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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

      Goes well with coffee…and with beer. I started this as a late day read and then it snuck into my morning reading and by the end, it was iced tea reading too. Less self-helpy than I expected and more real wisdom, good reminders, insightful tips. (No shock. @chris.stefanick is masterful at that.) On the one hand, it’s easy reading. On the other hand, it’s a challenge to step it up…in all the best ways. I needed this, right now. Highly recommended. ...

      16 1

      My daughter told me I should read this, and what. A. Book. There’s a lot to be said for forgiveness, especially of yourself. Cadence (Cady) suffers from amnesia and the book is a remembering…and there’s quite a plot twist. It’s told we’ll, and it really feels like you’re in her head. A good quick read that got in my mind and stayed there. ...

      18 4

      There’s been a LOT of basketball. And, for various reasons, not a lot of reading. But when this came at the library in after waiting forEVer, I jumped it to next in my reading… not sure if I’m glad, though it was addictive and well written and thought provoking. There’s a discussion to be had about the consequences of using people and objectifying them and maybe that’s the deeper theme happening in this book. It was light…at first. The darker parts grow and there are more than a few 😳😮 moments. Solid read, I’d recommend, but definitely adult.
      What have you been finishing? (Let’s not talk about abandoned books. I should see hope but mostly find them frustrating.)

      9 0

      Dew on grass, day at the ready. And baby corn in the field.
      #thisnevergetsold #juneinohio

      34 4

      Well hai there. ...

      33 2

      Every year, we remember. Thankful to have so many in our life who currently serve and who served on the past, and thankful for those who make this day possible.
      #memorialday #weremember #tapsgetsmeeverytime

      24 0

      I thought I understood the works of mercy, but this book is teaching me so much, and even better, it’s giving me an appreciation and desire for them that I couldn’t have imagined. @larapatangan gave us all a gift, and you should go enjoy it too! Not that I’m done with it, mind you...it’s been a May of Mays and there’s not much reading going on. Even so, this is a book with a message to savor and sink into. Go. You’ll be glad you did. ...

      16 2

      May has been a May of Mays. As a friend who’s a teacher recently commented, there’s no tired like May tired. And in the midst of it, I’ve been blessed to journey through this gift of a book, a perspective on the works of mercy that take them beyond concepts. I’ve read less this month than in a. Long time, so I’m not done. But it launches today, and you need it, I’m pretty sure. Go celebrate with @larapatangan and deepen your understanding and appreciation. You won’t be sorry. ...

      11 1

      This day is significant to me on so many levels and for so many reasons. Here’s one of them. On this day in 2013, my daughter took her last dose of a medicine we weren’t sure would work. She grew out of the medical condition, just as we prayed and hoped. It was no small thing. And so today I’m going to say thanks in a special way, even as I remember the other reasons may 23 is special. #celebratewithicecreamcake #rememberwhen ...

      70 4

      The next adventure...
      #adventuresinbeekeeping #10poundswarm #herewego #buzzbuzz

      42 3