Live Big, Love Bigger: Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus

Live Big, Love Bigger: Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus


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Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (third place, first-time author).

Popular blogger Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she’ll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they’ll be able to say yes to what matters most—Jesus.

It’s not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it—when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. “Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way—proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?”

Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

Whitaker’s sassy authenticity will make readers laugh—and cry—while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594719141
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 08/30/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 446,108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Whitaker is a Catholic author, blogger, speaker, and freelance graphic designer. A sixth-generation Texan, she was raised as an evangelical Protestant. She met her husband on a blind date at Texas A&M and on the eve of their wedding, Whitaker converted to Catholicism and never looked back.

Since 2007, Whitaker has shared on her blog—with honesty, authenticity, and a healthy dose of sass—what it’s like raising a raucous Catholic family, including a preemie, while balancing her freelance graphic design business and her love of the Aggies, keeping her obsession with the Container Store in check, and stocking the fridge with plenty of Dr Pepper.

Whitaker has contributed to Blessed is She, Take Up and Read, ATX Catholic, and Hand to Hold’s preemie blog. She has appeared in USA Today, Iowa Catholic Radio,The Son Rise Morning Show, Relevant Radio, and is a regular guest on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM.

Kathryn and her husband, Scott, live with their family in Austin, Texas.

Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P., is executive director of Busted Halo ministries, host of the Busted Halo Show on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel, and cohosts Conversations with Cardinal Dolan, which also airs on The Catholic Channel and on multiple television stations.

Table of Contents

Foreword Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P xi

Introduction: Sucker Punched by God xv

Chapter 1 Tall Drink of Water 1

Chapter 2 Surprised by the Collar 15

Chapter 3 #Freakout 29

Chapter 4 Chicken Wings, Beer, and College Football 41

Chapter 5 Check Your Heart 55

Chapter 6 Magic Solution 67

Chapter 7 BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus 79

Chapter 8 The Hustle is Sold Separately 95

Chapter 9 And Other Lies We Tell Durselves 109

Chapter 10 The Miracle Business 123

Acknowledgments 135

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