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My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

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A poignant and powerful spiritual memoir about how the lives of the saints changed the life of a modern woman.

In My Sisters the Saints, author Colleen Carroll Campbell blends her personal narrative of spiritual seeking, trials, stumbles, and breakthroughs with the stories of six women saints who profoundly changed her life: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Image (first published January 1st 2012)
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Colleen Carrol Campbell, speechwriter for President George W. Bush, author of the critically acclaimed, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy, and host of her own international television and radio show, “Faith & Culture” which airs three times weekly on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)—among a host of other accomplishments—has now written what she calls ‘a spiritual memoir’. It is that and so much more.

As an aside, I thought I received My Sisters the
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Sarah
Aug 21, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013-list
Bottom line: GREAT BOOK.

This was truly a look inside, and dare I say there was even a plot? I loved how there was a story woven throughout, and that the stitches of the story were some of my favorite saints.

In no way does Campbell give in to the temptation just to tell us about the saints in a long “we could find that on Google” lecture. She does not reduce the saints to her own take on them, either.

In fact, within this book is some of the best writing I’ve seen and a style that captivated even
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Barbara
Dec 13, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a friend's recommendation, and the first chapter turned me off immediately. The book sat on my bookshelf for another year before I decided to pick it up again. This time, I found it very compelling. Once I got past my initial skepticism -- the author's struggles are not my own -- I actually found many similarities as the book went on. More importantly than whether or not I related to her struggles, however, I found that the author has this wonderful ability to look back on ...more
Maureen
Mar 07, 2015 Maureen rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I was disappointed with this book. The best parts were the discussions of the saints. Though I have witnessed the effects of Alzheimer's and dementia in family members, I found Carroll Campbell's descriptions of her interaction with her father and this disease weak.
I also have to admit that I found her whiny in parts. Perhaps many of us would come off this way in a memoir. I almost put the book down while she was describing her dilemma while working as a speech writer. She wanted so badly to ge
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Stuart
Dec 27, 2012 Stuart rated it it was amazing
Upon picking up this book, you might recognize the author's name as she is the host of EWTN's show Faith and Culture. She also writes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and blogs for the New York Times and Washington Post. In a nutshell, this is Mrs. Campbell's autobiography of her spiritual journey so far.

In addition to being an autobiography, we also get a glimpse at key female saints in the Catholic Church. Drawing on these saints, such as Mary, Teresa of Avila, and Dorothy Day, Mrs. Campbell te
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Natasha Childress
Jun 06, 2014 Natasha Childress rated it it was amazing
Not at all what I judged the cover to be, but exactly what I needed... good mixture of saintly stories and personal witness with words of wisdom from each that I have already found helpful. An easy and insightful read.
Molaika
Jan 22, 2015 Molaika rated it really liked it
Mostly enjoyed this, especially her explanations of Edith Stein's writings, who I am eager to read now!
Faith
Nov 04, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
My Sisters The Saints~

Once I began this book, I couldn't set it down any longer than was necessary.
Colleen Carroll Campbell writes like she's talking to friends- she gives us the gift of her story and she tells it with intensity.

She asks a lot of questions- what does it mean to be a woman?
What do I do about work and goals and choices?
And how do I live through waiting and suffering and falling in love?

Colleen begins with the day she realized that she wanted- needed- something more. She was a
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Emily
May 19, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book much more than I did. The writing is excellent, both in style and tone, so that wasn't the problem. I think it was just that my life has been so different than hers, and I already have devotion to these saints, that I didn't really "learn" anything from this book. This had the effect of lowering my liking of it. I'm fairly sure this is just a me thing, and not a reflection of the worth of the book itself.
Amy
Aug 29, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...this one is a tough one to review. It is her journey so who am I to "review". This is a very Catholic book and is probably best read by very devout Catholics who grew up in Catholic homes.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. I am happy for the author that she is blessed with her religion and her family and much success.

