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Sharing God’s love In March alone, a prominent monthly magazine featured four new books by powerful corporate women advising other women on such issues as workplace leadership, getting the salary you deserve, and achieving success “at work and in life.” By contrast, Loyola Press has just released Random Moments of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer, a wife, mother, writer, and high school English teacher. Moyer, too, wants to get ahead in work and in life, and for her that involves tending to the spiritual side of things. Make no mistake, her “moments” are not all that different from those of the average mom. For example: “I’ve learned that feelings of love and gratitude for my serial puker can trump even the frustration of giving him three baths in one evening.” Moyer also shares her understanding of the phrase “die to self,” which made sense to her only after becoming a mother. In this reflection she admits to indulging in self-pity at times when she thinks of her former “free-independent-me” self. In those times, she tries to remember that what she is giving up is minor compared to what she is gaining through parenthood. Moyer was raised Catholic, left the Church for a period as a young adult, and returned in her mid-twenties. At the writing of this book, she was raising two healthy, active little boys. Before they came to be, she and her husband suffered the loss of two pregnancies, one ectopic, the other ending in miscarriage. Those losses, plus the death of a very close family friend, led her to examine why “bad things” happen. She rejects the notion that God willed her ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage or, for that matter, any serious illnesses, accidents, or natural disasters. “It makes no logical or emotional sense to me that God would give us those things deliberately, knowing of the agony and pain they will bring,” she writes. What does make sense to Moyer is that God loves us and wants us to accept and share that love “as far and as wide as we can, as lavishly and as earnestly as possible.”