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January 2nd, 2013


In my last post I suggested three books on faith to begin the year. Here are ten reasons to begin exploring faith in your life starting now:

1. Now is the only time to begin.

2. Everything ends.

3. People you love will die.

4. There is no way to prepare.

5. One day you might get married.

6. You will face the reality of your choices every day.

7. Children don’t make you happy.

8. They make you grow up.

9. You don’t know as much as you thought.

10. Answers appear as you go.

And one better:

11. It’s free.

The questions in life are universal, and with them, our doubts and fears. In Katrina Kenison’s books, she writes through the questions we share: how do we parent, make a home, let go, be a friend, find a path, and become a true companion to ourselves? I am honored to share her art and kindness with you.

I’ve recommended other books on faith, but here’s one better. Katrina has offered a copy of her newest book, Magical Journey, as a gift to one of my blog readers. Please leave a comment on this post by Friday, Jan. 4 for a chance to take flight on Katrina’s latest journey.

And remember Katrina’s visit to Pasadena’s Vroman’s Bookstore on Feb. 8. Come sit with me in the front row.

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  1. Would love to read it!

    Comment by Linda — January 2, 2013 @ 7:47 am

  2. I so look forward to reading Katrina Kenison’s new book – thanks for spreading news of its arrival. Living this life is a “Magical Journey,” indeed!

    Comment by Kim Piper Hiatt — January 2, 2013 @ 7:50 am

  3. 11. And a new year is a good reminder that every day is the only day we might have. Thank you!

    Comment by Dale Rinehart — January 2, 2013 @ 7:59 am

  4. Karen, your books have changed my life. I came to your blog searching for other recs of similar books….and voila! Thank you.

    Comment by Sarah — January 2, 2013 @ 8:08 am

  5. Would love to read ‘Magical Journey’! Sounds delish!

    Comment by Eva — January 2, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  6. I hare read Katrina Kenison’s other books, and would love to win the newest. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Tara — January 2, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  7. “Now is the only time to begin.” This is so true. I would love to read this, and hope to see you on February 8th.

    Comment by Mimi — January 2, 2013 @ 8:17 am

  8. These are the lessons of this very moment. **love**

    Comment by Sue — January 2, 2013 @ 8:22 am

  9. “There is no way to prepare.”
    (And art and kindness sound to me like not one, but two magical prizes to win!)

    Comment by Roos — January 2, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  10. Dear Maezen,

    One of the best aspects of this New Year is that I am able to realize the “beginning-ness” of everything anew. I would very much love to read Ms. Kenison’s book. Please count me in.

    Happy New Years! Curt

    Comment by Curt Anderson — January 2, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  11. Children don’t make you happy. I have to keep reminding myself of that!

    Comment by Ranya — January 2, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  12. Karen,

    I love the abundance of wisdom in your list.

    Thank you so much. Happy New Year.

    Comment by Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri — January 2, 2013 @ 8:32 am

  13. ready to start again… Would love this book!

    Comment by kathleen — January 2, 2013 @ 8:40 am

  14. Thank you for this opportunity! Greetings from Italy

    Comment by Barbara — January 2, 2013 @ 8:48 am

  15. Would love to share this with my mother, who is would greatly benefit from the sentiments in this book.

    Comment by Kathleen — January 2, 2013 @ 8:49 am

  16. #10: “Answers appear as you go.” – Yes, I am learning and re-learning this lesson. There is no real way to know the answers ahead of time; just the ability to prepare my heart and mind to accept gracefully the answers that are put in front of me. Thanks for the chance to win Katrina’s new book. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Comment by Susan — January 2, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  17. Hi Karen, Happy New Year! For me, I had the Christmas from hell! I watched family dysfuntion at it’s best. I watched the denial of a marriage falling apart. The gluttony of gift giving and greed being taught to children with little awareness that the parents were participating in. I watched my only child suffer, because he refuses to look at himself and make heart felt changes. I watched my daughter-in-law “pretend” that everything was OK yet she was not “in” the moment! She was frantic! Trying to make it perfect or maybe for it to all go away. My son said to me “Mom this is the worst Christmas I have ever had” And then I remembered my own past Christmas’s and how I felt much the same way in my own past marriage. Families pass the baton, unknowingly. We pass, guilt, anger, resentments, greed, and the part of not being in the moment. I would say to anyone reading this, if you can identify, seek some counseling. Don’t wait until it’s to late! Whew!

