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2020 Books Read

Here's what I read in 2020 (regularly updated throughout the year).

Catechist Resources

This is a listing of catechist resources I've found helpful over the years. Hope it helps you!

    Marian Resources

    My devotion to Mary has grown over the years, and since I've been getting an increasing number of requests for my favorite Marian recommendations, here you go. 

      My Books

      Welcome Baby Jesus
      Welcome Risen Jesus

      Ordered stickers from @justloveprints and this card was included. I think it’s going to sit right here beside me for a while. ...

      33 1

      Nope, not a staged pic, but the beautiful Bible on my lap as I snuggled up and finished it this morning. Nearly every morning since I got it, I’ve been reading a chapter. Sometimes it was on the porch. Sometimes in the kitchen. Since it’s been cooler, in my chair in the front room (under a cozy blanket thankyouverymuch). Always with coffee and a deep appreciation for how the Word on Fire folks took the beauty of the Gospels to a new level. Truly, my favorite journey through the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, a study that was perfectly presented and that I’ll be revisiting again and again (and gifting to others, yes indeed). ...

      29 2

      Why yes, I just applied a filter to a book post... 🤷🏼‍♀️🙄 (proof that I’m just here to read, not to take great pictures) Fun read. Confession: I didn’t realize who Tina Fey was (turns out I’m very familiar with her work 😂) and only read this because a friend loved it. (Yes, @katie_herzing, who else? ❤️) Lotsa laughs, which is sorta what 2020 needs at this point in my year... ...

      14 4

      There’s a lot of opportunity for grace right now. So I’m going to make that my focus and not my frustration and anger and and and...
      Can I pray for you?

      33 5

      Read this one because my husband (!!!) read it and loved it. And he was right. Great storytelling and sparked my conservation/wildlife lovin heart. Made me consider that maybe I should get shooting and hunting and pursuing this interest again. Fun to read, regardless. ...

      13 7

      I was taking about how good @heyclay74 looked in her wedding dress after 20 years and my daughter wanted to hear all about mine. When she found out that I still have it, she got it out of my closet and gushed. It’s nothing too fancy, and it (sorta barely) still fit. Maybe when/if we hit 20 in a few years, I’ll be brave enough to share a pic of me in it... 🤷🏼‍♀️🙄 But realy, I was touched by my girl’s interest. And then...right beside my dress was my FFA jacket. Been some memory lane around here. And wow. I love these older kids. ...

      42 8

      Fun little weekend read. With thanks to the kindle app for saving me in a sudden park situation in which I *gasp* did not have a book. 😳📚🙌 ...

      17 3

      I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and so here I am, front porch on a cool morning, accompanied by the fruits of my transplanting gardening fervor yesterday (and some tractors, thankyouverymuch). On chapter 3, enjoying it... ...

      24 2

      Not a bad way to start a holiday weekend, finishing a great mystery by a favorite author. SEE NO EVIL, by Fiorella De Maria, is the lates Father Gabriel mystery. And what’s not to love? Well, I was thinking about it and longing to toss responsibilities to the wind and just finish (down side to starting a mystery on a Sunday). This is wonderfully written, captivatingly complex, and murdering mysterious. Go ahead, see if you figure it out. (And even if you do, the writing is sooooo gooood.) ...

      12 1

      Equal parts history and delight, this reminded me sort of Paul Harvey’s “rest of the story,” Catholic edition. Truly wonderful reading, perfect for tidbits or binging (I did a bit of both). ...

      28 1

      Everyone should have a friend like @katie_herzing to be their personal @annebogel @whatshouldireadnext. This is just the latest book that She suggested for me and she was totally right: I loved it. Starting it on a Friday and finishing it Saturday is a fun binge, but don’t think that these characters won’t linger like a well-brewed stout or a particularly aromatic IPA, because they will. This was a fun tale of hard work and family struggles and Midwestern life. These all resonated with me, and it went well with my evening beers, too. 😉 Loved the writing so much that I reserved the author’s other book from the library.

      What’ve you been engrossed with?

      20 5

      Such a fun read. Not the kind of book I expected to have “can’t put it down” reaction to, but it was. Well crafted, laugh out loud funny, and even unexpected. I gave it 5 stars, no apology. ...

      19 2