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A Willing Heart

A Willing Heart

How to Serve When You Think You Can't 

Author: Marci Alborghetti

Foreword by: Donna Markham, O.P.

Price: $13.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-248-7

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: April 11, 2011

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In the spirit of gospel teaching on time, talent, and treasure, bestselling author Marci Alborghetti weaves together wisdom, humor, personal stories, and a series of attainable goals in this vision of Christian action that is at once a beautiful meditation on spiritual growth and a common-sense guide to discovering practical ways to serve.

What began with a traumatic home robbery became Marci Alborghetti’s first step on a journey toward a deep commitment to Christian service. Part spiritual memoir and part exhortation, A Willing Heart: How to Serve When You Think You Can't is for anyone who feels overwhelmed at the prospect of one more item on the weekly calendar, and for those who worry that they might not have much to offer. Alborghetti, the popular Guideposts writer and author of Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can't, offers an inspiring invitation to personal growth through Christian action that is sensible, realistic, and joyful.

Each chapter presents a three-part structure of theme, story, and one practical, entirely doable step toward service. Replete with inspiring vignettes from Alborghetti’s life and the lives of the saints, as well as suggestions that begin in your own living room, A Willing Heart: How to Serve When You Think You Can't will help you implement the practice of compassion in everyday life and is ideally suited for faith-sharing groups, parish retreats, and leadership training seminars.


"A warm, commonsense vision."

"A warm, commonsense vision of Christian service that can be done right at home."

Donna Markham, O.P.
Chair, Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities USA

"Urges us to preach more through our actions than our words."

"Selflessly serving others often sounds good in theory but can be near-impossible to put into practice in our day-to-day lives. Marci Alborghetti’s wonderful new book challenges us to go outside our comfort zones to walk the road of love and service, and to do it with joy. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, she urges us to preach more through our actions than our words."

Mary DeTurris Poust, Author of
Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship

"A gem of a book!"

"This is a gem of a book! Marci presents both the joy and the challenge of service with great insight into the opportunities God presents to us and the way in which we can and do respond. Her examples from both the lives of the saints and her own grace-filled journey are very real and prompt me to say, "I could do that!" or "I have done that." or maybe, 'Could I really do that?' The format at the end of each chapter with Scripture, prayer, questions for consideration, and suggestions for service lends itself to individual and group reflection. Everyone reading A Willing Heart will feel both affirmed and encouraged by what service they currently give and invited to embrace service as a focus in all their decision-making."

Margaret Crowley, R.S.M., Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"A manual to being a better human."

"Provocative, thoughtful, gentle challenging, urging responsibility—a conscience-raising read—it is all there ... a manual to be a better human being."

Dr. Marylouise Fennell, Senior Counsel
Council of Independent Colleges, Past President, Carlow University (PA)

"Warm, personal, and easy to read."

"I found Marci Alborghetti's style warm, personal and easy to read ... a book worth reading."

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