My favorite thing to talk about lately, as you might guess, is my book! While I certainly talk about it a lot in real life, I’ve realized that most of the posts in which I explain the book are buried in the archives. So, I’ve decided to do a few things to correct this issue:
- Write a blog explaining what the book is about and why I wrote it in the first place.
- Link to all the posts in the category of “Worthy – The Book” and to all of the posts in which I quote/talk about the book.
What the Book is About
Most women, at least at some point in their life, have questioned their own worth, for however short or long a time. Are we worthy of love, happiness, joy, peace? My book addresses the struggles that we face in our quest to be found worthy. The book does this in three sections. Section one addresses the lies that Satan tells us as he tries to pull us down with him. Section two looks at the lives of Mary and Jesus and how their lives overcomes the lies that Satan has tried to sell us on. Finally, in section three, I look at how to live out the truth that God does find us worthy. What does that look like in the world today? What does the truth of God’s love mean for our lives?
Basically, the book is about you and it is about me. It is about telling Satan where to go and where he can shove his lies. It is about finding hope and living in the world, but not of the world. The book is about knowing and believing – in the depths of your soul – that God finds you worthy, period.
Why I Wrote the Book
I’m sure I’ve said it before but I never, in a million years, dreamed I’d write a book, much less want to publish it. I wrote the book for a lot of reasons, I suppose! I wrote it because I wrote a series of blogs at the end of 2011 and early 2012 that felt like they needed to be more than just blog posts – they all turned into chapters which make up most of the third section of the book. I wrote the book because I felt (and still feel) that there is a great need for a book just like mine. I have read a number of books that address the lies Satan tries to sell us – both as women and as humans. I’ve read books on womanhood and femininity. I’ve read books on authentic Catholic womanhood. But I’ve never read a book that ties all of those concepts together. I don’t think we do God justice if we only write about the lies that Satan spins. I don’t think we do our story justice if we dive in to the happy parts of the story without addressing the struggles of our lives. And I don’t think it does us any good to talk about God’s love without practically applying it to our everyday lives. In my mind, all of those parts go together, you can’t have one without the other.
So many other books left me with questions. What about the power of the Eucharist? What about the example and life of Mary? Okay, so you’ve given me this life changing message, but what do you want me to do with it? I hope my book answers those questions and more!
Why I Think You’ll Like My Book
God only knows why you’ll like my book or what you’ll get out of it. As I wrote in the introduction, I hope He speaks to you through it far more than I do. I think you’ll like it because it was my goal in writing it to meet you where you are. I get so annoyed with books that make it sound like if you aren’t married and having babies you are a failure as a Catholic woman. I get tired of books for single ladies that seemed to only whine about being single. I want this book to meet you where you are – whether you are single or married, a mother or not, lost or deep in your faith.
God knows I’m biased because I wrote the book, but I think you’ll like it. I hope you give it a chance. I hope that He touches your heart through it, and if that happens, then all the toil will be worth it. To Him be the glory, now and forever.
May 14th, 2013. Worthy will be available on Amazon in an e-book format and hard-copy format. Mark your calendars!
p.s. My project for the week is to try and set-up the book so y’all can pre-order it…pray for me!
Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us. St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of writers), pray for us. St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us. St. Rose of Lima, pray for us. St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us. Blessed John Paul II, pray for us. All holy men and women, pray for us!
p.s. Want to see the front cover of the book? Be sure to “like” Worthy of Agape and tell all your friends to do the same! If the page reaches 200 likes by Thursday night, I’ll post the cover in Friday’s Quick Takes!