In this inspirational and personal memoir, Colleen Carroll Campbell tells the story of how she struggled and found meaning in her life.
Her journey begins in her college years. Caught between two worlds—the college party life and the quiet, more contemplative moments in her personal life, she sets out to find the true meaning of life, her identity, her values as a Catholic, and the culture of modern feminism.
Colleen’s quest takes her to many remarkable places—the baths of Lourdes, the remnants of Auschwitz, the Oval Office, and the Vatican. Traveling with her are six strong and formidable saints: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thérѐse of Lisieux, St. Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein (St. Benedicta of the Cross, Germany), St. Teresa of Calcutta, and our Blessed Mother, Mary of Nazareth. By reading about these women and their works, and studying their lives, her spirit was guided by their wisdom through some of the most difficult challenges of her life.
Colleen shares her trials openly with the reader: trying to live as a faithful Catholic while in college as a young student, having to deal with her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, trying to find the right balance between family and career, and struggles with infertility. Along the way she questions her faith, God, and life.
Sometimes funny, sometimes gut-wrenching, Colleen tells her story openly and honestly, and oh so beautifully. She learns to surrender the longing of her restless spirit to God, and to trust in Him and His plan for her life.
I just can’t wait to heat Colleen speak in Toronto at the next Dynamic Women of Faith conference! I’ve got my ticket! How about you? You can register right here!
Rema Celio is a happily married mom of two young boys and lives in Toronto. She is an active member of St. Benedict Parish.