I am honored to be today’s stop on Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyles blog tour for her newest book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, from Ave Maria Press.I was lucky enough to get to read this book long before it hit the shelves. (And if you read to the end of this post and leave a comment, you may be lucky enough to win a copy of your own!) Here’s what I said about Rooted in Love in my “blurb”:
“Whether you are single or married, managing a busy household buzzing with children or adjusting to the quiet of an empty nest, Rooted in Love will give you the spiritual inspiration and practical tools you need to embrace your calling as a Catholic woman.”
Donna — in her many books, on her popular EWTN television show, and through her public speaking engagements and retreats — has a talent and a knack for gently leading people, women in particular, closer to Christ through her willingness to share stories from her own life, her steadfast knowledge of Catholic teaching, and her profound faith that is, indeed, rooted in love, God’s love, which is so deeply embedded in Donna’s daily life you can feel it even in an email message — or on the pages of her beautiful books.
I can assure you that when you read Rooted in Love, you will feel as though you are sitting down with a good friend to talk about your spiritual struggles and “successes,” and at every turn Donna will be there cheering you on, reminding you that you don’t have to be perfect, giving you the gentle nudge you need to take the next step on your spiritual journey.
But Donna doesn’t just give you nice platitudes and pretty words; she gets to the heart of the matter — Church teaching, lessons from the saints, meditations, reflection questions, and more. Page by page, she will help you discover ways to truly live out your own vocation as a Catholic woman.
In one story, Donna recalls a plane trip and a fellow passenger having a very difficult time. A man sitting two rows behind her asked: “How did you do that? You helped that girl. How did you do that?” And Donna replied simply: “God put a lot of love in my heart. I like to help people.”
And that’s just what Donna does in the pages of her new book. She helps people come to know God more deeply until they, too, find their hearts filled to overflowing with love.
To enter the Rooted in Love book giveaway, leave a comment here before midnight tonight. Tomorrow we will randomly select a winner, and I will announce it here on Not Strictly Spiritual.