I have largely stopped reviewing Catholic books. There are several reasons for this.
1. I haven’t found much I relate to when it comes to grief or loss or trauma in them. Not saying someone doesn’t find this, I am saying I don’t find things I relate to.
2. Because I am dealing with grief on an epic level and am not in the “thank you Jesus for giving me something to offer up for you” club of grieving or any other kind of praise Jesus in the storm flavor of faith (mostly because of my own flaws, not because I don’t envy those who can do that, the truth is I do envy them. A lot.) I don’t really have a taste for books that explain Catholicism. I know my faith and I know I’m not grieving gracefully. I don’t need to hear how envy is a sin. I know. I am in the confession line every other week because I know.
So it was a blessing when I opened this book and found something that helped soothe my soul. Embracing Weakness by Shannon Evans really was what I needed to read.
Shannon is a great writer. She is open and honest and speaks about things that not many Catholic writers are writing about in a way that doesn’t blame the devil or make light of Who Jesus is. In the first few pages she writes “I wouldn’t say God needed me, but I wouldn’t deny he was lucky to have me” and that summed up my feelings after my first conversion. It was refreshing to see someone else had felt that way.
Embracing Weakness is an easy read with lots of gems sprinkled through it and a lot of hard truths that land softly. I did not feel preached to but I felt like finally, someone else sees God the way I see Him. And also sees all the ways that we as humans distort Who He is.
If you are looking for a faith reboot and to read a fellow Christian who isn’t going to bullshit you about the state of Christianity right now and how we can change it by dealing with and accepting our own flaws, this is the book for you.
Hi y’all! I’m still alive. I’m sorry I have been neglecting my blog and pretty much everything else writing related!
At the end of February I flew to Southern Illinois for a week of talks in Mt. Carmel. That community is so special to me since it was the first one to hire me to come speak at their parishes. This year was just as special to me. I had so many amazing conversations and what I love most about southern Illinois is how much it’s like Texas. I love small farming communities so much, they just remind me of where I grew up in South Texas. Boots and cows. It’s where I feel the most comfortable.
From there I flew to Chicago for the FemCatholic conference. This conference was so amazing that I will need a few blog posts to really write about it. Speaking about Anthony and what God has done for me is really where I feel like I am living out my purpose in life. I will write more about this experience later this week or early next week with links and details! It was AMAZING.
When I landed back in Austin Texas, my husband Stacey was home for Iraq. To catch everyone up: my husband and I separated last September and were on the way to getting civilly divorced (not an annulment) when he left to Iraq. Then in December both of us talked things out, the biggest conflict being he no longer wants to keep our house where my son Anthony took his own life and I can’t bring myself to leave it yet, and we dismissed the divorce and agreed to talk about the house once our debt is paid and he comes home from Iraq. So when I got home at the beginning of March he was home and it was the first time I had seen him in 6 months. Needless to say, I fell off the grid.
We had so much fun together and with our family. We honored Anthony’s life on the anniversary of his suicide and we took our grandchildren to Chuck EE Cheese (ps they sell beer now so it’s not as hellish as in the past!) it was fun all around.
Now he’s back there and I’m home trying to catch up on things that were put aside while I was traveling and while he was home. And it’s a lot.
So that’s what I’ve been up to! I fully intend to be back to a regular writing schedule next week, but I’m not promising anything because there are still a few fires we have burning with issues with kids and my mom is having surgery. But I will at least write a few posts in the next week!
Hope y’all are having a blessed Lent. ❤️