Her focus is Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the joy of the gospel. Be Joyfully Awake During the Advent Season is a reflection on cultivating the virtues of gratitude, joy, and peace during Advent so that we are better prepared to meet the Lord at Christmas. The article predates Advent to give pastoral leaders time to plan for this important season.
One reader in Australia remarked: "As Liturgy Coordinator in my parish, I am very familiar with the Advent readings, yet reading your article has brought the scriptures truly alive for me and has set me planning."
Amanda Ashley, known to WCW members as Mandy Baker, has a new book out. Night's Surrender is the seventh in her Children of the Night series about the Cordova-DeLongpre family of vampires and humans.
We are delighted to have Jackie Fisher as a new member this year. She has taught children in both regular and special education as well as teaching education classes at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles -- and, of course, she writes. She's already published one book, Adventures on Tuesdays, a chapter book for kids and grandparents to read to each other, and she's at work on her second.
Prolific club member Mandy Baker, who also publishes under the name Amanda Ashley, has two new books out, and she’s received the 2014 Career Achievement Award in the Paranormal Romance category by Romantic Times Magazine.