7 Quick Takes Friday

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 10, 2012


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Krista (2nd from the right) and Melissa (far right).

Melissa of Isela Maria contacted me this week to tell me about her friend, Krista, who is preparing to enter the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN this August. As with so many who discern a call to religious life, Krista has a lot of debt that she needs to pay off before she can enter. Melissa has sweetly offered to sell some of her beautiful photographs and give the proceeds to Krista. You can read more about that, and about their sweet friendship here.


Style, Sex, and Substance just sold out on Amazon for the third time! To those of you who’ve purchased a copy, thank you so much for your support! It means the world to me.

At the moment, Amazon is saying that there is a 7-11 day shipping delay. In my experience, their estimates tend to be conservative but if any of you would like a (non-Kindle version) copy sooner you can purchase a copy directly from my publisher here. You can also purchase a signed copy from me by clicking on the Paypal button below:




Speaking of Style, Sex, and Substance,  many thanks to Emily Stimpson for mentioning the book in her latest piece for OSV Newsweekly, Catholic Women in Their Own Words – a fantastic article that gave a group of Catholic women (myself included) the opportunity to “set the record straight about sex, motherhood, marriage, prayer and contraception.” With so many in the mainstream media trying to speak for us, it was refreshing to be given the opportunity to speak for ourselves. Do check it out!


The weather here has been gorgeous lately so I’ve been spending nearly every morning at the park reading while my kids play. I think I’ve finished three  novels this week alone! What should I read next? I’m not looking for anything terribly heavy, just a few fun novels I can crack open while keeping one eye on the littles. Oh, and as I mentioned on Twitter, if you suggest a book about women written by a man, I’ll consider it highly suspect. ;)


Isn't she the cutest?


Congratulations to my cute friend, Cari, on the birth of her daughter, Veronica Rosemary! Do yourself a favor and go take a peek at her sweet girl over here. I guarantee your day will be better for it. Are babies not the most delicious things ever?


On a sadder note, I’m sure most of you have seen Jen’s request for prayers by now. I just wanted to add that though she’s being understandably vague, what she witnessed was truly horrific (and honestly, even that feels like an understatement). If you could please pray for the young man who lost his life, his family and friends, and for Jen, I know that they would all appreciate it deeply.



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Michelle May 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Wow, I wish I could get through three books in a week. I’m slowly making it through two different books right now. :)

Prayers for Jen and all affected. It sounds horrible. :(
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Kara May 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Praying for everyone affected by that tragedy.
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Valerie @ Momma in Progress May 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

Thanks so much for hosting. Praying for Jen and her neighbors.
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Ashley May 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

St. Cecilia’s is beautiful.
I’m having to wait till summer before visiting the Dominican sisters just north of here (Mission San Jose).
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jen May 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

5: Maybe some Debbie Macomber stuff? Her books dealing with the yarn shop on Blossom Street in Seattle are good. I’m more of a murder mystery girl and I love Joanne Fluke (cookies), Joanna Carl (chocolate), Margaret Maron (female judge), Lilian Jackson Braun (Siamese cats), Mary Daheim (2 series) and G. A. McKevett (totally awesome on Facebook).
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Carol@simple_catholic May 11, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thanks for hosting 7 Quick Takes this week, Hallie. This week’s 7 QT is dedicated to all moms.

Praying for Jen and for the young man who lost his life.
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Colleen May 11, 2012 at 5:11 am

I am so happy for you on your book selling out…again!! You deserve it :)
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Grace May 11, 2012 at 6:13 am

hostess with the mostess — can you tell me/us what novels you enjoyed? I’m dying to get lost in a book — Julia is killing me lately and I need a healthy distraction.
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Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy May 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

Style, Sex and Substance just sold out for the THIRD time?? That’s fantastic! Congrats, Hallie!
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LPatter May 11, 2012 at 6:57 am


@#5 – just because you threw it out there – have you ever read Hannah Coulter by Wendell Barry? I think he does an INCREDIBLE job of narration from a woman’s perspective! I have no idea what your style is – but it’s a very contemplative but very real read. I highly recommend it.

