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Tied in Knots: Finding Peace in Today's World Paperback – August 17, 2017
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“Pope Francis has popularized his own personal devotion to Mary the Untier of Knots, a religious tradition that was established in Germany. Greg Willits’s allusion to this Marian devotion in reference to our current need for peace-making and harmony in our world is more than appropriate, since the violent disruption of social harmony has all of us tied up in knots with doubts and fears for our future. His work is a source of helpful insights in loosening many of those fears.” — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia
“Only of late I’ve become more at ease with the knots of my life and Tied in Knots has helped me continue that process, supported by the gracious prayers of the Mother of God. Retreat to a quiet place — knots and all — and slip between the covers of Greg’s simple but powerful reflection. Let God be God and find deep, true peace.” — Bishop Robert P. Reed, President, The CatholicTV Network
“My stomach is constantly messed up. Anxiety, insecurity, too much pizza … you name it, I’m tied in knots. Thanks to Greg’s book, and maybe some Pepto Bismol, I’ve got some relief.” — Lino Rulli, host of The Catholic Guy on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel
“No one gets out of this life unscathed or, as Greg Willits writes in this terrific book, without getting tangled in an occasion knot or two or three along the way. It’s how we view those knots and how we go about unraveling them that makes all the difference. Drawing from his own school of hard knocks or more specifically shall we say ‘hard knots,’ combined with his extensive knowledge of the Catholic faith, Greg provides a beautiful but practical faith plan to help the reader deal with and learn from the big and small stresses in life. Tied in Knots is a reminder that no matter how tangled up we may feel in the end, those knots can, if we allow them, be powerful lessons that keep us more closely tied to Christ and His Church.” — Teresa Tomeo, best-selling Catholic author, host of EWTN’s Catholic Connection
“Greg Willits combines powerful personal insights with practical advice and spiritual resources to help people of faith find that peace beyond all understanding. If you’re stressed, you need to read this book.” — Dr. Greg Popcak, author of God Help Me, This STRESS Is Driving Me Crazy!
“Whether you’re stressed beyond measure or trying to cope with and care for someone else whose stress is driving you crazy, Greg Willits has penned the perfect tool to help you reclaim your sanity and spiritual well-being. Full of practical strategies and doable spiritual wisdom, Tied in Knots isn’t rocket science, but rather a common sense companion for your journey to more peaceful living. Greg’s honesty and wit make him the perfect ally as he shares his own life’s struggles and triumphs with real-world perspective. Get busy untying the knots that are holding you back from giving God your best ‘Yes’.” — Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Grace of Yes
“The devil hates this book. He’d much rather have you miserable and anxious and isolated from others. He has good reason to hate this book. That’s why I know you’ll love it. Don’t settle for anything less than lasting peace — the kind you’ll find with Greg Willits’s guidance.” — Mike Aquilina, best-selling author and editor
“In Tied in Knots, Greg Willits offers readers a vision of not only how to deal with stress and problematic situations, but more importantly, how to open oneself to the possibility of spiritual growth as we learn to recognize God’s grace and presence even in life’s most challenging moments.” — Amy Welborn, author of The Catholic Woman’s Book of Days
“None of us is immune to the struggles, crosses, and knots of life. This book is a spiritual essential that will give you the necessary strategies to rise above those challenges and find peace and hope in the midst of your trials. Inspiring!” — Drew Mariani, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and award-winning writer, producer, and director
“In today’s chaotic world, it is easy to lose our peace, yet hard to regain it. Jesus, the Prince of peace, and Mary, our Queen of peace, want us to share their true joy of experiencing more heaven on earth. Greg Willits does a beautiful job of leading us to the lasting peace that only comes from God.” — Tom Peterson, TV host, producer, and author, Catholics Come Home
“In his new book, Greg Willits uses his no-nonsense approach to help us, at the very least, to loosen life’s knots with stories and practical tips. He also reminds us how we got into this mess in the first place so that we can avoid getting life all tangled up again in the future. … May your reading of this book bind you more closely to Jesus who frees you from all our entanglements!” — Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug, TV and radio host, speaker and author
“Greg Willits shares lots of insight into the worries and anxieties that plague us and leave us Tied in Knots. There are no quick fixes to those things troubling us, but Greg’s everyman approach not only consoles, but offers hope in tangible ways to help us reflect, pray, and surrender our suffering to God’s will, and open ourselves to recognizing His abundant graces.” — Maria Morera Johnson, author of Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice and Heroic Virtue
