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MY NEWEST!


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RAVISHED: NOTES ON WOMANHOOD

My eyes glaze over at the phrases "culture wars," "identity politics" and "gender studies." My love letter to the Church for bringing me to full flower as a woman and as a human being.   













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ALSO NEW! 
FOOLS FOR CHRIST: FIFTY DIVINE ECCENTRIC ARTISTS, MARTYRS, STIGMATISTS AND UNSUNG SAINTS

The whole wacky spectrum: Satanist priests, victim souls, reclusive artists, modern-day martyrs. Fifty Catholics who laid down their lives for their friends and have not yet been (and may never be) canonized.









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PARCHED:
A MEMOIR
Sin, redemption, and rehab. Addiction as spiritual thirst. My new Hampshire childhood, tormented adolescence,years as a falling-down, blackout drunk in Boston,and at last...the light...








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REDEEMED:
STUMBLING TOWARD GOD, MARGINAL SANITY, 
AND THE PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING
My walk through the wilderness to Christ...
or on how Beverly Hills lawyerdom 
drove me to the Church of the Blessed Sacrament 
in Hollywood--and to the writing life.



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SHIRT OF FLAME: 
A YEAR WITH ST.THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX 
Middle-aged convert/seeker/pilgrim with checkered past. shaky

present, and unknown future spends 2009 in Koreatown, Los Angeles, 
"walking" with cloistered French Carmelite nun who died of TB in 1897, 
at the age of 24, with no pain medication, crying "I love Him!"...








POOR BABY:
A CHILD OF THE SIXTIES LOOKS BACK ON ABORTION

Need I say more?...A 10,000 word essay...




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STRIPPED:
CANCER, CULTURE, AND THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING

A memoir about my brush with mortality back in 2000, when I opted to go against medical advice...







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HOLY DAYS AND GOSPEL REFLECTIONS:
MY COLLECTED WRITINGS FROM MAGNIFICAT

Reflections on the woman at the well, 
the conversion of St. Paul, the Guardian Angels, 
the Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 
and much, much more.





STUMBLE: 
VIRTUE, VICE, AND THE SPACE BETWEEN

Essays on crisis, salvation, and the daily tragicomedy of the cross. With a foreword by Brian Doyle.







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LOADED: 
MONEY AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF ENOUGH

Some people are worried about not being rich enough. For a long time, I was worried about not being poor enough. Stories, jokes and tools to help.






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HOLY DESPERATION:
PRAYING AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

"All prayer arises from incompetence. Otherwise there would be no need of it."
--St. Thérèse of Lisieux






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FAMISHED
A FOOD MEMOIR, WITH RECIPES!


"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star."
--Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825