Peace out 20s!

Well... I'm here. It's the very last day of my 20s. (Annnnnnnd my 300th post!!)

The.last.day.of.my.20s.

It's amazing how much one changes in their 20s. People say that all the time, ya know?! But, I was still such a baby at 19 turning 20. I mean... I thought I knew about life, of course. Most college kids do.

But, man. How much I have grown up.

At moments, my 20s FLEW! At other times, I feel like they have been sooooo slooooooow.

I have done things that people only dream about. And, I haven't done things that I have only dreamed about. They have been so full. So amazing. So blessed. They have also been hard. Scary. Frustrating. Sad. Will you join me as I take a little look back at my crazy 20s?!

I had the very best time in college- RA, alternative spring break, working hard.

Went to a bar for the first time.

I finally found the missing piece to my life that I didn't know was missing- Jesus.

I witnessed my momma fall in love.

My brother got married.

I graduated college.

I went on a pilgrimage in France.

I became a registered nurse.

I lost my beloved Rosie (my wonderful dog I grew up with).

Figured out how to make my faith my own.

I lived with a whole bunch of wonderful ladies.

Bought my very first bed!

Figured out how to pay my own bills.

I worked at one of the top pediatric hospitals in the world.
(which brought with it so many amazing opportunities!)

Entered the world of online dating.

Went on many good (some bad!) dates.

I went on mission trips.

My best friends got married.

My best friends had adorable babies that I could love.

I became an Auntie.

I  lived and served in Honduras.

I became a godmother.

I went on a pilgrimage to Italy, and had an audience with the pope.

I looked for and started new jobs.

I went to Spain.

I traveled soooo much, really.

I lived by the beach... in FLORIDA.

I witnessed my dad quite smoking! :)

I prayed a lot. I laughed a lot. I cried a lot. I hugged a lot.
I lived my life.

But in between all of those awesome and amazing "big" things, my 20s were full of moments with the people that I love(d). The visits to their homes. The coffee dates. The intense conversations. The belly laughing. The crying. The hurt. The rejoicing. The fun. The adventures. The praying. The love.

I am so blessed. There is no other way to describe it. So very blessed.

With that... I will say, SEE YA LATER 20s!
It was great ride, but I am ready to see what my 30s will bring!



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NAS: Selfies




Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility?Thanks to Hannah!


Ohhhhh selfies. When I was in college... they were called self-portraits. They were used when you wanted to get a bunch of people in a pic without missing anyone. Often, you cut people out. Only got their mouths. Or were reeeeeally zoomed into an eye. :) But, that was part of the fun! You couldn't see what you were doing... so, it didn't really matter how ridiculous you looked! 

Now. Things have definitely changed. The technology has changed (hello front facing camera on my phone!). We seem to always be ready to be in a selfie. You take ONE MILLION pics until you find thee perfect one to tweet or 'gram or snapchat (if that's your thing- I still don't get it). You take moments out of an IRL moment to perfect your selfie.

Not everyone, of course. But, a lot of people. And, I am guilty of it.

I love pictures. I always have, always will. I love capturing the people/things I love and looking back on those moments. And, I do enjoy selfies. I do. 

There is a tendency to allow selfies to be just that - all about yourself. To prove to the world that this generation is a wee bit more self-absorbed and narcissistic than others (although I do think this is perspective- previous generations it seems, always think that the new/current kids are selfish). 

It's all about the intention and purpose of your selfie, right? There are many, many people who post selfies on social media solely for the purpose of getting the most "likes" or "retweets" or comments or whatever. They will do anything with their pic to get some attention. 

And, well... that is unfortunate. They seek attention (and often get it) because they are seeking something more, ultimately.  If you are relying on likes and comments to define your worth, you've got some other things going on. That attention is not going to be fulfilling in the long term. It's immediately gratifying, yes, but it's also temporary. Once that runs out... then what? How do you measure your worth?

You are worthy just for the fact of being YOU. Plain and simple. That's a whole other post for another time. :)

So, can you post a selfie without the purpose of the attention?! Obviously. I think many of us do that, too. If you look on my Insta feed... you will find many, many selfies. Like I said... I enjoy them. :) I don't know... I post them for me, really. They are moments I want to remember. They are moments that mean something to me. 

