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Real parenting involves grit, and that’s what you’ll find in this new book by Greg and Jennifer Willits. The authors, co-hosts of the popular SiriusXM radio show “Catholics Next Door,” have written a real-world guide for Catholic families who stumble toward holiness. They don’t ignore the daily grind of screw-ups, arguments, yelling, pooping and trying to form saints against all odds. The book is a collection of stories showing the ups and downs, successes and failures of their own family life. You’ll find children lassoing each other with rosaries, the difficult darkness of miscarriage, profound moments of conversion and plenty of fun adventures in between. Greg and Jennifer don’t sugar-coat the tough times or embellish the good—they just tell it like it is. We need such ordinary saints with one foot on the floor and one in heaven. The Willits give that in The Catholics Next Door, and Catholic parents will find it refreshing and inspiring. Brandon Vogt, Our Sunday Visitor
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Greg and Jennifer Willits are the hosts of The Catholics Next Door, a daily three-hour talk show on SiriusXM radio. They’ve interviewed countless well-known Catholic personalities, as well as other names from both the Catholic and secular entertainment world. Additionally, Greg and Jennifer are also the creators of the popular That Catholic Show video series, which is used for catechesis in parishes around the world. In addition to their radio program, podcasts, and video productions, Greg and Jennifer have been featured on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, Sirius Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel, Catholic Answers LIVE, Catholic Exchange, and in National Catholic Register, Envoy, and Faith and Family. Greg and Jennifer have been married since 1995 and have four sons and a daughter. They live in Conyers, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616363347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616363345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,554,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
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I've been a fan of Greg and Jennifer Willits since their podcasting days. It's been a delight to see them get bigger and better...now they have a show on Sirius/XM and also a new book, The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living.

I wasn't sure what to expect from their book. Would it be a how to? Advice? Just silly stuff? Or would it be a memoir type of book?

And, even more importantly, would I love it as much as I wanted to?

As it turns out, YES.

It's equal parts laughter, insight, and advice. You get perspective from a couple who admits their imperfections with a smile and a humility I can't help but admire.

Every chapter, except the parent-specific chapters, is written in a back-and-forth conversational style. Greg might start, Jennifer will pick it up, and Greg continues a few paragraphs later. I often felt like I needed to pass the chips and refill some coffee as I was reading...it's reading that's casual and relaxed, even though it deals with some of the heaviest topics in Catholicism (read as: NFP).

There's a lot packed into 141 pages. There's sex, marriage, kids, parenthood, sacraments, prayer, schooling, and technology, to name a few.

Some of these stories will be familiar to those who have followed the Willits through the years, but there are others that, if you don't or can't listen to their daily radio program, will be new to you.

Bottom line: highly recommended. It's a quick read and you'll leave it a better person.
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There's a certain genre of Catholic writing that's never particularly appealed to me. I'm not sure what to call it, but it encompasses parenting books and marriage advice, Catholic living and holiness "how-to"s.

The defining characteristic of these books tends to be a hoity-toity know-it-all attitude that exalts one way of parenting or spirituality as "the way" above all others, without regard to the rich diversity of the Church's history and practice.

The Catholics Next Door is not that type of book.

In fact Greg and Jennifer Willits go out of their way to assure readers that they don't have all the answers, that they are just like the rest of us poor schlubs trying to honor God while making a living, raising a family, and attending to the rest of life's demands. But, as they point out, there is holiness in that imperfection. Call it a "spirituality of the screwups":

"In a way it helps to know we're not the only screwups in this world. I suspect that many of the seemingly perfect parents sitting in the pew ahead of us at church, the ones with the angelic children, are screwups as well. I don't know why that helps me, but it does.

"It's good to remind ourselves, especially when we're ready to throttle a kid who just spray-painted a brand new set of golf clubs, that you were a screwup before your kid was. And you still are. But you're getting better, with the help of God."

The Willits cover a wide range of topics in the book, from living with our neighbors to natural family planning, using technology for evangelization to the Eucharist. The connecting thread is a relentless focus on Christian living in the messiness and uncertainties of modern life.
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I was looking for an inspirational book and came across this title. I'm non-Catholic but have Christian values, and was at first a bit hesitant because most of the time I usually try to avoid anything with the word Catholic in the title. However, for some reason, I decided to give this one a chance because I was looking for something lighthearted and quick. Plus, after reading some of the reviews I decided to give it a try. Got this on my Kindle, and really enjoyed it! Greg and Jennifer Willits are funny, honest, and thought provoking. This book is not preachy at all, but yet it still gives great advice with strong scripture to back it up. I love the tone of the book, and I really like how it's divided so that you get two points of views. Thank you Greg and Jennifer for a awesome read!! I'm definitely gonna spread the word about this book to all my friends.
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This book is a great insight into the Willit's family. The book is a good read whether you are familiar with them or not but if you listen to their program on Sirius this book is even better. The title says it all. It's nice to hear how someone else deals with life's problems.
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I started reading the book yesterday evening and didn't put it down until I was done. The book was a very intimate look into the lives of "The Catholics Next Door". I found out so many things about their journey towards God that are similar to my own journey. The book was funny and enlightening at the same time. It is only 141 pages, but there are many bible passages and catechism references in the book that are very helpful and meaningful to the trials that many of us go through. I would strongly recommend this book to any Catholic or Christian family.
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Loved the book, so far that is. I bought 5 copies, because I knew it would be great. I hope to finish it by Easter morning. My children are grown now,(3boys) but I can see myself doing some of the same things. My boys were sensative to my feelings too. Good News... I am sure your family will turn out as faithful as mine. God Bless you for this true work of art. Very entertaining.

Kathy L.
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