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A home for Catholic fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”    ~J.R.R.Tolkien

Hi, I’m Erin!

I am a wife, mother of 8 beautiful children, copy editor, and author. Although I have edited and written books in a number of styles, I am a Tolkien fan through and through, which is why I created this online home for fellow Catholic fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts. Welcome!

God Made the Moonlight with Seal of Approval

God Made the Moonlight

My book, God Made the Moonlight, is perfect for toddlers learning more about the moon and its Creator through a little girl’s fascinated eyes.

Book Reviews

I am an avid and eclectic reader, so if you’re looking for a new read – from Tolkienesque to faith to children’s books – my recent reviews can help you select your new favorite!

Copyediting

My professional training is in copyediting, and I have been blessed to work with McGraw-Hill/SRA, Virtue Works Media, and the Catholic Textbook Project. If you’d like to learn more about my copyediting services, please contact me!

Suggested Book for June:

If there is one book this year that I wish I could give to EVERYBODY, this is it. Like most people, I struggle with a family member who is an alcoholic. I struggle to understand them, to reach out, and to have any kind of a conversation with them. They have been wounded by alcoholism and depression for more than 20 years, and our lives took radically different turns. They have also been through several different AA or AA-type programs, plus a long stint in rehab and are still drinking. 

Enter a really useful book that helped me start to understand where they are coming from, and the things they have suffered. Written by an alcoholic in recovery himself, Scott Weeman gets to the heart of the struggle in each of the traditional twelve steps and links those steps to his growing faith as a Catholic. The Sacraments are the secret weapon to understanding an alcoholic. They will also help those who struggle with drinking or another addiction to get help that lasts if they want to see real change and repair relationships and get their lives back on track.

One of the truly touching moments in this book is Weeman’s description of his friendship with Dorothy, a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for 43 years to his nine months. The author and Dorothy forged an unlikely friendship, touring the country together to see more of America as she helped him work through turning his will over to God. Dorothy helped him address his self-loathing, self-pity, and need to always be in control which was hindering him in every aspect of his life.

Scott Weeman not only tells it like it is for an addict, but walks us through his thought processes and his study of the faith, which in turn led to his healing by the power of the Sacraments. Baptism helped him understand Step 3, letting God be in control of his life, and watching the miraculous events that followed. He was washed by the waters and began a new life path, leading away from alcohol and self-centeredness, and toward a future of helping others as he helped himself. 

With prayers and reflection questions at the end of each chapter, The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments is the most valuable tool I have ever read on addiction. It brings to life the whole person: mind, body, and soul because if you want to heal, you have to work on everything with small steps. Being open to the process, and open to the power of faith in action is what ultimately determines whether a person will succeed or fail. And as a wounded family member who suffers right along with the alcoholic, this book is vital to my journey as well. Scott Weeman gives us astonishing clarity with his honesty, his insight, and his deep faith. Buy this book for everyone, and pray for the alcoholic in your life. Stay close to the Sacraments, for they are the outward signs of inward grace given by God to help us fight our battles.  

I Am Mark

My chat with a brilliant acting teacher who created this riveting one-man show. He presents the entire Gospel of Mark. Watch it for Lent on CMAX.tv.

Book Review to Challenge Readers

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It’s Good to Be Here Review

This book is my current favorite to challenge readers to think outside the box. I am highlighting a book on special needs written by an amazing Catholic author, Christina Chase.

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