Ellen Gable Hrkach May 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

Hello Hallie! It’s wonderful to meet you! Thanks for hosting this week. Prayers for the family of the young man who was killed and all who witnessed the accident. Just wondering…when is your book coming out on Kindle? (I’m a Kindle reader). Second, if you’re looking for a quick read, my third novel, Stealing Jenny, is FREE today on Kindle (although I can send you a print copy if you’re interested…) I’ve been told that my novels are intense (this one is about a pregnant woman getting kidnapped). Third, I’ll keep Krista in prayer and will likely meet her at some point in the future because my sister is a novice with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville. I LOVE visiting my sister at the Motherhouse in Nashville (we’ll be going this summer when my sister receives her black veil). God bless…
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Jeanne G. May 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

Thanks for hosting Seven Quick Takes this week. Do you not have a linky list or can I just not see it? That is the question. I’m praying for Jen and that poor young man and his family.
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Hallie @ Betty Beguiles May 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

I can’t see it either, Jeanne. It was up all night and earlier this morning but it seems to have disappeared. I’m looking into it now…
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Steph @ Moving to MD May 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

Hi Hallie, thanks for hosting. I’m keeping Jen and everyone affected in my prayers.

For take 5, these are a few novels I’ve recently finished and enjoyed: Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau; Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (especially if you’re an Anglophile!); Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor; and The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.
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Erica May 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

The Number One Ladies Detective series is my huge recommendation right now, especially with a new book just released. Sure, Mma. Romotswe is written by a male author, and Botswana is being written by a Scot, but these books? Are awesome. Happy reading!

Hallie @ Betty Beguiles May 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

It should be back up and running! Can you see it now?
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Martha May 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

Have you ever read ‘The Three Martini Playdate?’ It’s the one I grab whenever I need a good laugh. Totally light and hilarious- you can definitely keep an eye on the kiddies while you read. And oddly enough, it has some sage advice as well.


nicole May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

I recently read a book called Gods of Gotham by Lynsay Faye (check spelling). It is a period novel, a mystery I guess, set in 1850s NYC. The characters are really interesting and the story is not so complicated that you need to take notes to keep up, nor so simple that you figure things out in the first 2 chapters.
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Sarah May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Congrats on the book! Our book club is LOVING it; I’m going to write a review based on our discussions once we’re all done with it. I’ll be sure to send it your way. :)

I have to recommend Nancy Mitford. I think you will just love her. It’s like Downton Abbey in book form. Start with The Pursuit of Love. You won’t be disappointed!
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Melanie May 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The Bronze Ladder is about Sts. Felicity and Perpetua. Amazing read! I highly recommend!

Veronica Mitchell May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

My book recommendations for you:
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary An Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

bobbi @ revolution of love May 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Please let Jen know we are all praying for her and those involved!

I love Take 2. I checked out her site and I’ll be ordering a photo. The ones from the Old Mission Flower Farm are gorgeous! Perfect to frame and hang in the house!

#5 – I mentioned in my Quick Takes that I was going to start reading the novel “Lessons in the Journey” but it is written by a man, so you may not be up to it. ;-)
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Mary May 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Praying for Jen and the man who died…

I recommend anything by Lynn Austin but specifically the Chronicles of the Kings series!! Amazing Biblical fiction.
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Elizabeth K. May 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Praying for Jen and for the young man and his family. What a terrible thing to have happened.

Anna @ IHOD May 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hallie, congrats on selling out! I am not surprised! Its phenom. Btw, want you to guest post soon for the Real Chat series! Will be emailing you:)
And of course love the name Veronica Rosemary:) So close to my daughters name. She is precious!
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K D May 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My duaghter is blessed to attend a school adminsitered by the Domincian Sisters of St. Cecelia. I will send Krista some funds. I hate to think that debt is a deterrent to admission to that order. The sisters at my daughter’s school are everywhere, including prom and after-prom parties, out early in the morning participating in fund raising walks,etc. They are quite an order.

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