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Irene's Books...

I'll Take God, Hold the Religion


At 21, I stomped away from the Catholic Church and God. To me they were one and the same and I was done with both of them. I no longer believed either could be trusted. From that point on every time I said God I choked. I had given God my faith and trust, and for that I believed I was betrayed. No, mine is not a story of being sexually abused by a priest. I felt betrayed by my own innocence and naiveté. I was sabotaged by myself. I didn’t pay attention to my gut. And I paid a big price. Can you relate? How often have you not listened to your KNOWING? And how did that work out for you?


I’ll Take God-Hold the Religion is compelling, funny, raw and wise. This Jewish girl loves what this Catholic girl wrote and the way she wrote it. I came home to parts of my own story in a new way. We all have a relationship with this experience called Life. Irene challenges us to live our experience by choice – not by default.”

— Nancy Slonim Aronie - Author & NPR Contributor

“For anyone grappling with separating religion and God, or religion and spirituality, I’ll Take God-Hold the Religion is a must. This amazing human being sharing her wisdom and experience from her own spiritual journey has helped me discover and learn to live from my “still small voice”. Yes, I have found my own deep sense of KNOWING. At 72, I am finally learning to trust myself.”

— Dr. Stephen C. Smith - Retired Dentist & Vietnam Veteran

I’ll Take God-Hold the Religion is more than a memoir. While Irene authentically shares the ups and downs of her life’s journey, she also invites us to join her through questions found at the end of each chapter. You see, she has this knack – a KNOWING – for asking questions or making comments that precisely cut through the “thickness of life” down to that which is more essential...”

— Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck - Author & Speaker

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Not Like My Mother


This book is a gift for anyone who has ever said “I am NOT going to raise my kids the way I was raised!!” If you are trying to be the parent you always wanted and didn't get, Irene will teach you why it is more effective that you be the parent your children need — not the one you needed. How to separate what belongs to your history and what belongs in your present life is some of the rich, practical advice you will take away from Not Like My Mother. Readers reported they couldn't put the book down. It reads like a compelling novel with human and spiritual insight that makes you feel a part of the conversation.

"This is a 'how to' manual that reads like a smart, funny novel. Get ready for the wisdom ride of your life."

— Nancy Slonim Aronie - Author & NPR Contributor

"Excellent self-reflection... a story of parenting that will be useful to many."

— Gerald G. Jampolsky MD - Author of Love is Letting Go of Fear

"Inspiring, enlightening and heart wrenching."

— Everett Moitoza PhD - Speaker, Writer, Workshop Presenter

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