Patty Kogutek, author of “A Change of Habit,” has helped thousands cure their anxiety, living “guilt-free.” Living as a Catholic nun for 7 years, and working her way through a 12 year failed marriage, Patty gathered “7 Secrets to Guilt-Free Living” that gave her the courage and the permission to finally follow her heart putting the expectation of others aside.


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As we go through our daily lives, we often find ourselves at a loss for words when it comes to prayer. This small prayer book contains “prayer starters” covering occasion both happy and sad. Use these thoughts and words as a ready reference and springboard for your own conversation with God.

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Adriana Trigiani “Patty Kogutek is a spiritual dynamo! She may have had a Change of Habit but when it comes to life, never a change of heart. She is all about friendship, family and faith, and writes of all three with verve.” -Adriana Trigiani Bestselling author of Big Stone Gap


Birthdays, anniversaries, 16 years old, 21 years old and 65 years old – all act as milestones of important events as we journey down this road of life. Each of these special junctures is observed with joy and special celebrations.  But what about our spiritual journey? What are the milestones along that developmental road? How do we know that we are making progress in our spiritual lives? One sign of spiritual growth is a shift in our thinking. When something happens to us instead of asking, “Why is this happening to me,” we look at it from another point of view asking, “What am I suppose to learn here?” We move from a self-centered plan of life to one that God has designed for us. We put aside our wants to what God intends. We move from Darkness to Light– We can be wandering  aimlessly in the dark, unaware of our true purpose on this earth wondering how/why this hardship came to me. We must turn to the light of acceptance and awareness of God’s plan in our lives – no matter what that is. We move from victim to warrior– We grow from seeing ourselves as a suffering victim of circumstances, to a warrior ready to battle whatever dark force may be at work. We give the control button to God, accepting his Plan rather than our own. (Isn’t that what we pray in the Our Father  – “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”) We loosen our grip on the circumstances of life and give way to the flow of life. We can believe and live... read more

Never Too Late

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis Time is a precious commodity! And we are never too old! No excuses! No matter how old we are it is never too late to begin anew. God gives us time and abilities to invest wisely. There’s a lot about every one of us that is very right. There are parts of us that are so good and so true that we just “glow in the dark.” And we need to take delight in all that goodness that we and God have built together. But at the same time we need to look at the part of us that have gotten stuck and frozen, the parts of us that are like the old preacher repeating the same old words. We make the same old mistakes or stumble on the same rock on the road every time we pass. Whether we are young or old, the Lord is calling each of us to let go of the parts of us that don’t work, let go of the parts that are stuck in the mud, and let go of the parts of us that are lifeless and stuck in the quicksand of routine. Let go of it all and let God take over and show the way. It is the way to freedom and life. Remember: Never too late for a positive day. Never too late to learn. Never too late, no matter how far you are down the road, to turn around. Never too late to identify and problem and solve it! Never... read more

Keeping a Happy Heart

“It’s not that optimism solves all of life’s problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing.” – Lucy Macdonald Remember the small magazine, “Reader’s Digest”? That publication had a section called “Laughter is the Best Medicine” containing all the absurdities of life; the ridiculous, the irrational, the illogical and the most downright silly. As I live through the years, I realize the wisdom in this section….looking at the lighter side of life can turn our beliefs around to give us new perceptions and novel ideas. Laughter works as the antidote for fear, separation, conflict and hurt.  Things that divide people no longer have power when laughter helps us drop old perceptions, prejudices and grievances. We can shift our thinking to promote hope and a new resolve when we drop the heavy burden of taking ourselves so seriously. Laughter is God’s welcoming Spirit at work in a troubled world. This spirit reminds us that we are part of a whole, living in togetherness rather than isolation. It promotes love, not fear and hope rather than despair. Alan Watts, an English philosopher and expert in comparative religions, stated, “The whole art of life is knowing how to transform anxiety into laughter.” This transformation starts with facing our fears and the missteps we make. Instead of succumbing to their negativity, we need to find the smile in our foibles and those of others. Similar to finding the good in each day, we must find the optimism in each event. Let’s spend less time judging and fault finding in ourselves and our neighbors and more time... read more

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