Learn more about my latest book – All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. Available now!
In honor of Pentecost — a drawing for my book ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Church Matters

In honor of Pentecost — a drawing for my book ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Church Matters

Happy Birthday Church!

June 4th is Pentecost — when we celebrate of the birth of the Catholic Church!

In honor of the Church, I’m giving away, in a random drawing 5 copies of ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters.

Please leave a comment below to enter the random drawing that will take place at the end of Pentecost week on June 10th.

This is a random drawing limited to US residents only (for mailing purposes.) (The comments box will also capture your email address, so I can contact future winners.)

If you are one of the five winners, I’ll contact you by email, to ask for your mailing address, and if you want your book inscribed and signed by me.

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If you’d like to read excerpts of the book, go here, here, and here.

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To listen to my narration of portions of the book on my podcast, go here, here, and here.

 

UPDATE 6/15/2017: Thank you to all who entered the drawing. The winners have all been notified. -Pat

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

2 Among Women podcasts in 24 hours! #Fatima100! Mary’s Way! Plus Another Espresso Shot!

So here’s something rare: Two podcasts from me in the same 24-hour period. I would have written, “the same day” but it seems the second one posted just after midnight. Oh, the life of podcasting … is never predictable.

First up : here’s the third and final installment to my read-aloud narrations for ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I hope you’ll enjoy it. On Among Women Espresso Shot #16 I’m talking about the very subject that seems to have been the springboard for the book… how so many of us suffer from a curious diagnosis: the mud-splashed bride syndrome. (Have no fear, I also share the cure!)

Next up: In this latest episode of Among Women we look at Mary in two ways. First, we explore themes related to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance in 1917 to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal. Second, we explore a mother’s life with the help and assistance of Mary — especially during times of great sufferings and trials. My guest is Judy Landrieu Klein, who shares her story with us, as found in her latest book, Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God.

Be sure to check out the show notes for this episode of Among Women — lots of great resources for #Fatima100, and more!

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Did you hear this news? Among Women is so honored to be added to the podcast line-up at Discerning Hearts. Check out their great podcasts — I dare you to listen and not grow!

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Among Women Espresso Shot #15: The Beloved, a read aloud from Chapter 1 from All In

Welcome to Episode 15 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: Chapter 1, The Beloved, from ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of Chapter 1.

Listen here! 

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Find reviews for the book here or on Amazon.

Buy the book! 

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If you are interested in some of my recent interviews about the book, see the links below: all_in

Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Girlfriends podcast with Danielle Bean

A Seeking Heart podcast with Allison Gingras

“This is the Day” on Catholic TV

“Becoming Confident Catholics” – Webinar at Ave Maria Press

“Pathways to Learning” with Sr Marie Pappas, Sirius XM Radio

 

Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Among Women Espresso Shot #14: My Read-Aloud Introduction to ALL IN

Welcome to Episode 14 of Among Women “Espresso Shot”
– a short strong coffee break of faith sharing and teaching from Pat Gohn.

Today’s topic: An Introduction to ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

Listen now! This is an excerpt from my latest book, All In: Why belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. I read part of the introduction.

Buy the book here!

Listen to the podcast here.

20% off Sale for ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters! Details here!

20% off Sale for ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters! Details here!

My wonderful publishers are having a book launch sale event! Now through March 20, get my new book, ALL IN, for 20% off the cover price! 

You can even get my first book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, for 20% off!

Full details here!  Go to Ave Maria Press and place your order.

Be sure to use the promo code BELONG to get your discounts!

Thanks!

 

ALL IN is available! (Hint: today is a great day to order it!)

ALL IN is available! (Hint: today is a great day to order it!)

 

The word has been out for a few days as advanced orders were received, but I’m happy to announce that the release of my new book, ALL IN: Why belonging to the Catholic Church matters, is out and available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, Catholic bookstores, and, of course, at my publisher’s website, Ave Maria Press.

I’ve been blessed to be a Catholic and I share some of my faith story here, as well as my confidence in the Catholic Church, and how you can firmly place your trust firmly both in Jesus Christ, and the Catholic Church. Now, I know for some of you, your trust in the Catholic Church might be a bit wobbly, given all the strife and heartache and disappointment many church members have caused both within and without the Church. I totally get that. And that’s why I wrote about how I can still be confidently Catholic, and an active member in the Catholic Church, with its warts and all. Without whitewashing our struggles, I offer the reasons I stay.

