7 Quick Takes Friday – Conference Highlights Part I

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Jen’s Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

I’m still “recuperating” from the Catholic Writers Conference/CNMC/Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Dallas last week. It was exhilarating and utterly amazing to meet and spend time with so many like-minded Catholics. I can’t wait to attend next year (despite the exhaustion I’m still feeling). However, before I get to the Quick Takes, I wanted to wish my second oldest son, Ben, a very Happy 23rd Birthday!

Today will be an all photo Quick Takes with cool photos from some famous and yet-to-be famous Catholics!

1. Jennifer Fulwiler
I’ve been wanting to meet Jennifer Fulwiler from Conversion Diary since I began reading her blog and participating in 7 Quick Takes last year. She’s one of the most entertaining bloggers I know. In the photo below, you’ll notice that we are both sitting. Something I didn’t know is that Jen is quite tall. Well, when I take photos with tall people, the only thing that usually shows up is my head. Hmmmm. Jen came up with the idea for the sitting photo. Thanks again, Jen!

2. Jeff Cavins
Okay, so Jeff is also tall, but at least some of my body got into this photo. He’s a great guy and he actually asked me for marketing advice. Cool.

3. Doug Keck from EWTN’s Bookmark
I had an opportunity to be interviewed by Doug Keck, host of EWTN’s Bookmark. He’s a great interviewer and a really nice guy.

4. Immaculee
I know this isn’t an actual picture with Immaculee, but I did get to meet her and asked someone to take a photo. Unfortunately, the photo was accidentally deleted, so I figured that this was the next best thing. Immaculee is also very tall, beautiful and downright saintly. If you haven’t already read her books, check them out at this link.

5. Author and Blogger Sarah Reinhard
Sarah is one of my favorite authors and bloggers. She’s funny, enthusiastic and just a great person to be around.

6. Val Bianco and AnnMarie Creedon
Val Bianco is the author of Sons of Cain, a Catholic thriller. He’s a big teddy bear of a guy! (If you haven’t read his book yet, I highly recommend it!) To his left is AnnMarie Creedon, author of Angela’s Song, Full Quiver’s soon-to-be-released Catholic novel.

7. Catholic Mom Contributor Photo
Lisa Hendey, founder of Catholic Mom, arranged for attending contributors to pose for a group photo. Lots of well-known Catholics in this photo! Which contributors can you recognize?

photo courtesy Lisa Hendey

Next week: Conference Highlights Part II.

For more Quick Takes, check out Conversion Diary.

Unless otherwise noted, photos and text copyright Ellen Gable Hrkach.

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Soul and Body by Lisa Hendey is a beautifully written, well-researched and extraordinary book which showcases 52 saints. The reader can focus on one saint per week (although some people might prefer to read it straight through). I especially like the format. Each chapter begins with basic information about the saint, their feasts, patronages, etc. A story of the saint follows, with lessons, traditions, quotes from the saint, then a week of scripture passages, saint-inspired activities for Mom and children and ends with a prayer and something to ponder.

This is is an outstanding book with inspiring quotes from the saints and scripture passages unique to each saints’ lives and traditions.

The list of 52 saints is not meant to be all inclusive, although I did notice that six of my favorite saints are included: Virgin Mary, St. Anthony, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Gianna Molla, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

This is a wonderful, inspiring and informative book that should be on every family’s bookshelf. I highly recommend it!

Order A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms from Amazon or Ave Maria Press.

Copyright 2011 Ellen Gable Hrkach

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey

I am still anxiously waiting for my review copy of this book, so my review will follow soon.

However, what better way to celebrate All Saints Day than to buy a book of saints by an incredibly gifted author and speaker, Lisa Hendey. From the product description it says: Lisa Hendey’s enthusiasm for saints is contagious. Building on the success of her first book, Hendey continues her work as the Catholic mom’s coach to nurturing hearts, minds, bodies, and souls–this time through the rich Catholic communion of saints. With the warmth and candor of My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J., Hendey eloquently links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and simple soul-strengthening exercises into this rich spiritual resource for Catholic women.

Hendey offers one saint per week–some famous, some lesser known, some whose cause is in process–to offer companionship and guidance for the challenging, often under-thanked vocation of Catholic motherhood. She introduces Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Patrick, as well as Gianna Beretta Molla and Chiara Badano. Each week offers a thematic prayer intention, biographical and devotional information about the saint, lessons learned, daily scripture meditations, prayers, and practical, spiritually rich action steps that help moms incorporate the wisdom and exemplary faith of each saint.

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey is available on Amazon.com.

Interview at Catholic Mom

I was recently interviewed by Lisa Hendey, founder of Catholic Mom.com.


Here’s the prologue to her interview:

I love a good love story, and even more so when it’s a “real life” story of the triumph of love. That’s probably why I instantly fell in love with Come My Beloved by Ellen Gable Hrkach and Kathy Cassanto. In full disclosure, I’ll share that I actually already loved Ellen – she and I have been writing friends for years, she is a contributor here at CatholicMom.com, and we’ve even had the pleasure of meeting and spending time in person. So I guess perhaps I was predisposed to enjoyment when Come My Beloved crossed my desk. But the truth is that this is a wonderful book — and in an age when marriage is often under attack — a greatly needed shot of encouragement not only for married couples, but also for engaged couples discerning their vocation together.

And the start of the interview:

Q: Tell us about Come My Beloved – what prompted you to compile this book and what will readers find in the book?

Everyone loves a love story, especially a true life love story. In this day and age where divorce is unfortunately common, love stories which lead to joy-filled marriages give us hope.

Come My Beloved is a celebration of Catholic courtship and love. Readers will find different courtship stories, from couples who have been married a few years to other couples who have been married for many years (one couple in the book has been married for 58 years).

As to what prompted me, two years ago, on Valentine’s Day, a group of homeschooling mothers had gotten together so that our children could exchange Valentine’s. Because it was Valentine’s Day, we began sharing how we met and married our husbands. My friend, Kathy Cassanto, remarked, “I wonder if there is a book out there with Catholic courtship stories.” My response was, “If there isn’t, there should be.” Thus, the idea was born.

To read the article and interview in its entirety: