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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (March 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168143
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MIKE AQUILINA is husband to Terri and father to six children. He is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and former editor of New Covenant magazine. Mike has written more than a dozen books, including Talking to Youth About Sexuality: A Parent's Guide and The Mass of the Early Christians.

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Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.

In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.

His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.

Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."

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There were many times where I laughed out loud while reading it.
D. Ross
As a husband, he reveals a love and devotion that will make any spouse envious.
Joseph J. Terrana
The author is entertaining, funny, inspiring, and very insightful.
Kelly

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Wittmann on August 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love a great story.

The greatest storyteller was, of course, Jesus. He showed us how to live through parables, stories. Mike Aquilina follows in Jesus' footsteps.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should let you all know the Aquilinas are friends. I've had the pleasure of personally hearing some of Mike's stories before he put them into a book for the rest of the world. Yet, there was a special pleasure in reading them. In fact, I read them aloud for my husband and children. They loved hearing Mike's stories before bedtime! They made us laugh, cry, and think seriously about how we are to live as Christians.

A good story goes beyond teaching, rather it "shows." It shows us how to live. It shows us the truth we should already know in our hearts (natural order, morality, respect, love) and brings those truths to the forefront of our minds. They show us so that we may imitate and live them out.

A good story is pleasing to the ear and to heart, just as Christ's parables are pleasing. They show us the path to eternal life in a way we never forget. They burn in our souls. Mike carries on this storytelling tradition with Love in the Little Things!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Edmisten on June 13, 2007
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This is a "little book." You know what I mean: you take a look, think you can knock this book off by lunch time, and that'll be that.

But, Love in the Little Things is bigger than that. Yes, the reading is quick and easy, but the ideas loom larger than their appearance. Hmmm ... kind of like Jesus of Nazareth ... growing up in a non-descript way, living a quiet family life, full of hidden things beyond this earthly realm, beyond our imagining.

And that's what Mike Aquilina shows us: that family life is a very real reflection of the Trinity. It's the path to holiness for those of us who are called to this vocation.

But, these little vignettes aren't heavy-handed lectures. They are charming tales about Mike (often self-deprecating), his wife, Terri (adoring), and their delightful children (abundant fatherly love abounds.)

In "It's Verse than I Imagined" (and yes, many of the titles are punny, as are Mike's blog post titles), Mike takes a look at his daughter Mary Agnes's growing awareness of the unrelenting ways in which life will break our hearts. He inserts a line from one of my favorite Gerard Manley Hopkins poems at the perfect moment -- and every parent will face a version of this moment -- and in doing so, elevates this essay from sweet and charming to profound.

And, he keeps doing that. In short pieces about his wife, his children and his parents, he shows us, time and again, that family life is bursting with opportunities to grow in holiness. Bishop Thomas Tobin, of Providence, called this book "a domestic catechism for the domestic church," and it is that, indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen D. Galvanek on March 30, 2007
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What a wonderful little book! It was truly a pleasure to read, laugh, and even shed a tear a time or two. More importantly this slim volume managed to really challenge me to look at where and how I can continue to work on my spiritual life in the midst of my own family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. VINE VOICE on April 27, 2007
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Mike Aquilina talks about something we all can relate to -- how family life and marriage give us endless opportunities to live a holy life and see God's touch everywhere. These essays range from short two-page works beginning with a family story, usually humorous, and then go to a simple reflection about a needed grace or lesson learned that the incident illustrates or sparks. These are the sorts of examples many of us need to see God's hand in the everyday and to remind us that everything we do is an opportunity to grow in a holiness that needn't be stuffy or holier-than-thou. It is all very real and down-t0-earth.

Some chapters are longer essays that are packed full of good reflections, also stemming from family interactions, that take us to deeper reflective depths. A favorite of mine is about the "Spousal Secret." In other words, what is the secret to being a good husband (or wife). As you'd guess, it is self sacrifice but it is examined from every angle in a very readable way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Ross on May 7, 2007
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My family and I have read together a number of the funny and touching stories in this collection. My kids particularly enjoyed hearing about the Aquilina kids who were close in age to them. Much of what is written about Mike's family is universal in its appeal and poignancy. There were many times where I laughed out loud while reading it.

My only disappointment was when my wife pointed out to me how sweet it was that Mike wrote Valentines Day poems to his wife (hint hint). Thanks, Mike!

Mike is also very good at drawing on the universal appeal that faith has with most cultures around the globe. I found his story about the cab ride with a Muslim driver to be especially thought-provoking.

Another terrific book by Mike Aquilina.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2008
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If you are looking for a book that would be easy for a busy parent to read and yet still pack a spiritual punch, this is the book for you. The author is entertaining, funny, inspiring, and very insightful. This book will help you remember what is amazing about family life and it will help you refocus your spirituality [if you happen to have lost focus in the midst of the chaos that is child rearing!].

I found this book surprisingly helpful - it was a quick, easy read but full of insight and very deep [yet accessible] spiritual truth. And it had the added benefit of being very entertaining and interesting to read.

I recommend this book highly for any Catholic parent who wants to do better - both spiritually and as a parent and/or spouse.
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