    Comment by Vivian Hatfield — January 2, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  18. I would love to read this book.

    Comment by Amanda — January 2, 2013 @ 9:21 am

  19. I so wish I lived closer to you or you lived closer to me…..Utah is so faraway. I would so love to just visit you.
    I read Katrina other book and I am so looking forward to this new one.

    Comment by carol ann — January 2, 2013 @ 9:22 am

  20. Thank you! You already give a gift. This would be the cherry on top.

    Comment by Kafi — January 2, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  21. Thank you for the chance to win. it sounds like a wonderful read!

    Comment by Liz — January 2, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  22. A magical journey sound just like what I need! Happy New Year!

    Comment by Angela R. — January 2, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  23. I love this post and really, all your posts. I will buy this book. Thank you xo

    Comment by Jen Heimert — January 2, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  24. What a wonderful list. I would love to read her new book.

    Comment by Valerie — January 2, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  25. I would love to read this and then share it with my mom, my friends and, one day, my daughters.

    Comment by Carole — January 2, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  26. Magical journey sounds like a great first read of 2013!

    Comment by Beth — January 2, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  27. All of Katrina’s books have been life-changing for me and live on within my heart. I cannot wait to read this new one!

    Comment by Misty — January 2, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  28. Thank you, Karen.

    Comment by Ines — January 2, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  29. I would love to read this book! Thank you Maezen.

    Comment by Anna — January 2, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  30. I would love to start the New Year with a new view.
    Thanks Katrina for the book and yourself for sharing!!

    Comment by Angie — January 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  31. Dear Karen,

    Since I’m partaking in the same journey, that is on Dutch grounds, I would love to read what Katrina wrote about the magical character of it…

    Wishing you peace & harmony along the way for 2013!

    Comment by Astrid de Keulenaar — January 2, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  32. Katrina’s “Gift of an Ordinary Day” is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for an opportunity to read her new book.

    Comment by Shelley — January 2, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  33. If you recommend it, then I’m definitely interested. I also completely agree about children.

    Comment by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux — January 2, 2013 @ 11:29 am

  34. I would love a chance to get to know Katrina through her book!

    Comment by Kathryn — January 2, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  35. I look forward to exploring the authors mentioned in this post and the last, beginning with “Magical Journey” (whether I win or not!)

    Comment by Jamie — January 2, 2013 @ 11:38 am

  36. Magical Journey sounds superb! Now that I have finished Hand Wash Cold, I am longing for a new life-changer…

    Comment by Leslie — January 2, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  37. Would love to meet Katrina through her words.

    Comment by Lana Bommicino — January 2, 2013 @ 11:55 am

  38. Just today, at the mid-way place of my life, it painfully dawned on me, at dawn with tears, that yes, you do live with the consequences of your choices every day of your life….and worse that maybe those consequences extend beyond one’s life, I hope this is one truth I never have to know. I need, yes need, a magical journey, thank you for the chance to win the book.

    Comment by MJ — January 2, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  39. Both of your books and both of Katrina’s have changed me so much…They have helped me to be a better wife and mother. They have also made me appreciate my life and blessings so much more..xoxo

    Comment by Jennifer — January 2, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  40. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for all of your book recommendations!

    Comment by Sarah — January 2, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

  41. I have been thinking a lot about faith in the past month. I like the reasons you gave for exploring faith.

    Comment by May — January 2, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

  42. I would love to be introduced to Katrina’s work.

    Comment by Sherry — January 2, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  43. Katrina’s words bring both tears to my eyes & joy to my soul.

