By Haley Stewart
Do you ever feel caught in an endless cycle of working harder and longer to get more while enjoying life less? The Stewart family did—and they decided to make a radical change. Popular Catholic blogger and podcaster Haley Stewart explains how a year-long internship on a sustainable farm changed her family’s life for the better, allowing them to live gospel values more intentionally.
When Haley Stewart married her bee-keeping sweetheart, Daniel, they dreamed of a life centered on home and family. But as the children arrived and Daniel was forced to work longer hours at a job he liked less and less, they dared to break free from the unending cycle of getting more yet feeling unfufilled. They sold their Florida home and retreated to Texas to live on a farm with a compost toilet and 650 square feet of space for a family of five. Surprisingly, they found that they had never been happier.
In The Grace of Enough, Stewart shares essential elements of intentional Christian living that her family discovered during that extraordinary year on the farm and that they continue to practice today. You, too, will be inspired to:
- live simply
- offer hospitality
- revive food culture and the family table
- reconnect with the land
- nurture community
- prioritize beauty
- develop a sense of wonder
- be intentional about technology
- seek authentic intimacy
- center life around home, family, and relationships
Drawing from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Stewart identifies elements of Catholic social teaching that will enhance your life and create a ripple effect of grace to help you overcome the effects of today’s “throwaway” culture and experience a deeper satisfaction and stronger faith.
Author Haley Stewart is a Catholic author, podcaster, and speaker who previously served as publications specialist and project coordinator at The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University. She also worked as a ballet instructor and rehearsal assistant at the South Georgia Ballet.
Stewart coauthored Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year with her husband, Daniel. She has contributed to America magazine, Verily, Catholic Exchange, The Art of Simple, and Aleteia. Stewart has appeared on CatholicTV, Relevant Radio, The Catholic Channel on SiriusXM Radio, Iowa Catholic Radio, and Real Life Radio.
She lives with her family in Waco, Texas.
Brandon Vogt is a bestselling and award-winning author, blogger, and speaker who serves as content director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.