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I had started a new job, was living on my own in a new city, and really was just trying to find my purpose. It wasn't until that year started to weigh on me, that I truly found my faith. I had a lot of struggles internally about my confidence, who I was as a person, and the decisions I was making. I was borderline depressed, and I couldn't fathom how when I was given all these amazing opportunities. It was at that moment I realized that it was a true deep connection with Christ that I was missing. Not one that just sits at the surface, but a connection with Christ that lights your heart on fire. That's what I wanted, and more so what I needed. I turned to WWP and it helped me find my way. It gave me structure in my Scripture study. It gave me explanation and reassurance knowing that I wasn't the only one struggling. It gave me the tools I needed to deepen my faith.
- Alexandra S., Church of the Ascension, Overland Park, KS
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I have always considered myself a strong Catholic by attending Mass, raising my children Catholic, sending them to Catholic school for a time, and being involved with my parishes. But I had no idea how much I was really missing from my faith until I started the WWP Bible study at my current parish. The weaving together of the Old Testament foreshadowing of Jesus with the New Testament Word of God has opened my eyes to truths I sort of inherently knew, but not fully. The love of God makes more sense than ever now. 
- Donna Z., St Brigid Catholic Church, Johns Creek, GA
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It was 4 years ago that I began my journey searching for something more in my spiritual life. I wanted more from the readings said at Mass. I wanted to know more about Jesus. I wanted a friendship with my faith. I will be forever grateful for the Holy Spirit seeking me out. For it was through an invitation from a friend that I was introduced to WWP. So I took a chance, a big chance...to openly share deeply personal experiences not knowing how they would be received. I've truly become a better person because of WWP. And so, 4 years later, I thank my friend for the invitation, and I also thank God for the courage to act on it.
- Ashley F., St. Brendan, Hilliard, OH
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I was away from the Church for many years. After I first retired, I was very busy, but then things settled down. I found myself at loose ends. I felt something was missing in my life. I went to mass one Sunday and took the church bulletin home. There was a summer Bible class listed that sounded interesting so I enrolled. It was a little over my head, but I stuck with it. Then I looked at the fall Bible classes and chose Walking with Purpose. Best decision ever!

I feel much closer to Jesus and more comfortable talking to my family and friends about my faith.
- Lillian J., Holy Trinity, Peachtree City, GA
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It was around this time that I found out I was pregnant with my fifth born and my desire to start a [women's] program got lost amongst the morning sickness and swollen belly. Then like a perfectly wrapped up package, our Lord gifted me with not only a lovely new friend but also an answer to my long-awaited prayers. Having recently moved from out of state, she began to share with me her knowledge and experience with the Walking with Purpose Bible studies. We came together and launched Opening Your Heart at our church and have witnessed the many fruits it has produced. With so many of life's demands dropping their heavy weights on our shoulders, spending a few hours with a cup of coffee, faith-filled women, and Jesus chat is a welcomed weekly pause.
- Suzanne B., Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT
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We're just completing Grounded in Hope. My connection with these women is something I treasure beyond words, and their guidance and encouragement has grown me up more than I care to admit. In our group, we share deep belly laughs, comfort each other through tears, pray constantly, speak truth, admit when we don't have an answer, and at times, we agree to disagree. If I've learned anything about my prideful heart, the first thing I'll do is balk; but hopefully, through the tools and truth I've learned through WWP, I'll be able to stop myself mid-balk and say "Get behind me satan, for I am a daughter of Christ."
- Heidi B., Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Denver, CO
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A year and 9 months ago I lost my husband. We were in Israel on a Pilgrimage with the Bishop. He suffered a stomach aneurysm and had to have emergency surgery. My husband, our son, and I spent 1 1/2 months in the intensive care unit at the hospital in Tel Aviv. Once home, he passed away 10 days later. My life was shattered. I couldn't understand why the Lord had taken such a wonderful, caring, and spiritual man. We had been married for 38 years and I didn't know how I was going to go on with my life. The priest at our parish asked me to lead Walking with Purpose. I accepted and it has changed my life. The ladies that participate in my sessions are wonderful and really have opened their hearts. I have too. I am getting closer to the Lord and understanding my situation. I don't know how I would be getting through my grief journey without the scriptures and lessons in Walking with Purpose. They are helping me get closer to the Lord and understand His ways.
- Candi S., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Wichita, KS
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I feel like I have been on a "Holy Spirit High" since I started Walking with Purpose. The part that has changed for me in my life is in the way I pray and how it has enhanced my relationship with God on a more personal level. I think that lesson so far has benefited me the most. I didn't pray daily and now I can't wait to talk with God and even find myself throughout the day thanking him for prayers he has answered for me. I have more confidence in telling him anything and everything. I don't hold back anymore. It is the greatest thing ever. I see now that prayer intentions are the best gifts you can do for anyone.
- Debbie L., Parish Program Participant, Dublin, OH
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Week by week [studying Keeping in Balance], the Lord stripped away my defenses and opened my heart to surrendering every part of my life to Him. When we reached Lesson 15: Balancing our Cravings, the Lord touched me in a very personal way. He told me that He wants to be the one I crave, and that He is interested in my WHOLE life, including my health and my well being. Ever so gently, He helped me on a path to good habits, healthy eating and balance in my life. I am no longer obese, no longer have high blood pressure, and my prediabetes is gone as well. Most of all, I learned that nothing is too big or too small for God not to be interested in.
- Sibylle K., Spirit of Christ Catholic Church, Arvada, CO
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I joined the [WWP] program toward the end of the study Opening Your Heart, but for those few months, I felt that I drew closer to God more than I had ever been before. I was a “cradle Catholic”–attending Catholic school all of my life, getting married in the Church, having both of my children participate in all of the Sacraments, too. Deep down, I always felt there was something absent from my spiritual life, and this Bible study has proven to be the missing puzzle piece I had been seeking.

