GIVEAWAY: A Catholic Book Library from Our Sunday Visitor


OSV Our Sunday Visitor giveaway

Our friends at Our Sunday Visitor have put together a big prize pack for our end-of-summer giveaway!

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Noll Spiritual Classics OSVNoll Classics Package: A contemporary selection of Catholic classics, curated for the modern reader by Our Sunday Visitor in the spirit of founder Archbishop John Francis Noll. This set of 5 classics includes:
Confessions by Augustine of Hippo, with an introduction by Joseph Pearce
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, with an introduction by Leah Darrow
Story of A Soul by St. Thérèse of Liseux, with an introduction by Elizabeth Foss
Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, with an introduction by Teresa Tomeo
Introduction To The Devout Life by Francis de Sales, with an introduction by author Pat Gohn

OSV Noll Spiritual Classics

$119 value! These beautifully designed hardcover books with embossed covers offer plenty of room in the margins to take notes and journal. The books are gift quality editions of classic Catholic spiritual works.

Know Thyself by Lisa Lawmaster Hess - OSV

Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff by author Lisa Lawmaster Hess. Organizing and tidying up has become a national obsession. We are on an endless quest for the perfect containers, boxes, totes, bags, bins, shelves, files, folders, and labels to tame our closets, corral our clutter, and eliminate chaos. Books and television shows promise the magical secrets to getting and staying organized. “So,” you think, “if I just buy these things and follow these instructions, I will finally be organized and joyful!”

Author Lisa Lawmaster Hess is going to let you in on a secret: that doesn’t work.

Why? Because you have been chasing one-size-fits-all solutions. But you are not a one-size-fits-all person. You’re unique. (Just ask God, who created you!)

Know Thyself is an effective and fun way to discover your personal and organizational styles, and will help you own your style. You’ll take what you might have thought was a flaw and learn how to make it a strength. And that, plus Lisa’s help and a sense of humor, will guide you toward an organization method you can really stick with.

Marketing God by Donna A. Heckler

Marketing God: Inspired Strategies for Building the Kingdom by Donna A. Heckler. Marketing God is a crash course unlike any you’ve had before, meant for Catholic parishes, dioceses, religious orders, Catholic organizations, start-ups, apostolates, and anyone who is passionate about their Christian faith and looking for ways to share it effectively.

Donna A. Heckler, a global marketing executive who has served a variety of multibillion-dollar organizations with names you know, offers her winning strategies and critical corporate marketing insights to faith-based organizations to help them build their brands and craft messages that are relevant, meaningful, and true.

This primer on effective marketing and communication in the context of faith includes:

  • Forty identified corporate strategies that are most critical to faith-based organizations
  • A no-nonsense approach to marketing, branding, and positioning your parish or organization
  • Simple strategies you can start using today
  • Scripture references that help illustrate the strategies
  • A handy glossary of marketing terms for the non-marketer

You will learn (and quickly) that marketing is not a bad word for Catholics — or for any Christians. It’s a concept, complete with a series of tactics, that can be employed to help further the Kingdom.

One Second Prize winner will receive copies of both Know Thyself and Marketing God.

One Third Prize winner will receive a copy of Marketing God.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment at the bottom of this article answering this question:

Which of these books are you most excited to read?

Three winners in the USA will be chosen to receive the prizes mentioned above. One grand prize winner will receive the 5 Noll Spiritual Classics, plus Know Thyself and Marketing God. One second prize winner will receive both Know Thyself and Marketing God. One third prize winner will receive a copy of Marketing God.

This giveaway closes at 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, September 8. Three winners will be chosen and notified by email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to alternate winners.

Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


About Author

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.


    • Michele Baker on

      Story is a Soul by St. Therese. I have heard excerpts of her autobiography and she seem so easy to relate to. Her honesty about human relationships and struggles are something I would love to learn from.

    • They all sound great- have read a couple. I am most interested in St. Francis de Sales and Marketing God. I read a book by a Princeton professor (I think) once about the psychology of fundraising and Marketing God sounds like it might be similarly interesting and helpful.

  1. Monica Gettinger on

    Oh my goodness, I am interested in all of them!! I guess if I had to choose one, it would be Marketing God. The reason I would choose this book is because I attend a small parish and we don’t have any one person in charge of communication. Unfortunately, sometimes the ball gets dropped. I hope this book might help to get us get on the same page.

  2. Tressa Roderick on

    KNOW THYSELF looks perfect for me, but I’ve also always wanted to delve into The Imitation Of Christ!!

    • Barbara Berg on

      I would like to read all these books. I am especially interested in the classics and right now I would say probably the Imitation of Christ would be the book I would read first.

    • I have to choose my favorite?!?! Ack!! Too hard!

      But, if I have to choose I think Introduction to the Devout Life and Marketing God would be the first ones I’d pick up if I won the grand prize.

  3. Lydia Henderson on

    I’m excited to read Know Thyself. Struggling to organize my homeschool and my house, in general!

  4. Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB on

    Oh my gosh! Choose just ONE!!! So hard… I choose Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, with an introduction by Teresa Tomeo. I go to St. Teresa of Avila in prayer every morning, reading her quote “Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things.” I also love her insight on prayer and the four waters. As a Benedictine, her Carmelite spirituality fits nicely with th Rule.

  5. I would definitely read Know Thyself first! But the Classics would be next. Thank you for the opportunity!

  6. Introduction To The Devout Life by Francis de Sales, with an introduction by author Pat Gohn

  7. Interior Castle –yes, I know it’s heavy, but maybe this beautiful edition will inspire me to stick to it.

  8. tammy cordery on

    Introduction to the devout life sounds like my kind of book. I need a book like that. Thank you for the giveaway. They all sound like great books to read. Thank you for the chance.

  9. I need to read “Know Thyself”! I am about to have our second child and would like to organize our storage areas; I need some useful inspiration!

  10. Marianne Hocson on

    I am excited about all the books, but MOST especially for the Noll Classics! This is in my wish list, but never have enough budget (teacher salary supporting our household) to actually go into my cart! LOL! =) What a wonderful giveaway!

  11. Karina Schubert on

    I’m most interested in reading Know Thyself! Sounds perfect for me especially as I try to declutter and make room for a new family addition in October!

  12. I am interested in Confessions by Augustine of Hippo, and know thy self. Being a new mom and newly converted Catholic I am learning a lot about my faith and myself!

  13. I saw so many amazing quotes from St Augustine on his feast day that it renewed my interest in reading his works.

  14. Since, I was on my teens Santa Teresa de Avila, keep my attention. I remember being in the bookstore and I found a book titled “ Al andar se Hace Camino” in English is “ Walking you made a Path” of Santa Teresa de Avila. She always been my inspiration to love the Lord more everyday. Thanks

  15. I am really interested in all 5 but as a faith formation leader for 5th graderd. Marketing God looks really fun.

  16. The one (if I can only pick one) I would LOVE to read is abut St Augustine. My life could be considered similar to his as a young adult; I will not be a Saint as much as I try, but to read about him would be awesome~

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