Books by Trish

The 12 Steps Meet the Gospels

So proud to have worked with my dear friend Dick Rice to generate a book that intersects our 12 Step spirituality with our faith in Jesus Christ!

“Church basements have long been the home of twelve-step recovery groups, where people who have felt hopeless and alone find new hope and healing in the midst of a supportive community of witnesses who have been there and know that there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Sharing coffee and conversation, real recovery begins.

“This is much the same witness the early church made when disciples went out forming communities where the gospel was shared and bread was broken. This book, a remarkably fresh and unique take on the Scriptures, shows what could happen if that deeply spiritual sharing moved upstairs, into the body of the church.

“The authors, both in recovery themselves, bring their experience, strength, and hope to their reflections on Scripture. Organized loosely around the seasons of the liturgical year, their interpretations shed fresh light and power on stories we ve heard many, many times. Their distinctive viewpoint will strike responsive chords not just with those in recovery, but with anyone who has ever felt out of place, out of step, or somehow set adrift in today s world. Filled with wisdom, compassion, and humor, The Twelve Steps Meet the Gospel is a testament to the hope and joy that Scripture reveals, cast in human terms that speak to us all.”


Read a sample here.

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Books by Trish

Coloring as Prayer and Meditation

Do you find silent reflection and prayer soothing? Consider one of these coloring books. With words from the Bible and saints to inspire you, here is an invitation to pause, to color, to meditate, and to pray.

The stunning, jewel-toned windows of cathedrals popularly called rose windows have been a rich decorative motif in sacred spaces for more than ten centuries. As you bring color to the windows in this book, may the designs you create enlighten and enliven your soul as well. May each pane radiate a sense of God’s presence, and the presence of all those who have preceded us and will follow us in faith. Buy it here…


With St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creatures to inspire you, here is an invitation to pause, to color, to meditate, and to pray.

It is believed that St. Francis wrote the Canticle of the sun, also known as the Canticle of the Creatures, in 1224 while recuperating from serious illness in a small cottage in San Damiano, Italy. He expanded the simple prayer over the years. Tradition holds that Francis and his brothers sang the full canticle together for the first time as Francis lay dying. Buy it here…

Books by Trish

From Mass To Mission by Trish Sullivan Vanni


“Participating at Sunday Mass is the most important action of the week for Catholic Christians. From Mass to Mission deepens our understanding of the Mass and how it shapes us to live as Christ’s disciples in the world. Developed for three different age groups (adults, teens, and children), the From Mass to Mission series includes booklets and Leader’s Guides that offer the entire parish the opportunity to grow deeper in their understanding of and participation in the liturgy. From Mass to Mission: Understanding the Mass and Its Significance for Our Christian Life, Leader s Guide provides adult faith formation leaders with the tools for leading effective formation sessions about the Mass. A companion DVD provides a variety of downloadable materials that will enhance your sessions and assist with advertising and connecting with adults in your parish. Buy it here…