I think if our purpose of posting selfies is to bring beauty, joy and Truth to others, then we can do an awesome job of evangelizing. There is such great opportunity to share our daily lives with others in a way that is relatable. Understandable. Funny. - - if we are honest in our selfies, of course. As with all social media, we share the pics and moments that we want people to see. That make our lives look a certain way. Because, no one wants to share the hard. Nor should we have to.

But, when we can share in the authentic moments of life... we have a greater chance of connecting with others. We have a chance to bring real beauty to the world. Amongst the hard things. Amongst the frustrating. In ways that will call us to be humble. The more humility we seek, I'd like to think more room will be made to love better, and deeper.

Plus, Papa Francesco loves him some selfies. So, we can have fun with them, too, right?! ;)

Tell us what you think! And link up over at Morgan's!


NEXT WEEK! 
Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

2/10: Loneliness
We all have times when we feel alone. What are ways that you combat loneliness? Pray? Join a group? How can we encourage each other to stay positive? 
Thanks to Laura P!


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An Oil Cleansing Method Update




I am here to do a little update on my Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) experience, using coconut oil. Surprisingly, my original post has been the most viewed post since I hit publish way back in June! If you randomly found my blog by searching about OCM, WELCOME! I am so happy to have you. I hope it has helped a little bit in your search of finding something that works for your skin. :)

If you haven't read that post in a while... go ahead and refresh your memory. Enjoy!

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Welcome back! :)

So, this is where we left it:


By June... I was feeling pretty good with how my skin was reacting to the OCM and my Clarisonic. Especially after writing that post, man! I was so happy to see the results, honestly. It felt good to actually see what my face looked like, instead of what I thought my face looked like in my head. You know how you always see your imperfections worse than the world around you... that was me.

July and August, I continued... and then I was given a new product to try. And, let's just say, that didn't do too much. I didn't have a horrible reaction or anything, but for the amount of time it took each day to use it and to not see any great results wasn't worth it for me. Oh well!

I am not sure what I did after that, but I got a little lax about the OCM. And, well, my face suffered for it. Finally in October, I got serious again.



Same routine as before: "Wash" with coconut oil, wipe off with warm wash cloth, use Clarisonic and end with a little Witch Hazel.

And this is where I am today!

I think my face may be BETTER now than back in June, even with the break thrown in there (and a stressful December!). :) :)

I still have ways to go, but I am happy with what I am seeing! I know it will never, ever be the "pill perfect," but I am thrilled to have something actually... working.

There is still so much scarring. I am not sure what to do about that. If you out there who read this and have any suggestions, please let me know! Anything!




Other Random Things:

  • Organic, unrefined, expeller pressed coconut oil seems to work the best for my skin.
  • Switch out your wash clothes regularly (I notice a difference in my skin if I haven't changed to new clothes at the 2 week mark)
  • As a commenter pointed out, try not to stick your dirty hands in the jar of oil. The bacteria will stay there and then you'll be spreading that around your face. Mmmm! Wash your hands, use a clean spoon, or keep a smaller amount in a little tupperware (which is what I do!).
  • I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 once a day, which is at night.
  • No really, change the brush head about every 3 months!
  • OCM + the Clarisonic can actually be REALLY drying (especially in the colder, dryer parts of the country). I used my Clarisonic every other day when I was in DC and even used a moisturizer.
  • I will mix part of my moisturizer (BareEsentuals) with some oil. The oil alone doesn't always help when my skin is dry (which is rarely, down here in FL)
  • Change out your pillow cases regularly, too. I try (don't always get to it) clean them weekly.


 Annnnnd, that's what I've got. I hope this has been a useful update for you. Let me know if you have any other questions! Or, have you done/are doing OCM?! I would love to hear about it!

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NAS: All the Childrens


Do you have children in your life? What is your relationship with them like? Do you have godchildren, and how do you form a relationship with them? Does having children in (or not in) your day-to-day life make you feel happy, wistful, or wary (of having your own someday)? 
Thanks to Lindsay!



