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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Free e-book: Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life

by Connie Rossini

My new e-book on the Carmelite saints.


It’s finally here–my first e-book! I hope you’re as excited as I am. I wrote this e-book for you, to aid you in your spiritual life. And today I’m going to ask you to do something for me. But first, I want to tell you how you can receive a free copy of Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life.

It’s easy. All you have to do is sign up to receive my blog posts by email. At the end of the process, you will receive an email containing a link to download the e-book.

What if you are already following my blog by email? No problem. I have set up a new account at MailChimp to handle my emails to subscribers. I have also removed the old WordPress widget for email signup from my sidebar. All new subscribers will go onto the MailChimp list. If you are on the old list, simply sign up for the new list and download the e-book. Then you can click on “unsubscribe” in the email you got today for this post to remove you from the old list. That way, you will not get two emails when I post on Friday. If you have any questions about this, leave a comment or email me directly.

Buy a copy for your Kindle or Nook for $.99

If you prefer to read Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints on Kindle, you can purchase a copy for less than a dollar. That’s the lowest price Amazon allows. This is also an option for those of you who would rather not subscribe to my blog posts. The Nook version is available now as well.

Please help me publicize this!

Several of you received advance copies of my e-book in exchange for reviews on your own blogs. You can read reviews from Kristen Johnson, Terry McDermott, Mary N,  Nancy Shuman, Jenny, and Melanie Jean Juneau. If you haven’t yet written a review, it’s not too late. Please link back to this post to make it as simple as possible for your readers to get their free e-book.

For those of you with a smaller blog audience who wanted to help out before, now is your chance. I still need lots of reviews to spread the word. Feel free to provide a link to your review in the comments below.

Don’t have a blog? I also need reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Please Tweet this, share it on Facebook, Reddit’s Catholicism subreddit, Google Plus, Pinterest, and any other social media you use. Send a link to this post by email to your friends and family who may not otherwise see it. I am really counting on my readers for publicity. There’s only so much I can do myself.

Bigger projects ahead?

This short e-book is a trial run to see how much interest there may be in a book-length manuscript on Carmelite spirituality. Your response to this e-book, and your enthusiasm in sharing it, will tell me whether it’s worth my time to write a longer e-book. Remember, besides being a wife and mother, I am a homeschooler before I am a writer. Writing a book-length manuscript will demand sacrifice. I can’t do it if the interest isn’t manifest.

It’s all about growing closer to Christ

I truly believe that the lessons in my e-book will bring you closer to Jesus. They are not secrets. They are the tried and true steps to holiness that countless saints have followed. If you are new to the Catholic spiritual life, this e-book will give you a road map for the future. If you are advanced, it will remind you of the basics. If you, like me, are somewhere in between, it will challenge and motivate you. (I am currently being changed by Lesson 5). You can come back to it again and again over the years. And it’s all taken from some of the most admired saints in the history of the Church.

Sign up for your free copy now, before you forget.

This post appeared earlier this week at  Contemplative Homeschool.


  1. Thanks, Colleen. I hope you are inspired by it.

  2. Hi Connie...just purchased your book for my kindle. So easy to carry with me when I travel, etc. Can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for making it available free...or almost free ($.99) :) I will do my best to promote it. God bless you for your hard work, and may the book touch many hearts!

  3. hi- I was hoping you would mention my review in the body of your post or is it not what you wanted. If not, i will rewrite it

    1. You did a fine job, Melanie. I've just been busy with homeschool, sports, and my post for today. I'll add it in now. Thanks for the reminder, and sorry I didn't add it sooner.

  4. Connie, I read your book during adoration today. I loved the way you weaved your practical suggestions around the teachings of our Carmelite Saints. I thought it was easy to understand, yet introduced the reader to the great masters of the spiritual life. I can definitely see potential for you to expand this into something more in-depth and comprehensive. In our OCDS communities, we are often reminded that we should be carrying the charism of contemplative prayer out into the world. It's wonderful to make these truths known, and to let all know they are called to the heights of holiness. I think you should consider the longer format you mentioned. May God bless your wonderful effort!

    1. Thanks, Patricia. It's funny, I spread the charism of contemplative prayer even more since I left OCDS! Keep this effort in your prayers, because it's going to take a lot of work, grace, and help from others.


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