Julie Davis tops the charts!

The highest rated post on for 2017 with 462 views was From Atheist to Happy Catholic, the dramatic conversion story of Julie Davis. Congratulations, Julie!

Later in the year, I interviewed Julie about her new book, Seeking Jesus. That interview was published on and

Joy Stories

Everyone loves conversion and renewal stories we collect. Of the 200 posts published, the most popular were conversion stories, with the Joy Stories page getting the most hits per page: 251.

Stories we featured by our contributors included:

John Chomistek, Finding Jesus in My Life

Julie Davis, From Atheist to Happy Catholic

Kevin Luskus, No Turning Back

Virginia Pillars, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

Christine Roe, Your true north

Greg Wasinski, Finding Jesus in the Eucharist


Just as popular were my posts about evangelization such as:

The Gift of Conversion

God’s Partners

How (and Why) to Give Your Testimony

How to be a Bridge to Catholicism

Mary leads us to the secret of Evangelization

Me? An Evangelist?

Why am I a Catholic Writer?


Fr. Bob Hilz contributed 52 weeks of Friars Corner, our weekend feature.


Amy Welborn gave us a Lent series selected from her book, Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)

Books and Authors

Book Reviews and Author Interviews remain in demand:

Four posts on the launching of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and posts about awards it won totaled 205 views.

Featured books and authors interviewed:

All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters, by Pat Gohn

Seeking Jesus: An Interview with Julie Davis, mentioned above

Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia

Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe

True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life by Lisa Mladinich

Stats to celebrate

In 2017 we published 12 posts in, 13 in, one in, 12 in, 3 in, and one in

In April, we launched this website, to highlight Nancy’s Evangelization Workshops.

In June, we celebrated five years of increased viewers from 12, 517  in 2016 to 13,040 and they come from 98 countries.

More stories

Plans for 2018 include more of what you our readers indicate you want. More posts on evangelization, more conversion and renewal stories to warm your heart, more book reviews and author interviews to keep you reading the best Catholic books.


If you have a conversion story or a renewal story to share, please see the Joy Stories page for links to all the stories, followed by specific directions in how to submit your story. Perhaps next December, we’ll be celebrating the publication of the unique story of how God has changed your life. For more information, contact:


The Joy Alive Network

share your story word abstract - isolated text in vintage letterpress wood celebrates the Joy of the Lord alive in our hearts, experienced in unexpected and astounding ways.  It’s the touchstone we need for inspiration, encouragement and motivation.

The JoyAlive blog developed from my desire to share my struggles and victories in a more personal way than my other writing projects. I want to use my talents, training and insights to share the joy alive in my heart. I have seen the results in others and deeply experienced in my life the joy of the Lord in stunning and delightful revelations. The joy alive in my heart prompts me to share it, sing about it, write about and converse about it with everyone.

As a Catholic writer, website editor, blogger and now author and speaker, I am hosting the site to create the Joy Alive Network among readers.

Together we create this spiritual support network by sharing our stories of discovering, nurturing, and experiencing the miraculous ways the Lord reveals his presence in our lives.  As Joy arises from the depths of our hearts, doesn’t it always surprise us with grace, enlivening us when we need it the most?  As we expand our capacity for joy together, we discover amazing ways to live in the Joy of the Lord and give away his Joy.

Here’s the twist: as we share our stories of discovering, nurturing and experiencing the miraculous ways the Lord reveals his presence in our lives we create a network of spiritual support and inspiration. The synergism of the Joy Alive Network increases our capacity for Joy. So the Joy Alive Network lives and grows through the comments, guest blogs and personal stories shared on JoyAlive.

In support of all our readers who need inspiration, hope and wisdom, I invite you to join this new venture with me. Send your stories of how God’s supernatural gift of Joy steals into your life and changes everything.  These can be a 300- to 1000-word description of an incident when you know you experienced a miracle or supernatural insight into God’s unique ways of penetrating your marriage, motherhood, homeschooling, relationships or anything pertinent to your Catholic identity.  Share these amazing moments on the Joy Alive Network. Conversion and renewal stories have a prominent tab, Joy Stories, where you will find more than thirty fascinating stories.

Together through the Joy Alive Network we can discover and nurture that awe-inspiring Joy arising from deep within our hearts. It will overflow into our lives, our friendships, our families and our relationship with God.  As we share our stories, we share the joy of our hearts with one another. We will learn more about each other, more about our true selves and more about how much the Lord loves us.

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