Barbara Mahany Discusses "The Stillness of Winter: Sacred Blessings of the Season"

We are pleased to welcome back store favorite Barbara Mahany to celebrate her new book, The Stillness of Winter: Sacred Blessings of the Season at an online Crowdcast event.  The virtual event is free, but registration is required--register HERE. We respectfully ask that you buy your copy of The Stillness of Winter from The Book Stall, or from your favorite indie bookstore if you are not in the Chicago area. 

Like it or not, winter is on the way, and Mahany offers a book to help us embrace the season instead of making it a nemesis. She says of her new work, “Consider this a field guide to wonder, certainly, and wisdom, perhaps. It borrows, in spirit, from the almanac, the scrapbook, scribbled field notes, assorted jottings, and, on occasion, the banged-up recipe file that’s tucked on my kitchen shelf. It’s a book I hope you come to know as something of a friend, a gentle-souled companion you might choose to cozy up with.” It's also, we might add, the perfect gift to give this holiday season.

 In this elegant gift book, with two-color illustrations throughout, readers discover:

• A potpourri of meditative essays, prayers, count-your-blessings monthly
calendars, and winter’s wonder lists.

• Tried-and-true family recipes, with whimsical and inviting headnotes.

• Evocative illustrations by the acclaimed designer of Ann Voskamp’s New York Times bestselling One Thousand Gifts.

• Suggestions for carving out quietude amid the bustle and endless to-do’s of the holiday season.

• The author’s personal experience in an interfaith Catholic and Jewish household, and how her family honors both Christmas and Hanukkah.

More about the author: From the front pages of The Chicago Tribune to her revered page-two columns, Barbara Mahany has opened her heart and told her stories and the stories of her family's life that have drawn in thousands of readers for decades. Bracingly honest and heartachingly daring, she explores the sacred mysteries with a voice recognizable and clear. Barbara is a sought-after speaker, retreat leader, writing teacher, and author of MotherprayerThe Blessings of Motherprayer, and Slowing Time. She lives with her husband, Blair Kamin, and two sons in Wilmette, Illinois. Learn more about Barbara at

Event date: 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Crowdcast event!
The Stillness of Winter: Sacred Blessings of the Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9781791007553
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Abingdon Press - October 6th, 2020

Winter is the coldest time of the year. The days are shorter, and the nights are longer. Deciduous trees are bare of leaves, and some animals hibernate. Christmas is celebrated, one year comes to an end, and a new year begins.