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About the Author

Susie Lloyd is the award-winning author of two humor books: Please Don't Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids. Her work has appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, Crisis, Franciscan Way, and The Latin Mass. She is a graduate of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire, which prepared her for life as a career homeschooler. She and her husband Greg have six daughters, one son, and two grandchildren. Lloyd does much of her writing from her office on wheels: the middle bench of her beat-up Suburban. She and her family live in Pennsylvania.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594714061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594714061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susie Lloyd is a wife, mom of seven, and a homeschool lifer. She has an existential crisis towards the end of each school year whether she needs it or not.

She is the surprised recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Her articles appear in Catholic Digest, The Latin Mass Magazine and The National Catholic Register. Her first two books, Please Don't Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids (Sophia Institute Press) bring comic relief to Catholic homeschooling families in the modern world. Her latest book, Yes, God! draws parenting lessons from the home lives of young priests and religious. She writes from the middle bench of her beat up Suburban.

Visit: susielloyd.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 13, 2013
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Yes, God! is a book I have been anxious to read. I can't describe my excitement when it finally arrived in the mail. In this book, author Susie Lloyd interviews ten people who said yes to their vocation to the religious life. Doing her best to get a sampling of people, she interviews priests, sisters, and nuns from both Western and Eastern rites within the Catholic Church. The families these ten men and women came from are also varied, which was perhaps the biggest surprise for me. I, like most people, assumed that if you want to foster vocations in the home, then that home should smell of incense and have a holy aura that you could see from space. This isn't the case though, as demonstrated in this book.

The book as a whole focuses on fostering different traits to encourage vocations, such as affection, generosity, spiritual poverty, etc. Each chapter of this book is divided into two parts. Part one gives a brief biography of one of the clergy or religious members who are featured, a description of their family life, and what led them to accepting their vocational call. Part two is the author's reflection on what she told you in the first part and how it relates to her and her family. I had a hard time picking which chapter I enjoyed the most as each one was beautiful in its own way. There's Fr. Mark Fesniak of the Ukrainian Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who grew up altar-serving at both Western and Eastern Rite Catholic Churches every Sunday. (No wonder he became a priest!) And there's Sr. Brigid Mary Rock who grew up on a farm, where she learned toughness mixed with affection from her father. Like I said, all of the stories are beautiful in their own right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By iBookworm on March 26, 2014
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As a young couple about to embark (in one week if he's on time!) on the amazing, beautiful, but kinda scary work of Catholic parenthood, my wife and I really enjoyed this book. Though this isn't one of the humor books Susie Lloyd is known for (you should definitely check out Please Don't Drink the Holy Water), she brings her humorous, informal style to it, with goofy anecdotes, self-effacing wit, and some sharp and savvy observations making the book a fun read.

The book focuses on the parents of children who had religious vocations, the reasoning being that if the family produced a vocation, the parents must have been doing something right. (My mom is still waiting for a vocation from one of her nine, but that's okay, Mom: a lack of vocations doesn't mean you did anything wrong either!)

You might think that the parents profiled in the book are special people. Well yes, and no. They are special people in that they gave their kids the faith, often against odds (and there are some stories of real hardship and courage that make me feel wimpy in comparison). But they're ordinary people, too. Nothing they did is so extraordinary that we can't do it, too -- which is the point of the book.

What is reassuring to young parents-to-be (in a week! Wow!) is that while there are certain "non-negotiables" -- you have to transmit the faith to the kids, obviously -- HOW it is done varies widely from couple to couple in this book. There is no One Right Way that if you don't follow exactly you'll doom your kids to less than their full spiritual potential. Knowing this, it is easier to look at the lessons these parents can teach us without feeling overwhelmed by a need to immediately reach their heights of wisdom and experience.

And the lessons are valuable ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marian Friedrichs on February 4, 2014
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Susie Lloyd's humor books have helped buoy my spirits many times when I've been tempted to feel discouraged in my vocation as a Catholic wife and mother. And I, like her, have often longed to be able to pick the brains of priests and religious to find out what their parents did right. I am thankful that Susie took on this project and that the young people she profiled were so open to sharing the stories of their upbringing. Susie's humor and stories of her own home and children lend a lighthearted, friendly tone to the book, and the wide diversity apparent in the lives and childhoods of her subjects can help any Christian parent feel encouraged that, whatever their situation, it is very possible--with grace!--to raise children who say yes to God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Temple on January 13, 2014
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Only halfway through, but I've already recommended Susie Lloyd's new book to several friends. It really is inspiring me like no other parenting book ever has. I have 2 sons who talk seriously about a vocation to the priesthood and so I am always looking for ways to encourage them if they are called. I know that the call comes from God and not from us, their parents, but as Susie says we certainly wouldn't want to do anything that would "blow it." Additionally, this book is a benefit for my own growth as a person. I find holy families so uplifting. They have so much to teach us and while I may not be able to be like them completely, I can at least learn where to put the effort. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Patrick Sheehan on November 18, 2013
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In a number of brief but rich profiles of Catholic priests and religious, Susie Lloyd examines how their family lives contributed to their vocations. As in her previous books, "Please Don't Drink the Holy Water" and "Bless Me, Father, For I Have Kids," Lloyd's voice is warm and often keenly funny as she explores how these intriguing men and women made their commitment to faith.
In a culture where so many are adrift, it is heartening to read how families - even families beset by hard times and tragedies, as some of these are - can inspire the sense of sacrifice and stability that religious life demands.
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