Pope Awesome and Other Stories

How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale

Pope Awesome and Other Stories

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Take a two-income, quasi-New Age, newlywed couple with two Greyhounds and the resolve never to have children or to embrace any form of organized religion.

Add ten years of hunger for "something more."

What do you get?

A large Catholic family, of course. And one in which in which the second youngest, while watching Pope Benedict depart the Vatican, solemnly declares, "Now I'll be pope: Pope Awesome the First, with my Swiss Guard army. And if my army men don't give me any new video games, I'll punch them in the face."

In words often as sassy as those of her little Pope Awesome, Catholic homeschooler Cari Donaldson here relates how her friend's newborn baby, a portrait of the Virgin Mary, and the words of the Miraculous Medal called her forth from a selfish, small way of life into the welcoming arms of the Church.

Six children in ten years have banished all her hopes for a tidy secular life, and, in her upscale town, where "Cats, not kids" bumper stickers are seen, have raised countess eyebrows along the way. Undaunted, Cari declares that "If we're to be a traveling carnival freak-show by New England standards, then we're going to be a carnival freak-show for Jesus," although her husband has stopped her from airbrushing onto her van a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe riding a unicorn over a sparkling river.

Above all, Cari tells of the awakening of her love for the Eucharist, the deepening of her love for her husband and her children, and the humility and faith these experiences have nurtured in her. To Jesus she confesses, "You taught me to be open to the lives You wanted to bring into the world through me. I rose above myself just enough to let You bring the blessings of these children into my life. I was sometimes scared and sometimes angry, and always at a loss about how I was going to mother these children, but I knew that it would be Your grace, and not my shortcomings, that would triumph."

Through Cari's remarkable tale of her conversion and the peace she's found as a Catholic, you'll be reminded of the many profound, lifelong blessings God gives you through your Faith, and, yes, even through your daily small troubles and unexpected joys . . . like little Pope Awesome punching his Swiss Guards in the face! Cari's tale will lead you to share her conviction that we never know what God has planned for us tomorrow, but, for sure, "it will be better than anything we ourselves could have planned, even in our wildest dreams."

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Editorial Reviews

Gaffigan

"Pope Awesome is twice the Catholic and half the fat of Dad is Fat."

Jim Gaffigan
Hendey

"Pope Awesome and Other Stories reads like you're sitting across the table for coffee with a good friend, the cool one who always makes you laugh and leaves you feeling inspired, like you can take on anything in life. Cari Donaldson's book -- a smart, sassy, irresistible spiritual memoir -- is the New Evangelization done right."

Lisa M. Hendey
Founder of CatholicMom.com
Longenecker

"Pope Awesome is a rollicking, thoughtful, hilarious, heart-string tugging conversion story. Cari Donaldson stands up for life, love, family and faith with feisty good humor, open hearted intelligence and a subversive twinkle in her eye."

Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Fulwiler

"Cari Donaldson is a brilliant storyteller who knows how to share her experience in a way that is humorous, touching, and imminently relatable. Pope Awesome is a memoir that everyone is sure to love."

Jen Fulwiler
Author, speaker, and blogger at conversiondiary.com
Lord

"Cari Donaldson brings the reader into the wild ride of conversion, marriage, and family life. The funny, often poignant tales from her life are sure to have readers laughing and nodding in recognition."

Hallie Lord

Product Details

  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622821-563
  • Availability: In Stock

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More, I want more!
Very, very funny. I'm happy to say this has been the first book I have enjoyed from beginning to end. She should write stories in where faith is being teach through the development of them.
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Very Funny
I really enjoyed this book, Cari has the same type of zany humor that I do, I loved the way she worded things in such a comical way. Her story is one that moves right along, I read the book in a couple days. I loved her journey to the Catholic church and how she took you along for the ride. There were several parts where I laughed out loud. This is one I could read over and over. Thank you for bringing this book to us.
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I'll take my cross with a healthy dose of humor, please.
Pope Awesome gives hope to the hopeless, laughs to frowners, and showers all of us with wonderfully appropriate sass. Ms. Donaldson doesn't mess around and gets straight to the heart of matters. She proves that she who seeks will find God, often resulting in a life that resembles virtually nothing that we'd originally planned. As you'll see, that's a good thing.
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