    Comment by Linda — January 2, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  44. lovely post to begin a New Year. Loving your blog as much as I love your books

    Comment by Kyla — January 2, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  45. Would love to soak in Katrina Kenison’s wisdom. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Jen — January 2, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

  46. “If you have an extraordinary life, untold numbers of people are going to be affected.” Benjamin Zander. I would love to start 2013 with Katrina Kennison!

    Comment by Sarah — January 2, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  47. I started reading Unbroken last week after reading your faith recommendations blog. I would love a copy of Magical Journey.

    Comment by Amanda — January 2, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  48. I would love to read this book and I have the perfect person to share it with afterwards.

    Comment by Susanne — January 2, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  49. Sounds wonderful! I’ve been meaning to read her books.

    Comment by Fanny Priest — January 2, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

  50. I looked this book up on Amazon when I saw your recommendation. Looking forward to it coming out!! Maybe I’ll win.

    Comment by Leia — January 2, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

  51. I am so ready to read this new book by Katrina. I love her writings, and look forward to the journey. Peace

    Comment by Karen — January 2, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

  52. While I have already ordered Katrina’s new book, would love to win a copy to give to my sister.

    Comment by Shawn — January 2, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  53. Thank you for the gift of your blog. Great writing, beautiful reminders for the journey :)

    Comment by Darlene — January 2, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  54. I love Katrina’s books. Would love a copy of it

    Comment by Jackie — January 2, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  55. Would love to read it, your books are life changing… Thank you for introducing this author as well

    Comment by Audrey — January 2, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  56. Thank you so much for the opportunity, and blessings to all who have posted.

    Comment by Marlisse — January 2, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  57. Sounds wonderful-thank you.

    Comment by Kris — January 2, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

  58. Sounds like a very inspiring book ! Would you like to come to the Omega Institute ? I work there and you would be a perfect fit ! Blessings !

    Comment by Philip Brown — January 3, 2013 @ 1:18 am

  59. I’m a huge fan of KK and her wise, gentle voice and would love to read her latest book!

    Comment by Amy — January 3, 2013 @ 2:14 am

  60. 12. Your approach and perception of things is like putting seasoning or spices in a recipe. Mindful living can help you season the recipe to achieve the right flavor for you.

    Comment by Robin McMonagle — January 3, 2013 @ 3:26 am

  61. Hi Karen; I would love to be considered for any reading you recommend. I also would like to wish you a very happy New Year. I hope your retreat brought you what you needed. Kind regards.

    Comment by Simone — January 3, 2013 @ 3:57 am

  62. This sounds really, really good! Would love to have a copy.

    Comment by Cindy Wolfshohl — January 3, 2013 @ 4:16 am

  63. thank you for this generous and exquisite offering. karen and katrina together is pure bliss…love to you both.

    Comment by melissa — January 3, 2013 @ 5:40 am

  64. I have been inspired by both you and Katrina in the past 15 years of my motherhood journey. Thank you!

    Comment by Marcella — January 3, 2013 @ 6:01 am

  65. I love this list. As I sit at my desk after having sat this morning, I feel each of us is sitting together. This book is a mountainous treasure. I hope to sit with it.

    Comment by Clair Norman — January 3, 2013 @ 6:36 am

  66. “Answers appear as you go” is the difficult but encouraging lesson I am learning about writing these days. This was just the reminder I needed about both writing and life–that I don’t need to wait for answers in order to keep going.

    Comment by Christen — January 3, 2013 @ 6:42 am

  67. I hope you continue this thread of faith. I’m digging it and I think it fits like a garden rake in your hand.

    That said, I read anything Maezen tells me to but in this case I’m already a fan of Katrina’s. Hope I win because I still have to buy bday presents and bday party loot for two almost SEVEN YEAR OLDS!!!!!! Birthday is a week from Friday.

    Hold me. : )

    Comment by Shawn — January 3, 2013 @ 6:56 am

  68. Karen, Love the two lines, “Children don’t make you happy. They make you grow up.” ‘Aint that the truth! Wanted to comment on that, but not to enter for book. I already have a copy coming! XO

    Comment by Kasey — January 3, 2013 @ 7:27 am

  69. I love your list Karen, and i would love to read the book!

    Comment by Kirsten — January 3, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  70. I would be there in person if I lived closer. I am very much looking forward to Katrina’s new book.

