Coming Soon from Sophia Institute Press

Explore the Sacred Wonder of Life

How can we say that life is good and God is love
when there seems to be so much evidence to the contrary?

We may often fail to recognize the inherent dignity, purpose, and beauty of every human being—including ourselves—and perhaps fall into the belief that life isn’t always worth living. Christina Chase lives in stark contrast to such a worldview. Physically disabled since infancy by a progressive disease and severely dependent upon others for daily survival, the author of this book proclaims with all of her mind, body, heart, and soul that it’s good to be here.


Because she is infinitely and intimately loved—just like every human being.

In this book, Christina shares personal and poignant reflections
upon her own little, limited life, while exploring the very human life of Jesus Christ. While reflecting upon her sufferings, joys, doubts, and faith,
Christina offers a unique and intimate portrait of God in the flesh,
discovering what it means to be fully human, fully alive.
God chose to live here, to be little like us,
intimately experiencing our human struggles and wonders, pleasures and pains.
Only God’s love made manifest in the Mystery of the Incarnation reveals
the full joy, strength, and sacred wonder of being human that nothing can diminish, not even the dependency and limitations that mainstream culture deems undignified.

About the Author

Christina Chase has unconditional love for her terribly beautiful life. She writes about wonder, struggles, and joy while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Embracing life’s big questions, Christina is a revert to Catholicism after brief atheism and consideration of other religions, newly discovering in Christ the meaning of being fully human. When she isn’t writing or blogging at, she enjoys her loving, care-giving family, and explores nature, genealogy, and theology.

Christina Chase


“Christina’s book is just wonderful! One of the best, most inspiring books I’ve ever read. I look forward to it being published so I can buy a few copies to share with friends and family members who may have drifted a bit away from the Catholic faith. Christina shares her strong faith in a very loving, gentle way. The book has given me a lot to think about in my own life, and has definitely got some great ideas I’ll use in future homilies!”

Deacon Geoff Ashman

“I loved It Is Good to Be Here. Christina’s prose is accessible without being breezy. She’s thoughtful without being ponderous. Her vulnerability comes through, but so does her tremendous inner strength. The book reads as if you’re sitting at the kitchen table with Christina chatting over coffee. She writes for you, not at you.

“Christina’s work has a winsome quality to it, and she really leads you to think. There’s a coherent narrative, but each chapter also stands on its own, speaking to a specific question. That demonstrates not only the writer’s firm command of the subject matter, but the writer’s firm command of herself.”

Matthew McSorley, copy editor Union Leader

We are shaped by wonder.

It’s Good To Be Here

available at, Amazon, and fine bookstores December, 2019.