Unveiling my UPCOMING book!

I am very excited to announce my new upcoming book for military women and those women associated with the military in some way, as well as for those who would like to know more about their lives…

For all women associated with the military!

Book Description: This book is for every woman associated with the military, whether on land, on sea, or in the air and for all those at home who are waiting for their loved one to return or who are living on military bases, or struggling with the myriad of demands connected with military life.

Catholic military women are very special “Soul Sisters.” There s a certain military pride shared amongst them they are in solidarity in a common goal to defend human life, to fight injustice, to protect their country, and support their military husbands, brothers, sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews [or “their military family”]. They have heroically placed their lives on the line on battlefields, as well as in battling military issues on the home front too.

Best-selling and award-winning author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, an honorary lifetime member of the Military Council for Catholic Women (MCCW) shines a light on these gallant, heroic women who carry on with great faith, hope, humility, and love and whose heroism doesn’t remain on the battlefield, but is woven into the very fabric of their lives.

Traditional and original prayers, as well as teachings and inspiration from Jesus, Mary, and the Saints are woven throughout the entire book to give a powerful shot in the arm and to uplift spirits. This book will surely speak to the hearts of military mothers, wives, and women who are serving or have served in the military. It will also be a source of prayer and inspiration for anyone connected to the military the patriotic, and for anyone who would like to learn more about these courageous military women.

Due out on February 22, 2018. You can pre-order your copy today by clicking here!

I love giving sneak peeks!

I just love giving sneak peeks of my upcoming work and projects! Here is my new book cover for A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers below, as well as the image of the front and back cover.  The cover was recently tweaked to be brighter and to include a line. You’ll see the endorsements on the back cover.

 

Here below, as you can see is the front and back cover…

 

It is possible that I might have copies before Mother’s Day. I am hoping and praying. You can pre-order your copy here.

Here is a description from the publisher:

As an award-winning author, TV host of EWTN’s “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms,” “Catholic Mom’s Cafe,” and “Feeding Your Family’s Soul,” mother of five and grandmother, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is well aware of the difficulties women face today as they balance all their responsibilities and struggle to find time for prayer.
This book will affirm women on their journey while celebrating the strength, dignity, and specific gifts of women in the context of the faith. Donna-Marie offers words of encouragement, as well as traditional and original prayers for women who are single, married, mothers, consecrated women, and single mothers, while straightforwardly addressing specific difficulties in women’s lives, with prayers for stress, complicated pregnancies, and walking through divorce. Words from Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, saints and mystics enrich the text with inspiration.

Excited to show you a SNEAK PEEK!

Sometime in May of 2017 the second edition of my book “A Catholic Woman’s Book of Prayers” will be released.

I’m giving you a sneak peek of the sweet cover image.

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Here’s the publisher’s description:

As an award-winning author, TV host of EWTN’s “Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms,” “Catholic Mom’s Cafe,” and “Feeding Your Family’s Soul,” mother of five and grandmother, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is well aware of the difficulties women face today as they balance all their responsibilities and struggle to find time for prayer.

This book will affirm women on their journey while celebrating the strength, dignity, and specific gifts of women in the context of the faith. Donna-Marie offers words of encouragement for women who are single, married, mothers, consecrated women, and single mothers, while straightforwardly addressing specific difficulties in women’s lives, with prayers for stress, complicated pregnancies, and walking through divorce. Words from Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II, saints and mystics enrich the text with inspiration.

What think ye?

Catching up!

I haven’t had a chance to blog lately. I’ve had many things to report, but alas, no time in which to write them down. I’ll probably end up doing video blog posts – much better on my wrists (due to all of the typing I’m always doing and my joint pain). But then again, I’d have to put some make up on and get dressed up (at least a bit better than I am usually in my home office out here in the rural woods of Connecticut)!

Just kidding. I don’t really have to do that. You probably wouldn’t mind if I wasn’t dressed up and didn’t have make up on when delivering a message to you. After all, I am all about keeping it real. But, I think you know what I mean. The videoing requires some thinking and planning too. I’d also have to make sure that my office is clean! 😉 So, for now, I’ll simply type away and fill you in a little, at least.

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to the EWTN television network in Irondale, Alabama. There I met with Johnnette Benkovic and we were together on the set and chatted while five shows were filmed on Women of Grace. They will air in the near future and I’ll keep you posted on that.