    Comment by Kim — January 3, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  71. So looking forward to Katrina’s new book and have the Pasadena allearance on my calendar!

    Comment by Adrianne Coleman — January 3, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  72. Any book you recommend is going on my Must Read List. Happy New Year my sweet friend. ~L

    Comment by Lin — January 3, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  73. This book sounds refreshing and is apropos to my life as a first time mother and recovering perfectionist. This blog has been a blessing to me, along with Momma Zen. Thank you.

    Comment by Sara — January 3, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

  74. Would love a chance to win.

    Comment by Peggy Dlugos — January 3, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  75. I met Katrina in Boston when I was attending your one day retreat. You both inspired me to walk my own path. I would love to read her new book!!! Thank you for the chance.

    Comment by Amy Pertl-Clark — January 3, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

  76. Sounds like just the book I need. Lots of changes, lots of exploration, lots of unknowns this year…

    Comment by Kelly Stanley — January 3, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

  77. I am currently stuck on “those I love will die.” I just last week lost my Father. I was not prepared. I don’t know if I ever would have been prepared. The loss has left a hole in me. I am empty. I am almost angered at the fact of “life goes on.” It shouldn’t. It should stop right here with me and mourn the loss of the most amazing man I ever knew. If the rest of the world knew him as I did, I am confident they would stop and mourn as well

    Comment by Paula Breseman — January 3, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  78. Awesome post for the new year!

    just in time for me to realize how true some – actually most if not all – of your words are.. esp the “children make you grow up.. ”
    feeling that today for sure…

    Comment by Deb Keiser — January 4, 2013 @ 5:04 am

  79. The list of friends who will treasure Katrina’s voice grows in my head as I savor her story.

    Comment by Jena — January 4, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  80. This sounds delightful…..Magical Journey……yes please!

    Comment by Monica — January 4, 2013 @ 9:53 am

  81. this sounds like the perfect book to start the new year. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

    Comment by Mardou — January 4, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

  82. Thank you sweet Karen. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my two children, and how i actually DONT want them to make me happy (what a burden for them!!) Ah…parenting…my growing up (process)…and how answers appear as you go…(not just in the parenting realm). People i love will die..and there is no way to prepare. Breathing that one in…and out. There are too many questions to answer, and its especially boggling to only dig for answers in books. We all know the real answers are already within us, but like a trek, we only discover them AS WE GO. The ironic beauty of a good spiritual book is that it can help us on that trek. I am propelled to go online and buy this book ASAP. Tho a gift of this nature would mean thrice as much! The journey, the trek, the questions, the parenting, the devotions, the answers, the pain, the joy, the exhaustion, and the one more step each day…tells me more than ever we are all connected. In our essences… Like a painting and light. Like the shore and the vast ocean. Like our bodies and the distant stars…heartbreakingky beautiful.

    Comment by Liz — January 4, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  83. I’m a huge fan of Katrina! I’ve been waiting patiently for this book. :-)

    Comment by Melissa — January 4, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

  84. People you love will die.

    I have been ruminating on just this as the new year creeps in. My elders, all of them now in their 80s and 90s, make not make it through another year.

    There is no way to prepare.

    My children are all but grown, college kids who think they know how to take care of themselves, and i have to let them make their mistakes now even though it might break my heart.

    Your children make you grow up.

    I need this wisdom. Thank you.

    Comment by Angella — January 4, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

  85. Re #7, my daughters continue to bring me so much joy and laughter that I am not sure that I agree completely. Today when I got home, I got this lovely “daddy” from the stair gate. It was so heart warming. Still you know all this and more. Life brings happiness so long as we are open to accept it and don’t want it too much.
    Thanks as ever and happy new year.

    Comment by Paul Brennan — January 8, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  86. Faith, totally up high on my priorities list this year! My son is starting to ask some very deep questions and I am finding it hard to answer them. Looks like I need to do some faith searching myself!

    Comment by Amy — January 11, 2013 @ 6:44 am

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