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"For some reason, we need limitation to make contact with abundance, we need one person's story to find the depth of our own, we need to go down before we know what up really is. Karen Beattie will help you do all of the above - with grace and dignity - and good writing besides."
— Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
What does it mean to live an abundant life? Some might say living abundantly means living comfortably, having the family you always dreamed of, receiving accolades from your peers, in short—living a life that is commonly accepted by many as blessed. But what if having an abundant life is more than the “good life”? Can we actually be blessed in the midst of serious disappointments and setbacks?
In Rock-Bottom Blessings, Karen Beattie makes the case that true abundance is found in the transformation that happens when we experience God’s presence during periods of grief, loss, and disappointment. With the help of her friends and her newfound Catholic faith, she learns to trust that God’s plan is better than hers. Beattie began to see life’s challenges as gifts to be accepted like all other gifts: with reverence and gratitude.
Beattie’s story makes abundantly clear: it is the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ (the paschal mystery) that can inspire us not only to find blessings in every season of our lives, but to be utterly transformed by God’s riches.
One Question with Karen Beattie
Loyola Press Publisher Paul Campbell, SJ, asks Karen Beattie about abundance without wealth.
Karen Beattie has been a writer for more than 20 years and been published in several publications including Moody, Christianity Today, and Midwest Living. She recently became a Catholic, and she and her husband are members who attend Old St. Patrick’s in Chicago, Illinois.