I mean... do you read this blog?! HA! I feel like all I ever do is talk about the adorable kids that I am blessed to have in my life. :)

I have always, always loved kids. From the time I was little, I remember always wanting to dote on and take care of any children that were younger than me. I never had any younger siblings of my own, so perhaps it was my way of experiencing that joy, just a little bit.

Without knowing it, I was taking my spiritual motherhood role very seriously!

I babysat. I coached swim team. I worked in the kidscare at multiple local gyms. I became a pediatric nurse. I worked in a children's hospital. I taught CCD. I went to serve at an orphanage in Honduras. I am a school nurse now.

To say that children are my life is.... an understatement. I can't imagine ever working with kids in some way for the rest of my life. I LOVE KIDS. And there is nothing else about it. :)

And then, I had the honor of becoming an Auntie (and again) and a Godmother. I didn't think I could love kids as much as I love those girls. I joke all the time (but I am kiiiiind of worried) that I will not love my own children as much. :) I love them in a way that I didn't think was possible. And I know that, god-willing, I will indeed love my own babes as much, probably more. But, it's a love that's hard to fathom!

Kind of like God's love for us, really.

But, I digress.

I know that I am sooooo fortunate and blessed to live really close to my goddaughter, Zuzu. I was there the day after she was born, and have pretty much seen her every single day of her little life so far. This is such a blessing. So, it's easy to cultivate this relationship, ya know? I try not to take it for granted. I soak it up as much as I can (which isn't hard!) and bring the joy of the faith to her. It's super helpful that her parents are amazing at this, already. But, I love love LOVE being able to talk about God and church and Mary and the Saints with her, too. It's a part of our lives. And her little 2 year old self gets it. Sometimes more than us grown ups. :)


As far as my nieces... we don't live close. :( We Facetime. I get updates from my bro or SIL. And we take a TON of pics when we are together. I do my best to tell the girls that I am thinking about them and that I love them. But, it's hard when we don't live close and there is a time difference. But, we make it work. I am honored to be their Auntie. I hope I can show them, as well, how amazing God and His love is, too.

I am also so lucky that my friends have cute kids, too!! :) They let me dote on them and be silly and take lots of pics. Because, that's what I do!

Overall, I am just the luckiest girl. I am so blessed with so many kids that I LOVE. And then the kids that I am called to love everyday at work. I have learned so much about children, their minds, their hearts and how amazing each and every one of them are. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not smiling because of some kid.

Not one.

And for that, I will be forever grateful.  Do I hope that I get to experience the joy of my own children?! Absolutely. But, for right now.. at this time in my life, I am called to mother in this way. To the kids in my life. And, it's ok. I am happy with that.

Do you have kiddos in your life?! Tell us about it and linkup below!!


NEXT WEEK
Selfies
Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility?Thanks to Hannah!

2/3: Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

2/10: Loneliness
We all have times when we feel alone. What are ways that you combat loneliness? Pray? Join a group? How can we encourage each other to stay positive? 
Thanks to Laura P!


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NAS: 2015




How are we going to make 2015 different than last year? What goals are you planning/making to be more YOU this year? These goals can be personal growth, spiritual life, physical/health, or even your love life! Maybe you don't have concrete ones yet, but it helps to talk them out and get motivated!








I've chatted a bit about my plans already, and I have also realized that I like to make large, lofty goals for myself.  Last year.... what the heck was I thinking?!  Not to say that those things are unattainable for me, but I didn't really have a starting point to transition from to get to the end goal.

We were chatting about resolutions at my young adult group last week, where we talked about this article, and it was interesting to hear everyone's perspectives. Most people were in agreement (and I'm pretty sure that research has shown) that to make good habits, one has to take baby steps.  Create tiny goals and once you have established that as a habit, take the next step.

Makes sense, right?!  I just need to sit down and do it.

So, for right now... that's my mini goal: to set tiny goals for my larger goals. What are my larger goals? HA... that is still a very good question. The first one that comes to mind is a half-marathon. I haven't run in probably a year. A YEAR. And there are days that I miss it so badly. Right now, it seems SO far-fetched. My tiny goal needs to be something like: put the shoes back on and start. Who the heck cares if you can't get to the traffic light, or you walk. Just go.

