Being a faithful Catholic family doesn't have to be dull, boring, or cheesy. In the Willits' home, there's lots of action. Toddler boys lasso each other with rosaries at family prayer, Dad explains confession by inventing a parable involving dishes and marinara sauce, and Mom goes from June Cleaver to drill sergeant in the space of one dinnertime.
Or, as Greg and Jennifer Willits explain, just another day in the life of the Catholics next door. With the sparkling wit and humor made famous on their popular radio show, Greg and Jennifer offer insight for every Catholic stumbling toward a more fruitful relationship with God. Written from both Greg's and Jennifer's perspectives.
These days, getting kids to focus on God instead of their iPods takes nothing less than supernatural intervention. Loving God and following him often makes you look weird to your neighbors.The Willitses understand the struggle, and in their very first book, they share their energetic, humorous, and imperfect attempts to live out their faith in today's world. Sometimes it helps to know that others are on the same narrow path as you, stumbling just as you do. Greg and Jennifer Willitses' view of the world covers the gamut of daily life, from kids and comic books to marriage and dealing with technology, and shows readers that you don’t have to be perfect parents with perfect kids to be good Catholics.
Greg and Jennifer Willits are the hosts of The Catholics Next Door, a daily three-hour talk show on SiriusXM radio. They’ve interviewed countless well-known Catholic personalities, as well as other names from both the Catholic and secular entertainment world. Additionally, Greg and Jennifer are also the creators of the popular That Catholic Show video series, which is used for catechesis in parishes around the world. In addition to their radio program, podcasts, and video productions, Greg and Jennifer have been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, Sirius Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel, Catholic Answers LIVE, Catholic Exchange, and in National Catholic Register, Envoy, and Faith and Family. Greg and Jennifer have been married since 1995 and have four sons and a daughter. They live in Conyers, Georgia.
Real parenting involves grit, and that’s what you’ll find in this new book by Greg and Jennifer Willits. The authors, co-hosts of the popular SiriusXM radio show Catholics Next Door,” have written a real-world guide for Catholic families who stumble toward holiness. They don’t ignore the daily grind of screw-ups, arguments, yelling, pooping and trying to form saints against all odds. The book is a collection of stories showing the ups and downs, successes and failures of their own family life. You’ll find children lassoing each other with rosaries, the difficult darkness of miscarriage, profound moments of conversion and plenty of fun adventures in between. Greg and Jennifer don’t sugar-coat the tough times or embellish the goodthey just tell it like it is. We need such ordinary saints with one foot on the floor and one in heaven. The Willits give that in The Catholics Next Door, and Catholic parents will find it refreshing and inspiring. Brandon Vogt, Our Sunday Visitor
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