Waiting in Wonder Book Launch Excerpt and Giveaway #1: iPad mini 16GB White

iPad mini 16 GB GiveawayMy new book, Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting is finally on shelves in a bookstore near you and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  This week, I want to help you get to know the heart behind the book and give you a glimpse inside. I hope you’ll love what you see and buy a copy or 2 or 3! I also need your help to spread the message so that expectant mamas all over have a chance to hear about this book, and (this is my prayer) draw closer to God, their husband, and their baby through it.

If you aren’t expecting I hope you’ll take a few minutes to get acquainted with the book because I truly believe this is going to be a book that you find yourself giving again and again. It’s the perfect gift book for an expectant mama!

If you are expecting, congratulations! I’m so excited you’ve found this place. Here’s a bit of what I wrote in the introduction of the book, just for you:

Whether you’re a first-time mom or a seasoned veteran of motherhood, God graciously gives each mother nine months. Nine months to prepare for a sacred journey—a journey you will be taking with this particular child, to nurture, to disciple, and to teach about Jesus.

Nine months isn’t very long to prepare for such a journey. But God knows you will never truly be ready for the rigorous demands of motherhood. If you were, you would have no need to lean on Him in dependence, no need to keep your own eyes on Jesus, your Guide. Though you will never be completely ready for motherhood, God longs to help you—He longs for you to make the most of this waiting time by drawing nearer to Him. …

The God who made you and the One who is forming this child within you longs to walk with you during this sacred season of waiting. He wants to share in what you’re feeling. He wants to open up truths from His Word that will comfort you and challenge you to become even more of the woman—and the mother—He designed you to be. And He wants to awaken you to the wonder of this miraculous creation He is even now forming within you.

It’s my sincere hope that through this journal your pregnancy can be a time of adopting certain practices that will shape your life and the life of your child forever: meditating on Scripture as a means to personal metamorphosis, foregoing anxiety in favor of prayer, and journaling as a tool for remembering God’s faithfulness. I pray that as these devotions lead you to linger over the details of God’s amazing handiwork in creation, you will also find your sense of wonder renewed and, with it, your heart revived to praise.

To that end, in the pages of this beautiful devotional journal, Waiting in Wonder, you will find daily readings and Scripture passages brought together just for you and for this special season of your life. You will also find helpful prompts that lead you to record your emotions, significant milestones, prayers, and love notes to your baby. What a precious gift to be able to give to your son or daughter one day—the gift of knowing you and the love you had for him or her even before you nuzzled his or her life in your arms.

And that’s my heart–right there–for you or some mom you know who will receive this book as a gift. Let me also give you a glimpse today into a sample entry. This one comes from Week 8, and talks about the rapid growth of baby’s brain. That’s the lead-in to a meditation on the Infinite Wisdom of God who created not only this marvelous being, but everything else that we see and know. Take a peek:




I hope that gives you a glimpse of what you’ll find inside this book.

And now for today’s giveaway. I chose today’s prize with expectant mamas in mind (though you don’t have to be expecting or even female to enter or win!) I don’t actually own an iPad of any kind, but in the days nursing a newborn I often found myself wanting to be able to hold and look at a book–especially my Bible–with just one hand. As my boys are getting bigger, I’ve seen how much they enjoy playing educational games with Daddy on his computer. I understand you can do both with this one small device. This seemed like a great gift that you will use, but can also grow with your family. So without further ado, I give you the chance to win an Apple iPad mini 16 GB (White), estimated value, $357.10. As you’ll see there’s lots of ways for you to earn chances to win, including bonus entries for referring your friends. So enter here, and tweet, text, email, and share away with friends to encourage them to do the same! (You’ll find all the terms and conditions listed in the rafflecopter widget below where you enter, along with the dates April 17-25, and the date winners will be announced on this blog: April 29th.)


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We’ve got a lot more great prizes coming at you this week and next:

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Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow (or better yet subscribe so you don’t have to remember!) for our next excerpt and giveaway! Up next, a $200 spafinder gift card! Now doesn’t that sound divine!