Information about the book is here, and in an earlier post here.

And so I offer this loving appeal: Even if you have a stack of books to read ahead of this one, if you order it today, it will really help the book’s launch. Does that sound self-serving? Yes, I agree it does. But the reality is that the Catholic book market has all the same pressures that other book markets have, as we exist in a competitive economy. So if there’s ever a new Catholic book that you are interested in reading, try to buy it when it first comes out. The hardworking people in Catholic publishing will appreciate your business.

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I’ve been out speaking about the book in a few media places already…

On Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo (listen at 39:00 on the hour) and the Spirit Mornings crew at Spirit Radio Network…

Find articles on the web at Aleteia, and Amazing Catechists.

Next week on March 9 I’ll be on Radio Maria and the following week on Catholic TV’s “This is the Day” on March 17. 

And there’s more to come.

Very soon I’ll be offering a few excerpts read by me on the Among Women podcast.

I’m booking future ALL IN retreats for Catholic parishes and dioceses. Or single talks for your church event. Find my contact information at the bottom of this page.

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FYI: I’m out in California today getting ready to give a women’s retreat at St Catherine of Alexandria parish in Morgan Hill (near San Jose), so if you are in the area, join us! If not, we’d appreciate your prayers!

My next book… ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

My next book… ALL IN: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

 

Coming March 3, 2017…

Here’s the official description from the Ave Maria Press website:

In this passionate and unapologetic account of why her faith in Christ and the Catholic Church are the source of meaning and joy in her life, Pat Gohn—popular speaker, retreat leader, catechist, and author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious—invites you to become more confident in the power of the Catholic faith to transform your life as well.

What’s the one thing that defines your life and brings you the most good, the most love?

Pat Gohn knows what her one thing is: “More than any single factor in my life, belonging to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church has had the greatest impact on me. Faith gives meaning to everything in my life.”

Being a cradle Catholic, cancer survivor, wife, and mother are all a part of her story. But in this appealing, personal book, Gohn shares why her relationship with Jesus and her confidence in his Church are so much bigger than her medical diagnosis, more powerful than her family history, and more significant than her career path.

In All In Gohn ardently shares why belonging to the Church will strengthen and nurture your relationship with God. It will keep you connected with Jesus and the sacraments—conduits of grace, forgiveness, healing, wisdom, and renewal. Belonging to the Church connects you to millions of others around the world, to the saints, and to your loved ones in heaven. These relationships are at the heart of Catholicism. In this time when life and society are so fragmented, the joy of belonging to a community—as imperfect as it can be—easily outweighs the agony of separation or isolation.

Gohn’s confidence in her faith emerged despite and even out of a struggle with disillusionment. Working in a parish when news of the sex abuse scandals broke in Boston, she confronted heartbreak and anger within herself and her fellow parishioners. Yet she never left the Church and relates how she found a way to dig deeper and discover reasons to stay faithful.

Each of the nine chapters in All In identifies a dimension of the Catholic faith that is a source of Gohn’s confidence, including the Incarnation, God’s plan, the Fatherhood of God, the friendship of the Holy Spirit, and the love of neighbor. Each chapter also features reflection questions to challenge you.

Thanks to my kind endorsers, and most especially, to my editor, Bob Hamma, who recently retired from Ave Maria Press, and will be missed!

I finally finished writing this book during my rehab months earlier this year, following surgery on my hip. But really, it’s something the Lord has been writing in me since my teen years.

Pre-orders being taken now at Ave Maria Press, or Amazon.

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In the weeks to come, starting next Monday, I’ll be printing a few short excerpts here in anticipation of the book’s release. I hope you’ll stop by to read. If you simply cannot wait for the book’s release, and would like to receive a free reviewer’s e-copy in exchange for posting an honest review of the book, please contact me via the contact form below.

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“The Church truly knows that only God, Whom she serves,
meets the deepest longings of the human heart,
which is never fully satisfied by what this world has to offer.”

Gaudium et Spes, 41
Documents of Vatican II, 1965