BLOG TOUR: The Catholic Advantage, March 3-9, 2015

 Does your faith make you happier?

In The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful, the president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, explains why people of faith are more likely to be healthier and happier than their non-religious counterparts.

Providing proof and explanation for why religion is integrally tied to well-being, Donohue shows how the Catholic Church has the formula for achieving health, happiness and ultimately heaven.

“The greatest joy that Catholicism offers is the prospect of achieving salvation,” writes Donohue. And the good news, according to Donohue, is that the teachings of the Church provide a veritable road map to heaven while also providing benefits such as good health and happiness.

For The Catholic Advantage blog tour we’ve asked 7 bloggers to review the book and to share examples of how faith is integral to achieving good health and happiness in their own lives.

Using examples, both personal and from the book, our bloggers will shine new light on the fascinating correlation between faith and well-being.

We’re grateful to our blogging friends for sharing their thoughts and hosting stops on the tour. We encourage you to visit their sites (links below) and read their reflections.

 

Blog Tour Schedule

March 3: The Catholic Book Blogger

March 4: Testosterhome

March 5: Abigail’s Alcove

March 6: Quiet, Dignity, and Grace

March 7: Single Catholic Girl

March 8: Seasons of Grace

March 9: The Cajun Catholic

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Bill Donohue, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.


Image Author, Sister Joan Chittister, to Appear on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday”

 

“Super Soul Sunday - Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister:  A Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy”  airs Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Oprah speaks with Sister Joan Chittister, a Roman Catholic nun and author of over 50 books, for a discussion about new ways of looking at God, the vital force that women represent in the church and in society, and the divinity of merging spirituality and science.  Sister Joan is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality – especially for women all over the world, and has been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than thirty years.

Photos courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns

Chittister’s newest book is Between the Dark and the Daylight.

 

 


Video: Jim Papandrea Talks About Seven Revolutions

Combining history, politics, and religion, Mike Aquilina and Jim Papandrea provide practical lessons to be learned from the struggles of the Early Church, lessons that can be applied to the day-to-day lives of Christian readers.


INTERVIEW: Sister Joan Chittister

Q&A with Joan Chittister

Author of

Between the Dark and the Daylight

 

Q. What is your hope or goal for this book?

I am hoping to generate good conversations about the unseen elements of life that often affect our decisions more than they should.  It’s a matter of helping people think through all the dimensions of life as we deal with the rest of it.

To put it another way: Life is made up of context as well as content. These things—the social environment, out attitudes, our goals, our sense of self—all affect the way we come to our decisions and why. The purpose of this book is to bring those things to consciousness so we can come to understand why we think what we think as we go through life.

It’s an attempt to make the invisible parts of life visible to us in ways that free us to operate at our best.

 

Q. What made you decide to write about this topic?

I think this topic helps to take the sense of aloneness out of life. Everyone deals with each of these things like what it means to be part of the crowd, for instance. The question is when is the crowd helpful—and when not. What part of being in a crowd is more harmful than good. Discussions like that alone make the discussion of particular issues both more real and more honest.

Life is a series of paradoxes—contradictions that are as true as they are false—that confront us all our lives. The point is to look at each of them from every perspective and bend them to our strengths, not simply surrender to the pitfalls they present us with.

 

Q. In the introduction you write, “Whatever it is that we harbor in the soul throughout the nights of our lives is what we will live out during the hours of the day.” How do we focus our souls during the nights so that we can live with purpose and stability during the days?

In the first place, we have to focus on the attitudes we bring to every challenge in life. We have to ask whether or not we have examined each of them thoroughly or only with prejudice.

We have to grow beyond our fears in order to become our best and strongest selves. But to do that we need to look them in the eye, up close and personal. Then, we can concentrate on the issues we’re dealing with and not be distracted by elements of life that have not real bearing on the issue itself.

 

Q. You talk about this premise that the spiritual life begins within the heart of a person and so “when the storms within recede, the world around us will still and stabilize as well.” What a great visualization! Can you offer a few practical tips for settling our inner storms?

By admitting our fears and prejudices to ourselves we make room for other ways of thinking. Then we no longer get up in the morning geared for battle.

Fear and prejudice end when we can admit each of them, examine each of them with others, and understand the value and weakness of each position. Once we do that, we will be capable of talking out other difficult things together, too.

 

Q. If you could choose one message from the book to really drive home to your readers, what would it be?

A culture in transition is a culture of prejudices, of polarized populations, of ideas cemented in fear. It’s time to examine all of them in the light so that we can all move on together,  open to new ideas, full of courage and understanding of people who think other than we do.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Joan Chittister, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.



Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Top