I am still working on it though. But, when 2015 ends, I want to look back on this year and... smile. I want to look back and know that I have attempted to do things that will help me, and ultimately bring His light to everyone.

I want to do more service projects.
I want to give more hugs to all the people that I love.
I want to soak up the good, to be ready for the bad/frustrating (b/c I'm just being real).
I want to rely on the saints as friends (hey St. Jerome!).

I want all of these things... and I know that I can do it. I just need to not give up. I don't do something? I forget? I have a horrible day and think that MY LIFE IS THE WORST AND OH MY GOSH THE DRAMA? It's ok. I am not a failure. I can start again. God will provide me the grace to get back on the horse, I just have to be looking for it.

At the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 I was in such a low place. I started the year off a little shaky, but God has blessed me with an amazing therapist (I revealed that already right?!), beautiful moments, an awesome community, and reminded me what amazing people I have in my life. Today, right now... I am in a MUCH better place. What I hope most for 2015, is to continue to rise above all of that crap and focus on all the other things that I have talked about. :) Please pray for me.

As I am always praying for you.

What is 2015 looking like for you?! Link up over at Morgan's!


NEXT WEEK!
Children and Babes
Do you have children in your life? What is your relationship with them like? Do you have godchildren, and how do you form a relationship with them? Does having children in (or not in) your day-to-day life make you feel happy, wistful, or wary (of having your own someday)? 
Thanks to Lindsay!

1/27: Selfies
Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility? Thanks to Hannah!

2/3: Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

2/10: Loneliness
We all have times when we feel alone. What are ways that you combat loneliness? Pray? Join a group? How can we encourage each other to stay positive? 
Thanks to Laura P!


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How to laugh...


... with the written word.

I don't know about you, but there are a variety of ways to let someone know you think something is funny when you are writing an email, gchatting or texting. But, sometimes it can be confusing as to know which version of "haha" is the right one.

Well, I am here to help a lady (or gentleman, if you are here reading) out. Disclaimer: I have done absolutely no research, this is all from my own experience. :)  I will provide you with the different forms of laughing that I have found work best and when to use them.

Haha = your basic chuckle. Sometimes, a plain old 'ha' can be used, as well.

Hahahaha (or any length, more than the basic) = you think something is pretty funny, and maybe laughed out loud. Usually the longer, the more funny you found it.

LOL = pretty much a "hahahahaha"

lol = when you think that something should be funny, but don't actually laugh out loud. Perhaps just smiled really big? (that's what I have gathered, anyway... I don't use this often)

HAHAHAHAHA = you think something is extremely funny, hilarious, even; really laughed out loud.




= when you think something is really funny; best used with "HAHAHA" and "LOL"; but understood on its own.
(and such a bummer that it's only for texting! Come on gchat!)




ha or HA = a tiny chuckle; or a sarcasm laugh.

ha ha or ha. ha. = sarcasm laughs.

bahahaha or BAHAHAHA = something you found funny, but perhaps didn't expect the humor?

LMBO or ROTFL = laughing my butt off or rolling on the floor laughing; I suppose when you are actually laughing you can use these. I have seen them used, but don't use them myself.

And of course things like: "I'm dyyyyyyying!!" or "Oh my gosh! I can't take it!" or "HILARIOUS!" or any other way of getting your point across that you found something really funny. :)


There you have it! How to laugh when writing. I hope this has been enlightening for you. And, please, if I have missed something important, let me know. I am always learning my laughing technique!

HA!  Or is it haha!  Or, ha ha.  Oh wait...

forget it!

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I'm so Catholic!



This is amazing.

I only wish I thought of it myself. Except for that whole being able to rap and sing deal.

ENJOY!


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Not Alone Series: A Day in the Life!

Ohhh myyy gooooodness!! WE ARE BACK!!! Welcome, welcome!!! :) :) :) Morgan and I are so excited!!



