Twenty-three year-old Mary Grace Mastrianni returns home to face her past. Having had a lonely childhood after the painful death of her mother, she thought she left it all behind her when she escaped to New York City to attend college and build a new life. But after being forced to return to sell the family home, memories of her early years surround her, making her come to terms with unresolved feelings and desires she had pushed away for so long. Finding her mother's tattered and worn sweater that has not been touched since the day of her mother s passing, Mary Grace apprehensively puts it on, wrapping it around herself for comfort. Teary-eyed, she slides her hand into its pocket to discover a yellowing square of paper on which a Novena is printed. The prayer promises that any request will be granted as long as the person fervently prays the prayer in church for nine consecutive days. Mary Grace, who has often found herself lacking faith, decides to stay in town just long enough to pray the Novena. In her heart she holds a very special request. As Mary Grace dutifully proceeds along her nine day journey of prayer she undoubtedly feels her faith growing. The beauty of God surrounds her but she can t help but wonder if her most heartfelt prayer will be answered. Nine Days is the story of one woman s discovery of the presence of God s amazing grace.
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Kirk House Publisher (April 1, 2014)
Praise for Christine Pisera Naman’s previous books:
Praise for Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11:“Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called Faces of Hope. On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child’s life. ‘I hope you help those in need,’ read one. ‘I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles.’ If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in themtoday.” --President Barack Obama, in his address at the Tucson memorial event for those killed by gunfire, making reference to Faces of Hope as he spoke of nine year-old Christina Taylor-Green
Praise for The Believers:"Christine Naman is a delightful storyteller and brings thoughtfulness, style and faith to the printed page." -- Gary Jansen, author of Exercising Your Soul and Holy Ghosts
Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival Awards in Spiritual Book Category
Praise for Caterpillar Kisses:“If it's true that all we ever need to know we learned in kindergarten, this gift book is a fount of simple but necessary insights.” --Publishers Weekly
“Caterpillar Kisses by Christine Pisera Naman is a book you don't want to miss… Give this book to anyone who wants and needs to see the magic in the world.” --Armchair Interviews
Praise for Christmas Lights:“…Proof that a quiet afternoon spent reading can, through stories of family, inspiration, and God’s grace, ultimately change a reader’s perspective or reinvigorate their thriving holiday spirit.” --Happy Tonic Blog
“Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, Christmas Lights celebrates the most significant aspects of the season. Small, beautifully designed, and full of festive cheer, it is the ideal gift for anyone longing to rediscover the magic of Christmas.”--Image Catholic Books
Christine Pisera Naman is the author of six books including, Faces of Hope 10 Years Later (Health Communications, 2011), The Believers (Kirk House Publishers, 2011), Christmas Lights (Random House, 2007), Caterpillar Kisses (Random House, 2005), Faces of Hope (Health Communications, 2002). Christine has appeared on many national television programs including the Today Show and Fox & Friends, featured in a variety of national and local print and online outlets and interviewed on numerous radio shows around the country. Prior to her illustrious writing career, Christine was a Catholic school Kindergarten teacher. For additional information please visit her at www.christinenaman.com.