Less is more: A peek into Small Steps for Catholic Moms (AND a giveaway!)

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Want a quick hit of inspiration?

Think:

“Love! love! love! my daughters; I know nothing else.”
 - St. Jane Frances de Chantal
 
Pray:
God, help me to bring your love to everyone I meet today. Let all that I think, speak, and do be rooted in the eternal love that comes only from you.
 
Act:
Remember we are called to love others, even when we don’t “like” them. Make a mental list of people you have trouble loving. Add their intentions to your prayer list for this month.
 
This is an excerpt from August, which has a theme of “Charity.”
 

If you liked what you read above, Small Steps for Catholic Moms by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss is the book for you.

First of all, you have to love the concept: it’s a mom-centered daily devotional where every day offers you an inspiring quotation, a short prayer, and a related action.  As you see in the excerpt above, it takes about a minute to read the entry, meaning this is one book that moms actually have a prayer of finishing.   Sometimes — as they say — less is more.

In fact, ever since the kind folks at Ave Maria Press sent me a copy, I’ve been reading each entry over my morning coffee.  And yes, it does make my day  better.  The mere fact of having a specific action in mind for the day makes me more intentional about how I interact with others.  It makes me more aware of the little opportunities for love and kindness and charity and grace that exist in the course of a mom’s day — even a day where I feel like I barely have time to catch my breath.

I like books like that.

And guess what?  I’m going to share the love!  Thanks to Ave Maria, I have a copy to give away, too.  To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below.    Entries will be open through next Sunday, October 13th.

 (Oh, and if you like contests and winning cool books, you won’t want to miss the CatholicMom.com Five Minutes Alone contest.)   But don’t forget to leave a comment here first!  

28 Responses to Less is more: A peek into Small Steps for Catholic Moms (AND a giveaway!)

  1. I like the three-part format, especially Act.
    The website, Busted Halo does something similar during Lent and it was nice to get a focus for each day.

  2. Jennifer ciaccio

    Thank you for running the giveaway. I really liked today’s reflection.

  3. I would love a copy of this book!

  4. Yay for giveaways!

  5. Nancy Buckley

    So glad I saw this on Pinterest. This Catholic book would be perfect for my morning prayer time. Even if I’m not chosen as the winner I plan on purchasing this book. Blessings:-)

  6. This book looks so inspiring – I can’t wait to read it!

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book!

  8. I would like a copy of this book :)

  9. Lorena Holland

    I would love a copy of this book!

  10. This sounds like such an awesome and simple devotional. Would love to add this to my daily routine!

  11. Count me in! :)

  12. What a great book! I love the format!

  13. Hoping to add this to my library :)

  14. I would love a copy of this wonderful book!

  15. This sounds like my kind of book! I’d love to be the lucky winner! :)

  16. Just what I need with homeschooling, toddler-rangling, and nursing my third child due in only 2 1/2 weeks — small reflections to help me find God in the chaos :)

  17. Would love to win! Thank you!

  18. I would love this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. This looks like pure refreshment for this alwys grateful & often spread thin home school Momma!

  20. A book I could actually finish!

  21. Thanks for offering this give away

  22. Thank you for offering this book! It looks very inspiring and can’t wait to read it!

  23. Please enter me. Thanks!

  24. Thanks for being part of the blog tour! It’s been a joy discovering new-to-me blogs. I would love the opportunity to try and win a copy of the book.

  25. Would love a copy! God Bless!

  26. Nicole Alvarez

    I am having fun touring the blogs as I follow the blog tour.

  27. Would love a chance to win a copy of the book!

  28. I am currently searching for a book to read with a ladies group. Going to bring this as a suggestion.