Live Big, Love Bigger

Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus
Foreword by: Dave Dwyer, C.S.P.

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: August 30, 2019

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

Popular 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.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594719141

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “This book is for you.”

    “You may think your own family is far from perfect, and perhaps have never considered them ‘holy.’ If so, then this book is for you.”

    From the foreword by Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P.
    Executive Director of Busted Halo Ministries

  • “Raw and down-to-earth.”

    “If you believe that pursuing a faithful life is intimidating or overwhelming, I highly encourage you 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, witty, and sassy.”

    “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

  • “Real talk.”

    “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
    Podcaster and author of One Beautiful Dream

  • “Raw honesty.”

    “A Texan to the core, Whitaker writes with humor and faith about how to face life’s challenges with grace and live a more purpose-filled life. Her raw honesty helps readers to believe that they too can overcome any obstacles.”

    Catholic Press Association

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