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“What a Life!” is in an Ebook; Advent is a season to renew our hope

“What a Life!” is in an Ebook; Advent is a season to renew our hope


In 2015 I published a book titled, What a Life! Daily Reading for a Holistic Spiritual Life.

I ordered 4,000 copies and they sent me 4,370. I gave away several copies and earlier this year I sold my last book – a total of 4,310. The proceeds from the book when to “The Fr. Willie Todd Foundation” for the promotion of new ministerial projects in my diocese.

I was still getting requests for my book from readers who wanted copies for relatives and friends. After looking into possibilities of getting a small number printed, the cost was prohibited. So I did the next best thing – I had someone put my book online as an Ebook.

The Ebook has the same number of entries (370) and each meditation is on a separate page. The cover is a little different from the hardback. The following are the instructions for buying my Ebook. 1) Visit whatalifetodd.com. 2) Click the button that says “Buy the Book.” 3) You will be redirected to blurb.coms book sale page. 4) Purchase the book through blurb.com.

The price of the book is $19.98. Proceeds from the sales of the book will go to the Fr. Willie Todd Foundation through the Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana. The money from the sales will go to the parishes and schools as a grand from my Foundation.

Please help me get the word out to potential buyers. If anyone has a problem or questions ordering the Ebook, let me know. My e-mail address is: wtodd@htdiocese.org. Thank you!

Advent is the season that invites us to renew our spirit of hope. The Church wants us to strengthen our faith that God is not only present with us in every struggle and disappointment but will see us through any difficulty we might face. No matter what happens to us, we can say, “This too shall pass” because we know God is with us.

It’s easy for us to fill our lives with anxieties, worries, and fears. We may have doubts about the future and our ability to handle what might be coming down the pike. It can disturb our sleep, make us sick and affect our relationships with our loved ones.

In the United States, 18 percent of the adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder, and all adults have experienced some recurring sense of anxiousness. We are so busy worrying about what could go wrong that we lose sight of what is going right. God wants to give us peaceful hearts, even in the midst of turmoil.

There is the true story of a self-made millionaire, Eugene Land, who greatly changed the lives of a sixth-grade class in East Harlem. The school had asked Mr. Lang to speak to a class of 59 sixth-graders. He wondered what could inspire these students, most of whom would probably drop out of school?

How he could get these predominantly black and Puerto Rican children even to look at him? Scrapping his notes, he decided to speak to them from his heart.

“Stay in school,” he admonished, “and I’ll help pay the college tuition for every one of you.”

At that moment the lives of these students changed. For the first time they had hope. Said one student, “I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling.”

Nearly 90 percent of that class went on to graduate from high school.

These students knew that with the possibility of going to college, it made sense to work harder in the present. To move through life with a sense of purpose we need hope. If we have no vision of how life can still be worth living, then we surrender. We give up and live as though we were dead. (I have seen many “walking dead people” and I am sure you have too.)

Advent is a time to hope in a God who cares for us beyond our wildest imagination.