|"A book like this is a must-have for everyone"|
Chicago, August 6, 2007. – Once in a while, people
come along who totally redimension our idea of what it
means to be generous and live life to the full.
They break the mold and they do it with panache,
humor, joy, and commitment.
And once in a while, they
can be persuaded to write a book about their experience,
their motivations, their struggles, and the wisdom they’ve gained along
After 23 years of marriage, James
and Kathleen Littleton have certainly broken the mold—19 times, to
be exact. Their happy clan of 14 unique children (with
5 more in heaven) is a shining witness to what
the word “family” can mean when a couple is ready
to welcome the gift of life with open arms. And
for those of us who are eager to learn from
their experience, they have co-authored a new book: Better by
the Dozen, Plus Two: Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life
from a Family of Sixteen, available for purchase at www.lulu.com/littleton.
Chapter titles include: How We Came to Be
a Family, How We Came to Live our Faith, Hierarchy
of Values, Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Miscarriage, Formation of
Children, Called to Service, On the Cross, and Importance of
Having a Sense of Humor.
A book like this
is a must-have for everyone who has ever felt like
they could use some insight from a family that got
it right. With its mix of stories and reflection, it
is an enjoyable and enlightening read.
“Here’s a family you
won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day
and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them
because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria
University—and we’re hoping the 11 younger siblings will follow in
their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian
“For those looking to invite God not just to their
wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must
read. The Littleton’s personal journey in striving to be open
to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers
the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in