A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read the Bible

You can find out about all of Sonja's books on the Bible over at her website

I first encountered Sonja through a book we mention quite a bit on this episode - Ignite! Read the Bible Like Never Before. I highly recommend picking up a copy today. 

Sonja's conversion story is beautiful - she also shared it on The Journey Home over at EWTN. You can watch her episode here

Was this the first time you've heard about Lectio Divina? Father Benedict once wrote, "I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime". You can learn more about the practice of Lectio Divina here

Sonja's current study is about healing the father wound. Want to sign up and learn more about the healing plan God has in your life? Check it out here

Sonja created a prayer journal called 'Love the Word'. You can find more about it (and get a copy for Advent!) here

Sonja's study on the Magnificat, word by word, can be found here. You can check out the first study here


A Letter to the Woman Running Towards Christ

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If you want to join Johnna and the Catholic Women Run challenge, you can join 150 other women over here and sign up today. You can find more information about the running challenge on Johnna's blog, and the Catholic Women Run website

You can read more of Johnna's thoughts on Theology of the Body, Catholicism, and running here! Johnna talks about how running can be incorporated with liturgical living. Check out her blog about it over here.

Johnna mentioned the Pray as You Go App, which you can find here

We talked about podcasts that Johnna likes to listen to while she runs. Check out The Liturgy Guys, and The Catholic Feminist Podcast

Visit Catholic Women Run on Facebook for updates on the Advent challenge (and if you aren't up for Advent, check out their updates for the Lent challenge! 

Lastly, Johnna mentions the four aspects of the feminine genius. Want to know more about receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and maternity? You can find all of them in this blog link-up with four amazing Catholic women bloggers. 

A Letter to the Woman Desiring Virtuous Friendships

If you're a mother and you love Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy, message, you'll love Emily and Michele's first book, Divine Mercy for Moms Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina

Michele, Emily, and I talked a lot about their newest book, The Friendship ProjectAll of the concepts and saints we talked about in this episode (and more!) can be found in their book. Check it out today! 

An amazing resources to go along with The Friendship Project is the website Emily and Michele built for the book. There you can find more about them, receive the free resource 'Friendship in Progress', and find instructions for how to read the book in a group study setting! 

Emily and Michele mentioned that their original idea for The Friendship Project was to feature men and women saints. If you're wanting to read more about masculine and feminine friendships, check out this blog post I wrote about the secret to authentic friendships between men and women. 

Friendships between women often get a bad rap. To hear a podcast where we reject the lie that friendships between women are full of backstabbing and cattiness, listen to A Letter to the Woman Desiring Fuller Feminine Friendships with Katrina and I! 

Need to heal from past friendships with women? Know of women who need healing in their life? Here's a blog post I wrote about how to help (step-by-step) when women in your life are suffering. 

If you want to support letters to women, you can find out more over on my Patreon page


A Letter to the Single Woman (When All Her Friend Are Dating)

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Show Notes

Want to read more about being single and Catholic? Check out these great resources! 

- The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years by Emily Stimpson. Want to read more of Emily's work? She has an incredible book called These Beautiful Bones, where she makes Theology of the Body accessible and applicable to our daily lives. 

- Are you listening to the episode, even though you're dating or married? Check out this great article about how couples can pray for and love their single friends (and it's not just about setting them up on blind dates!) Want more reading on the subject? Here's another article I enjoyed. 

- Dain mentioned how part of the season of singleness is about finding what brings you joy. Are you struggling with finding joy in your life? I highly recommend Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts for an exercise in finding joy in even the smallest things. 

- If you're looking for what authentic love really is, read Ed Sri's book, Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love to delve deeper into Saint John Paul II's teachings on Theology of the Body. 

- Want to learn more about Brene Brown's research on vulnerability and authenticity? Check out this six part lecture that she gives on how we can live with a whole heart.  