  1. Sara Koenig says

    I am so excited for you and for this book release. I have given several copies of As We Forgive to friends and family and am certain that I will be doing the same with Waiting in Wonder. What a treasure for expectant moms as they truly wait in wonder of the work God is doing during those precious nine months. Love you, friend!

  2. I was referred to your blog by my friend Lori Smith. Your writing is beautiful and you are truly gifted! Congrats on your pregnancy – I have 3 children of my own. It’s a crazy life but it sure is fun! Look forward to giving your book to my expecting friends. 🙂

  3. Catherine,

    I am so excited your book has launched! What an awesome tool of reflection and preparation for expecting mothers! Bravo!

    • Catherine says

      Jennifer, yay! So glad to see you here! God’s tender mercies visited me in the form of you at Allume this year! You are such a blessing!

  4. Justin and I are excited to see your book has launched! What a blessing this will be for young mothers and what perfect timing for us!

  5. Didi Keppel says

    This looks awesome!! And much more encouraging then “Motherhood sucks and here are all of the ways you can think about it for the next 40 weeks” 😉 We are currently TTC, but once we get a BFP I’ll be so looking into this!! 😀

    • Catherine says

      You bet, Didi, I’m not sure why so many books about pregnancy dwell on all the negatives. Sure, it can be super hard, but what a blessing to participate in the miracle of life! God be with you in your TTC journey!

  6. Thrilled for you, my friend! Will be giving bunches of copies away!

  7. Stephanie says

    This book looks like it will be a great way for expectant moms to take that moment out of each day and truly think about the miracle of life. Looking forward to seeing the book and passing it along to friends

  8. Marina Clifton says


    Your book is beautiful and will be a blessing to expectant moms. I wish I had something like this when I was pregnant!

  9. Learned of your brand new book through some mutual friends, and just discovered your website. I love your writing style! And your devotional is absolutely beautiful!!

  10. Excited to get this journal in the mail! Will be saving it for the next expectant journey I take!

  11. Catherine,

    Nine months may not be long to wait for a baby, but I know you have been working and waiting for this project longer than that. I am so glad you are so close to the birth and the pangs are almost over. Thank you for sharing your heart with women in this way.


  12. Erin Helms says

    Catherine, I heard about you through your husband, Mark, and I’m so glad I did! I’ve shared ‘As We Forgive’ with family and friends and am now doing the same with ‘Waiting in Wonder’. I’m expecting my 3rd child in September and am eager to get started on my own copy. I’ve enjoyed your blog, as well. You have an amazing gift with words and are a remarkable example of faithfulness. Thank you for modeling how to incorporate spirituality into motherhood. All the best and success to you!

    • Aw, thank you! I’m so touched to hear that you’ve shared As We Forgive and so excited to hear you’ll be able to use Waiting in Wonder for yourself! We’re expecting our third blessing on Nov. 1! Time flies with the third pregnancy, huh?

  13. I wish I was an expected mom so I could really connect with this book. Since Cathy is not very good at self promotion- I’m commenting here to say Go For it! Thanks for writing from the heart!

  14. SUMMER PLEWES says

    It is easy as an expectant mother to get caught up in everything you have to do to prepare. Yes, we are graciously given 9 months to prepare, but I remember those nine months flying by! I like that your book is a well needed time out to actually celebrate the wonder of growing that baby inside of you instead of being boggled down with the “to do ” list.

    • You are so, right! And it seems like its even harder with each subsequent pregnancy because there are more little people to chase after!

  15. Congratulations! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive in the mail from Amazon pre-order!

    • Thank you so much, Katy! Can’t wait for you to see it! Thomas Nelson’s design team did a beautiful job of making a book that you want to keep forever!

  16. Thomas Gardner says

    Having four children myself and seeing my wife grow as a woman and as a Christian each time we were expecting I am excited for “mommas to be” that there is a great, Christ centered resource for them. There is actually few quality books such as this.

  17. What a great idea for a book. Oh, my wife will regret not doing this and at the same time admire you for doing it. Well promoted.

  18. Expecting right now and excited to see this book!

  19. This book really allows one to pause and reflect everyday on all life’s miracles, big and small. A beautifully written book for such a special time in one’s life.

  20. Catherine,
    I praise God for you and your heart for mothers everywhere. I pray that your book will be a great blessing to millions! I bought eight copies to give away!

  21. Found your site through friends, and love the idea of a journal that encourages you through Scripture and lets you keep track of the special moments along the way! I wish I had one when I was pregnant. 🙂

  22. This looks like a beautiful book!

  23. This looks like a great book for expectant mothers to connect with the meaning of life and remember the true miracle growing inside them. Also as a mother of three it is nice to take a moment and breathe with each new baby and remember in awe the true blessing.

    • Catherine says

      So true about taking that time to breathe with a subsequent baby. It gets a lot harder to have those quiet, meditative moments. Thanks for your kind words.

  24. This looks terrific. I journaled in my own journal when my babies were growing and tore out the pages to put in their baby books. This would’ve been great. I hope some day to give this to my daughters and I have a few friends that would enjoy it as well.

  25. Congratulations on your book Catherine! I wish I had such an awesome devotional to go through while pregnant with my two girls….wonder if I can get hubby on board for a third just so I can use it 🙂 I still ordered a couple copies for my expecting friends!!!

  26. I am so excited about this release, Catherine! I am recommending it to everyone. I cannot wait to have the books in hand that I pre-ordered. I wish I could make it to the release party. My apologies in advance. Much love!!

    • Catherine says

      Thanks so much for championing this book for me and passing along the word! I can’t wait for you to see them too! I remember being in the midst of writing it around the time I was at your baby shower! 🙂

  27. Renee Venegas says

    This journal is going to be a real treasure akin to a baby book. I would have loved knowing what was going on in my mom’s mind as she was pregnant with me and seeing her relationship with the Lord in parallel! What a great place to gather your crazy pregnancy brain thoughts:)

    • Catherine says

      My mom wrote out her birth experience right after she had me, and even just that little glimpse into her mind at that time is so cool. I treasure it. Thanks for all your support on this road, friend!

  28. Michael Orrison says

    Catherine, as a father of teenagers, I remember all to well the reality of “Waiting in Wonder”. Understandably, most people would ask why a man would show interest a book written for expectant mothers? My response is that this is probably one of the most important books for a soon to be dad, to read. For a man, to be able to peer into the heart and mind and experience the thoughts and emotions of his bride, is truly a gift from God. What’s more, individuals who are espoused together in holy matrimony, who experience the joys and pitfalls of childrearing; may also be united in hope for the future of their child, supporting one another through the trials of trimesterial fear, doubt, and angst, pressing on together to bring forth the blessing of a “full quiver”, a child “endued with strength and virtues from God.”

    Thank you for bearing your heart!

    • Catherine says

      I think all these fathers of four who are posting need to band together and write a book of their own! But seriously, Michael, you are so very kind and these words are very true. I know every time Mark and I have read the same books it has strengthened our bond and our understanding of one another. Whether or not fathers sit down and read this cover to cover, I trust that wives will be saying, “Hey, hon, listen to this…” and sharing the journey along the way! There are even several weeks in the middle that are dedicated to “baby-proofing” one’s marriage before the arrival of that precious one. Several folks have said those weeks were some of their favorite!

  29. So excited for this gorgeous book and all your hard work you put into it!

  30. This sounds like a wonderful book, and will fill a great need for expectant moms. I know several women who are either expecting or just had babies — I’ll definitely recommend this book.

  31. Katie Clark says

    I have been going through Waiting in Wonder this pregnancy and have LOVED it – what a great way to keep focused on our Lord, journal in expectation and prepare well for the changes ahead. I’ve already bought several copies for other expecting friends. It is an awesome gift for any expectant mom and really for our children as well since we’ll be better prepared spiritually for what is ahead.

    • Catherine says

      Katie, you rock! Thanks for your enthusiasm about this book! I need to get your signed copy in the mail!

  32. I am incredibly excited to read your new book! Congratulations !!

  33. ellen engelhart says

    Congratulations! This book loss like a real treat for expecting Christian mothers!

  34. Lindsay Wilmore says

    Seems like a totally awesome book and I am excited to “know” the author! Whoohoo congrats on this exciting event and for doing an awesome giveway to celebrate!

