I've said it before here at String of Pearls, and I'll say it again: this blog has brought me so many opportunities, blessings, and even friendships that I never would have experienced had I not taken the plunge almost five years ago. I have my first daughter-in-law to thank for making me a blogger; she's the one who suggested the idea, feeling sure it was something I would enjoy. Well, she was right.
One thing that always amazes and surprises me is when, out of the blue, I receive an email from someone who has stumbled upon my humble little blog and asks me if I would be willing to use it as a tool to spread the word about their products or websites (and they're always wonderful Catholic products and websites). This doesn't happen often, mind you. Since I set up shop here on the Internet, I can count the number of times this has happened to me on one hand. But when it does, I get excited because I look at it as a way to evangelize about our glorious Catholic Faith.
So today I'm going to tell you about a new Catholic micropublisher that reached out to me not too long ago, called Peanut Butter & Grace. And because yesterday was Tuesday, and that's book club day...instead of a Grace-filled Tuesdays meeting, we're going to call this one "Peanut Butter & Grace-filled Tuesdays." (I know it's Wednesday; but it seems that lately I'm always a day late and a dollar short.)
I was just getting ready to blog about the Sense of the Sacred books when I got word that a paperback copy of the much-anticipated PB & G children's book about St. Therese was on its way to me. When we got home from our latest trip south to visit with three of our sons and their wives (and our two grandsons!), it was waiting for me in the mountain of mail that had accumulated while we were away. I tore through the packaging. (What can I say? St. Therese is a saint to whom I am very attached and about whom I get very excited!)
Here it is, PB & G's The Little Flower, A Parable of Saint Therese of Lisieux.
What's inside is more of the same: dreamy, ethereal watercolor illustrations accompany the story of Therese's childhood aspirations to become a saint. "She knew that because she was little, she could not do big things for Jesus...Therese wanted to do great things for Jesus, too. But how could someone so little do great things?"
I just visited the PB & G website and saw that if you order The Little Flower, A Parable of Saint Therese of Lisieux by December 14, you could receive your copy in time for Christmas gift-giving. So if you have a young reader/saint-in-the-making on your list, head on over there now, before it's too late. (The book is also available on Amazon.)
(Quick plug here: you could also get Erin's Ring, a Catholic novel for the YA crowd and up, in time for Christmas. Head on over to Amazon and order your copy now!)
Before I sign off, I want to thank the kind folks at Peanut Butter & Grace from the bottom of my heart for sending me these inspirational books, which I plan to share with my growing brood of beloved, book-loving grandchildren. It has been my privilege to share the good work you're doing with my readers.