Book Giveaway: Celebrate Advent with Welcome Baby Jesus AND O Radiant Dawn



Lisa and I are excited to offer you copies of our Advent books to help your family observe Advent. We will have 5 winners who will receive BOTH books! Can I hear a yippee?

This week’s giveaway:


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O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath


By Lisa M. Hendey (Ave Maria Press, 2012)

About the book:

Lisa Hendey, Catholic social media expert and creator of, presents five-minute daily devotions to help Catholic households embrace the spiritual riches of Advent.

This daily prayer book is created for use around an Advent wreath in Catholic households of any configuration. It contains twenty-eight devotional services, each designed to last only five minutes–an achievable goal for busy families. The single-page service includes: 1) a simple candle lighting, 2) a brief scripture passage paired with a reflection question for adults and older children and one for younger children, 3) silence, and 4) a closing prayer. Rooted in scriptural images of light, the booklet can be used perennially.

Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families


By Sarah A. Reinhard (Liguori Publications, 2011)

About the book:

Advent is a season almost forgotten by the secular world. With new toys and electronics available, why should we focus on this time of anticipation? Most everyone cannot wait for Christmas morning to arrive, but is it for the right reason? Sarah A. Reinhard designedWelcome Baby Jesus for you and your family to capture some of what’s intended by the liturgical season of Advent. Each day has a Scripture quote from the Sunday gospel readings, a brief reflection, and an action to complete. With each passing Sunday, your Advent Wreath will grow brighter, your family’s faith will grow stronger, and the true meaning of this season will be discovered.

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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. My favorite novel? Honestly, I have no clue. One, I need to read more and two, that’s a pretty tough choice even out of what I’ve read. But I guess we’ll go with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or just Return of the King. ?? 🙂

  2. My FAVORITE novel is actually three 😉 The C.S. Lewis space trilogy: “Out of the Silent Planet”, “Perelandra”, and “That Hideous Strength”. If I had to pick my favorite of the three, though, it would be “That Hideous Strength”.

  3. This is a very tough one– The best one I’ve read recently is probably In This House of Brede by Rumor Godden

    I don’t know if this counts as a novel but my all-time favorite book is The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery.

  4. Ann Cunningham on

    I’ve just discovered Willa Cather. I really enjoyed Song of the Lark and Death Comes for the Archbishop. Her stories of immigrants settling the western plains speak to me. She also treats Catholics respectfully and kindly, not something you find in works by non-Catholics.

  5. I would have to say my very favorite novel would have to be “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. I read it for the first time in the 7th grade and have loved it every since.

  6. I love “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston–a book that gets right to the heart of the human condition….

  7. I have not had Lisa’s book so would love to win it. I have shared Sarah’s book, both English and Spanish versions, with young families in our parish – would love to share again!

  8. Like most responses you’ve received, it’s hard to pick one all time favorite book. To Kill a Mockingbird is up there, along with the Great Divorce (CS Lewis). Better stop there or I’ll have a whole list on here! Fingers crossed!

  9. I love anything by Beverly Lewis, Debbie Macomber & so many Catholic books that I couldn’t even name them all. If pressed, though, my FAVORITE book that I ever read would have to be The Mystical City of God which changed how I look at the Holy Family for the rest of my life!

  10. fav book? I am good at starting books! I really enjoyed The Help and think I am really going to like The christmas sweater by glenn beck – just starting it.
    Thx for give away offer!

  11. Shelia Rice Engemann on

    I can’t pick a favorite for I read and love so many!
    Right now I am reading the Mitford series by Jan Koran.

  12. I have two favorite novels…well, novel series, actually. The first series of novels that I absolutely love and still quote to this day are the “Anne of Green Gables” books by L.M. Montgomery. The other series, which I read and loved as a child, were the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    And I must give honorable mention to the “Narnia” series and “The Hobbit” both of which I didn’t read until I became a homeschool mom, when I read them aloud to our children.

  13. Currently I am reading Catholicism for Dummies. lol
    As a convert, I thought it might help with some of my silly questions.
    I love books and really enjoy Historical Fiction, especially Tracie Peterson’s many series.


  14. My absolute favorite novel of all time is the Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, an amazing book and I feel timeless

  15. So many books have touched me, it would be hard to narrow it down….To Kill a Mockingbird….The Kitchen Wife and Mystic River were some of my absolute faves 🙂

  16. Thanks for the giveaway!! We don’t read a lot of novels at home, I can’t think of any as my favorite right now… we read more apologetic and theology stuff 🙂 God bless!

  17. I was prepared to say The Catcher in the Rye, but then I saw someone else posted Little House in the Prairie. So hard to pick!

  18. This contest sounds exciting and would love to win the books. Good Luck to all who enter. my favorite novel would be Angels Flight by Michael Connelly.

  19. I have several favorite authors so it’s hard to choose just one favorite title. I just finished “Out of My Mind” and have to say it’s a good one. Thanks for this give away and the opportunity to win. Good luck to all!

  20. My favorite novel of all time is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I had to read it for a class in college and I highlighted all the amazing quotes and eloquent writing. It’s a good #Catholic novel too. I hope to read it again some time but it’s a LONG one!

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