In this episode we have a conversation with Katherine Becker, author of “The Dating Fast: 40 Days to Reclaim Your Heart, Body, and Soul”. Katherine is wonderfully articulate in describing her experience with “fasting” from the dating scene and how others can benefit from the practice. The books description really does describe it best:
The endless cycle of boyfriends and breakups got to be exhausting–emotionally and spiritually. When a friend introduced Katherine to the idea of the “dating fast,” she rediscovered her joy for life. You don’t have to “kiss dating good-bye,” but a forty-day, Scripture-based retreat from the fray works wonders. Romantic love isn’t dead, says Katherine, but you have to know where to look for it.
You can find the book here
Be sure to visit Katherine’s website
“In order to be truly ready for a romantic relationship, you must first love and respect yourself. Katherine Becker’s forty-day dating fast is an excellent tool for self-reflection to understand yourself better and grow in love, confidence and faith. Following this fast will better prepare you for relationships, and is a solid step toward a fulfilling life, with or without a spouse.” —Anita A. Chlipala, MA, MEd, LMFT, Relationship Reality 312, Inc.
Emily Stimpson is a delight to talk with and her book “The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years: The Nuts and Bolts of StayingSane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right” is a great subject to discuss! With style and class, and a great big portion of honest hopeful heart sharing, Emily crafts a work that is a must for all Catholic women, not just the single girl.
Filled with humor and reflection, as well as practical insight, it is “steeped in the Church’s teachings on the feminine genius, marriage, and theology of the body, The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide dishes with both wit and wisdom on some of the most pressing questions single women face: vocation, dating, sex, finances, work, depression, and more.” Not to missed, and must be passed on to others!
You can find the book here
“Emily Stimpson has written a book that manages to be light-hearted about the serious subject of singleness for Catholic women, but is still full of practical, nitty-gritty suggestions for growing through difficulties. Always uplifting, “The Catholic Girls Survival Guide for the Single Years,” offers timeless truths that help women see beyond current circumstances to grasp the bigger picture of life as a beloved daughter of God. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a single Catholic woman—or anyone who wants to learn how to love single women better. I don’t know of another book that does what this book does for single women—it’s simply outstanding! Kimberly Hahn, Author “Life-Giving Love”
Mary Eberstadt is one of the brightest lights we have voicing the intelligent response to the arguments brought forward by women who advocate the “contraceptive” mentality, especially those which come from women who claim the Catholic mantle. Her book, “Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution” is outstanding! In her incredibly fluent writing style, Mary chronicles the damage done to women, men and children as a result of the “sexual revolution” and the paradoxes of our promiscuous behavior. She is wonderful to listen to as she calmly fillets, like an intellectual ninja, the viewpoint of the sexual secular left. In our conversation, she also discusses the challenges to religious liberty that we face in this country. A “don’t miss” book and discussion.
You can find Mary’s book here
Mary Eberstadt is our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country’s moral culture has become. —George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Be sure to check out Mary’s “Inside the Pages” interview for “The Loser Letters”
Kate Wicker is OUTSTANDING and her book “Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body” does so much more than it’s title offers…it reminds us how our faith can help us bring peace into our hearts!!!! I love it! The blessing of our femininity, a joy in the gift of the daughter of God we have been created to be, the peace that comes with a prayerful relationship with the Father…these are just some of the fruits that come from Kate Wicker’s work in “Weightless”. More than “self-help”, it’s really about letting the saints help, letting your faith help… ultimately, letting God help. Insights, quotes, guidance, reflections, this book is perfect for individual or group study …check it out!
What a fun and encouraging interview…it was one of those I just didn’t want to end. Take time to listen, then get a copy of the book for yourself and pass other copies to the women in your life.
There’s a wave of body dissatisfaction sweeping across society. While bookstore shelves are well-stocked with tomes on how to overcome body image problems, very few take a faith-based, much less Catholic, approach to self-healing. Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body speaks not only to those who may have faced an eating disorder, but also to anyone who wants to live an abundant life, unencumbered by our culture’s obsession with thinness, physical beauty, youth, or food.
Be sure to visit Kate’s website at katewicker.com
Get a copy of the book here (and get a copy for a friend…they’ll thank you for it!)
“How to Get to “I Do” A Dating Guide for Catholic Women” by Amy Bonaccoro is the book Catholic single women are looking for (as well as their Catholic parents…I know, I am one of them). Filled with practical helps, as well as realistic understandings and approaches to navigating the cultural waters of today’s relationship scene, Amy does a great job. Be not afraid ladies…but do be discerning! More can found at her website. at http://amybonaccorso.com/
From prosperity to destitution to peace, Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the genre-defining book “Simple Abundance” which spent over a year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold nearly 5 million copies to date, has quite the story to tell. Sarah is truly a lovely woman who has had the courage to step forward to share her story of struggle in financial crisis and her “peace” and “serenity” found in God. In “Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity” shares what she has learned on her journey with reassurance and deep comfort throughout.
To learn more about this work visit Sarah’s website
Patrick Coffin does a fantastic job breaking open “Humane Vitae”, Natural Family Planning, and the beauty of marital love in his book “Sex au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good for Your Marriage”. Listeners of “Catholic Answers Live” know Patrick Coffin is well-learned in many areas of Catholic life, and that he brings to all those discussions the right degree of good humor and joy about the Catholic faith. He does the same in this book. Pick up a copy for yourselves, your pastor, and any couple you know preparing for marriage…it’s a good thing.
What a blessing to have my first “Inside the Pages” show be with Kimberly Hahn! She is such an inspiration on so many levels. The enitre “Life Nurturing Love” series is awesome (book and DVD). When you read Kimberly Hahn you can’t help but feel you are receiving the best advice from a wise and cherished friend. With good humor and joy, Kimberly offers Christ-centered teaching from the heart of the Church in her unique maternal-nuturing way. Beloved and Blessed is one of the most important witnesses in recent times on how to truly live out God’s design for marriage.
Click here to purchase Kimberly’s book online at www.servantbooks.org
Here are the Spirit Morning Show interview we have had with Kimberly: