If you are looking for a sure-fire way to grow in your faith, I can think of no better way than to do a deep dive in the virtues. Following a life of virtue naturally leads one down a path to a holy life. We are all called to be saints. That may seem like an unattainable goal somedays, but thankfully there are some resources we can lean on to help. Sara Estabrook has written one such resource with her book Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time: A Guide to Living the Theological and Cardinal Virtues.
The book is part of the Stay Connected series helmed by my dear friend Allison Gingras. Now full-on disclaimer here. The series is aimed at the female market…..they are called Journals for Catholic Women. Men, stay with me here. Despite its pink cover, this book is an excellent book on the virtues and contains much fruit. Here is what I suggest. Buy a copy for the significant other in your life, then sneak away with it when she is done. Seriously, this book is that good.
In the book, Sara takes a hard look at the seven virtues. The theological virtues of faith, hope, and love are infused into our souls. Sara tells readers. They help lead us to a growing relationship with him. In the first part of the book, Sara devotes a chapter to each virtue. She pulls from the Scriptures passages that guide readers through each of these virtues.
In the second part of the book, Sara tackles the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. In this section, Sara looks at biblical teachings that relate to each virtue and how they come to fruition in our lives.
Each chapter of the book contains an opening prayer followed by a short story from Sara’s faith journey. From there, she explores the virtue that is the chapters focus and looks at what stumbling blocks get on our way of perfecting the virtue. Sara includes numerous points to ponder, followed by scriptures verses and reflections that combine the Word of God with the need for each virtue. Since this is a journal, there is plenty of room and pages in each chapter for jotting down notes or doodling your thoughts as spring to mind.
It’s not often I read a book geared toward women, but when I do………..I’m usually glad I did. Sara Estabrooks knocks it out of the park with this superb book on the virtues. You can be a saint, and with Sara’s gentle guidance, it will become more of a reality with each page turn. Bravo Sara, readers are indebted to you for this gem of a read.