A Letter to the Woman Looking for a Hero

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Show notes

- You can find Maria's website here

- Maria's first book is "My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live"

- Maria's latest book was released in September 2017. It's called "Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue"

- Maria also mentions the book "Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood" by Pat Gohn

- Edith Stein is a favorite of both Maria and I. Check out "Edith Stein:The Life and Legacy of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross" by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

A Letter to the Woman Wondering About Feminism

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Show Notes 

- Samantha runs FemCatholic: For Women, For the Church. Her mission on the website is to educate, encourage and empower women as they strive for Christ. 

- One of Samantha's articles on Catholic feminism was featured on Aleteia, "How Being a Feminist Brought Me Closer to God". 

- Samantha mentions Edith Stein and her approach to feminism. I've found the book "Edith Stein: The Life and Legacy of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross" by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda to be a great look into Edith's life and her writings. 

- Saint Pope John Paul II's idea of new feminism is explored in this article, "Can a Catholic be a feminist? Here’s why John Paul II thought so," an article by Dominika Cicha. 

- FemCatholic was an idea Samantha worked with at the 2016 Given Conference. You can find all of the talks from that conference here - I can't wait to listen to them all!

- Back in 2016, I wrote an article on Old Fashioned Girl called "5 Reasons Why You Can't Bea Feminist and Pro-Contraception." 

- Theology of the Body is a beautiful work by Saint Pope John Paul II. You can find the original general audiences here.  Christopher West has done some amazing work at making the pope's work accessible. You can find out more about his work over at Theology of the Body Institute

- Another beautiful work by Saint Pope John Paul II that Samantha mentions is Evangelium Vitae

One of the best books I have yet to read on Natural Family Reading is "The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning" by Simcha Fisher.

- Seven Times Pope Paul VI Predicted the Future, and article from EpicPew

- Lisa Cotter's talk "The Truth about Sexes" beautifully tackles the question of what it means to be a woman.


A Letter to the Woman Desiring Fuller Feminine Friendships

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Show Notes 

- Katrina is involved with City on a Hill young adult ministries in the Kansas City area. If you're a KC area listener, check out their website

- Katrina makes some stellar comparisons between dating and friendships. I also mentioned this article from Verily Magazine called 3 Dating Tricks You Can Also Use to Make New Friends as an Adult.  Check out these articles from Verily for more 

- I recently wrote a couple of blogs about feminine friendship inspired by Katrina and I's conversation. Check out '3 Things to Keep in Mind if You're Struggling with Feminine Friendship', 'How to Help (Step by Step) When Women in Your Life are Suffering', and 'These Tricks Will Help Your Long Distance Relationships Thrive'. 

- If you're wanting to plug into women in your area who are also striving towards sainthood, check out Blessed Is She. Not only do they have community online for women, but also coordinate brunches so you can meet women face-to-face. 

- You can find my Patreon page here

A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Pornography and Masturbation

Show Notes 

- Bethany blogs over at Strengthen My Heart, where she writes about her life as a Catholic stay-at-home-wife living in California. You can also find and follow her on Facebook

- Bethany's post Past Addiction discusses her past with masturbation and pornography. 

- Audrey Assad, a worship leader, wife and mother, shares a witness of how pornography has affected her life in this video. You can learn more about Audrey and her spiritual life in this witness she gives

- Emily Wilson recently released a great video tackling the myths and stereotypes that surround women's struggle with pornography and masturbation 

- Bethany mentions the resources offered by Fight the New Drug in the podcast 

- Integrity Restored has great resources for those struggling with addictions as well as family and spouses of those who struggle with these addictions 


A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Read More

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Show Notes: 

Sarah and I both recommend GoodReads for keeping track of your to-read list and find great reading recommendations. 

You can use this website to find a book club near you. 

Anthony Esolen has lectures on the Divine Comedy, which you can find here. He also has some free lectures available, such as this one. You can also find lectures on Dante and the Divine Comedy by other great Catholic names (like Bishop Barron!) in this list

Death in Kristin Lavransdatter

Under Her Heart - Motherhood in Kristin Lavransdatter

If you're looking for other great literature recommendations, check out 15 Suggestions for Literature That Will Feed Your Soul by Susanna Spencer. 

