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Thanks for stopping by my online home! I’m an author, speaker, journalist and former presidential speechwriter – as well as a wife and mom of four who loves good books, tough hikes and quiet moments with God (when I can get them). My passion is connecting today’s busy women and men with the spiritual wisdom of those who went before us, and sharing my own stories and struggles so we all feel less alone. I hope you’ll make yourself at home here and join me on this journey.

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Struggling with impatience or perfectionism as COVID social distancing forces you into the unfamiliar terrain of homeschooling or working from home? I’ve been there (man, have I been there!), and the saints  helped me find a way out. To learn how they can do the same for you, check out The Heart of Perfection. If you want to support the indie bookstores that are particularly struggling these days, order via Bookshop. You can also find it on Amazon (though things are crazy there right now; the book disappeared for a week and now is missing most of its reviews) or Barnes & Noble or one of the retailers below. No time like Lent—and quarantine—to catch up on your spiritual reading!

For all of you who were planning to attend my spring conferences, please know I’m as disappointed as you about the cancellations and I hope to see you in another venue soon. But I also believe firmly that staying home is the right thing to do. For more on that, check out my latest piece for Catholic News Service, “Playing it safe is pro-life.”

Let’s keep all those who are sick, suffering, or caring for them in our prayers—and let’s use God’s gift of prudence and play it safe!

More of my recent articles are here:
“Surprised by gentleness” for Touchstone Magazine
“Is there such a thing as too much church reform?” for U.S. Catholic
“St. Benedict, the patron saint of (recovering) workaholics” for America Magazine
“The Heart of Perfection: An interview” for Catholic
“Letting go of perfectionism by embracing weakness” (interview) for Catholic Women in Business
“Today’s perfectionists can find healing in the Sacred Heart” for Religion News Service
“Three ways to cultivate joy as a perfectionist” for Guideposts
“Three keys to living as pilgrims in this world” for Crosswalk
•  “Surprised by the joy of the Lord” for the Theology of the Body Institute (excerpt from The Heart of Perfection)

Links to other recent interviews, articles and reviews (the ones available online):
Publishers Weekly
Christianity Today 
National Review
America Magazine
National Catholic Register
Catholic Answers Live on EWTN Radio (video also available)
The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio (starts at 24:00)
Morning Air on Relevant Radio
Busted Halo on Sirius XM
Christopher Closeup on Sirius XM and Relevant Radio
Adventist Radio London (scroll down to episode)
Issues Etc. on Lutheran Public Radio
The Shepherd’s Voice with Archbishop Joseph Naumann
A Closer Look on Relevant Radio (starts at 26:00)
Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio (starts at 38:00)
Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio
Discerning Hearts podcast/Inside the Pages radio
The God Show with Pat McMahon on Star Worldwide Networks
Good Things Radio
Thriving in the Trenches podcast
The Catholic Conversation podcast
While You Were Folding podcast
Mystery Through Manners podcast
Our Sunday Visitor
Englewood Review of Books
KTRS St. Louis News and Talk Radio
Ottawa Times
Catholic TV
Jon Leonetti in the Morning on Iowa Catholic Radio (starts at 18:30)
Outside the Walls
Aleteia (and another here)
Colorado Catholic Herald
Angelus News
Lisa Hendey and Friends podcast
Equipping Godly Women podcast
Off the Shelf podcast
Catholic Feminist podcast
Girlfriends with Danielle Bean podcast
Fountains of Carrots podcast
Every Flower Created podcast
Snoring Scholar
Blessed Is She
Catholic (and more here and here)
Where Peter Is
Just Commonly

Here’s a free sample of The Heart of Perfection audiobook, narrated by yours truly. If you want to read the book alongside Scripture, you might enjoy my new (free!) five-day reading plan for the YouVersion Bible App, which has had more than 2,500 completions from users of the app.

Of course, if you want the full story about the lessons the recovering perfectionist saints taught me—and can teach all of us—about trading the perfectionist trap for God’s holy freedom, pick up a copy of The Heart of Perfection, available via the links below or anywhere books are sold. Happy reading!

The Heart of Perfection:

How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s

The Heart of Perfection by Colleen Carroll Campbell
Library Journal review of The Heart of Perfection

Meet Colleen

Colleen Carroll Campbell is an award-winning author, print and TV journalist, and former presidential speechwriter. Her books include her critically acclaimed journalistic study, The New Faithful, and her spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints, which won two national awards and has been published in five languages. Colleen has written for The New York Times, Washington Post . . . 

Praise for Colleen’s Books:

Publishers Weekly Review
Kirkus Reviews
Wall Street Journal Review
Library Journal Review
Booklist Review
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