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Join author Kelsey Gillespy for the first session of our 4-week Book Club and nurture your spiritual life amid the chaos and beauty of raising littles.

This week, we began our Winter 2024 Book Club! We're reading In the Trenches: Finding God Through Parenting Littles by Kelsey Gillespy. 

In our Book Club discussion, Kelsey and her editor Courtney Saponaro joined us to talk about how, just by being moms, we get to live the call of Jesus. We get to put flesh and bone onto the works that He's called us to do. 

Kelsey reminded us that our kids are not there to distract us from God, but to bring us closer to God.

We chatted about why the book begins with the topic of loneliness, the influence of social media on moms, and the works of mercy. And we talked quite a bit about sleep, because sometimes that's what a mom needs most!


If you missed this week's Book Club—or you want to share this discussion with a friend—watch our Book Club Week 1 video below.




How the Book Club Works:

The Catholic Mom Book Club is free to join, and everyone participates virtually. Bring along your favorite hot beverage; we'll meet for three more sessions of coffee and conversation at 9:30 AM Eastern on the following Tuesdays:

  • January 23
  • January 30
  • February 6

Our Book Club sessions will be held on both Facebook Live and YouTube (in the Live tab). Can't make it at that time? They'll be available to watch afterward, and we'll share a recap right here on CatholicMom.com the Saturday after each session.

We hope you'll join us for some laughter, encouragement, and prayer as we chat with Kelsey about learning to enjoy this challenging and rewarding season of parenting. And we hope you'll bring a friend or two along for the fun.




Get the Book

Pauline Books and Media, the publisher of In the Trenches, is offering 20% off our Book Club selection with coupon code TrenchesBC. This code is good through February 12, 2024.

Purchase our Book Club selection


Have your children outgrown the little-kid stage?

This Book Club is still for you! Please participate and share your encouragement with the moms of younger children—and appreciate and accept the ups and downs of the parenting season you're in right now. 


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This vocation of parenthood was the one thing that could unite me with God. #CatholicMom #BookClub 


Bonus Links

Visit Kelsey Gillespy’s website, KelseyGillespy.com

Follow Kelsey Gillespy on Facebook: @KelseyGillespyBooks 

Follow Kelsey Gillespy on Instagram: @KelseyGillespy 

Follow Pauline Books & Media on Facebook: @PaulineBooksAndMedia

Follow Pauline Books & Media on Instagram:  @PaulineBooksAndMedia

Advent is a beautiful time to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary! Get your free printable Rosary Guide from Pauline Books & Media and pray the Joyful Mysteries with original reflections by Kelsey Gillespy, the author of our Book Club selection.


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In the Trenches Book Club dates and time 2

Copyright 2024 Barb Szyszkiewicz
Images: Pauline Books & Media