stay connected journals
A new way for women to stay connected to Christ
Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women help women build a closer relationship with Jesus. Each Stay Connected journal explores a different path to spiritual growth in short, easy-to-complete chapters—perfect for busy, on-the-go individuals or small faith-sharing groups!
“Uplifting and faithful”
Accept Allison Gingras’ invitation to journey ever deeper into the gift of sacred Scripture and find your heart longing for more!
—Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
“A gentle introduction”
Tiffany Walsh presents an opportunity to be gently introduced to the sustainability of the “big classics,” exploring how these saint’s writings remain relatable to 21st century women today.
—Shelly Henley Kelly, Of Sound Mind and Spirit & CatholicMom.com
“Open your heart”
[Deanna G. Bartalini’s] powerful study will help you open your heart to what the Holy Spirit can do in your life, and how you can share the Fruits of the Spirit with those around you.
—Barb Szyszkiewicz, editor, CatholicMom.com
*NEW* Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time (SC #4)
A Guide to Living the Theological and Cardinal Virtues (Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women)
In Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time, you will
- grow in understanding of the theological and cardinal virtues;
- dive into biblical stories that inspire you to become the person God made you to be;
- reflect on your vocation to holiness in your daily life; and
- accept God’s call to live a life of virtue.
God calls each of us to become saints. That may seem daunting, but in Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time, Sara Estabrooks shows you how you can answer this call in your daily life. By drawing on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you will be enabled to seek virtue and pursue sainthood, starting now.
Stay Connected Journals for Women help you deepen your connection with Christ through inspiring stories, reflections, Scripture study, and prompts for prayer and journaling. Each journal explores a different path to spiritual growth in seven short, easy-to-complete chapters, making them perfect for individual or small group study.
The Gift of Invitation (SC #1)
The Gift of Invitation: 7 Ways Jesus Invites You to a Life of Grace
In The Gift of Invitation, you will:
- discover seven powerful invitations Jesus extends to you, including the invitation to follow him, forgive from your heart, and know his Father’s many gifts;
- explore the Bible to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus;
- see how each invitation plays out in your own life;
- and reflect on how you can be better prepared to accept Jesus’ invitations.
Jesus is constantly inviting each of us to a more abundant life—but in order to receive that gift, we need to accept his invitation. In The Gift of Invitation, Allison Gingras explores Jesus’ invitation through her own story, sacred Scripture, and the tradition of the Church. You can record your own responses to these insights right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
The Gift of Invitation is a perfect resource for individuals or groups looking for an uplifting and faithful template for study and guided reflection and conversation. Accept Allison Gingras’ invitation to journey ever deeper into the gift of sacred scripture and find your heart longing for more!
—Lisa M. Hendey,
founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
loring the Catholic Classics (SC #2)
Exploring the Catholic Classics: How Spiritual Reading Can Help You Grow in Wisdom
In Exploring the Spiritual Classics, you will:
- learn about seven inspiring historical and modern works of spiritual literature;
- read selected passages from the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Pope John Paul II; St. Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, and more;
- study these spiritual works in light of the Scriptures;
- reflect on significant spiritual themes and chronicle your own thoughts and experiences.
- apply the wisdom of these spiritual writers to your own life.
The spiritual classics are full of wisdom, advice, and inspiration to enrich the lives of modern women, and Exploring the Spiritual Classics is a great way to access that wisdom and apply it to your life. Tiffany Walsh introduces readers to carefully selected excerpts from each spiritual classic, offering her own insights before inviting you to respond to reflection prompts. You can record your responses right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
This easy to follow but rich introduction to the spiritual classics encourages me to go deeper with my spiritual reading. Informative, insightful, and definitely a must-read!
—Maria Morera Johnson
Author of My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Taught Me How to Live
and Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue
Tiffany Walsh has written a faith study that, drawing on the great figures of our faith, is filled with tremendous wisdom. It is a brief and deceptively simple text, containing elements in each section that gave me cause for deep introspection. I wholeheartedly endorse this short book!
—Fr. Darryl Millette, saskapriest.com
Tiffany Walsh’s Exploring the Spiritual Classics presents an opportunity to be gently introduced to the sustainability of the “big classics,” exploring how these Saint’s writings remain relatable to 21st century women today. Alone or in a small group, allow these words to guide you in a way that deepens your faith, trust, and understanding of the love of God.
—Shelly Henley Kelly,
Of Sound Mind and Spirit & CatholicMom.com
Invite the Holy Spirit Into Your Life (SC #3)
Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control
Deanna G. Bartalini
In Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, you will:
- learn how the Holy Spirit can change your life through the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control;
- explore the fruits of the Spirit through real-life stories, examples from the Old and New Testaments, and the wisdom of the Church;
- examine how you are cultivating the fruits of the Spirit in your own life.
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” St. Paul wrote to the Galatians. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, 25). Those words are just as relevant and powerful for you today as they were for the Galatians. In Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, Deanna G. Bartalini draws on her own story, sacred Scripture, the lives of the saints, and the wisdom of the Church to explore how to grow in each of the fruits of the Spirit. You can record your own insights right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus.
Deanna Bartalini offers solid advice on intentionally nurturing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. God has planted the seeds; this study provides both inspiration and motivation to foster their growth. The author’s straight talk about her own spiritual journey encourages you to pray, hope, and act. This powerful study will help you open your heart to what the Holy Spirit can do in your life, and how you can share the Fruits of the Spirit with those around you.
Allison Gingras is the founder of the blog Reconciled To You, as well as a Catholic author, speaker, retreat leader, and media geek — with a very unique, practical, and humorous way of sharing a grace-filled Catholic life with Christ. Her podcast video series, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras, discusses faith in the context of everyday, ordinary life. Allison facilitates social media for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, including the WINE Online Book Club; she also contributes to CatholicMom.com. Allison is the creator and series editor of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women.
Tiffany Walsh is a wife, the mother of two children, and a college librarian with a background in law. She is a cradle Catholic who rekindled her childhood faith as a law student in New York City via her love of books and rediscovery of daily Mass. She writes monthly for CatholicMom.com, and contributed to The Catholic Hipster Handbook, published in 2017 by Ave Maria Press. She hosts book clubs and offers weekly musings over at lifeofacatholiclibrarian.com.
Deanna G. Bartalini
Deanna G. Bartalini, M.Ed.; M.P.A, is a Catholic writer, speaker, presenter, and educator. Married to Deacon John they have two married children. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. Deanna writes at DeannaBartalini.com, and contributes to CatholicMom, Amazing Catechists, and New Evangelizers. She also contributed to A Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion published by Ave Maria Press.
Sara Estabrooks is a Catholic wife, mom, and author with a passion for the Eucharist. On her blog, ToJesusSincerely.com, Sara shares her reflections about the spiritual life, prayer, and the universal call to holiness. She has launched the #VirtueChallenge and #MyMassTakeaway movements on social media to help Catholics grow in their faith. Sara is also technology director and community manager at CatholicsOnline.net.
You are being invited to something extraordinary, something that’s truly a gift and an opportunity. Allison Gingras has compiled more than a Bible study and more than a nice book: She has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and crafted a journey. This is more than a nice promise or a great selling point: It’s a reality. Take her hand and let her lead you closer to Jesus: You won’t be sorry! —Sarah Reinhard, editor of Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary