A Willing Heart

by Marci Alborghetti
Publisher: Ave Maria Press

Product Details
AudienceChristian Living


In the spirit of gospel teaching on time, talent, and treasure, bestselling author Marci Alborghetti weaves together wisdom, humor, personal stories, and a series of attainable goals in this vision of Christian action that is at once a beautiful meditation on spiritual growth and a common-sense guide to discovering practical ways to serve.

What began with a traumatic burglary became Marci Alborghetti’s first step on a journey toward a deep commitment to Christian service. Part spiritual memoir and part exhortation, A Willing Heart: How to Serve When You Think You Can't is for anyone who feels overwhelmed at the prospect of one more item on the weekly calendar, and for those who worry that they might not have much to offer. Alborghetti, the popular Guideposts writer and author of Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can't, offers an inspiring invitation to personal growth through Christian action that is sensible, realistic, and joyful.

Each chapter presents a three-part structure of theme, story, and one practical, entirely doable step toward service. Replete with inspiring vignettes from Alborghetti’s life and the lives of the saints, as well as suggestions that begin in your own living room, A Willing Heart: How to Serve When You Think You Can't will help you implement the practice of compassion in everyday life and is ideally suited for faith-sharing groups, parish retreats, and leadership training seminars.


Marci Alborghetti is a Guideposts writer and the author of fourteen books published over the past decade, including the bestselling Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can't and The Christmas Glass. Alborghetti and her husband Charlie are active together in Christian service and have founded and facilitated several reading groups; most recently The Saint James Literary Club, a book group started at the Saint James Homeless Shelter in New London, Connecticut.


"Selflessly serving others often sounds good in theory but can be near-impossible to put into practice in our day-to-day lives. Marci Alborghetti’s wonderful new book challenges us to go outside our comfort zones to walk the road of love and service, and to do it with joy. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, she urges us to preach more through our actions than our words." Mary DeTurris Poust, Author of Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship.