Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Finding Grace

Do you have the desire deep, deep down in your heart?  The desire to fit in while still striving for holiness?  The yearning for Heaven while still living in the world, discerning your vocation, and wondering if that handsome young man you've been long in love with will ever be yours?

I recently had the opportunity to read Finding Grace, a Catholic novel by Laura Pearl.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story and journeying through life with main character, Grace Kelly.  I am delighted that the author has graciously allowed me to share about her book with you today.

Grace Kelly grew up in New York in the 1970s and, like many Catholic young women, is on the long and often difficult journey of discovering herself.  The story begins with Grace, 13, and her father sitting together on the front porch of their Plattsburgh home enjoying a simple, yet life-changing conversation in which she makes the personal resolution to become a saint.  The reader journeys with Grace as she learns about the lives of saints, faces worldly temptations, learns how to turn difficult situations into beautiful sacrifices of love, watches her brothers grow and realize their own paths and discovers that even she is worthy of true love.  She struggles with self-esteem, but desires to fit in while still striving for holiness.

This book does not explicitly answer the many life-questions so many of us wonder about, but it does show how life answers these questions as time progresses.  It shows the course of relationships and, though things might not make sense at the time, the reader sees how, in the end, God works through everything.

I've read other books that are strongly related to Finding Grace and found many of them to be rather idealistic.  Though long, this book is an easy read, realistic, and relatable.  On a personal note, reading it inspired me to deepen my prayer life and wear my miraculous medal more often {actually, constantly}.  It's inspired me to focus more on my personal Marian devotion and deepen my friendship with dear Saint Thérèse {as well as several other saints mentioned throughout the story}.  This is a great book for any Catholic young woman who is seeking to deepen her relationship with Christ.


  1. How many pages is the book? Also, would you characterize it as a "young adult" book, or is it meant for adults? Thanks.

  2. What a beautiful blog you have! As a young mother and soon to be Catholic, I am greatly encouraged!

    Thanks for the book review, I will definitely check it out.

  3. Great review. Now I'm out to read it!

  4. For Jeanie: Finding Grace is categorized as a young adult novel (for teens about 8th grade and up), because that is the audience I was targeting, hoping to inspire young readers to combat the damaging secular messages with which they are being bombarded constantly these days. It deals with some serious and sensitive issues, so it probably wouldn't be appropriate for readers younger than 13 or so. I did, however, write it hoping it would appeal to adult readers as well as young adults. I hope that helps.

    For Sarah Therese: Thank you! This review was so sweet, I teared up as I was reading it. I appreciate the fact that you took time out of your busy life to write it--every positive review helps. I am humbled by your kindness!

  5. After reading this blog I decided to go pick up this book! Thank you so much for this recommendation.
    I am about half way through right now and have caught myself relating my life to Grace Kelly's several times. I find a very strong connection of how Grace Kelly has to grow to find herself and God works through her life very similar to the book "Kisses From Katie" which is one of my favorite books about a young girl who moves to Uganda for missionary work. Although that book isn't as strongly Catholic I would still recommend reading it! They are both such great books that I keep telling several of my friends to pick up and read!


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