Tell me you have read The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning. If you have not, you know the drill: stop, drop and download.
This book took me all of three days to read, which, for a mother of diaperlings, that is HUGE. That’s some good stuff right there. I could go on about how fantastic it was, but you can read the review for yourself on Amazon. That’s what they are there for. And, the fact that I am writing about this book should tell you that I recommend it. So there’s that too.
But, what about the gal behind the book? Getting to know her a bit better might give you an idea of the tone of SGNFP. Simcha was kind enough to chat with me a bit about herself, her home, her brain and so on. And, the fact that she took the time to answer a few questions should tell you just how wonderful she is.
Talk to me about your very first blog post.
As you know, my blog centers on medium to heavy theology, edifying and uplifting thoughts about motherhood, and helpful tips for maintaining a God-centered household — that kind of thing. One day, I looked over to see my toddler eating spaghetti out of the garbage. Naturally, I rushed right over to take a picture. Then I realized that other people ought to know about this; so I started a Blogger blog, and that was my first post. And it’s been downhill ever since.
When you do have time to yourself, what do you think about?
I think mostly about people, and why they are the way they are, and whether anything can or should be done about it.
Which Saints are favorites in your family?
We have a special fondness for Thomas More. My husband and I kind of improbably met at Thomas More College; and of course he understood how important it was to give his daughters a good education.
St. Francis de Sales always has something helpful to say — something that requires you to do better, without making you feel like a loser.
My oldest daughter has chosen Joan of Arc as her confirmation saint.
Oh, and my other kids are all in love with Miguel Pro.
And Don Bosco has the nicest face I ever saw.
I don’t know if all these saints have anything in common. Maybe just a deep, unwavering conviction that God will care for them, and that He loves them and wants only good for them.
What three blogs do you read most days without fail?
My sister, Devra Torres, blogs for the Personalist Project. She is always insightful and funny, and brings home her point clearly but so gently (and she finds the greatest illustrations on the internet).
And my brother, Joe Prever, writes about being a celibate, gay Catholic at Steve Gershom. He has so many insights, not only about what it means to have SSA, but also what it means to be human. He doesn’t know how to write a dull post.
Why are you proud of The Sinner’s Guide to NFP?
The thing that makes me happiest is when people tell me, “It’s already been helpful. I’ve already had some good discussions with my husband. We’re feeling more hopeful about NFP.” There are so many people trying to make marriage harder: the secular world putting horrible temptations in our paths, the super uptight Catholic crowd tying up heavy burdens for other people. I would be very proud to help people remember that God gave us sex and marriage to sanctify us, but also because He thought we might enjoy it.
So, pair this personality with the glowing reviews, and I present to you The Sinner’s Guide to NFP. And I’m giving away a digital copy because I want you to love this book like I love this book. Best of luck, my friends. (Oh, and legal stuff: I was not paid to read this book, nor was I given a copy to give away. I just like it. Deal with it.)