  35. Congratulations! I will keep this in mind for friends

  36. Lindsay Wilmore sent me here. The book looks amazing. You have a beautiful way of writing. I look forward to reading it and buying it for future expectant moms. 🙂

  37. I bought a book, Catherine! No baby yet, but I know it will be a blessing when the time comes!

  38. I love the idea of this book. What a special way to connect during one’s pregnant! Thank you for writing this book! I look forward to reading it and sharing it with other moms!

  39. Casey Meyer says

    Can’t wait to have a pregnant friend to give this beautiful book too. A faith based book for mommy to be’s is an awesome idea. Amazing no one thought of it before this since this is such a spiritual experience. Congrats on your book. You did an amazing job!

  40. Looking forward to continue sharing with all my mom friends out there. Thank you so much for listening to God as he brought this masterpiece together. Congratulations.

  41. Michelle Spencer says

    I think that expecting mom’s don’t always think to nourish this part of their body during pregnancy and it will help them to do so!

  42. It was very encouraging to read the news that you are expecting again! Congratulations. Your blog is very encouraging to me.

  43. Laura Pol says

    I think the book will connect with mothers because it helps get women excited about the child growing in them while giving thanks to God!

    I absolutely love the inside peek you gave us! Will definitely buy for an expecting mother!

  44. This is so wonderful, congrats!

  45. I loved the Week 8 excerpt. I’ve been struggling with finding the right words to share with a friend who lost a pregnancy and this has really given me the clarity I needed to process her tragedy myself and I am confident that the Holy Spirit will give me the right words when I see her in a few days!

  46. I think this will totally connect with new moms who are awaiting the birth of a baby and are in their “nesting” stages. I would have loved a book like this when I was pregnant!

  47. This will really help mom’s think about the beautiful miracle of life. <3

  48. This book looks absolutely amazing!
    I journaled four of my 10 babies in utero . (Waiting in Wonder)
    Congratulations! Marvelous gift idea and encourages mamas to truly give thanks for their growing unborn blessings. We all need to acknowledge the GIFT and reward of conception and mommyhood.
    Thank you for encouraging new moms, Catherine~ ! !

  49. It’s easy in the tiredness and weariness of being a new mom to take the focus off the One who deserves it all. This book will bring the heart of a mother back to where it should be to help her in her journey.

  50. Natalie L. says

    This is a great book for expectant mothers. When I was pregnant with my sons I loved being able to read everday about how my baby was growing and to journal my experiences along the way:)

  51. Kathryn Leigh says

    Love having Waiting in Wonder on my reading table – now for bits of time to read. Journaling during pregnancy helped me focus on a little life yet unseen to the world. How I wish your book had been out then – and it is the perfect gift for me to share with others.

    Also, I am including As We Forgive in the reading for a class I am teaching next year. Your words continue to give life to others. Blessings to you and Mark!

  52. Jamey Reynolds says

    I wish this book had been available when I was expecting my children!

  53. Lauren Jolly says

    I just got this book as a gift from my mom and am expecting my first child. I think this journal will help mothers everywhere take this already special time and make it even more special by growing your relationship with Him along the way 🙂

  54. Christopher Rodriguez says

    Love the acknowledgement of the fact that everyone has their own special knowledge and expertise. I know you a few people who I’ve definitely said that to. Everyone has their own specialty and is unique in their own way.

  55. Christopher Rodriguez says

    I have so many friends who are having children now. This looks like the perfect gift for them.

  56. Angela Yeremenko says

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I hope it does draw someone to God. Can’t wait to read it!

  57. I was just given a copy of your book, and am looking forward to my baby’s arrival in June.

  58. Stefanie Amaya says

    Expecting moms will love this because it’ll help you make a stronger connection with your child!

  59. Katie Lakin says

    Hope your book is going well. wish me luck wit your give away. I hope I signed up right.

  60. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I dont have children yet but I can definitely say I think its a great idea for expecting mothers to be able to journal their experience. It would be amazing to look back on it years later and share with your child

  61. Thomas Murphy says

    I think expecting moms would enjoy this book because it talks about how having a child truly is a miracle. I know my wife would have loved to have this book when we were expecting.


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