Small Steps to Success by Sarah Reinhard


small_stepsI’ve been following Catholic mom-stars Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss for as long as I’ve been reading (and writing) online. These two ladies have walked me through many a trial, and I’ve shared tears and laughs with them.

They didn’t know it at the time, of course. I was just one of their invisible fans, enjoying the immense work they do online. Though I’ve gotten to know each of them a bit better in the last few years, I still face close calls with my bladder and have difficulty not just going into psycho fan-girl mode with them.

They are, after all, Catholic moms, just like me. They get up in the morning, face the battles of their days, and plow on through to bedtime.

Maybe that’s why they are so popular. Maybe that’s why I’m just one of about a million of their fan-moms. Maybe that’s what makes their latest project, Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day., such a treasure.

Small Steps isn’t a tome about how you can be more of a super-mom. This isn’t a book that will unlock the secrets of momhood and give you the elixir of needing less sleep.

What you’ll find, which is better, is a daily dose of inspiration, wisdom, and encouragement from women who know how lonely and hopeless it can be in the trenches of motherhood. This isn’t preaching, this is touching and giving in the most beautiful of Catholic traditions. This is a cup of tea with friends, a hug from a fellow trooper, an embrace from God Himself.

In Small Steps, you get just what it says: a quote from a saint, a short prayer, and a to-do item. Every month is centered around a virtue, and the companion journal gives you a chance to jot notes and reflect more deeply about that virtue, even as each day of that month takes you on a small step toward that virtue.

This book couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Early in my current pregnancy, I was hugging toilets and buckets and trashcans every morning. My prayer time was slashed in favor of sleep. By the time the kids woke me up, that precious quiet time was…gone. By the time the kids were in bed at night, I was collapsing along with them.

Small Steps is a lesson for all of us: we don’t reach sainthood in giant leaps, unless we look back over our entire lives. Instead, the road to heaven is a series of moments, of small steps we take, holding on tight to the hands of those who have gone before us and who are carrying us when we fall.

Would you like a chance to win a signed copy of Small Steps for Catholic Moms? Leave your name in the comments by next Friday, and we’ll choose one lucky winner.

The contest ended June 18…congratulations to our winner, Erin G (commenter #34)! For those of you who didn’t win, don’t forget that this book (and its companion journal) make a great gift idea.

Copyright 2010 Sarah Reinhard


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. I would love to win this book….I need a bit of inspiration….have two hormonal teenage girls…need I say more?!

  2. I would love to win this book. After raising 3 children we adopted 2 babies. I really need some inspiration raising a now 3 and 4 year old at age 55 :))

  3. I would love to have my name entered to win a copy of this book! We’re bringing home our baby next week (adopting him from Russia)! Thanks so much for hosting such a great give-a-way!

  4. Would like to receive a copy for my wife. As she learns and grows maybe some of those skills and understanding will rub off on me. Thanks for this opportunity.

  5. I’ve been really wanting this book but haven’t been able to justify buying a book for myself with all the books we have to buy for the kids for school at home…I could greatly use it!
    thanks for offering!

  6. I’m also a quiet but devoted follower of Elizabeth Foss — what a wonderful “friend” and “mentor.”

    I would really appreciate a copy of hers & D. Bean’s new book. Thanks!

  7. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a little girl crush on these two – I too would love to win a copy of this book!!!

  8. I put this on my must-read list as soon as I heard about it. I’ve been reading Elizabeth’s columns in the Arlington Cathilic Herald for years, and recently I read Danielle’s book, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom. (The title caught my attention, because I call my blog Musings of a Catholic Mom.) Thanks for offering us this chance to win a signed copy of Small Steps! God bless! 🙂

  9. Pls include me in the drawing for the book! It’s the perfect size to read in a couple quiet evenings after the children go to bed.

  10. I’m such a fan of Danielle and Elizabeth. I’d love to win because otherwise I’m going to have to wait far too long to read this book.

  11. Jackie Whiteside on

    Please enter my name for a chance to win this book. It sounds wonderful. Thanks so much!

  12. Have a good friend who could use some encouragement these days and would love to give her this book. She has 6 children, 3 of them very small and can only read in small bites these days! Seems perfect! Thanks!

  13. learning how to help our youngest, who’s on the spectrum. Some real learning curves ahead for us here!

  14. I have been wanting a copy of this book since reading about it in Faith & Family magazine. What a blessing!

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