Book Review and Giveaway: This Little Light of Mine by Kathleen M. Basi

I am a big fan of Kathleen’s blog and absolutely loved her Advent book, Joy to the World, so I was thrilled when Kathleen asked if I would review her latest book, This Little Light of Mine, Living the Beatitudes and do a giveaway.

From the description:

“‘Ordinary Time is make-or-break time for one’s faith. This is when we choose to be committed feet-on-the-ground Christians, or slide into mediocrity.’ When the manger or the cross are front and center, it’s easy to pay attention to our faith. Kathleen M. Basi explains how to keep the light of faith burning brightly in your family during the other two-thirds of the liturgical year, Ordinary Time.”

My thoughts:

This Little Light of Mine is a small, compact book chock-full of insights and activities to help the whole family live out the Catholic faith in ordinary time.

Each chapter is based on one of the Beatitudes but within each chapter there are reflections on the Sacraments and Ten Commandments as well. I love how Kathleen included reflections geared toward the children and reflections for the adults which allows one to go even deeper into the specific topic being writing about.

Each chapter also has “Just Live It” sections that give practical ideas and activities the whole family can do to put the reflections into action and make visible the truths we are talking about together. For example, there is a pattern in the back of the book for a making a mobile of the 12 fruits of the Spirit and 7 gifts of the Spirit; there suggestions for devotions such as Eucharistic Adoration and having an anniversary dinner as a family. As a practical person, I loved those “Just Live It” sections. When I read a spiritual book, I am always asking myself how I can put what I read into practice or asking how what I am reading applies to daily life. With This Little Light of Mine, the answers were supplied before I even asked the questions. 🙂

Don’t let the practical nature of this book fool you, though. It is a “small but mighty” book that touches on such topics as the meaning of suffering, sin and persecution. It also touches on mercy, forgiveness and “living faith in the modern world.”

This Little Light of Mine is a must-read for anyone looking to live their faith during “boring days of ordinary time.” I give this book five (5) stars.

About the Giveaway:

Kathleen and Liguori Publications have given me one copy of This Little Light of Mine to giveaway! It will run from today until next Tuesday, May 7th, when I will pick a winner via Rafflecopter. (I have class in the morning so will pick the winner in the afternoon.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter soon and good luck!

(Linked to This, That and the Other Thing)


I’ve been contacted by a few people who are having difficulty with rafflecopter entries. The comments are not showing up on my blog but the entries ARE going through. If your comment is not coming through let me know and I will check rafflecopter and manually add any entries that need be.


  1. This book looks great! I am one who gets too caught up in day to day chaos of family life and I don’t step back and nourish my faith the way I should or want to. I found your blog about 2 months ago and I really enjoy reading it!

  2. I am interested. Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. I’ve reviewed AND purchased her books before. I’m eager to see another one!
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      The one book I haven’t read of hers was the Lenten one which I plan to purchase before Lent next year. 🙂

  4. I love Kathleen’s blog, too. Motherhood shines out of her every pore. Her book sounds like a powerhouse with the Holy Spirit at its source.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      Nicely said, Joann. One can absolutely sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in her books!

  5. Great review. I am enjoying the book.
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