It was wonderful to see Johnnette again and to share about the crooked path in my life and my memoir The Kiss of Jesus. We discussed some pretty intense issues. These are issues that affect countless women all around the world. I am praying that these shows will impact women’s lives and even help them to heal from deep wounds or at least get them headed in the direction of healing. Please pray for the people who will watch the shows.

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In other news, I’m working on some exciting things at the moment as I continue the fight against the four tick-borne diseases I have been plagued with.

I’ll be back to give you more updates when time allows but I need to get to some deadline writing work right now. May God bless you and keep you!

My interview on Salt and Light TV/Radio

I was recently on Salt and Light TV/Radio. The interview is here. After listening to the first few minutes of introduction by Deacon Pedro, you can scroll through to the 23 minute mark which starts the 2nd half of the show. That’s where you will hear my interview about my life of struggles and joy, meeting Mother Teresa, and my memoir The Kiss of Jesus.71E3vNvwhBL

St. Elizabeth of Hungary inspires us to help the poor.

saint_elizabeth_of_hungaryHappy feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary! She inspires us to help the poor. Even from a young age she was thinking about and helping the less fortunate.

As a daughter of royalty, Elizabeth was thrust into many  responsibilities as well as her future marriage which had been arranged by her father. This arrangement caused her to be separated from her family at a very young age.

Elizabeth lived up to her duties, as well as took care of the countless needy people who came to her gate for bread. In serving the afflicted, there were times Elizabeth gave away the royal clothes and goods.

Perhaps my very favorite story about St. Elizabeth was when she allowed a sick leper to sleep in her bed when her husband was away. Her husband Ludwig returned unexpectedly and his mother, who always found fault with Elizabeth, summoned Ludwig to see who was in his bed. Upon throwing back the blankets, Elizabeth’s husband did not see a leper but miraculously saw Jesus lying there.

Constantly caring for the severely ill, Elizabeth became deathly ill and died at the young age of almost twenty four. Miraculous healings soon began to occur at her grave located near the hospital she founded. Elizabeth was canonized only four years later.

St. Elizabeth is the patron saint of Secular Franciscans and Catholic Charities.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about her:

Elizabeth practiced assiduously the works of mercy: she gave to drink and eat those who came to her door, she got clothes, paid debts, looked after the sick and buried the dead. Coming down from her castle, she often went with her maidservants to the homes of the poor, taking bread, meat, flour and other foods. She would hand the food out personally and carefully oversaw clothes and shelter for the poor. This behavior was reported to her husband, who not only was not annoyed, but answered her accusers: “So long as they don’t come to the castle, I’m happy!” Placed in this context is the miracle of bread transformed into roses: While Elizabeth was going through the street with her apron full of bread for the poor, she met her husband, who asked her what she was carrying. She opened her apron and, instead of bread, magnificent roses appeared. This symbol of charity is often present in depictions of St. Elizabeth.

Hers was a profoundly happy marriage: Elizabeth helped her husband to raise his human qualities to the supernatural level and he, on the other hand, protected his wife in her generosity to the poor and in her religious practices. Ever more in admiration of his wife’s great faith, Ludwig, referring to her care of the poor, said to her: “Dear Elizabeth, it is Christ whom you have washed, fed and looked after.” A clear testimony of how faith and love of God and one’s neighbor reinforce marital union and make it even more profound…”

~ Pope Benedict XVI, Oct. 20, 2010.

More here.

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Conrad of Marburg, St. Elizabeth’s spiritual adviser, wrote a letter in support of her canonization:

 

Pray for us and teach us to love the poor, St. Elizabeth! As your husband realized and exclaimed, “Dear Elizabeth, it is Christ whom you have washed, fed and looked after,” pray for us that we will strive to care for the poor too. Amen.

Heartfelt words from a woman on the path to healing

A woman just reviewed The Kiss of Jesus and disclosed that because of the book and God’s Infinite Grace, she is now on a path to healing. Praise God!

THE_KISS_OF_JESUS_3D_Cover_2“The inner most devastating details shared within this book spoke directly to my soul and have given me a real hope that God is with me…and also given me an understanding that this spiritual journey she presents (which is all too familiar) is purposeful and necessary in its purification of the soul perhaps or some other meaningful teaching that needs to be learned. I’m grateful for the courage Donna-Marie used to forge through revealing such painful experiences. I’m on a path to healing myself because of having read it and of course, more importantly thanks to God’s infinite grace.”

Let’s say a prayer for her and for all women experiencing difficulties and dark nights. May God bless them in great abundance!

My recent visit with Wendy Wiese on Relevant Radio

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In case you missed my recent radio visit with the lovely Wendy Wiese the other night it’s right here to listen to whenever you have about 20 minutes or so. You can move the little time thingie (at the bottom) to the 26 minute mark if you’d like. That’s where my interview begins. I hope you enjoy it!

Heartfelt words about The Kiss of Jesus

A woman recently shared her heartfelt thoughts on Face Book about how The Kiss of Jesus has changed her life. I am deeply thankful to God.

She said:

As one of those who Donna-Marie has helped make sense of a troubled life through her new book I encourage all to not only read the book but go to her website and read the blog tour. Also I recommend everyone to listen to this interview and all others there. The more blogs I read and interviews I listen to the more graces I receive from this book!! Donna-Marie has helped me deal with memories and deep sorrows from a difficult childhood, many life events, and poor choices I have made in my 60 years of life. Most importantly she has helped me realize my many blessings in my suffering and offering it all to God. I know going forward my relationship with God will not only improve but maybe I can even bring some blessings to others. This book and my friendship with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle indeed has changed my life!

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 16!

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Today’s The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour stop is over at The Snoring Scholar.

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I had been writing Catholic articles whenever I could fit them into my schedule. After careful reflection and prayer, I decided to retire from my preschool program and to devote myself to full-time writing. Mother Teresa and Father Hardon had encouraged me to continue writing. Mother Teresa had said that she prayed my writing would “do much good” and that I should do it “for the glory of God and the good of the people.” Father Hardon had given me positive feedback and had reminded me that “many mothers are overwhelmed” and need encouragement and inspiration.

After many years of storing away my writings in cardboard boxes, I heard from a publisher who asked if I would be interested in writing a prayer book for Catholic mothers. They had seen some of my writing in the past, and I was thrilled to be invited to write for them. Before long, I signed my first book contract and got to work. Dave was very supportive of my writing work, and I thoroughly enjoyed the writing process, praying as I wrote that God would use my words for His glory and to help and encourage mothers of all ages. I drew from some ideas I had during my long bed rest while pregnant with Mary-Catherine.

I’ll never forget the day that the copies of my first book arrived…

 

[see the entire blog post here]

 

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 15!

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The Kiss of Jesus blog tour stops at Catholic Fire today. Jean writes:

“I have been reading and reviewing Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s books for the past seven years and have been a big fan. Donna-Marie has served as an inspiration to me and to all women, speaking to us in a gentle, gracious manner, guiding us spiritually, with wisdom and love. Now, she has written a book (her twentieth) that tops them all. In The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped Me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross, she shares her life story. And, what a story it is!

In this candid, astonishing autobiographical account, this soft-spoken, delicate, and devout Catholic media celebrity reveals the shocking struggles she has tackled in life. She became engaged to a drug addict who held her against her will, threatening harm to her family. She faced miscarriages, abuse, serious illness, divorce, financial difficulties, custody battles, and single motherhood – all with great inner strength and tremendous courage. Through God’s providence, she met Mother Teresa, the spiritual guide who shepherded her through some of these trials and helped her heal. Her ten year relationship with this saint provided the spiritual nourishment she needed to stay strong and to live an even holier life. In The Kiss of Jesus, Donna-Marie also reveals the joys in her life and shares instances of the incredible joy she brings to the hearts of others. She tells us that she was “born to be a mother” and expounds on her beautiful love for her vocation…”

[See the entire review here]

True Radiance and Lisa Mladinich!

True Radiance Blog Stop #8

Chapter Seven: Don’t Tempt Me! Three Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Cover_Art_True_RadianceMy friend Lisa Mladinich asked me to be a part of her blog tour. And though I am intensely busy with my own book tour at the moment, I wholeheartedly want to help promote this treasure of a book. I am absolutely sure that Lisa’s lovely new book True Radiance will resonate with so many women and will deeply touch their hearts. Lisa is the “real deal.” She is such a lovely, sincere, and down-to-earth, faith-filled woman that I am so blessed to know. I hope that you will get to know Lisa a bit through her wonderful book.

I have endorsed True Radiance. My endorsement is here:

“We think about beauty more than we realize,” says author Lisa Mladinich who underscores women’s “hard wire” to recognize beauty. Through True Radiance women are invited in out of the cold of our youth obsessed culture to “steal” back our true God-given feminine beauty and encouraged to walk in love, through grace. Expressive anecdotes, caring sentiments, and the author’s insightful guidance are guaranteed to lift your spirits and even change your life!

~Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host, speaker, and award winning author of twenty books, including: The Kiss of Jesus and Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women www.donnacooperoboyle.com

Today, I’d like to share an interview with Lisa Mladinich, the author of True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life, a timely new book about how prayerful women increase in authentic feminine beauty as they mature spiritually.

Donna-Marie: Lisa, in Chapter Seven of True Radiance, you write about three common pitfalls for maturing women.
Lisa: Yes, I highlight the tendency to complain, the habit of comparing ourselves to others, and the psychological rut of obsessing about the loss of our youth. I offer some remedies for each.

Donna-Marie: I was particularly interested in the section called, “Complain, Complain, Complain,” which starts with these words:
I have a problem with complaining: I despise listening to it, and I hate catching myself doing it. I don’t know about you, but especially if I’m overtired or stressed, I’m vulnerable to negative thinking. At the first sign of disappointment, frustration, or unexpected changes of plan, out pop the whiny comments and criticisms, falling like acid rain on the people around me. When I’m feeling this way, I’m sorely tempted to the sins of gossip and ingratitude, as well, and I risk drawing others into sin, right along with me. (True Radiance, p. 96)

Lisa: I have to laugh because complaining is a big problem for me and for many women, especially as our lives get more complicated and our bodies and mental energies start to slow down. We’re pulled in ten thousand directions in the second half, and the stress levels can be overwhelming. When we’re overtired and overstressed, our tempers get shorter and we tend to vent all over everybody.
Donna-Marie: Our culture definitely encourages us to indulge our feelings. Why do you think complaining isn’t healthy.
Lisa: First, complaining is not all bad. It’s a natural impulse to want to throw off suffering by venting it verbally. Women are verbal creatures, which is why we’re natural evangelizers and nurturers. God uses our verbal gifts in many beautiful ways. And confiding our troubles to someone trustworthy can be healthy, as long as we’re not gossiping and leading others into sin. In fact, sometimes our complaints become motivators for taking action and solving problems. The context and the attitude are important.
But it’s very easy to become a chronic complainer and miss out on the many gifts that God offers us on any given day. We were not made adopted sisters of Christ just to waste our lives cataloguing and complaining about our own crosses.
In your fabulous, deep, beautiful new memoir, The Kiss of Jesus, you recount something that Mother Teresa said to you about suffering:
“Suffering is the sharing in the passion of Christ. Suffering is the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the Cross that He can kiss you…. ”
Just a gorgeous quote, so full of meaning.
Donna-Marie: Thank you for your kind words about my memoir, Lisa. Yes, Mother Teresa taught me so much and I strive to pass the blessings on to others.
Lisa: I love the quality of hope in your memoir, because it shows that a life that has been dogged by danger, disappointment, and intense suffering can be seen, truthfully, in a beautiful light. Our sufferings joined to the cross of Christ can heal and sanctify our souls and those of others.
Donna-Marie: That is so true. It is a beautiful and profound mystery. You also point out that aging women suffer a great deal because of the many burdens we carry in the second half of our lives; but because of our growing spiritual maturity, we also experience the joy of deepening vocations and greater intimacy with God.
Lisa: Right! Jen Fitz blogged about that beautiful depth of connection in mature vocations, at her blog, this week.
This time of our lives, with all its necessary outpouring of concern, love, work, and prayer is deeply meaningful and part of God’s beautiful plan of salvation. Think of all the lives we touch on any given day, if we embrace the people who come to us–our children and grandchildren, aging parents, friends, neighbors, colleagues–and share our time and energy with a willing heart. Like Our Lord, whose beauty and power are hidden in the Eucharist under the guise of a small circle of bread, the value of our service may be invisible to the world. But God blesses our efforts and makes them bear fruit in beautiful ways: in this life and in the life to come.
Donna-Marie: So what do you recommend for women who would like to break the habit of complaining?
Lisa: Principally, to count their blessings, religiously, and commit to following Jesus wholeheartedly. Both are simple to say, harder to do. But with God, all things are possible!
Our Lord made it clear that following him involves two steps. He urges us in Scripture (Matthew 16:24) to first, deny ourselves and second, take up our crosses. This two-fold command is packed with insight, because when we learn self-denial–even in little things (for instance eating a little less, getting right up at the sound of the alarm, or withholding a snarky comment), we are greatly strengthened in the spiritual life and better able to take up our crosses with a willing spirit.
And we shouldn’t gloss over his call for us to practice self-denial. When women are stressed, we tend to neglect ourselves–even while being a little self-indulgent. You know what I mean: overeating because we’re exhausted from taking care of everyone but ourselves, or complaining rather than asking for help. But practicing self denial in little things weeds out the wimpiness in our character, as it increases our self-control–which fuels our growth in holiness.
As we draw closer to the suffering Jesus, we grow stronger in the virtues of patience, faith, and perseverance, which leads to greater wisdom. The spiritual fruits of embracing the cross can be truly spectacular.
And cultivating gratitude sensitizes us to beauty and helps us to see more of the countless ways that God is speaking to us through the beauty of our own lives. When we appreciate these hints of heaven for the gifts they really are, it’s like gazing into the eyes of God. And when we do that, he gazes back. And then the graces really flow.

Donna-Marie: Thank you very much, Lisa. Your book is a treasure! I am so glad that you have written it. May it help countless souls!
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Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mom, the founder of AmazingCatechists.com, and an author and speaker whose dynamic presentations on faith, catechetics, and women’s issues can be heard at events around the country.

True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life can be purchased here.

The rest of Lisa’s updated Blog Tour links can be found here.

Visiting with Sheila Liaugminas on the airwaves.

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I was blessed last night with the pleasure of speaking with Sheila Liaugminas on her great show “A Closer Look” on Relevant Radio. If you missed it, you can listen anytime here at your leisure.

It’s about a half hour show. Our segment starts at about the hallway point. So, feel free to slide the little marker down to the 25:41 time and start listening there. Or, listen to the whole thing knowing my interview is in the 2nd half.

Enjoy!

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 13!

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Today’s Blog Tour Stop is at “Catholic News and Inspiration.” Patti writes:

“Sadness was not what I expected while listening to a popular Catholic speaker.  His love of God and family bubbled over as he and his described a beautiful coming-of-age tradition when kids became teenagers in her family. That’s when it hit me. “Wow, our families are so different!”

Their event included relatives who called with affirming messages.  I imagined trying to arrange the same thing among my relatives. First would be an awkward pause. Then: “You’re kidding, right?”

That realization hit with a pang of sadness. But quickly, my Catholic mindset shifted into gear. God gave me my family and he knows the challenges. Everyone’s crosses are different but we all have them.

That moment laid on my heart the sensitivity that many parents struggle with family challenges beyond their control. Friends have shared such pain with me after listening to good Catholic speakers then feeling salt was rubbed into their woundsFor example, at a Catholic high school, it’s a great idea to bring in speakers for a parents’ night to impart good family values.  But inevitably, some parents will go home feeling sad for what they are lacking.

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It was that very realization of the pain and struggles in the lives of others that spurred Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, a popular author, speaker and EWTN TV host, to share her shocking past.  I have known Donna-Marie for several years and knew parts of her story, but not all.  I often thought, “She is so sweet and graceful, no one would ever suspect what she has been through.”…

[See the entire blog post here.]

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 12!

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Today our blog tour stops at Catholic Mom. Lisa Hendey writes:

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Why was I so surprised when I read this book? The reason comes from the love and peace that Donna-Marie exudes. When reading of her hardships over the course of so many years, one might imagine that a “victim” mentality or a bitter worldview would be the result of such suffering. But the truth of the matter is that Donna-Marie has found a key to peace and joy in her life: her faith in and love for Jesus Christ. Her ability to convey this life-changing love is what’s at the heart of  The Kiss of Jesus and it’s also what you feel when you meet this lovely author, speaker and television host in “real life”.  This is also what takes this book from being simply a “tell all” story and turns it into a major gift for anyone who has faced challenges and hardships along life’s path…”

[See the entire blog post here]

 

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 11

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Today’s Blog tour stop is at the Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW.org.) Elizabeth Tomlin, President of the MCCW writes:

“When I was asked to review Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s memoir and latest book published through Ignatius Press, The Kiss of Jesus: How Mother Teresa and the Saints Helped me to Discover the Beauty of the Cross, I felt honored and wanted to do my best.  I approached this project like I did any other project – mathematically – it’s just the way God made me.  I noted that the book has 181 pages and did the math.  With ten days to complete the task, I set out to read 20 pages a night and reserved day 10 to write the review.  Two evenings later, I was finished with the book.

I have spent the remaining eight days re-reading and considering how to distill a book with such profundity to a review of 900 words.  BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) – Read this book.  Pray for Donna-Marie’s ministry.  Pray that God gives us all the grace to thirst for Jesus amidst whatever adversity we face.

If you have not met Donna-Marie in person, she is soft-spoken and gentle.  She makes an impact in her gentleness, so much so, that my two-and a half year old son saw the book cover with Donna-Marie’s face several months after she visited my family, and remembered her, saying, “Dat’s Donna-Mawie!  I want her to come back to me.”  Her personality is imbued with a genuine care for others, so it’s not surprising that she states often, ‘I think I was born to be a mother.’”

[Continued here]

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 10!

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Today’s blog tour stops at the Patheos blog, Season’s of Grace with Kathy Schiffer.

In her post titled, Hope for the Suffering: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle Inspires in Candid Memoir, Kathy writes:

I remember the first time I saw Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle on EWTN. She seemed so delicate, so mild-mannered, so firm in her Catholic faith. Later I met Donna-Marie at a meeting of the Catholic Writers Guild, and her image as a strong faith leader and an inspirational speaker was reinforced in my mind.

Her writing is truly inspirational–reading her books, one can’t help but resolve to be holier. When, in December 2012, I participated in the blog tour for Donna-Marie’s book Rooted in Love: Our Calling As Catholic Women, I wrote:

“Donna-Marie brings to her writing a softness, a peaceful witness born of time spent in prayer.”

Such grace-filled encouragement must, I thought, be born in a childhood of devotion, a youthful hunger for Christ, and a model family life.

That’s why I was shocked–really, SHOCKED!–to read the earthy revelations about her earlier life in Donna-Marie’s deeply moving memoir, The Kiss of Jesus.

[You can read the full review here.]

The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 9!

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Today’s Blog tour stop is at Peace Garden Passage.

Rozane writes:

“I am finding it more and more difficult these days to carve out adequate time for indulging in my longtime passion of reading. But Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s memoir, “The Kiss of Jesus,” had me blissfully rediscovering the delights of sneaking a flashlight and book under the covers each night, and staying up to the wee hours, quietly turning pages while my husband snored nearby.

For when you have a jewel that shimmers in your hands, the thought of it collecting dust becomes quickly dismantled, and “where there’s a will there’s a way” makes room.

It doesn’t hurt that Donna-Marie is a personal friend, and that memoir happens to be my favorite genre. Through that friendship, I knew this book was percolating a while before it came to light. In fact, Donna-Marie and I met in person for the first time, after a years-long online friendship, at a conference where she was set about the task of setting her memoir in motion…”

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Meeting up with Roxane at the Catholic Marketing Network

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The Kiss of Jesus Blog Tour Day # 8!

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Today’s blog tour is hosted by the Practicing Catholic who writes:

“I’ve scaled back on participheaderating in book reviews and blog tours, primarily because I want to safeguard my holy leisure reading time for whatever the current book is for Well-Read Mom. But when I received the request to participate in the blog tour for The Kiss of Jesus by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, my intuition told me to give the book a good look before declining participation.
30 seconds into the book, on the first page of the preface I read,

… I had been a single mother to five children for many years …”

Now you may know Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle as I do, strictly from her public persona. She’s that lovely woman with the soothing voice who has two first names and two last names and is frequently heard and seen on Catholic media. You know, the woman who knew Blessed Mother Teresa personally and wrote about their relationship in the book Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.

She was a single mother to five children?! I had no clue…”

[Read the full blog post here]