“A marvelously personal, engaging, and inspiring look at all the knots and worries that so often consume us and frustrate our lives. Even better, Greg Willits also offers helpful, real steps forward to the deep faith God calls us to.” — Allen Hunt, senior advisor at Dynamic Catholic
“Greg Willits has long been one of my favorite Catholic writers and a great example to follow for how he thoughtfully and prayerfully engages in his faith and leads his family. I love his new book, Tied in Knots, and the powerful stories and lessons he shares to help us get rid of the various obstacles that negatively impact our faith, our health, and our relationships with our families. This is a road map of sorts that you will want to read and refer to again and again for the great wisdom it contains. If you are ‘tied up in knots’ for any reason or simply want to lead a happier, healthier, and more faith-filled life, this is the book for you!” — Randy Hain, author of Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men and Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic
“Peace. In this life, we all need it, but often it feel like a mirage in the desert, nice and shiny, but ultimately, unattainable. In Tied in Knots, Greg Willits points us to the true source of peace and allows us to drink living water that satisfies.” — Kevin Cotter, author of A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis
“Besides helping his wife and children get to heaven, part of Greg Willits’s mission is to help others. With Tied in Knots: Finding Peace in Today’s World, it’s Mission Accomplished! Whether you have a few big knots in your life or just a lot of little ones, the practical wisdom and encouragement in this book will give you the tools to help untie them for good!” — Gus Lloyd, host of Seize the Day on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel and author of A Minute in the Church
“A comprehensive look at untying the knots in your life with practical advice in an engaging style.” — Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester
“Tied in Knots is the kind of book that meets you where you are. If you’re stumbling and struggling, if you’re unsure and seeking, if you’re far along the path of mystagogy (and you know what that word means), you’ll find a wealth of wisdom and insight. It is, hands-down, one of the best books I’ve read and is sure to become a classic.” — Sarah Reinhard, author and blogger
“Being tied in knots is part of the human condition that we all experience. If you need a bit of practical help to untie one such knot, this book will help. If you need serious intervention to untie a few knots, this book will help. If you are desperately in need of a radical, supernatural transformation to untie countless deep-rooted and gnarly knots in your life, this book will help. Greg Willits is a brilliant storyteller, and the book you’re about to read will change your life.” — Kevin Lowry, author of How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church and Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck
“In Tied in Knots: Finding Peace in Today’s World, Greg Willits does what I wish all Catholic books would do: go beyond the theory and get into the practical messiness of our day-to-day life. Right off the bat I found myself jotting down notes of ideas and plans to start untying all the knots in my life, and you will too!” — Tommy Tighe, author of The Catholic Hipster Handbook, host of SiriusXM’s The Chimney
From the Inside Flap
Entangled with anxiety? Twisted with trepidation? Contorted with conflicts?
From snarls in the workplace to hitches on the home front, most of us find ourselves shaking our heads thinking: Is there any way to untangle this mess I call life? Greg Willits, Catholic author, media trailblazer, husband, and father, has experienced his share of knots, and he's here to assure you that there's no tangle you can't undo provided you have the right tools.
Greg becomes your friend and (sometimes hilarious) companion in this endeavor, sharing his own experiences and those of others, as well as Scripture and Catholic teaching, walking alongside you as you begin to untie the knots in your life.
Tied in Knots begins to pull the thread so that you:
- See the knots in your life maybe for the first time
- Uncover your joy where it is, or where it went
- Look at who you really are and how that reveals God's will
- Rediscover what you love and make the time to start doing it again
- Create a concrete plan (finally) for finding true joy and lasting peace
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg Willits is the editorial director for Our Sunday Visitor and the author of The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid. With his wife, Jennifer, he founded the New Evangelizers and Rosary Army apostolates, authored The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living, and hosted "The Catholics Next Door" daily talk show on SiriusXM. In addition to raising their five children, Greg and Jennifer also produce the weekly "Adventures in Imperfect Living" podcast at www.gregandjennifer.com.
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As always Greg, thank you for all you continue to do.