My Books

My newest release!

A Worthy Reception: A Retreat Based on Thomas à Kempis’ Classic ‘The Imitation of Christ’

‘A Worthy Reception’ contains a four day retreat based on Thomas à Kempis’ classic work, ‘The Imitation of Christ.’ If you’re curious to know what has given ‘The Imitation of Christ’ it’s 500 year staying power, but were overwhelmed with where to start, this book is the perfect introduction! Using thirty brief chapters, with instructions and introductions for each day’s theme, you’ll be brought closer to our Lord through deep personal reflection and receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion with renewed reverence and awe.

“‘A Worthy Reception’ is a powerful way to better prepare your soul to receive the grace God longs to give you through Confession and the Eucharist.  The readings from Thomas a Kempis are soul deep, convicting, and altogether they have the potential to be inspiring and transformative for your spiritual life.  If you’re looking for a resource that is easy to use that can help renew your passion for holiness and love for the Lord, especially in the Sacraments, A Worthy Reception and an open heart will do just that.” Mary Haseltine, Better Than Eden

“Kelly takes a retreat I was always too intimidated to try and made it approachable and doable for a busy pregnant mom. It felt accessible and incredibly uplifting!” Nell O’Leary, Whole Parenting Family

“This retreat offers a straightforward but compelling experience of Thomas a Kempis for anyone looking to deepen their spirituality. This retreat’s simple, 4 day format is a great way to bring a more concrete faith in the day-to-day, or to step back and refocus on your own personal faith in times of dryness.”  Christy Isinger, Fountains of Home

“When I started I was a little overwhelmed and felt like the whole thing was going to be over my head spiritually and intellectually. And while I’m sure that a lot of it DID go over my head, I was surprised by how much the spirituality applied to my life; there were SO many gems over the four days of reading.  I’m glad I stuck it out even though I started out feeling a little intimidated! I really enjoyed the experience.” Christina Kolb, A Gentle Mother

Purchase as a paperback for $13 or purchase it for Kindle at Amazon.com for $7.99.

Interested in completing the four day retreat outlined in ‘A Worthy Reception’ but feeling a bit overwhelmed? Join my private Facebook group for reminders, discussion questions and reflections to help you get the most out of your retreat!

Rosaries Aren’t Just for Teething

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Are you looking for a book about the rosary that shows how Mary works in the lives of mothers just like you everyday?

I strive to follow Mary’s example, and when the going gets tough, as it always does, she’s the first person I call on to help me manage the craziness of house and home. Mary played a large role in my conversion 14 years ago, and her influence can be seen in my spiritual life today.  Mary, and the rosary, are my hotline to God, sort of a spiritual 911.

It’s why I was so happy to share my reflection on the fifth glorious mystery, ‘The Coronation of Mary’ for this wonderful book, edited by fellow blogger Michele Chronister of My Domestic Monastery. 

Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething is available in Kindle and paperback version on Amazon, but I’m happy to offer signed copies directly to my readers for $13. When you buy through my website, your purchase directly benefits my family. Thank you for your support, and be sure to let me, and the other authors, know what you think!

 

 

The Best Laid Plans: An Undated Planner With Weekly Reflections – Four Options

Looking for a planner big enough to hold all your to-dos, schedules, lists and random flashes of brilliance without overwhelming you with flowers and boxes for tasks you’ll never complete? Me too! That’s why I created my ideal planner, ‘The Best Laid Plans”!

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Click on the cover to flip through a 15 page preview at lulu.com! Preview graphics are slightly off center, and the cover is a bit grainy to prevent the stealing of images, but quality is guaranteed to be as clear as what you see here.

This 8.5″ x 11″ undated planner can be picked up and started at any time of the year. There are two-page month-a-glance pages, and two-page week-at-a-glance pages featuring a reflection by yours truly.

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In my usual style, the writing ranges from absurd and funny to thoughtful and inspiring…or at least that was the goal. Most entries end with a few questions which might prompt your own journal or blog entry, or just focus your thoughts for the week.

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And you can jot down whatever strikes your fancy on one of the blank note pages at the back. Phone numbers, important dates,  lists of people you’ll still forget to place on your history timeline; the sky’s the limit!

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It’s the planner designed to manage the chaos of your life and not make you feel guilty if things don’t work out the way they’re supposed to. (Get an inside look in this post I wrote!)

Order a printed copy at lulu.com for $22!

Don’t need the weekly entries? Just want more space? Then try the newer, prettier TBLP.

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All the pages are laid out the same except for the left side of the weekly spread.

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Also available at lulu.com for only $22.  Preview graphics at lulu.com are slightly off center, and the cover is a bit grainy to prevent the stealing of images, but quality is guaranteed to be as clear as what you see here.

Download a pdf of either layout for only $18! Print at your convenience and the pages are guaranteed to fit in any standard binder (Trapper Keepers are optional but highly recommended).

Original ‘The Best Laid Plans’ format

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The new blank format

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Purchase an 5.5″ x 8.5″ planner download for $10! Same grid layout as the larger planner, but half size to fit in a mini-binder or small planner system!

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Note: pages do not have a grey border.

Undated and without my reflections so you can use it year after year!
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Once you purchase the file you can print it at home, or have the smaller copy printed for you at a local store or online.

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