Blog Tour First Stop:

So I’ve hit the (cyber) road this week for my blog tour to spread the word about my latest book, Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ.

My first stop is Karen Beattie’s blog.

Here’s how Karen describes herself:

When I was a child, growing up in the middle of the Iowa prairie, my father read poetry to me before bedtime. He taught me a love for well-written words and literature, the rhythm and the beauty of it all. When I learned to read myself, I devoured The Little House on the prairie books until they were dog-eared, and then moved on to Willa Cather’s O Pioneer and My Antonia. I majored in literature in college, and earned an MA in journalism. Then I moved to the big city, leaving my prairie roots behind. I’m still ambivalent about that choice. I long for the quiet peace of the country, the green, the sky, the people. But the city is now my home.

I’ve been writing, moving words around on a page to make a living, for all of my adult life. I recently wrote a book about what it really means to live an abundant life, which chronicles four excruciatingly difficult years of unemployment, infertility, a failed adoption, and other sundry events, and ultimately asks the question, “What does it mean to live an abundant life?” I’m not sure I have all of the answers (well, I am sure I don’t have the answers), but I have found peace. My life is not perfect, but the tiny glimpses of God give me hope, and keep me moving forward throughout the chaos.

Thanks, Karen, for taking time out to kick off my blog tour! Here’s what she has to say about my book and the experience of “meeting the messiah.” (I particularly love the Annie Dillard story!)

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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