I’ve discovered a new author! I love it when that happens. Just when I think I’ve exhausted bloggers and authors that pertain to my own life, I come across a fresh face and a whole new world opens up to me.
Sterling Jaquith fits that description. Last week I created a quick post to let my readers know about the book Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism that is currently available for free with Kindle Unlimited. I hadn’t read it yet, but was so excited to come across it that just wanted to share as soon as possible. I still have not had time to read the whole thing, but I really like what I have read.
However, Sterling also has a YouTube Channel and podcast! Huge help for a busy mom!
I’ve watched her Coffee and Pearls introduction and was, quite literally, in tears. She’s me! Well, not really, but we are definitely could be sisters and I’m sure we’d be bosom mates if we were to ever meet. In her first episode she describes how business books (and prayer) led her to realize that running a family is like running a business and much wisdom can be learned from all the self-help books out there aimed at business leaders.
Her second episode gave some take aways from the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek. I listened to that book many years ago and it was a good reminder to always keep in mind why I’m doing what I’m doing. Homeschooling so many children gets very, very tiring and frustrating. But if I remember that my primary motivation is to get my children to heaven, then all the other day to day decisions and distractions can be directed in my mind toward that goal.
The Story of a Soul (link version available for free on Kindle) is the topic of her third episode. And this is where I again had a moment when I thought I have a twin out there. Sterling mentions that she avoided reading about The Little Flower because she was so popular. I was the same way. I thought that there wasn’t much I, a mother of a large family, could glean from St. Therese’s day to day life. I knew she had a lot to teach about the spiritual life, but how could a young nun possibly understand the trials of a mom? I was so very wrong!
I have since read many books written by and about St. Therese. Her quotes about directing her novices are so relevant to directing our own children. I’ve devoured The Complete Spiritual Doctrine of St. Therese of Lisieux after it was recommended on an Ignatian Retreat. I greatly enjoyed My Sister St Therese. Years ago I was given copies of both volumes of The Letters of St. Therese as a gift. I have since gone back and reread them with a new understanding of how The Little Flower has so much to teach this mother.
Now I am excited to continue listening to the rest of Sterling’s podcasts and videos.
Just FYI: Kindle books can be read on any device.
While I am no where near an expert on minimalism, it is something that I am aiming for in my life. I would like the simplicity of a monastery in our domestic church. I’m working on paring down what we own to only the most essential or the most beautiful.
If you subscribe to my blog, you can come along on that journey with me. You can also follow me on Facebook (where I spend most of my social media time), Instagram or I even have a (very) small YouTube channel. My YouTube Channel is really just family videos at the moment, but if you want a small glimpse into our lives, head on over.