My Books & Other Writing

Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line will be published by Our Sunday Visitor on November 1, 2013.

An endorsement: 

I love this book. It has all the attractive power of the supermarket tabloids -- big celebrity names, sex, violence, everything but aliens -- but with the grace, eloquence, and profundity of Augustine's Confessions. It will be the book you most enjoy reading this year. 

-Mike Aquilina, EWTN host and author of The Fathers of the Church


I've had five miscarriages. Every one of them broke my heart, so I wrote the book I wish I'd had when I was wading through the grief: 

 After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope.

Order from the publisher (Servant Books/Franciscan Media), IndieBoundAmazonBarnes and Noble, various Christian bookstores such as, and The Abbey. (Should be available soon, too, through Adoremus Books and Aquinas and More.)


Lisa M. Hendey, founder of and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, said:
"For every soul who has felt the loss of life through miscarriage or the absence of hope that accompanies infertility, After Miscarriage by Karen Edmisten offers a wellspring of grace. Filled with both the voices of those who have experienced this sacrificial love and helpful resources full of practical insights, Karen's book will be a gift of compassion and healing for many."
Kate Wicker, author of Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body, wrote:
"Any mother who has suffered the loss of a miscarriage knows just how empty her arms and heart can feel. When I lost my first baby, it felt as if my insides had been scooped out, leaving nothing behind but a sun-scraped void -- if only I’d had a resource like After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope to help me to fill my emptiness. Karen Edmisten has written a wise and beautiful book that delivers just what the title says. This gentle companion gifts hurting mothers and their loved ones with both practical and spiritual wisdom to help them find hope and healing in the wake of a great loss. After Miscarriage is a must-read for anyone who has been touched by miscarriage and would also be a valuable guide for someone who is seeking to minister to a mother who has lost a baby.
In this treasure of a book, Catholic convert Karen Edmisten not only shares her own experience with multiple miscarriages -- including personal entries from her journal that are so filled with honesty, hurt, anguish, and hope, they read like prayerful Psalms -- but she includes stories from other women who have lost babies. These women’s unique voices delicately probe the myriad emotions the loss of a miscarriage brings to a mother and her family. Their honest words beautifully convey the ache-all-over kind of longing for a child they will never know on this earth as well as reveal the glimmer of God’s hope that shines through the suffering. By sharing their pain, Edmisten and her contributors give other women permission to mourn their babies in a world that might discount a tiny, new life. This deeply moving account of loss, suffering, grace, and redemption has the power to open the door of the reader’s soul to God and His healing grace."
Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, author of numerous books:
"This lovely and sorely needed book will powerfully and tenderly touch your soul with abiding comfort and blessing. I highly recommend it for mothers who have miscarried, family members, priests, deacons, Religious, Catholic medical staff, and those in ministry."

Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections

Quotes from poets and popes, saints and sinners, and a brief daily reflection. Available from Servant Books, AmazonBarnes and Noble, Indie Bound.

Read reviews and endorsements here.


The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary

Servant BooksAmazon, Barnes and NobleIndie Bound.

A few reviews:

Mike Aquilina (who wrote the beautiful foreword)
As Cozy as Spring: Jennifer
Blessed Among Men: Suzanne Temple
Cottage Blessings: Alice Gunther
Conversion Diary: Jennifer Fulwiler
Danielle Bean
Extraordinary Moms Network: Heidi Hess Saxton
Flying Stars: Nancy C. Brown
Here in the Bonny Glen: Melissa Wiley
Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering: Sarah Reinhard
Maureen Wittmann
Minnesota Mom: Margaret
Sweetness and Light: Meredith Henning


Books I've Contributed to:

edited by Hallie Lord. 

A summary from Hallie: 

"... tips, encouragement, and a bit of humor for their sisters in the trenches of daily life. From the difficulties of fitting in prayer time to the impact that lots of babies have on intimacy to the unique challenges of the single life, each author digs deep into the issues that real Catholic women think about. With the tone of a group of gals gathered around a bottle of wine, it is sure to be a hit with all Catholic women, whether they need practical tips in areas in which they struggle, words of encouragement, or just a bit of entertainment after a long day."

3.  Karen Edmisten (that'd be me) 


Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion
edited by Rebecca V. Cherico

I'm one of 'em.  Published by Servant Books. Available through Servant, or at  Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


A Little Way of Homeschooling: 
Thirteen Families Discover Catholic Unschooling
edited by Suzie Andres  

I contributed a chapter to this book about unschoolish ways. Find it at Hillside Education, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


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