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My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  563 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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
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...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.
Mike Gardner
Oct 07, 2014 Mike Gardner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men and Women of all and any faiths or none at all even.
Recommended to Mike by: FirstReads Goodreads Giveaway
Please Note that this book was obtained for free as a prize in the GoodReads FirstReads Giveaway and has no way influenced my review because the book was no cost to me. Thank you.

First off, let me say that if you need some church, but do not want to go to church or feel like you are in church, then My Sisters the Saints  A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell by Colleen Carroll Campbell is the book you need to do that. Talk about inspiration through faith, no matter what you believe or who you believe in as to religion, the stories take you on a journey through lives of these...more
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.
Meghan
Sep 21, 2014 Meghan added it
Perfect book to read as a young adult. My soul needed this!
Krysten Hager
Beautiful look at how there is more to suffering. The author goes through struggles with infertility while dealing with her father's descent into Alzheimer's disease. Throughout the book she talks about how the saints' own battles with their faith and lives influenced her. This book helped me a lot as I deal with my own father's dementia diagnosis. Campbell is able to find rainbows (literally--in a scene that made me choke back tears) at the end of the storms in her life. I'm grateful I found th...more
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
Maureen
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...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
Namedoris Powell
I really liked this book. I learned a lot about different saints, things that I never knew. The saints included St. Theresa Lisieux, St. Theresa of Avila, Edith Stein, and the Blessed Virgin Mary among others. I also learned how we can gain insight into our own lives by reading about these women. Ms. Campbell leads us through her life from university to motherhood. She shares her joys and sorrows, her pain and her happy times. She integrates the lives of these saints into her life.
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
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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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“Fixated as I was on final exams and Friday-night plans, the last thing I wanted to read was some sugary tale about a snow-pure saint whose biggest sin paled in comparison with what transpired in the first five minutes of the average kegger. But Christmas-break boredom can make a college student do desperate things, and that December it made me crack open a forty-five-year-old biography of Teresa of Ávila.” 0 likes
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