Walking with Purpose brings together women of all ages and walks of life, and together we find solace, comfort, companionship, and guidance as we share our life experiences and how they relate to our faith. I have developed deep, lasting, Christ-centered friendships that I never thought that I would have. It has been truly life changing.
- Bobbi H., Co-Coordinator at St. Therese Parish, San Diego, CA
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WWP has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to step out as a "missionary disciple" in my church. As a Table Leader for Opening Your Heart, I have been privileged to witness the incredible faith-sharing of eight women, and as we advance through the Opening Your Heart lessons, our trust and friendship grow even deeper. This study has helped me to incorporate the richness of Scripture into my everyday life and I recommend it to all women, regardless of where they are in their faith journey.
- Christine A., Small Group Leader, Our Lady Star of the Sea, 
  Jacksonville, FL
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- Audrey A., Independent Small Group Study Participant, Lynchburg, VA
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I attended WWP the first night and was a little apprehensive, as I had been disconnected from my faith for quite some time. I sat at a table full of women I had never met, not knowing the impact they were about to have on my life. Something happened that night, and I told the co-coordinator I wanted to sign up, went home, and ordered my book. Opening Your Heart and the group of women in our parish group were exactly what I needed at that point in my life. I immediately felt a bond with them and was not ashamed to share details of my life...It has truly changed my life for the better.
- Bethany F., Small Group Leader, Ss. Robert & William Parish in Euclid, Ohio
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I was a cradle Catholic, but I really never felt any connection to God's Word and didn't feel that I had a true relationship with him. I went through the motions of going to Mass, but my faith was an hour-a-week type of thing. During Mass one Sunday, there was an invitation to join WWP. I tentatively signed up. Throughout that first year I met the most incredible women - women who supported me, prayed for me, and never had a comment if I didn't know something. I loved the WWP format. It was always applicable to my life. It "forced" me to develop a quiet time to reflect each day. This program has truly transformed my faith. Now I feel Jesus in every moment of every day.
- Abigail C., Small Group Leader, Blessed Sacrament Church,
  Alexandria, VA
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[When] I was pregnant with our third (now middle) child, I was invited by my mom to attend a WWP coffee connect. At the time, I was a faith-filled Catholic, in love with my faith and practicing all the Commandments, following the rules like a good Catholic wife should. I attended the coffee connect looking for a social outlet with like-minded women. What I experienced rocked my world and transformed my prayer life! Suddenly the rules were not just acts of will - they began to flow from my heart, out of love. And following rules out of love is nothing like following them from a sense of duty. Just a few bullet points to skim the surface of the changes in my soul:

+ I began to fight for and fiercely protect a daily time of prayer.
+ I fell in LOVE with Scripture!
+ I came away with deep, lasting, Christ-centered friendships.
+ Slowly but surely, I've cultivated the ability to quote Scripture and use it practically every day.
- Tara S., Independent Study
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WWP has kept me grounded in my own personal study of the Bible. I've always been involved in my faith, but I rarely read the Bible outside of the Sunday Mass readings. The WWP books help me read the Word without feeling overwhelmed. The length of lessons are very approachable, while still being absolutely filled with Scripture and reflection. Even when I can't do the lessons as often as I like, I can pick back up right where I left off. The message of the Young Adult series -- to trust in God and trust in myself, because he created me to be me -- is just what I need to hear at this turning point in my 20's, as I try to figure out what I want to do with my life. Thank you, Lisa, for this wonderful resource!
- Mary D., independent study of WWP young adult series
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At WWP, I am learning a lot about things in the Bible I have wondered about and learning a great deal more about things I have never thought about. When I initially signed up, I thought that it might be a little boring or dry. But I love the enthusiasm that my small group leaders bring to each meeting.
- Participant, Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY
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I loved the readings and the inspiration, the practical advice, and suggestions from the group. I do not think that Keeping in Balance applies just to women. It is universal and should be shared by all. I had so many ‘aha' moments in the readings.
- Participant, Holy Family Catholic Church, Davidsonville, MD
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At WWP, I am learning a lot about things in the Bible I have wondered about and learning a great deal more about things I have never thought about. When I initially signed up, I thought that it might be a little boring or dry. But I love the enthusiasm that my small group leaders bring to each meeting.
Participant, Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Augustine, FL.
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WWP has been a blessing in my life. It is wonderful to have a community of support from women in all walks of life. The Bible study is so well-organized and laid out. It is definitely filling a need in our parish community.
Participant, Blessed Sacrament Church, Alexandria, VA
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Diving into God's Word has been such a powerful and exciting experience! Studying at home and then sharing in the group really enhances and adds to what I learn. I look forward to each and every lesson. So beautifully laid out and easy to use and follow! Thank you so much!
- Participant, St. Therese Parish, San Diego, CA
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It is simply a great time to get away and meet with women on the same journey as me. Every single one of them is unique and has something to contribute and I enjoy being in the class. My leaders are fantastic ladies with fantastic abilities in prayer life and leadership.
- Participant, Holy Trinity, Peachtree City, GA
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