him yourself! πŸ˜‰ That’s not to say that I never watch a game. My husband watches it once in a while; so I’ll sort of watch bits and pieces of the game.

What do you love about Autumn? Do share!

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Ten Places to buy Modest Swimsuits

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(Note: This is a repost of one of my most popular post with an updated image and printable download.)

We are quickly approaching Summer and the hot weather that comes with it. Unfortunately, that often means a lot of people walking around wearing almost nothing – especially at the beach or pool. It often amazes me how people wear swimsuits that cover less then their underwear does!

It particularly bothers me to see little girls (4, 5, 6 and 7 year-olds) wearing bikinis. Little girls should be taught the virtue of modesty and respect for their bodies as temples of God, rather than flaunting their bodies as if it was the most natural thing in the world. {sigh}

Off the soap box now. This post is for us grown-up women who are looking to wear beautiful, modest swimsuits. If you are in the market for a new swimsuit, here are some great places to get modest, attractive looking swimsuits (keep in mind that some of these sites are operated by women with different faith traditions and beliefs other than Christian and the price range for some of these suits can run a bit high):

1. Simply-Modest.com.

2. Solartex.com.

3. Stitchintimes.com.

4. Swimmodest.com.

5. Wholesomewear.com.

6. Dressingforhisglory.com.

7. Blair.com. (Some suits are more modest than others, so beware before you click over…)

8. Modestswimwear4u.com.

9. Biblicalgarden.com.

10. Modestswimwearsolutions.com.

If you have a favorite retailer that promotes modest swimsuit, do share! What are your thoughts on the lack of modesty with bathing suits? Or am I alone in my distaste for the whole bikini wearing thing?

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10 Saints I Can’t Wait to Meet When I get to Heaven

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This is one of those random thoughts that came to my mind as I was going about my day. I was thinking about the saints and I started to recall some of my favorites – the saints that I pray to often and whom I wish I had known while they were on earth. Then it came to mind that this would be a fun Top Ten Tuesday post to share. πŸ™‚ In no particular order, here are some saints who fascinate me and whom I can’t wait to meet (I’m not including Our Lord or the Blessed Mother, as they are a given!):

1. St. Joseph. I had to put St. Joseph first on the list because he is truly my all-time favorite saint and I have great devotion to him. Not only is he the husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, he has never let me down. πŸ™‚ His feast days are March 19 (St. Joseph, husband of Mary) and May 1 (St Joseph the Worker).

2. St. Peter. I love St. Peter! Yes, he was our first Pope; however, when I read about him in the bible I can relate to his humanness. St. Peter shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Paul.

3. St. Paul. There’s not a lot I can say about St. Paul. He’s awesome and someone I can’t wait to meet for sure. πŸ™‚ St. Paul shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Peter.

4. St. Josemaria Escriva. St. Josemaria is the founder of Opus Dei. I had “adopted” him as my spiritual father several years ago because I appreciate his practical nature that comes through his many writings. His feast day is June 26.

5. St. Martin de Porres. I was introduced to St. Martin de Porres by a sister back when I was discerning a vocation. He grew up poor and had a great charity and love for the poor. He is a wonderful example of prayer and holiness. His feast day in November 3.

6. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Margaret was an apostle to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of my favorite devotions. She suffered much in her life and yet prevailed in great virtue. Her feast day is October 17.

7. St. Faustina. The apostle of Mercy, St. Faustina, is pretty well-known, so not much introduction is needed. I have relied on her intercession many times and I look forward to seeing her in heaven. St. Faustina’s feast day is October 5.

8. St. Monica. Oh, St. Monica is a wonderful model of perseverance! For many years she prayed for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine and her own husband. She encourages me when I get sad or discouraged about the family members who are far from the Lord. Her feast day is August 27.

9.Β  Saint Jeanne Jugan. I’ve mentioned Saint Jeanne Jugan before, twice. πŸ™‚ I have great admiration for Blessed Jeanne Jugan’s humility, deep faith and prayer life. Her feast day is August 30.

10. St. Bridget of Sweden. St. Bridget had great devotion to the passion of Our Lord and it is from her that we get the controversal 15 Prayers. She is known for great visions but what I admire is her said devotion to the passion of Our Lord and her example of prayer. St. Bridget’s feast day is July 23.

I have to say it was hard just picking just ten! I could probably do a top 100 list of saints I want to meet – and I probably will do another one of these lists. πŸ™‚ Til then it’s your turn. Who are some the saints you can’t wait to meet when you get to heaven?

(Linked also to Saints and Scripture Sundays.)

10 Non-Fiction Books I Want to Read This Year

I have tons of books I want to read this year. Actually, I keep a running list of the books I want to read and every time I read a review, or see a book on paperback swap or somewhere else, my list just gets longer! I don’t mind, though. I would rather have too many books I want to read, rather than too little. πŸ™‚

Anywhoo, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d share just a few of the non-fiction books and next week I’ll share some of the fiction books I want to read.

Saved in Hope

1. Saved in Hope by Pope Benedict XVI. This is one of the books I’ve had on my “books to read” list for a long time!

Good News for Bad Days

2. Good News for Bad Days by Father Paul Keenan. I found this book amongst my in-laws “collection” and have been wanting to check it out.

Successful Writing at Work

3. Successful Writing at Work by Philip C. Kolin. Cheating a little here. This is a book I need to read for one of my classes. πŸ™‚

Rediscovering God in America

4. Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich. I’m not a huge fan of Newt politically, but I’ve been curious about this book and have been wanting to read it for a while.

Tell Your Time

5. Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. I am an organizational freak. I’m one of those “a place for everything and everything in its place” kind of person so I’m always on the lookout for new tips. And ever since Amy came out with this book, I’ve been wanting to get it. Her blog is awesome, so I know this book will be too. πŸ™‚

Saint Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina

6. Saint Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina. This book is intended to help to better prayerfully read the Scriptures. I’m especially looking forward reading this book.

Husband and Wife

7.Β  Husband and Wife: The Joys, Sorrows and Glories of Married Life by Father Paul A. Wickens. I think the title of the books says it all of what this books is about!

Being George Washington

8. Being George Washington by Glenn Beck. This book just came out and once I found out about it, the book went to the top of my wish list. Why? because back when Glenn was on Fox News, he did a series on the Founding Fathers that was fantastic. And I enjoy biographies. And, honestly, I don’t remember much of what I learned about our first President in school. :/

Holiness for Housewives

9. Holiness for Housewives and Other Working Women by Dom Hubert Von Zeller. I suppose the title says it all for this boo, too. πŸ™‚

Gianna Molla Wife, Mother, Doctor

10. St. Gianna Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor by Pietro Molla and Elio Guerriero. This is the life of an Italian woman who risked her life rather than abort her baby as told by her husband. Then however, she died of an infection after the birth of the child. She was canonized in 2004.

What’s on your non-fiction reading list this year?

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