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Better by the Dozen, Plus Two (Better by the Dozen Plus Two Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Littleton , James Littleton
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Is there an uneasiness that tugs at you from your interior? Do you want to live in the world without being of the world? This book, written by parents in the process of raising fourteen living children, unmasks many of the fundamental errors of our time, offering a concrete hierarchy of values or priorities to live by in the midst of a seriously disordered modern dominant culture. It is an appealing and interesting read for anyone and everyone designed to move the reader to serious reflection on the state of his or her life, and to hopefully come away with some helpful resolutions of a spiritual and/or practical nature. BETTER BY THE DOZEN, PLUS TWO includes anecdotes and a philosophy of life from a family of sixteen providing insights into the meaning and purpose of life, with the goal of helping the reader to achieve true happiness and fulfillment.

“Here’s a family you won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria University—and we’re hoping the 11 younger siblings will follow in their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian in Residence, Ave Maria University

“In Better by the Dozen, Plus Two James and Kathleen Littleton have written a truly profound book that may change your family forever. Through Scripture, Catechism, family anecdotes, and simple “how to” practical advice, this work will challenge and inspire all families both large and small. Throughout the book one thing is clear; the Littleton family perseveres and thrives because of God’s Sacramental Grace. Read this book and be encouraged. Read this book and be awed. Read this book and learn how you, too, can raise a family firmly rooted in Faith and Love for Christ and His Church.”
Mark and Elizabeth Matthews
Authors of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me

“For those looking to invite God not just to their wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must read. The Littleton’s personal journey in striving to be open to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own lives.”
Kris Cortes
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in Action

About the Authors: James and Kathleen Littleton, Catholic reverts, speakers, spiritual guides, radio guests, columnists for Catholic.net, and co-authors of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of
Life from a Family of Sixteen, (available at their website www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com, Amazon.com, and by having bookstores order where not kept in stock) are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-five to five, and five living in heaven. (And they regretfully started their marriage out as contracepting, nominal Catholics!) They are available as speakers or retreat or workshop presenters, individually or as a couple, on a wide range of Faith and Family topics. Their guest appearances on Catholic television and radio programs include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, November 11, 2009; EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, May 9, 2010; Light of the East, host Fr Thomas Loya; The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio; Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio; The Doctor Is In with Coleen Mast on Ave Maria Radio; and Speak Now with Susan Konig on Sirius Satellite Radio the Catholic Channel. They have been featured in numerous articles including Zenit, Lifesite News, Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many more. James and Kathleen can be reached with questions, comments or speaking engagement requests via email at jamesmlittleton@gmail.com and through their websites, www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com and http://www.healedthroughcancer.com/ God bless you!


Product Details

  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: James and Kathleen Littleton; First edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KH26AY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,115 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating October 12, 2007
Format:Paperback
Jim and Kathleen are a beautiful example of understanding, living, and teaching the Catholic faith. I felt like I wanted to be adopted by them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Haven't finished yet but it is great so far and I can't wait to read about how the family organizes chores, etc. Great book for Catholic parents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Countercultural May 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is proof that current cultural wisdom is wrong and that the Catholic teaching on openness to life is right. Who knows better, you or God? The Littletons are an excellent example of the generosity God is asking for.

One important lesson pointed out by James and Kathleen Littleton is that the world looks at children as a burden which actually belittles the contribution that children bring. They are not just empty stomachs and brains demanding to be fed and sent to college. They are persons who contribute to the family from the day they are brought into it--and more and more as they mature.

This book was like a pleasant stroll through a different world in which values were properly prioritized. I only wish there were more anecdotes about the children's interaction with each other and the hostile world. I loved the one about two older kids saving 10 seats in a theater during the previews while the younger ones waited in the lobby so they didn't have to look at all the junk in the previews.

A good gift for your teenaged sons and daughters. A mandatory gift for Pre-Cana classes. Good idea for Engaged- and Marriage Encounter Weekend attendees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011
By Tara
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I read this book at least once a year. I am now in my fourth reading since purchasing it. You will fall in love with this large, Irish Catholic family, as I have. Jim and Kathleen Littleton are devout Catholics who have not been afraid to make radical choices when it comes to living a Christ-centered life or raising a family in such a way that goes completely against the grain of the dominant culture. They have been such an inspiration to me. In fact, after my husband read this book, he decided to become a Catholic! The Littletons have 14 living children. In this book, they will share with you what they are convinced are God's Hierarchy of Values, namely, God, Spouse, Children, Work, and then Service Work/Apostolate. They also discuss Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Formation of Children, Service, Cross-Carrying, and the necessity of possessing a sense of humor.

Whenever I become discouraged as a parent, I know that it's time to take this book off of the shelf and read it again. It is the only Catholic book on parenting and devotion that I continue to read over and over again. I eagerly await their next book, and hope that one day, there will be one.
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