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About the Author

Kate's introduction to liturgical music came at an early age, when she was a "choir baby" in her home parish in Moberly, Missouri. She began playing flute with the parish folk group in the 7th grade. While studying flute performance with Steven Geibel at the University of Missouri, she joined the music ministry at the local Newman Center, where she developed a deep love of liturgy and liturgical music.

After receiving a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied with Dr. Angeleita Floyd, she returned to Columbia and served as liturgist for the local Life Teen program for a year, after which she took on the position of director of liturgy and music for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, Missouri. She spent four years in that position before choosing to stay home with her children. She and her husband Christian remain deeply involved as volunteer musicians at OLL, leading the parish contemporary group with three "choir babies" of their own in tow.

Kate's articles about faith, family, and liturgy have appeared in several Catholic magazines, and she has also published octavos for assembly use.
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764819372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764819377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first thing you should know is that I'm proud to have lived my whole life in flyover country--although, thanks to adventurous parents and grandparents and a couple of fabulous opportunities, I've visited great cities and parks all over the country, and even overseas. I grew up on a farm, where I spent many hours climbing trees, jumping off hay bales and chasing cattle back into their pasture when they broke through the fences. (But I never once tipped a cow.)

I've been putting words and melodies on paper as long as I can remember, and I even made a recording of some (really bad) songs when I was about ten, using two cassette players to add harmony.

I earned two degrees in flute performance--from the University of Missouri and the University of Northern Iowa--and I met my husband in a church choir. I've worked fast food, retail, on the farm, as a professional musician and a stay-at-home mom. But once I started writing music, fiction and nonfiction, I never looked back.

I have four children, one of whom has Down syndrome. Motherhood has taught me that when something is part of you, it exerts a pull on every other part. This is what it means to live an integrated life. I believe the written word and the sung note should make the world a better place. This doesn't mean pretending that ugliness doesn't exist. The best writing acknowledges the reality of the world without enshrining it as inevitable or desirable. That is what I hope to achieve when I sit down behind the keyboard.

I've been privileged to work with terrific music editors at WLP and GIA. My fiction has made the final round in the Glass Woman (Fall 2011), WOW-Women on Writing Flash (Fall 2013) and WFWA's Rising Star (2014) contests. My work with Family Foundations and Liguorian has won awards from the Catholic Press Association. And my essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and on NPR's All Things Considered.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on November 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family by Kathleen M. Basi [Liguori Publications (July 1, 2010)] is a book of advent readings, activities, and rituals. Published by Liguori Publications, a Catholic publishing company comprised of a "community of religious priests, brothers, lay people, and contemplative nuns," Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is an effort to "reclaim Advent... to reconcile the secular with the sacred."

My family is not Catholic, although my husband was raised and schooled within the Catholic church, and while at times Ms. Basi does lump Protestant denominations and secular culture together as one, the ideas she presents for reclaiming Advent are good, and can be easily used by families wanting to bring more of the true meaning of Christmas back into the season, Catholic or not. I particularly liked the ideas for the good deeds manger; the list of service, spiritual growth, and homebody ideas for Advent activities; and the simplified readings for instituting a Jesse tree tradition with young children.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts printed in this review are entirely my own. Special thanks to Rebecca Molen of Liguori Publications for sending me a review copy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 27, 2010
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This book was a great addition to our Advent worship this year. It has short bible readings for each day along with suggestions on how to celebrate Advent and take back this season. The stories were simple enough for our 5 and 7-year old and short enough to hold our 3-year old's attention. Our 9-year old enjoyed reading them too and was not "bored" by the simplicity in any way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carold114 on November 9, 2011
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Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family has been on my (LONG!) list of books to buy and read so I was thrilled when I won it during one of RAnn's Christmas in September giveaways.

Every year when the second week in November comes, I start to think about Advent and Christmas (Like many of us). I resolve to make Advent the spiritual season it was meant to be and NOT to get caught up in the secular, materialistic celebration of the season. This resolve has been particularly paramount the last few years as Andrew has become more aware of Christmas.

Alas, most years I start strong but has the weeks pass I get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, and lose focus. I get harried and rushed and basically just try to survive the craziness. Then Christmas comes and I'm exhausted and wondering where the last few weeks went.

Hopefully, this year will be different since I will be taking a different approach and using this book. Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is a small, but jam-packed, book that offers a selection of activities and suggestions for making Advent meaningful - and I can hardly wait to get started!

In this book, Kathleen reminds us of the "unique place Advent holds in the Christian calendar" - especially for us Catholics. BUT, she is is practical and shows us how to keep Advent in its place by showing us how to interject the Advent spirit into the many activities and obligations we have in preparing for Christmas. The result is the perfect marriage between the secular and spiritual aspects of the season!

Using traditional Advent activities, Kathleen outlines a daily plan that incorporates a morning and evening ritual, including a "good deeds" manger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on November 6, 2010
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One of the things I like best about having my little one in Catholic school is that she comes home and tells me how they celebrated a saint's feast day, or a Holy Day of Obligation, or Advent or Lent. Still, we all know that if it doesn't start at home it doesn't go very far. My older kids didn't go to Catholic school when they were little so I was always on the lookout for good child-friendly religious activities, especially to use during Advent and Lent.

Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family is a handy easy-to-use Advent guide aimed at parents of young children. Basically the author, Kathleen Basi suggests that families begin their Advent days by checking an Advent calendar, and then, at dinner, use an Advent Wreath and a Jesse Tree. She also recommends a manger for baby Jesus, a manager the kids fill with straw as they do good deeds. Basi includes several lists of activities that can be done during Advent, from caroling to attending daily mass to baking Christmas cookies.

While Basi herself admits that her ideas are not original, what she is "selling" is the plan, the organized way of approaching the days before Christmas so you can truly celebrate Advent rather than just Christmas Shopping Season. Personally, I can tell you that our family will be using her version of the Jesse Tree. We do it yearly, and while a Google search will give you any number of different sets of ornaments to make or color, what I always have trouble finding is a story to go with each that is short, understandable to young children, and faithful to the scripture. Kathleen's version is all of these.

I'd like to thank Kathleen Basi and First Wildcard for my complimentary review copy.
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