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

Seven Wonders of the World

While gathering the votes the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read: “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are: 1. To see. 2. To hear. 3. To touch. 4. To taste. 5. To feel. 6. To laugh. 7. And to love. The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary that we take for granted are truly wondrous! It is so easy for us to slip into taking people, circumstances or even the next breath as a “given”. We assume that our health, jobs and lives will always be there for us. We get so bogged down, reliant on the status quo of our faculties, that we overlook even the simplest of gifts such as touch, taste and feel. The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man. Just look at nature – the brightness of a rose, the symmetry of a daisy, the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the grasp of a baby’s small hand, the loyalty of a pet or the harmony of a symphony. Maintain your sense of gratitude at each turn of your day recognizing the wonder in each event. Many times our expectations get in our way. We expect things to... read more

Two Saddest Words

Wondering if there would be golf in heaven, two friends who were ardent golfers made an agreement that whoever died first would  bring back the news. Eventually one did pass on, and keeping his promise came back and reported, “ I have good news and bad news,” he said. “The good news is there are superb courses in heaven. The bad news is you’re next on the tee.” This old golf joke reminds us of our good news and bad news. The good news is that God is merciful and forgiving. The bad news:  the clock is ticking and our time is limited. We have limited time to become good husbands and wives to our spouses. We have limited time to become the good parents our children need. We have limited time to become the good friends that so many people need us to be for them. We have a limited time to grow into the people God always hoped we would be. Even limited time is lots of time, and eventually it is no time at all. Should that frighten us? Indeed it should because we may be destroying our marriages, our children, our friendships and our lives – without even noticing. Not intentionally, but simple day to day neglect, by not getting around to seeing our gifts, wanting to do something for someone and never getting around to it and intending to change and never doing it….time’s up! The two words, “Too Late”, is a bitter phrase that we all have to consider. We cannot change the past but we can take hold of the future and... read more


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

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