Julie Davis tops the JOYAlive.net charts!

Julie Davis

Julie Davis

The stats are in!

The highest rated post on JOYAlive.net for 2017 with 462 views was From Atheist to Happy Catholic, the dramatic conversion story of Julie Davis. Congratulations, Julie!

Later in the year, I interviewed Julie about her new book, Seeking Jesus. That interview was published on CatholicStand.com and CatholicMom.com.


Joy Stories

Everyone loves conversion and renewal stories we collect. Of the 200 posts published, the most popular were conversion stories, with the Joy Stories page getting the most hits per page: 251.

Stories we featured by our contributors included:

John Chomistek, Finding Jesus in My Life

Julie Davis, From Atheist to Happy Catholic

Kevin Luskus, No Turning Back

Virginia Pillars, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

Christine Roe, Your true north

Greg Wasinski, Finding Jesus in the Eucharist


Almost as popular were my posts about evangelization such as

Fr. Bob Hilz contributed 52 weeks of Friars Corner, our weekend feature.

Amy Welborn gave us a Lent series selected from her book, Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)

Books and Authors

Book Reviews and Author Interviews remain in demand:

Four posts on the launching of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and posts about awards it won totaled 205 views.

Featured books and authors interviewed:

All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters, by Pat Gohn

Seeking Jesus: An Interview with Julie Davis, mentioned above

Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia

Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe

True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life by Lisa Mladinich

In 2017 we published 12 posts in CatholicMom.com, 13 in CatholicWritersGuild.com, one in CatholicStand.com, 12 in NewEvangelizers.com, 3 in NancyHCWard.com, and one in SpiritualDirection.com

In April, we launched a speaker website, NancyHCWard.com to highlight Nancy’s Evangelization Workshops.

In June, we celebrated five years of JOYAlive.net.

JOYAlive.net increased viewers from 12, 517 last year to 13,040 and they come from 98 countries.

Contribute your story

Plans for 2018 include more of what you our readers indicate you want. More posts on evangelization, more conversion and renewal stories to warm your heart, more book reviews and author interviews to keep you reading the best Catholic books.

If you have a conversion story or a renewal story to share, please see the Joy Stories page for links to all the stories, followed by specific directions in how to submit your story. Perhaps next December, we’ll be celebrating the publication of the unique story of how God has changed your life. For more information, contact: editor@joyalive.net/

Happy 2018!

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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