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My Badass Book of Saints
Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live
Author: Maria Morera Johnson
Foreword by: Pat Gohn
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: October 30, 2015
Winner of a 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Award: Inspirational Books (First Place).
In this edgy, honest, and often audacious book of Catholic spirituality, blogger and popular podcaster Maria Morera Johnson explores the qualities of twenty-four holy women who lived lives of virtue in unexpected and often difficult circumstances.
In My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, Johnson shares her experience as a first-generation Cuban-American, educator of at-risk college students, and caregiver for a husband with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Through humorous, empowering, and touching portraits of twenty-four spiritual mentors who inspired her, Johnson shows how their bravery, integrity, selflessness, perseverance, and hope helped her and can help others have courage to reach for a closer connection to God.
She presents remarkable holy women and saints—including the gun-toting Servant of God Sr. Blandina Segale, who tried to turn the heart of Billy the Kid; and Nazi resister Irena Sendler, who helped smuggle children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II—in a way that brings their vivid personalities to life and helps readers live out the challenges of their lives with virtue and conviction. The book includes a group discussion guide.
Features & Benefit:
- My Badass Book of Saints earned first place in the inspirational category in the 2016 Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Awards.
- First book on Catholic spirituality from Johnson, a CatholicMom.com blogger who is also the host of the Catholic Weekend podcast (4,000 downloads monthly).
"The energy jumps off the pages. Totally engaging! It's about women who lead and make a difference in ways that are strong, funny, accomplished."
Sr. Marie Pappas
Host of Pathways of Learning
on the Catholic Channel/SiriuxXM Radio
"Catholics—and women everywhere—will find something to love."
"Johnson, host of the popular podcast Catholic Weekend and blogger at CatholicMom.com, offers readers an exploration of inspiring women past and present who challenged the status quo, served Christ wholeheartedly, and continue to inspire women today. She blends her own story with those of courageous women who became saints, who will likely become saints, and who arguably ought to be saints. She explores such virtues as courage through the lives of WWII spy Nancy Wake and St. Joan of Arc; perseverance through author Flannery O’Connor and St. Margaret of Antioch; peace via Immaculee Ilibagiza and St. Rita of Cascia; and virtue through the most virtuous of all, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every story challenges, informs, and encourages as Johnson interweaves discussions about how we can live and thrive similarly to these women today. Chapters end with questions and an action step; the book ends with a six-week guide for further study. Catholics—and women everywhere—will find something to love."
"Where faith meets real life."
"This is a book that’s not afraid to talk of the beautiful mess where faith meets real life and where saints and mortals coexist, one cheering the other on to glory."
From the foreword by Pat Gohn
Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious
"Remarkable collection of courage and inspiration."
"Each of us have an opportunity to be a beacon of hope to those around us. Thank you, Maria, for writing and sharing this remarkable collection of courage and inspiration."
Rwandan holocaust survivor and author of Left to Tell
"A heavyweight message of holiness with the lightest of touches."
"Maria Morera Johnson’s My Badass Book of Saints delivers a heavyweight message of holiness with the lightest of touches and somehow manages a knockout punch. Her entertaining list of modern women of faith and their saintly counterparts exhorts women toward sainthood and says, ