Friday, March 20, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: "Everywhere Holy," by Kara Lawler

It’s hard to find silver linings in this time of COVID-19, but for those of us not on the line of first response, we may be finding that we actually have more time on our hands to read. We can use this time not only to find entertaining books, but also uplifting books that will help our spirits to rise and our faith to grow. One book that is perfect for that goal is Everywhere Holy: Seeing Beauty, Remembering Your Identity, and Finding God Right Where You Are, by Kara Lawler.

About the book:
In Everywhere Holy, author Kara Lawler, through beautifully written prose, gently reminds readers that life doesn’t have to be lived on grand mountaintops for it to be meaningful. In fact, there is holiness in the small, everyday moments just waiting to be uncovered. Lawler speaks to the hearts of those who find themselves lost in the midst of their chaotic schedules and weary attempts to be all that is expected of them. Everywhere Holy addresses our deepest struggles, including:

- How to feel joy, despite depression and anxiety
- Dealing with hardships and understanding unconditional love
- How to view life as an adventure, even when that feels too hard
- How to feel more connected, more grateful, and more at peace

Watch the book trailer:


My thoughts:
In Everywhere Holy, Lawler speaks to readers as if they are friends. Through stories from her life and her observations, she reminds us that beauty and goodness are all around us if we slow down to see them. We can find them in nature, our children’s words and faces, our pets, and our friends. This is the perfect time to halt the busy rush of life and contemplate our blessings. Parents who may be home with their children more than usual during this time and find their nerves at breaking point will learn to cherish these fleeting moments with their little ones, who will grow up faster than we can imagine. Lawler encourages us to look at the flowers, the fog, birds, clouds and hills -- the beauty that is all around us and reminds us of God’s goodness and gifts. I felt such a sense of peace and happiness after reading Everywhere Holy. It’s a book to be read over and over again during times of strife and stress.

I love these lines from her website:
Kara truly believes that observation is a form of prayer. She says "thank you," over and over again, all day long. This has helped her realize how beautiful her life really is, despite its relative disappointments and hardships and her battles with anxiety. Her writing is honest and authentic, and while she acknowledges, openly, that life isn’t always easy, she truly believes that nothing worth doing usually is easy.


About the author:
Kara Lawler has been published on national media outlets like Today Parents, Huffington Post, and Parenting. One of her essays, To the Mom at the Water Park, was the third most viewed article on NBC’s TODAY Parents in all of 2015. She also is the author behind the viral essay, The Timeline of Hands, which was read by more than 23 million people and shared close to 250,000 times on Facebook alone. For more information, visit www.karalawler.com. Connect with Kara on Facebook and Instagram.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a print copy of Everywhere Holy: Seeing Beauty, Remembering Your Identity, and Finding God Right Where You Are, by Kara Lawler. Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Friday, April 3, 2020.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

26 comments:

  1. Andrea Carroll12:23 PM

    I am finding beauty in the snow that is currently falling. Very peaceful.

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  2. We live in Sanibel,FLorida it is beautiful and terrific

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  3. the change of seasons-When the beautiful flowers start blooming in the Spring.

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  4. There is beauty in the way we are able to adapt, and help one another, during the covid -19 pandemic.

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  5. Being able to wake up to a new day.

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  6. Always walking in the forest .

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  7. Yesterday's sunset was absolutely beautiful!

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  8. i'm reminded of the beauty in the world every time i visit the ocean!

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  9. The birds are singing, spring is coming with all the beautiful flowers!

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  10. There is beauty all around me, from the horses to the flowers growing.

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  11. by being with my family

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  12. In the eyes of babies and animals!

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  13. I find beauty in seeing things through my daughter's perspective.

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  14. Lisa Ellison4:10 PM

    i am reminded with all of the spring flowers

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  15. Sue E9:28 AM

    I don’t even have to leave my home to see and experience beauty and happiness. This is my own private sanctuary 😍

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  16. I am reminded of the beauty in life when I look at the smiles on my children's faces, among many other things.

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  17. I am reminded of the beauty when I see animals free in nature, things like snowflakes or designs on flowers, etc

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  18. All around, trees and sky!

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  19. Springtime in my backyard

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  20. I find beauty in my garden when I pull up a plant and see the beautiful system of roots that you don't see

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  21. I find beauty when I walk outside, every single time.

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  22. In the faces of my children.

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  23. Gosh, so many places....but I love being outside on our property listening to the wind through the trees.... also in the presence of our Lord in The Holy Eucharist. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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  24. (my previous comment I don't think posted). But I see beauty when I step outside and see the blue skies with tree's budding out, and listening to the birds singing all around me. An all encompassing beauty in surround sound.

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  25. Daniel M12:22 PM

    the front garden when it's all a-bloom

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  26. I am reminded of the beauty of life every time I look at the photo of my late parents.

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