At the risk of criticizing this spiritual journey book, I am only giving it 2 stars.
Tee Minn
Jan 22, 2014 Tee Minn rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I love biographies and this dealt with work/life balance, marriage, fertility, faith, and loving a parent through Alzheimer's. Colleen Carroll Campbell describes her spiritual memoir with such openness and honesty. The book is categorized as female lit as she gives a fresh perspective to the gift of being a liberated woman. But what resonated with me, wasn't the personal woman's issues, but the clarity I gained regarding my own Catholic faith and a deeper appreciation of inter ...more
Emily Davis
Apr 15, 2015 Emily Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
Happy Wednesday.

I’m determined to catch up with book reviews that are WAY overdue. So here we go…

First up is My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell. Published by Image Catholic Books.

Ms. Campbell is Courageous – She is in the public spotlight because of her past and present careers (EWTN for one). She shares so much of her experience with life lessons with falling away from faith (as so many of us do in college) and fertility and caring for an ailing parent, and that is courageous by
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Elizabeth
Sep 19, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, religion
My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell begins with Colleen as a young twenty-something, nominally Catholic college student who slowly begins exploring her Catholicism as a way to decipher what it means to be a woman.

Colleen explores the faith through the guiding influence of six different women saints of the Catholic Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, Edith Stein, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary, mother of Jesus. The book worked
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Nicole
Jan 24, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, saints
Ran into this little gem of a book at St. Patrick's bookstore, and decided to take a much needed break from the unending chemistry studies, to read it. Well, I'm really glad I took that break, because I now feel that I was called to read this book, at the right time in my life. In this little treasure, Colleen Carroll Campbell shares her spiritual journey, from her wandering and wondering college years through the literal fruition of her marriage. Colleen Campbell was George Bush's speechwriter ...more
Anne
I have been sitting on this review for a long time, and I'm still not sure how to rate it-- 4 or 5. I really enjoyed this read, and I could definitely see myself giving the book to others. I think a spiritual memoir must be an incredibly difficult type of book to write, and I thought the author crafted this one beautifully. I was prompted to read a biography of Edith Stein after reading Campbell's reflections on the saint's role in her life, and I identified strongly with many of the author's pe ...more
Betsy Dion
Mar 09, 2014 Betsy Dion rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
A great memoir of one woman's spiritual journey, structured around the saints that inspired her each step of the way. This is the type of book that will probably resonate differently at different stages of life, so I will likely reread it in a few years.
Jane
Aug 25, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Campbell gives us a thought-provoking memoir detailing how her love of Catholic saints impacted the way she met her life challenges. I was especially interested in Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), who studied the meaning of womanhood in the twentieth century and defined the theory of spiritual maternity before being killed by the Nazis for being a Catholic of Jewish descent.
The combination of Campbell's personal story with her summaries of the lives OF several saints makes for a
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Patricia Mckenna
Oct 21, 2015 Patricia Mckenna rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the saints that were reviewed. But maybe even more than that was the life of a woman that parallels the lives of the saints. The saints she discussed were Teresa of Avilla, Therese of Liseux, Mother Teresa, Edith Stein, Faustina of Poland and Mary of Nazareth. The truth is I am fascinated about studying how the saint's lived their lives. I connected with the author not so much in the details of a father with Alzheimer’s or bouts with infertility bu ...more
J
Jun 11, 2015 J rated it really liked it
I had a very hard time with the first half of this book because of the liberal/socialist undertones. I'm also really struggling with the "feminist" label that she applies to herself and Catholic female saints.

I'm not sure I like the author as a person. We are very similar in many ways (roughly the same age & cultural background, practicing Catholics, highly educated with prestigious employment histories, driven to excel, struggled with infertility, dads/grandfathers with Alzheimer's) but I
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Laurie Bianchi
Jan 18, 2015 Laurie Bianchi rated it really liked it
This book was hard for me to put down and yet there were aspects of it that I really struggled with. It is hard for me to reconcile my Roman Catholicism, feminism, and career as a scientist. I read this book thinking maybe it would help with that. It did not really at all. But the reason why I gave it a high rating is because this was her journey, not mine. And I believe she approached it fairly honestly -although some times she seemed to be contradictory regarding her infertility. Yet aren't we ...more
Megan Uy
Mar 21, 2015 Megan Uy rated it really liked it
I'm really struggling with this review. This book was eminently readable and the author's structure of aligning each of her struggles with a particular saint was inspired. And yet...despite the author's engaging style, I didn't really relate to her much. At the end of the day, her faith in fact seems to come quite easily to her and she has plenty of support in her faith and its practice from her husband, her family of origin, and even (I imagine) in her professional life since she works for EWTN ...more
McGuffy Morris
Oct 21, 2014 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
This spiritual memoir is powerful. The author draws the reader in with its very human journey. The challenges she faces are very relatable. As she is dealing with illness and loss, relationships, the draw of motherhood, career issues, and more, she is also trying to find her place in the world.

