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

Afternoons of Life

“The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” (Alan Bennett’s autobiography) Don’t you agree that the “et cetera” parts of life, those flat places where there is noting of interest in sight and nothing exciting is on the horizon, brings a “why bother” and “what’s the use” attitude? Those are the times we have the least heart to pray, but those are the times when we need prayer the most.  Why? Because those are the days we are quiet, poised and in the “ready frame of mind” to see the world through God’s eyes. We “let go” and “let God.” That is where good prayer always starts, trusting God enough to let go and look through his yes – the eyes of a wise Father.  If we do that and if our hearts are open, we’ll begin to see what God sees and hope as God hopes. We will begin to want what God wants and do what God wants. That’s what praying in faith does inside us. It slowly reshapes our ideas and our perspectives to match God’s. Prayer slowly reshapes our values and our expectations of life to match God’s. God has so much to show us and teach us. We have so much to learn, so many new doors that need to be opened, and so many old ones that need to be closed permanently. If we are listening from the heart, we will change. Even the most gnarled parts of us will... read more

What, Married 50 Years?

The celebrating couple mingled among the guests at their 50th wedding anniversary. One of the guests pulled the “groom” aside and asked,  “You make marriage look easy. Has it always been this easy?” The celebrant replied, “No, I even considered divorce and my wife did also.” The inquisitor pressed to understand, “Then how did you make it 50 years?” The response, “We never considered it at the same time.” Yes, life is tough. Our lives are roads paved with life lessons to be LEARNED by trail, and error.  We struggle with marriage, children, loss, illness, doubt and darkness. We get depressed, tired, fed up, impatient and ready to throw the towel in. But never forget that we are social beings who, as the Beatles lyrics remind us, “…I get by with a little help from my friends”. We need others to lift our spirits, listen to our problems, reassure our doubts and remind us of the important things in life that we may have forgotten. We forget who we really are and what is really important, what really matters in life, who our real friends are, who loves us and what we were made for. We are not walking this journey alone.  Not only are our friends, there for us, but also we must remember that the Lord walks at our side. The Lord walks with us as a partner and mentor who wants to see us succeed and who understands that it’s going to take us awhile. What more could we ask? How can we not be confident and hopeful and put all fears behind us. After all,... read more

The Importance of the Insignificant

For the first time in 3 months I was able to put my underpants on standing up! (I usually don’t share this personal routine, but it happened to be an AHA moment. God does work in mysterious ways.) Before my hip surgery/recovery, I breezed through life, taking normal abilities for granted, not giving any thought to habitual actions. This healing process has given me a new understanding of just how important the little things are in life. I usually focus on new career goals, job responsibilities, projects, and big accomplishments, overlooking the insignificant. I’m off to write books and save the world. But life is like a kaleidoscope, as it twists and turns it brings new colors, shapes and designs into focus. This new awareness of the seemingly unimportant will serve me well as I mature physically and spiritually. As we age, the big goals morph into smaller intentions. Books become grocery lists and saving the world comes down to being kind to the ones I’m with! But don’t overlook the real importance of these smaller actions. You have an impact no matter how small and diminished your contribution seems. “You may think that you are completely insignificant in this world. But someone drinks coffee every morning from the favorite cup that you gave them. Someone heard a song on the radio that reminded them of you. Someone read the book you recommended, and plunged headfirst into it. Someone remembered your joke and smiled! Someone loves himself a little more, because you gave them a compliment. Never think that you have no influence whatsoever. Your trace, which you leave... read more

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