Win Danielle Bean's New Book: A 2-for-1 Giveaway


Danielle Bean’s new Manual for Women (TAN Books) is not what you might expect, given the title. It doesn’t teach you how to cook, clean, earn a salary, or balance the checkbook: all things you might find in a handbook. Instead, this is a spiritual handbook, packed with prayers, saintly wisdom, and encouraging Scripture verses arranged according to category.

The first quarter of the book is an extended essay by Danielle Bean titled “Being the Woman God Made You to Be.” This inspiring essay touches on topics such as life-giving love, trust, and the feminine gifts of receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and more. It’s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

Manual for Women is not just for moms. It’s for women of any age, regardless of their vocation or state in life. I thought about keeping this book in the tote bag I bring to my weekly holy hour, because it’s a wonderful resource for prayer and spiritual journaling (you’ll even find Rosary meditations in here!) but I didn’t want to relegate it to once-a-week use.

I’ll admit it: I judge books by their covers. The cover of Manual for Women is simple and elegant, made of imitation leather in a gorgeous shade of turquoise, and the book feels very nice in your hands. The book’s small format makes it the perfect prayer book to tuck into your handbag, backpack, diaper bag, or tote. The pages are edged in silver, and a matching ribbon bookmark completes this book’s pretty design.

Enjoy a video preview of this book:

Would you like to win a copy of Manual for Women?

We have a special 2-for-1 prize! Our winner receives TWO copies of this book: one to keep and one to give to someone else. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’d give the extra copy to your mom, daughter, or friend.

The fine print: Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM Eastern on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Winner must have a USA mailing address. One winner will be chosen to receive two copies of this book. Both copies will be shipped to the winner, who is responsible for delivery of the second book. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to confirm. An alternate winner will be chosen if the prize is not confirmed within 48 hours.

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. I would enjoy reading this, and I’m sure that the Spirit would guide me to give it to the right friend!

  2. Kimberly Fasser on

    Hi! I’d give the 2nd copy to my 17 yo daughter, who is the only one of my 7 children who is still an actively practicing Catholic!
    Thank you & God bless!

  3. Erika Hernandez on

    I would give a copy to my friend! She just lost her dad and we would both benefit from getting closer to God.

  4. I would give a copy to my 27 year old daughter whose 28th birthday it will be on April 30, the day the contest ends. I couldn’t think of a better present than words of inspiration.

  5. I would love one and give the other to my sister. I have other books from Danielle Bean that were just what I needed. Also loved her as Editor for Catholic Digest. She always seems to say in her books what I needed to hear which is what I would love to share with my sister. I feel that both of us could use encouragement

  6. I would love, love, love a copy for my beautiful sister & a copy for myself! God bless you & all your work in this ministry.

  7. Michelle Taffe on

    I believe this would be a great book to share with my daughter who is a busy working mother with 4 young children under the age of 7. She could use a little R & R!

  8. Sandra M Eighmie on

    Would love to give a copy to my spiritual mother who has guided me and adviced me so wisely at so many occasions. She has provided me a loving and reliable source of comfort many times.

    • Lisa Pendergast on

      I would give the extra copy of this to my sister-in-law as when we are together we. frequently have conversation about our faith.

  9. So many women in my life would find this handbook beneficial. I haven’t decided to whom I would gift this book, but I trust that the Holy Spirit will relay that information to me when the time is right.

  10. Janice Frankford on

    I would be thrilled to give this book to my daughter as she celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation!

  11. Bernadette Nelson on

    I will give it to my sister-in-law. Almost 3 years ago, we lost her sister (my sister-in-law) to cancer. She was the glue for the family. It’s been so difficult for her. I would love to give her a copy the Prayer Book.
    Thank you for having a contest. I love contests.

  12. Holly Coppock on

    I would give a copy to my mother, not only because she is my best friend, but because she is going through a major life change as she is dealing with my father’s declining health and taking on more of a caretaker role. I think something like this would benefit her greatly in helping her in this transition! Thank you for sharing this opportunity!

  13. I would give my Mother the extra copy as a Mother’s Day gift perhaps, unless I was too excited and gave it to her before that.

  14. Erika Farkas on

    I would love to give this to my mother-in-law. I am lucky and blessed to have her but I know she would like to have a deeper more personal relationship with God and this would be a great start for her journey. It could be something we share and talk about on a regular basis.

  15. Sharla Scullans on

    I’d love to win copies of this prayer manual, and I would give the extra copy to my dearest friend, Sassy! I know she would love it as well!

    • Annie Oelker on

      I didn’t have to think for long…I’d give the extra copy to my 23 year old daughter who is serving in the United States Navy. I worry about all of the conflicting “voices” pulling at her out in the big world, and I know this book would be a perfect holy reminder of her beautiful Catholic faith and how to live it as a woman!😇

  16. I would love to gift a copy of this beautiful book to my mom (perfect that it would be right near Mother’s Day!). My mom is my prayer companion and has taught me so much about our faith by her example. If we both own a copy, I know we will have many fruitful moments discussing and praying with this together.

  17. I would give it to my mom who has been away from the Faith for 40 yrs. and is starting to think about returning to it. Thank you for the chance 🙂

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