Giveaway: "Spirit and Life: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church"


Spirit and Life, Sophia Institute Press, giveaway

Dive into an exploration of the seven sacraments unlike any you’ve ever seen before. In Spirit and Life: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Rose Rea combines Scripture, background information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and scholarly saints, and personal witness and explanation with breathtaking photography and simple design.

Spirit and Life, Sophia Institute Press, giveaway

This coffee table book from Sophia Institute Press is beautiful to look at and enlightening to read. The personal reflections support the educational material and will, at times, move the reader to tears. Authors of these reflections include Katie Almon; Bobby Angel; Archbishop Samuel Aquila; Sr. John Thomas Armour, OP; Jason Craig; Sam Guzman; Gemma Hawes; Kelly J. Henson; Brittany Makely; Deacon Raymond Philip Napuli; Lila Rose; Matthew Samon; Dr. Andrew Swafford; Kendra Tierney; Fr. Phil Tighe; and Peter Weldon.

The photography features interior, exterior, and detail shots of beautiful churches throughout the world and complements the text well.

Spirit and Life, Sophia Institute Press, giveaway

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We have one copy of Spirit and Life to give away to a reader!

Winner must have USA mailing addresses. This giveaway will close at 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, August 4, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be offered to alternate winner.

To enter to win, leave a comment below answering this question: What’s the most beautiful church you’ve ever visited?

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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. Basilica of the National Shrine, Mary Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Florida, AND they also have the most amazing choir!!!!!!!

  2. Norma Walsh on

    Basilica Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The imprinted image of Our Lady is about to be 500 years. Isn’t that amazing!!

  3. The most beautiful church I have ever visited is St. Gabriel Catholic Church, in Poway, California. It’s a new modern church, with an old California mission style architect. It has a large fountain in the center of a courtyard where I got a strong sense of community as the parishioners come out of Mass to gather and continue their fellowship.

  4. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. So many different beautiful elements. I would love to return someday to see it at a slower pace. However, I also love my current home parish. It is about 15 minutes away from the parish where I grew up. The altar always captured my attention as a young girl, and now I love spending time there.

    This book looks amazing. I think the photos would be my favorite element.

  5. Kaycee Brescher on

    Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My family and I drove from Louisiana to see Pope Francis when he came to the US!

  6. My own Catholic church in Ennis, Texas which I can see literally up the road from the place I live. It was hand built by the Czech Catholic immigrants who settled here. There is a black and white film of different stages of the church being built. My own father was a young boy at our Catholic school who tells of being asked to go down into the pier holes to dig out buckets of dirt. My daughters, great-grandfather, was in charge of all of the mortar work. We have been blessed with beautiful stained glass windows of varying sizes depicting a multitude of scenes throughout the entire church.

  7. The most beautiful church I have visited was the Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos in San Juan de Los Lagos, Mexico. I was a little girl when we went as a family. I hope to go back one day.

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