Imagine receiving a makeover that not only promised to make you more beautiful, but softened the rough edges of your personality, helped you gain control of your emotions, better manage your relationships, and grow in wisdom. And what if it could actually make you happy?
Sounds too good to be true, right? Yet every woman can experience this makeover with the gift of motherhood. Along with your new bundle of joy, there are real rewards just waiting to be claimed.
Motherhood is difficult--there's no getting around it. And yet, the challenges a woman faces when she becomes a mother don't have to be in vain. Instead of a series of frustrating, exhausting, or exasperating experiences, author Carrie Gress (a mother of four young children) sees daily life as an opportunity to grow gracefully as a woman, mother, wife, and friend.
Foreword by Vicki Thorn, Founder of Project Rachel
This is not a book to be read once and put away on a shelf. This is a spiritual companion for mothers to turn to time and time again. Carrie Gress provides here a precious resource to help us navigate the ups and downs of real-life motherhood while growing in grace at the same time. With refreshing honesty, practical advice, and a wealth of wisdom from the Church, Ultimate Makeover will help any woman make the most of her motherhood.
- Gina Loehr, author of "Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey" and "Choosing Beauty: A 30 Minute Spiritual Makeover for Women"
Carrie Gress has a delightful sense of humor and every mother I know will be able to relate to this book.
-Terry Polakovic, Endow Founder
In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of one of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.
“To follow Karol Wojtyła through Kraków is to follow an itinerary of sanctity while learning the story of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the story of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the story of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage through the life of a saint that reveals, at the same time, the dramatic history and majestic culture of a city where a boy grew into a man, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.”
With stunning photographs by Stephen Weigel and notes on the city’s remarkable fabric by Carrie Gress, City of Saints offers an in-depth look at a man and a city that made an indelible impression on the life and thought of the Catholic Church and the 21st century world.
We all know someone - a parent, sibling, aunt or uncle, coworker, grandparent, child, neighbor, or friend who has either left the Church or never discovered it. We want them to know the joy and peace we've discovered, but the last thing we want to do is to force our faith on them. So how can we bring our loved ones back to the Church?
Jesus was the first and greatest evangelizer. As his disciples, we're called to share in his mission to spread his message to others. But going outside your comfort zone to engage the disengaged in meaningful conversations about Catholicism can be overwhelming. Fortunately there are common patterns that are easy to follow once you recognize them.
In Nudging Conversions, Carrie Gress unveils those common patterns and offers a practical roadmap for reaching out to friends and family. You'll learn the art of asking questions, when to speak and when to keep quiet, basic tools for talking to others about Jesus, how to answer questions about the faith, and more.
Conversion doesn't happen overnight, sometimes all it takes is a little nudge.
The splendor, beauty, and freedom of the Catholic faith is something our culture longs for. Joy and truth go a long way in a world that has tried everything yet feels empty. Carrie Gress shows us that the beauty of Catholicism often only needs to be nudged for those searching. God works through small and simple things and he wants to work through you to bring others closer to Him. Nudging Conversions is a must read for anyone who wants to joyfully share their Catholic faith in a culture seeking love in all the wrong places. --Shawn Carney: Co-Founder of 40 Days for Life, and Co-Author of 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done...Imagine What He Can Do
Dr. Gress urges us to realize that evangelization (bringing others to the love of Jesus Christ) doesn't happen in a vacuum. It takes real people of real faith to reach out to that hurting person in the coffee shop, that disenfranchised teenager in our own family. Recognizing the challenges we face today in putting our faith into action, Gress offers a real roadmap to take the reader from inspiration to practical application of the deposit of faith. Nudging Conversions offers suggestions which can make a tangible difference not only for the hopeful evangelist but for those engaged actively in ministry today. --Dr. Christine A. Mugridge: Author of Called by Name, contributor to Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio/EWTN, research specialist on St. John Paul II s theology of communication.
Carrie Gress has written a marvelous book, a book full of practical assistance, of wisdom, of love. No Christian is ever fully fulfilled until she brings others around her back into the arms of Christ. Bringing the gospel to others, especially those near us, is our vocation.... Millions of Catholics at Mass ache with passionate prayers that children, uncles, and close friends of theirs come 'back home' to a loving Father. Prayers storm heaven every day pleading for that to happen. But for God to act, WE have to be his gentle hand upon the back, speaking tongue, embracing arm. We have to give our dear ones a nudge. If each of the 45 million Catholic adults during their allotted years of life nudge even two of their dearest ones back to our Father, that would mean an immense increase in those rejoicing together again in the deepest of all loves. Carrie gives scores of practical tips on how to let the Lord give that nudge through you. --Michael Novak: Author, philosopher, theologian, diplomat
Rooted in the teachings of Popes Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis and drawing deeply on the riches of Scripture and Tradition,Nudging Conversions is practical and wise. It is also challenging, filled with direct exhortations and bracing insights into the heart of the Christian life and the essential nature of evangelization. This toolbox will help readers break out of the boxes of indifference and pride and build relationships marked by joy and grace. -- Carl E. Olson, Best-selling author and editor of Catholic World Report
For all those who don’t feel like they’re equipped for the work of evangelizing, Nudging Conversions proves otherwise, offering practical, accessible guidance for how all of us can bring those we love closer to Christ through our daily prayers and ordinary interactions.”-- Emily Stimpson, Author of These Beautiful Bones, A Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide to the Single Years, and co-author of The American Catholic Almanac
One of the hardest elements of evangelization is the pressure we feel to do or say just the right thing at the right moment. This pressure can have the opposite effect of actually pushing our loved ones away from the Church instead of drawing them nearer. In Nudging Conversions, Carrie Gress shows that the best way to transform the heart of another is the way God does it: by loving a person just as he is. Such a love, as Christ shows us in the Gospels, does not require that we embrace their sins or errors, but delights in a person's uniqueness and dignity as a child of God. We can love persons as they are while desiring that they become as holy as they should. As Gress makes plain, the pressure of evangelizing is lifted when we simply love, pray and trust in what God's grace can do when we get out of the way. -- Fr. Jerome Magat, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD