My entire life I have chased my emotions…
I need to be touched more
I need to be held more
Please take my pain away
Please let me feel the Holy Spirit
Show me a sign of hope
Let me know everything is going to be ok
Not only have I chased my emotions on my romantic and spiritual side, I’ve chased after them on my appearance as well – do you see the pattern here? I mean after all, I’m a girl right? We are emotional wrecks and we are our own worst critics. I’m tired. I’m worn down and my poor ole’ mind needs a break from the confusion. If you’re like me, I struggle with a good prayer life. I never know the right words to say. What to think. In fact, most of the time, I just sit and stare at the crucifix. Sometimes I just get stuck and feel like I’m this little dog in the back yard running in circles, chasing its tail.
So in my search of finding motivation and inspiration on boosting my spiritual side, I came across this book called “My Sisters The Saints” and decided to give my mind a break.
*Before I give my review on this book, I just want to say that you don’t have to have the same religious beliefs as I do or practice Catholicism to read this book. Don’t let the word “Catholic” scare you. This book really makes for a great gift for a girlfriend who may be struggling with any life issues you may want to help her with or better yet this book makes for an awesome study group conversation for all Christian beliefs.
Chapter One – Party Girl
Hello! When I saw the first title to chapter one, it sucked me right into memories of busting a move to “Back That ….”, Ok, so sorry that is off the beaten track, but never the less, it was thought provoking. “My Sisters The Saints” is about a women who is just like you and me. Like her, I can relate to a life that I didn’t envision. I envisioned I would have been a stay-at-home mom, drinking coffee, with a husband who sent me flowers, opened the car door and paid for our life out of one shared checking account. I have spent a long time trying to fill the void of a fairytale life I wanted. But why? Following an emotion leaves you dissatisfied at the end of the day. Well, friends if you feel like this, like I have, and like the author of this book, then you might be trying to connect to something so much greater.
This book is so inspirational when you feel down. It has been such a reflection on me. I felt like she was reading word for word my life, of course, different situations but the same reality on life. Here is a quote from the ending of the first chapter “I had lost something. I didn’t know what it was or how to get it back. I only knew that this aching emptiness in the pit of my stomach had grown unbearable”.
We have all been there, I’m sure. Right?
Through Six Saints, Six chapters and a reading guide of short questions and answers, this book empowers your soul. I couldn’t help but get teary eyed.
Chapter Two – Child Like
The Author talks about death and the struggles of Alzheimer’s with her father. Like, myself, I struggle with cancer, with my mother. This chapter really goes into detail on becoming more childlike. We need to be like children before God, I see this in my mother, in my son and in myself daily.
Chapter Three – Trust Fall
This chapter is all about sacrifices in everyday life and struggles. For me, it reminds me of my community. Being a part of the ACTS sisterhood. I’m so thankful for them. I trust them and have so much love for my sisters.
Chapter Four – A Mother at Heart
This chapter hit me the most and it will for you too
Chapter Five – Into the Darkness
Ever face infertility? Motherhood? Fear? Have a cross to bear?
Chapter Six – Triumph of the Cross
Serving, loving, devoting …. praying
We all need more of that.
This Valentine’s Day why not share this book with one of your sisters?! An auntie?! A mother or your best friend?! Giving on Valentine’s Day doesn’t always mean with your significant other. To me, Valentine’s Day means sharing the love with everyone who you hold close in your heart!
Not only is it a great inspirational story but with the questions and answers at the end of the book, it makes for a great study group.
So circle around the table with your sisters and get into a spiritual discussion this year! Or you could do like me and find a cozy spot outside with no makeup, no social media and no judgements, just me and my book “My Sisters My Saints”. 😊
Much Love, Kacie
***thank you Catholic Company for sponsoring this post