Sarah and I mentioned quite a few books in this podcast. If you're interested in checking any of our recommendations out, please consider finding them through these Amazon affiliate links. It helps me keep producing the podcast! 

A Letter to the Woman Preparing for Marriage

Show Notes 

Back when we were dating, Joseph and I wrote a blog together on prayer and our relationships: Praying as a Couple

Sarah mentions the Catholic Match Blog.

She also mentions one of my favorite letters from Saint Pope John Paul II, his Letter to Women. 

Books mentioned in this podcast include: 

Please keep Sarah & Kevin in your prayers as they prepare for their marriage! 

Please keep Sarah & Kevin in your prayers as they prepare for their marriage! 

A Letter to the Woman Experiencing Same Sex Attraction

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Show Notes 

The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

Saint Paul's Outreach 

Although 'gay' is not an identity, Steve Gershom had some great things to say in his article that was featured on Life Teen: Gay, Catholic and Doing Fine

Open to Life: How Jesus Transforms Persons with Same-Sex Attraction

Love and Same Sex Attraction by Father Mike Schmitz

Desert Stream Living Waters Ministry

A Letter to the Woman Struggling with Depression and Anxiety

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Show Notes

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Catholic Counselors through the Pastoral Solutions Institute. If you find yourself in a situation where there are no local Catholic counselors locally, the Pastoral Solutions Institute provides telephone counseling as well. 

Paul Asay writes about 13 Reasons Why here in his article Is your teen watching ’13 Reasons Why’? Here’s why you should be concerned

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

In the podcast, I mention how we can utilize our suffering to console the heart of Christ. If you'd like to know more about this concept, the best book I've read on the subject is Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Father Michael Gaitley. 

I'm Not OK. You're Not OK. It's OK by Chris Padgett 

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty

Head Space for Android and Apple phones 

The Calm App for Android and Apple phones 

The National Association for Mental Illness

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Know More About Her Fertility

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Show Notes 

Excuse Wilson's noise in this podcast - he has a cat toy that he loves to play with . . . but only when I'm recording a podcast!

How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul by Jason Evert

The Chastity Project - A ministry run by Jason and Crystalina Evert

Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution - by Christopher West

Janet Smith - Breanna mentions her work with nursing and Natural Family Planning. 

Theology of the Body Institute

The Creighton Model Fertility Care System

Men, Women and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri

Love and Responsibility by Saint Pope John Paul II

Learn more about the Creighton Model

Regardless of whether you are single, dating, engaged or married, read my blog post about why Charting your fertility may be the best self-care you can give yourself


A Letter to the Woman Who Wants to Share Jesus

Saint Paul's Outreach

Saint Paul's Outreach Vimeo channel

- Become a missionary with Saint Paul's Outreach

- The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Support Raising by Steve Shadrach

- I've written several blog posts on my own dating fast, which you can find here: 
   - Falling in love with authentic love
   - What I didn't know when I went on a dating fast
   - Fourteen days into the journey
   - I went on a dating fast and it didn't ruin my love life. 

- School of the New Evangelization talks from
   - 2014
   - 2015 
   - 2016

- If you'd like to contact Mary with questions about her work with Saint Paul's Outreach, her e-mail is mary.khadivi@spo.org

Photo credit to Jina Williams Photography 

Photo credit to Jina Williams Photography 


A Letter to the Woman Who Made Me

Show Notes 

Focus on the Family and Dr. James Dobson

The Importance of Mom Friendships

Spiritual Motherhood, an article from LifeTeen

Family Financial Workbook - A Family Budgeting Guide

Seton Home Study School: Catholic Home Schooling is the main program my mom uses for homeschooling. 

An ABCs of Must Read Children's Book Authors, written by Haley Stewart from Carrots for Michaelmas

The Joy of a Praying Family


Photography credit to Jina Williams Photography

Photography credit to Jina Williams Photography