First! A few "housekeeping" things that Morgan and I would like to go over before I get into my typical day! We are trying to be a bit more organized and make things easier for you (and us!), so hopefully this will be helpful.
  • Topics: we have updated our NAS pages to reflect the entirety of our topic schedule, thus far. We are still sifting through many a great suggestion, and will be adding more very soon. The schedule IS subject to change (if we find there is something that seems more pressing to talk about), so be sure to look at the most recent NAS post which will have the next 4 weeks, as we have been doing anyway. Does all of that make sense? If not, just ask!
  • Linking up/commenting: when linking up, be sure to link back to BOTH Morgan's and my page! And, since this entire series is about fostering community, please take time to read your fellow bloggers posts and leave some comment love. We always love when that happens!
  • On Facebook?! Make sure you are part of the NAS closed group. There have been some awesome discussions so far! Morgan and I sometimes post quick updates and things, as well. So, be sure you request to join!
  • PATRON SAINT!! We have been praying about a patron saint for Not Alone Series, and we would like your help!! Please comment here (or on the FB thread) if you have a suggestion! :)

Ok!! I think that's that. Let us know if you are confused or have questions! :)

Let's get back in the swing by sharing what our typical day is like! Tell us however you like, minute by minute or a blurb about your day! Be sure to answer these questions: 
- What is your favorite part of your day?
- What is your least favorite part of your day?
- Are you making any changes to your daily routine now that the new year has begun?

My typical day. Well... let's just give you a general idea, shall we?!

MORNING
All important coffee station.
Wakeup between 5:30 and 6 (usually hitting the snooze), shower and get ready for the day, make my coffee/breakfast and am out the door by 6:30-7, usually. In the car I try to listen to P&W music, and really prepare for the day. Sometimes this is really nice, and other times I get really distracted and don't do it. But, I do try. I arrive at one of my three schools usually between 7 and 8 (I live a good 45 minutes away from 2 of my schools... so I am in the car quite a bit!).

DURING THE DAY
Well, I did a day in the work life a while back... so, feel free to jump over there to get an idea for that!

AFTERNOON/EVENING
I am done with work between 3 and 4... home between 3:30 and 5, depending on what school I'm at. The afternoons/evening vary for me. It's when I run around getting all the things done. Errands. Blogging. Tuesdays are young adult group nights. Thursdays are usually youth group core team nights. Evenings with friends. Hanging with Zuzu. Catching up on.. everything.

Getting ready for bed!
Yes, I wear that head scarf
every night.
NIGHT
Catch up on a TV show. Emails/blogging if I haven't gotten to it. Adoration. Get ready for bed (wash face, etc). And try to wind down with a book by 10. HA! I would like to say it's a common occurrence, but no. The computer pulls me in too much, sometimes... ya know? And then it's really late, and when I start the next day I swear I'll go to bed early that night. And the cycle continues.

SUNDAYS
Sunday evenings really start my week because I am usually at the 5pm Mass where I am a Eucharistic Minister, then we have youth group. So, my weekends are filled with all the normal laundry! Cleaning! Errands! to trips, church events, hanging with cool people. :) Oh and catching up on my TV shows, too. I know the week is starting when I am at church for 5pm Sunday Mass. :)

Fave part of the day? Probably any time I am not at work! ;) But, I actually really enjoy my bedtime routine. Maybe I will make that into a whole post in and of itself. Maybe. It's probably not that interesting to anyone!

Least fave part of the day? When the alarms goes off in the morning annnnd, the preparing my coffee and things like that before I go to bed. I don't really know why. Probably b/c it's proof that the next work day is coming! (hmmm... this is really sounding like I just LOVE my job, don't you think?!)

Any changes to my daily routine? Hmm... I started this towards the end of the year, but I want need to get back to it: no screen time while I am in bed. Meaning, I can't be checking IG or Twitter or reading blogs when I am in my room about to sleep. Once the alarm is set... that is IT!


And, well... there you have it!! I can't wait to read your "Day in the Life"!! I love them! They make you all that much more REAL! :) :) Imagine that. And don't forget to link up below!!



NEXT WEEK!
Looking Ahead to 2015
How are we going to make 2015 different than last year? What goals are you planning/making to be more YOU this year? These can be goals can be personal growth, spiritual life, physical/health, or even your love life! Maybe you don't have concrete ones yet, but it helps to talk them out and get motivated!

1/20: Children and Babes
Do you have children in your life? What is your relationship with them like? Do you have godchildren, and how do you form a relationship with them? Does having children in (or not in) your day-to-day life make you feel happy, wistful, or wary (of having your own someday)? 
Thanks to Lindsay!

