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Live Big, Love Bigger

Live Big, Love Bigger

Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus 

Author: Kathryn Whitaker

Foreword by: Dave Dwyer, C.S.P.

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-914-1

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 30, 2019

More Personal Growth, Spirituality, Women's Spirituality


Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (third place, first-time author).


opular blogger Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she’ll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they’ll be able to say yes to what matters most—Jesus.

It’s not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it—when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. “Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way—proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?”

Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

Whitaker’s sassy authenticity will make readers laugh—and cry—while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.


"I highly encourage you to read this book."

"If you believe that pursuing a faithful life is intimidating or overwhelming, I highly encourage you to read this book. Kathryn’s story, laden with numerous examples of God’s ability to work miracles in our present day lives, is a raw, down-to-earth account of a woman seeking to follow God the best way she knows how."

Jenna Guizar
Founder of Blessed is She

"Warm and witty."

“Like its author, Live Big, Love Bigger is warm, witty, and served with a side of southern sass."

Haley Stewart
Catholic blogger, podcaster, and author of The Grace of Enough

"A friend."

"With the tone of a friend sitting down with you for some BBQ and real talk, Kathryn Whitaker shows us how to dream big and keep our sanity in the process."

Jennifer Fulwiler
SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream


"Real, transparent, and inspiring."

Brandon Vogt
Content Director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
Author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

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