Friday, March 11, 2011

From Alice Cooper to St. John Vianney to Battlestar Galactica ... and beyond: Announcing Happy Catholic - the book!

Why did it take me so long to see the truth that floods through everyday life? -- from the Introduction.

As she does in her blog, Happy Catholic, Julie Davis taps into quotes ranging from The Simpsons to John Paul II, Battlestar Galactica to Scripture and The Princess Bride and discovers all around her glimpses of God. Her reflections on pithy quotes (Trashing your hotel room is easy, but being a Christian--that's rebellion. -- Alice Cooper) draw back the veil, letting us connect with God in unexpected ways. Intriguing to both Christians and non-Christians alike, this book is also an unexpected source for daily prayer.
Can you believe it?

Happy Catholic is now an actual book.

It takes one of the most popular features, the daily quotes, and combines that with my reflections on them. These are the sorts of thoughts that go through my head when I put the quotes in my journal and on the blog. I just don't usually share them.

 I wrote all but a couple of these 149 reflections specifically for the book, most of them while sitting in front of the tabernacle in our Church. So if you especially like one or two of them, then you know who to thank for the inspiration. (Hint: it ain't me!)

Here's a sample that gets you from Alice Cooper to St. John Vianney.
Still Countercultural After All These Years

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.
Alice Cooper

If you care about what people think of you, then you should not have become a Catholic.
St. John Vianney

It is astounding that as far as we have advanced, there is still nothing more shocking to the world than a faithful Christian. Jesus was radical in his time. Following Christ makes us radicals in turn. We’re called on to slice through all those neat little boxes that people use to make things more understandable. There is no political party we can trust. There is no nation that gets it right. There is no cultural group where we are going to completely feel at home. We are the ultimate outsiders. That’s OK, really. If we’re doing it right, then we’re upsetting things because we won’t “settle” and we won’t conform. We answer to a higher power.

Take another look at that crucifix and remember the only really original rebel, the one whose watchword of “Love one another” casts the world into confusion. Then prepare to be fully yourselves in Christ and watch the confusion spread, along with the love.
Another excerpt: Knitting Madonna (actually this didn't make it into the book, but only because of space)

Pick it up from your favorite Catholic bookstore like Aquinas and More. It is also at Amazon.

Autographed copies are available from my Paypal store. I'll also be dropping in an extra quote that isn't in the book.

The eBook will be available at the end of April.

In response to a couple of questions I received in email ... we didn't design the book. The publisher (Servant Books) did all that.


  1. I saw this advertised in The Catholic Answer magazine! I said, "Hey, I know her! ... sort of."


  2. Wonderful, Julie! Many congratulations.

  3. WOW, Julie! That is SO exciting!! I'll be waiting for the signed copies. :)

  4. Tante Léonie3/11/11, 12:56 PM

    Julie, I am so thrilled for you!!!
    As soon as we get moved (3 weeks from now), I'm going to order myself a copy.

  5. Awesome! I can't wait to read it!

  6. I am molto impressed!! Congratulations!

  7. Julie, this is WONDERFUL! Congratulations and praise the Lord!

  8. Woot!! That's going on my wish list!

  9. YEA!!! This is fabulous and well-deserved news!

    I can't wait to get my autographed copy


  10. I want an autographed first edition!

    Mark Windsor

  11. Congratulations! I look forward to it!

    -- Mack

  12. Another celebrity Catholic.

  13. Congratulations Julie! I've been waiting 45 years to have that "I knew her when she was a nobody" moment.


  14. Woo hoo!
    This is fantastic news. Congrats!

  15. Congratulations! It's going on my "To Buy" list.


  16. Congrats Julie!! Matt and I are really excited to check it out!

  17. Darned cool stuff! Now I'm happy too!

    p.s. nice cover!

  18. Congrats, Julie! (((HUGS)))

  19. Congrats! You've worked hard and consistently. Hey, available for e-books?

  20. Hi Owen, thank you! :-)

    Yes, it will be in e-book format too. Exciting! :-)

  21. Congratulations, Julie. I have been reading and listening to you as long as I can remember, so I think I know you. Can't wait for April to get your "autographed" book thru PayPal. I am going to Dallas in April and would love to meet you. Nancy

  22. Nancy, thank you! I am humbled ... seriously.

    I'd love to get together when you're here. Email me with the particulars so we can check dates, etc. :-)

  23. Looking forward to reading it. Congratulations! Hoping to be published myself one day, maybe I can pick your brain a bit. ;)

  24. Congratulations! And I love the Alice Cooper quotation. I heard him interviewed on NPR when he said he is not so fond of Marilyn Manson anymore because Manson rips up the Bible onstage.

  25. I have my copy, unfortunately not autographed because I had it on my wish list to ship as soon as available! Got it yesterday. I love it! Thanks and congratulations!

    Julie W

  26. Neat! I look forward to getting this book!

  27. wow - just found your site via Life-Size Catholic Blog! i cant wait to read your book! i am adding your to my reader right now :) happy posting and grats on the book!

  28. Been there, bought that, read it...Awesome!!!!!

  29. Julie! That is TOTALLY cool! SO have to have this! cathy

    1. Thank you Cathy! Your copy is in the mail! :-)