1/27: Selfies
Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility? Thanks to Hannah!

2/3: Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

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A Look Ahead + Pics


I think that link-ups should be a love language or something. I just love a good link-up. Especially when it only involves answering questions! Thanks, Natalie for hosting this fun look ahead in 2015! :)  Also... I have added pics, because... pictures.



1) Do you think you will be going to school at any point in 2015? If so, for what?
Hmmm... I have thought about this before, but I don't think that 2015 will be the year! But, really... who knows?! If I do go back, it would probably go for a Nursing Education. One day, perhaps... one day.

2) Will there be a job change for you in 2015?
All I am gonna say about this, God has this. :)

3) What adventure are you most looking forward to during this coming year?
Adventure, huh? No idea!! I have no big trips planned. No weddings. But... I AM turning the big 3-0 very soon. So, maybe once I reach the 30 mark, things will change! ;)

4) Do you think there will be a move to a new house/apartment/city/state/country in 2015?
Hmmm... who the heck knows?! This is ALWAYS up in the air for me. I have family all over the place and will always have a desire to do more mission work abroad... so, I could be outta here at the drop of a hat if needed/desired! Right now, I am content. I love my little house. I love my friends. I am finding my niche here. No need to rock the boat!

5) What do you see as the direction of your blog in 2015? Design update plans? Link-ups coming down the pipes? More or less posts?
Mostly, I would really like to be consistent! I also want to write more of my own posts that are NOT associated with link-ups. I do have a mind of my own, as hard as that may seem sometimes! ;) Of course, Morgan and I will continue with Not Alone Series (we start back up TUESDAY!!!!).  And I might get my design updated a bit. Maybe.

6) If you could guarantee that one thing could happen this coming year what would it be?
To love God more and to be confident in His will. :) And that I will run again (here is hoping!).


And now to transition to the pics from the last couple of months! :) Enjoy!


MNThanksgiving 2014 was amazing... so much time with my momma, and some reindeer! :)


Zuzu loved running around all of the Christmas trees!

The young adult Christmas party as a great success... even though I almost died. Not really, but you know.

Nuns do, indeed, rock!

Witnessed a beautiful couple get married!


And had SUCH a wonderful Christmas at home in DC! :)
I love my family. So.much.


Three things I love: the beach, sunsets, and Susannah!

Here's to a new year!! May the Lord bless all of you and wrap you in His love! :)

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Joy to the World {a book review}


I love Scott Hahn. I mean... I don't know him, obviously, but I love his writing. And, if you are a Catholic living today, you've probably heard of him, mostly from his awesome conversion story. While sometimes I have to reread and then reread certain parts again... he never fails to make things... make sense. Modern theologian for ya!

When I saw that Blogging for Books had Scott Hahn's newest book, Joy to the World, available for review, I knew I had to get it!

Via

This is not a devotional. Or a reflection of what Christmas really means, although maybe it is just that.  This is the greatest story ever told.  God loves us. He chose to come down from Heaven and reveal himself in human form, as a baby. Born to parents who have little to offer other than themselves full of love.

We all know the story.

But, Hahn goes deeper. We get to know the characters more. Mary, Joseph, Kind Herod, the Magi, the shepherds, the angels. The lives they were living... and how the coming of Christ and his birth changed their lives, those after, and ours today.

It's taken me a while to read, as life does get in the way, but it's also because at moments I wanted time to reflect on different aspects of the story. While other times I did have to reread parts where Hahn would be providing biblical explanations and my eyes would glaze over. It's not that it's hard to read, but sometimes it's overwhelming with all of names and locations and relationships and connections that all tell the story of God and Jesus and his love for us. It's one of those things that is just hard for me to grasp. I do appreciate the way Hahn writes, though. He doesn't water it down. He makes the bible and all of it's characters relatable, as if they were *gasp* real people. :)

Overall, I am happy I read this book. I have a whole new perspective on our beloved Christmas story. It's so much more full and fun and interesting than you could imagine.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself!!

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I received one free copy of Joy to the World in exchange for an honest review. I promise, all honest. All me. :) Thanks Blogging for Books!
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