Ultimately, she turns to her Catholic roots to help sort it all out. Reconnecting with women saints at critical junctures along the way, the author finds a sense of sisterhood. She realizes these very hum
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Diane
Being a Gen-Xer, and a Catholic, and a woman, I thought I might be able to relate to this spiritual memoir, which details some challenging times in the life of a Gen-X woman, and the female saints she turns to during each crisis.

As it turns out, there was nothing relatable here. My fault, I am sure, but point by point, the author’s life is as unlike mine as any can be. Still, the book is interesting enough, for what it is.
Julie
Mar 22, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Recommended to Julie by: Byron B.
This engaging memoir is the story of “a twenty-first-century woman in a two-thousand-year-old church.” Campbell is a successful journalist and a devout Roman Catholic whose questions about life as a woman dig deeper than the typical questions about career-family life balance.
As a college student, the author begins to question the emptiness of her life and, finding feminist studies answer few of her questions, embarks on a journey back to the Roman Catholicism of her youth. She take as her guide
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Billie
Jun 28, 2013 Billie rated it liked it
It was a good story - kept my attention, most of the time, wondering where she was going next - but, to be honest, in my opinion, the author went on and on too long in some of her explanations; there were times when I was wishing she'd get to the heart of the matter a little quicker, because I was bored.
Mrsreader
Dec 24, 2014 Mrsreader rated it it was amazing
I had no interest in this book when I first heard of it. I thought it would contain fairly shallow minibios of saints I already knew about, with connections drawn, possibly forced ones, to whatever the author had experienced. And I honestly was specifically uninterested in the author. Somehow, whatever I had read from her in the past failed to connect with me, to the point that I'd see her name and think, "Oh, her again" and not want to commit the time to reading.

Somewhere, though, I did end up
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Suzanne
Feb 15, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Finally finished it. The author does a great job weaving her spiritual journey to God with introducing saints who were influential in her life. It has led me to want to learn more about these holy women. As well as giving me an idea of what to expect with their stories.
Cristina
Nov 05, 2014 Cristina rated it really liked it
I read this because my mother gave it to me. I don't usually read stuff like this because I find it to be preachy and difficult to relate to. But this was honest and only sometimes too much. I didn't feel like it was trying to get me to live my life a certain way or convince me of anything, and for that reason I would recommend. Colleen Carroll Campbell is a good writer, which is often hard to come by in the Catholic lit scene, and a woman, which is even harder. I don't know if she'd classify he ...more
Lissa
Jun 28, 2015 Lissa rated it it was amazing
The deacon at my church recommended the book to me when I was asking for some additional reading on women saints. Lately I had felt a need to deepen my faith. He said this would help with my spiritual journey. And this did not disappoint. This chronicles Colleen's own journey of faith with all of its God and bad. Her journey was not simple or automatic. It was hard, long and with difficult trials. Through it all she found saints who's lives and their faiths spoke to her. Each one at different ti ...more
Kim Malvick
Sep 04, 2014 Kim Malvick rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I couldn't put it down. I identified with this author on so many levels from the saints she highlighted to the ups and downs of fertility struggles.
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Colleen Carroll Campbell is an award-winning author, print and broadcast journalist and former presidential speechwriter. She is the anchor of “EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell,” a television news show that broadcasts from a studio near Capitol Hill and airs across the English-speaking world on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network. She has written and contributed to num ...more
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