By Kathleen Littleton
About This Book
Better By The Dozen Plus Two, Part Two subtitled Lessons Learned through Loss and Leukemia by a Family of Sixteen is the sequel to Better By The Dozen Plus Two subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life by a Family of Sixteen (2007). The story relates how a large family stays strong, hopeful and faith-filled while learning the lessons of life through the challenges of foreclosure, death, loss, and leukemia through surrender and reliance on God and His love manifested through the love of others.
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Praise for Better By The Dozen Plus Two, Part Two
Wow! An amazing tale that clearly illustrates that God is in charge. Just when you thought there was no hope for James’ recovery, everything falls into place better than you could have hoped for. The Littletons prove the truth of Psalm 40: I waited patiently for the Lord.... As a big fan of the first book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest on all the Littleton kids. May God bless the Littletons as much as their inspiring story has blessed me.”
-Jeff King, Division Manager, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Division, Lighthouse Catholic Media, NFP
"A cancer diagnosis can test even the most devout faith, and can cause severe rifts within a family. The Littletons are anything but typical! They attack obstacles with head-on determination as one unit to face down any life-challenge regardless of the severity of the storm with no dent in their trust in God. This book is moving and real!"
-Joni Aldrich, author, speaker, show host on W4CS.com, Cancer Support Network
“As I read this true story of a faith-filled family’s journey through uncertain, challenging, and painful times, I was reminded how families circled the wagons when one or more of its members were threatened, and also of the courage, strength and unconditional love provided by the matriarchs of these families. Kathleen Littleton fits the description of a modern-day, Christian pioneer woman.”
- DeeAnn Smith, Radio Show Host, “It’s Up to Us! – Catholic Women Who Live and Lead with Faith”
When I got to the words "We were being purified, and God was stripping us of our earthly attachments so that we might come to love Him even more, rely on Him more fully and render all the glory of His saving power back to Him in testimony," the Spirit of God moved mightily upon me, and I could sense His strong anointing upon this book. When God's anointing is upon somebody's life, it is no longer the individual who speaks, but God. I have no doubt that God is going to speak to many people through this book. No doubt whatsoever.
-Lorraine Espenhain, freelance writer, religious instructor, and homeschooler
Since we started telling our story, some readers of our first book, Better By The Dozen Plus Two, Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life From a Family of Sixteen, who were helped, inspired or just plain curious, have been asking what has happened to us and our children since that writing in 2006.
I especially write this for my fourteen children so they can know what God has done, how He loves us and arranges our lives, how He is always with us, never abandoning us. May we all remember what we have learned along the way.
The ongoing story of what God has done in our lives over the past six years is a much more dramatic tale than what was told in our first book which chronicled the first twenty-three years of our married life. If the story of how God’s grace can transform a contracepting, materialistic, menu-picking Catholic couple into a counter-cultural, authentically Catholic family with fourteen children may seem almost impossible, the story of what God has done since 2006 may seem quite incredible. But why should we be surprised? Is it not true that God is always with us, looking out for us, loving us, providing for us, even when we aren’t aware or care?
This is a tale of what God can do, and how God loves. It is a Job story, a story of how God giveth and God taketh away, but always about how blessed is the name of the Lord.[i]
[i] See Job 1:21.
About the Author
Kathleen Littleton is first and foremost, a wife and mother of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth and five in heaven. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Theological Studies from the Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University while working as a Director of Religious Education at her home parish of St. Anthony’s in Frankfort, Illinois and part-time for the Diocese of Joliet Tribunal. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, English and French from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She gave up her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mother when her first child was born. With her husband of twenty-nine years, James Littleton, she co-authored Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen (2007), available at their website www.healedthroughcancer.com, Amazon.com, and in bookstores.
As Catholic reverts, spiritual guides, radio guests and contributors to Catholic.net, they are available as speakers or presenters, individually or as a couple, on a wide range of healing, marriage, and Faith and family topics. Their guest appearances on Catholic television and radio programs include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, November 11, 2009; EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, May 9, 2010; Light of the East, host Fr Thomas Loya; The Drew Mariani Show onRelevant Radio; Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio; The Doctor Is In with Coleen Mast on Ave Maria Radio; and Speak Now with Susan Konig on Sirius Satellite Radio the Catholic Channel; and they have been featured in Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine. Kathleen can be reached with questions, comments or speaking engagement requests at firstname.lastname@example.org or their website at www.healedthroughcancer.com.
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