Little Sins Mean A Lot

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, May 10, 2016 – The word isn’t often used, or even conceptualized anymore, but ‘sin’ nevertheless remains with each person, and not even the most devout are immune from indulging in bad habits (or ‘gateway sins’) that can weaken emotional and spiritual well-being and impact one’s  relationship with Christ and with others.

What ‘gateways’? A little unbridled road rage; a callous remark at a party; a mental mockery of someone; web-surfing at the office; self-indulgent shopping; meting out justice through silent spite. No big whoop? None of those things make someone a bad person?   

Those who think that need this book. In Little Sins Mean A Lot:  Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick Us (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016), popular writer, speaker, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia hones in on 13 benign “little sins” that, if left unattended to, can become spiritual malignancies, overtaking one’s psyche and spirituality, and metastasizing through a family, a workplace, even a community.

“We’re a culture accustomed to absolving ourselves, saying, ‘But that doesn’t make me a bad person.’ We think as long as we’re not kicking the puppy or tripping the baby, we’re okay. We’ve begun to view venial sins as mere nothings, and have lost sight of them being as dangerous as gateway drugs,” says Scalia.

Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning perfectly captures Little Sins when she writes, “Part examination of conscience, part memoir, part comedy, part poetry, studded with literary and scriptural references, rooted in theology, rounded off with solid, no-nonsense practical advice with real insight in the human psyche, this book is an eye-opener. Funny, wise, easy to read, hard to put down.”


Little Sins tackles the vices most common to everyone, like excessive self-interest, procrastination, self-neglect, gossip, cynicism, ‘half-assing it’ and more – all with a gentle humor that entices the reader further. Each chapter includes musings by the saints, Catholic teaching on the particular sin, specific tools for working on self-improvement, and an original prayer.

Well before publication, Little Sins garnered strong endorsements.  Here are a few:

“Wise, thoughtful, compassionate, insightful and, above all, practical, this brief book will help you confront those ‘little sins’ that nonetheless have a very big effect on your Christian life.” – James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

“What may be most audacious:  Elizabeth Scalia finds a way to share some of her own story and make it ours, too…the woman countless readers know as ‘The Anchoress’ takes off her veil, lets down her hair and reveals…us.” – Deacon Greg Kandra, Diocese of Brooklyn, blogger at

“Scalia takes a wry and insightful look at how modern Catholics can make an effective examination of conscience, recognizing not only their faults but also the mercy of forgiveness.  Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. This book is the perfect companion for those making that journey.” – John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries and The Vatican Prophecies

For an interview with Elizabeth Scalia, please contact Jill Adamson 800.348.2440 ext 2547 or



Elizabeth Scalia, editor of the English edition of (an international Catholic news, faith, and lifestyle magazine), is a Benedictine Oblate, author, columnist, and Catholic speaker.  Her previous books include the award-winning Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life and Caring for the Dying with the Help of Your Catholic Faith. 


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