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  • Unveiling and Conquering Adultery by E. Guevara
  • The River of Life by Diana Tabbaa
  • Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist's Guide to Sorting Your Stuff   by Lisa Hess
  • Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story by Nancy Ward
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  • CWG Book Blast! “Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff,” by Lisa Lawnmaster Hess

    Michael Fraley
    8 hours 42 min ago

    This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Lisa Lawnmaster Hess’s book, “Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff,” published by Our Sunday Visitor. It is a 2019 CWG Seal of Approval recipient! Organization is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.


    Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff is meant for anyone who has ever struggled to get organized. So often, people who’ve struggled with this life skill have also lost faith in themselves, which is more demoralizing than any amount of clutter. Know Thyself takes a lighthearted approach to a serious topic, with the aim of building confidence alongside organizational skills by building on what we do naturally. This strengths-based approach helps readers to organize in a sustainable way, rather than merely clearing the clutter and hoping for the best.


    (The author will gladly email a PDF sample to any CWG member who would like one)

    When it comes to organizing, there are two kinds of people. There are Type A organizers, for whom organizing is easy and automatic. Practical, time-tested tools work for them. They’ve successfully (and consistently) mastered the use of three-ring binders, file cabinets, and pocket folders. Type A organizers are the embodiment of the phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

    And then there are the rest of us.

    We want to get organized, we really do. Tired of feeling scattered, we buy three-hole punches so we can corral all those loose papers into binders. We buy boxes of multi-colored file folders in an effort to restore order; and we spend hours setting up filing systems only to be stymied by them later and revert to stuffing, cramming, jamming, and putting things in “safe places.”

    We know that getting organized is a worthwhile goal — a life skill we should cultivate. We understand that we save time and energy when we can find what we need when

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    Organizing by STYLE


    Lisa Lawmaster Hess is a Jersey girl who moved to Pennsylvania for college, then stayed. The author of two nonfiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels (Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance) Lisa has also written for online and print publications. Lisa blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles and Organizing By STYLE and is a frequent contributor to and Today’s Catholic Teacher. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is an adjunct professor of psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. 

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    You’re unique. Shouldn’t your organizational plan be, too? Read “Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff,” by Lisa Lawnmaster Hess.

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