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Everything’s Coming Up Rosie: 10 Things My Feisty Italian-American Mom Taught Me about Living a Godly Life


Ever notice that common sense isn’t so common anymore? Each time we check our news feeds or turn on the TV, it seems the world is getting wackier. Right is wrong, wrong is right, up is down, and the only thing that’s unacceptable is refusing to accept that anything and everything under the sun is . . . acceptable.

We desperately need a return to basic common sense, and Rosie Posie, a “street-smart theologian” from Jersey City, is just the person we need to help restore it. In this wise and heartwarming book, Rosie’s daughter, syndicated talk-show host Teresa Tomeo, shares her top-ten list of unforgettable “Rosieisms” to help you and your loved ones live a sensible, well-grounded, godly life. As Tomeo notes, these real-life stories are simple, direct, and yes, sometimes very funny, but oh-so applicable to everyday life.

Refreshingly, Rosie speaks her mind and has precious little “tolerance.” You will find that her practical advice will help you cultivate virtue in your life. You will learn to “nevva [never] get too big for those britches” and to “awfa [offer] it up” and put things “at the foot of the Crawse [Cross].” You’ll come to see how your sacrifices help others in ways you may not have considered. And through Rosie’s life and example, you’ll come to appreciate the value of your sufferings, big or small, and how they benefit you and your loved ones. You will also learn:

  • How “go ride your bike!” relates to health (and it’s not what you think)
  • Ways to always see the glass as half full
  • A bit of wisdom that Tomeo learned from both her mother and the Rolling Stones
  • How round-trip guilt trips can be a good thing
  • Why you should listen to your mother and “keep smiling”

Tomeo’s memories provide rollicking humor and Catholic wisdom from the quintessential Italian mother. She also provides spiritual resources for self-reflection from the Catechism, Scripture, and the saints to help you grow in grace-filled living. Best of all, you will see the miracles of God’s love in Tomeo’s family and the maternal intercession of Our Lady in their lives. In the words of Rosie, “Rememba, the Blessed Mutha is watching you!”

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