My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir
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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...more
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Published October 30th 2012 by Image (first published January 1st 2012)
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    booklady
    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...more
    Sarah
    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...more
    Stuart
    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...more
    Natasha Childress
    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.
    Emily
    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.
    Tee Minn
    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
    Elizabeth
    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...more
    Nicole
    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
    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.
    Kelani
    I won this book on the free goodreads giveaways. This was a very good book. I found myself reading through it slowly so I could understand everything the author was trying to portray. While I am not Catholic and I found some parts a little hard to understand I learned a great deal! This book has helped me in ways I cannot describe. The quest Colleen took to get closer to Jesus is inspiring and everyone going through their own trials and tribulations should read this book, no matter your religion...more
    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 3 of 5 stars
    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...more
    Amanda
    Highly recommend this book to ladies who are at any point in their lives where they are trying to figure out which path to go down. So good!!
    Arlene Allen
    Lovely and thought provoking. A different view on what "feminism " really means and how we as women can be lifted and glorified through faith.
    Patricia
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    Carolyn Roos
    I didn't know that I was looking for a book to re-connect me with the saints. I attended mass on Mothers' Day, as I do every Mothers' Day (and almost every Sunday), and received this memoir as a Mothers' Day gift from the parish. What a wonderful gift! Campbell fosters a beautiful connection with female saints that resonates with the challenges of life that so many women face. She does not recount the challenges of motherhood, but rather the challenges of a daughter, a wife and of a woman who lo...more
    Emily
    Women, you should read this book! In it, Colleen Campbell tells the story of her life and the impact that the saints - particularly St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, St. Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Mother Teresa, and Mary the Mother of God - have had on her. (It would go well with The Four Teresas!) After reading Colleen's "memoir," I feel as if I have made a new friend and gained hope for my own life after college. If you are a woman looking to live you...more
    Rachel Crooks
    An elderly gentleman at my church generously gave me and another girl copies of this book. I wasn't sure if it was for me until I read the first sentence.

    In high school and college, I discovered writers like John Paul II, Christopher West, Fulton Sheen and Scott Hahn, who have greatly increased my understanding of Catholic church teachings. Essential as those writers have been in my life, Campbell's memoir served a purpose which I consider as important: she very honestly shared her exeriences...more
    Dhanaraj Rajan
    An inspiring book for the believers.

    As a believer, how does one cope with the difficulties or the tough crosses? To believe in God and his mercy in times of joy and abundance is always easy and not much of a challenge. But, to believe that God loves you when He apparently gives you the things that you never wanted (death of your dad) or He does not give you what you desire with your life (answering your plea for children with infertility) is not an easy thing. Campbell lived through such situati...more
    Candice Chaloupka
    My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell is a well-written, engaging memoir Ms. Campbell weaves her personal struggles in with the lives of the six well-known and beloved female saints. Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, Mother Theresa of Calcutta and Mary, the Mother of Jesus provided comfort and guidance to the author as she struggled and grew as a woman, a wife and a Christian.

    The author shares her journey as she juggles career with marri...more
    Julie Luekenga
    I am a spiritual person and seek books and information that will feed my spirit. And for me, my spirituality is in the context of Christianity. My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir is the story of Colleen Carrol Campbell's life as she views it through her spiritual development. As a Catholic, this involves the stories and influences of the saints. She uses different situations in her life, her career, her father's illness, her desire to get pregnant to highlight how each saint enriched and...more
    Denise Y.
    For those of us who are sister-less, let’s thank God for our moms, girlfriends, and, sometimes when they get older and can fill the role more fully, even our daughters when we require a little (or a lot of) sisterhood in our lives. But what about calling upon our sisters, the saints?

    In her latest book, Colleen Carroll Campbell shows how her relationships with the female saints provide companionship, compassion, direction, and peace.

    In our current culture where the saints are deeply misunderstoo...more
    Joyce
    Carroll Campbell is a good writer who presents the narrative of her spiritual life in a way that is accessible, interesting, and inspiring. She has been able to make sense of her spiritual journey thus far, and in a way that actively involves help from a interceding team of female saints that bridges the gap between heaven and earth.

    This spiritual memoir speak to people struggling with their faith or with tough life issues like: the residual angst caused by modern feminism; suffering and witnes...more
    Celia
    It is my habit to read good, Catholic books before I go to bed each night. I want to be inspired and uplifted. I chose this book because Colleen Carroll Campbell admires, or came to admire, the same four, holy women that I look up to, Blessed Mother Teresa, Edith Stein (a saint), Saint Therese, and of course, our Blessed Mother. Ms. Campbell is a Catholic woman who has shared some of the same pain I have known, as she dealt with her dear father who had Alzheimer's, and how, as a young college wo...more
    Tara
    Jul 13, 2014 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
    Shelves: 2014
    I was so encouraged by this book! I am a reverence-loving Protestant who appreciates many of the Catholic traditions and prefers their bookshelves--this book definitely touched that chord. It also explained a few of the more confusing aspects of Catholicism and, though it didn't make me a convert, it solidified my views on feminism, contemplative prayer, and generally illuminated the fact that a true Christ-centered walk (even in this modern world) is a process.
    Agnes
    Incredibly engaging and compelling as a relatable memoir for a Catholic women in her late 20s/early 30s.

    Her personal story is believable and I appreciate how candid she is about her struggles with balancing/intertwining faith, work, family, friends/relationships.There were some parts that were especially moving (don't want to give any spoilers!) and tearjerker moments. I am a fan of her straightforward/journalistic writing style as it's not too flowery or oversentimental. I also enjoyed the ane...more
    Jen
    This is a book is keeper. How do we go from driven young women for the world to driven young women for God? Finally, a young woman tells her story in a way someone under 35 can relate to. She starts with her partying days in college, goes on to her career life as the president's speechwriter, and tells her life as wife and then mother. Each time she shows how God helps her - through a woman saint - during the crisis of her life and her identity. She teaches the reader how to look for God in the...more
    Am Paul
    I liked the depth of Campbell's understanding of the saints and here evolving understanding of how they informed her parents' lives. However, I was disappointed withher explanation of why she was opposed to fertility technologies such as IVF. "Because the church has said no" lacks a nuanced, mature understanding of "the church's position," which it is clear that Campbell possesses but did not convey explicitly in the book. In the end, though, it is a poignant rendering of the journey of an infer...more
    Molly
    This book was a gift from my mom, and I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it so much. She has a track record of giving me some not-so-fantastic titles. :-) I started reading it in short stints during my visits to the Eucharistic Adoration chapel... And was quickly hooked. The author is so relatable, so real. Dealing with so many of the same challenges that women of our era do. Her approach to dealing with these challenges was so different...so inspiring! She brought the lives and teachings of some...more
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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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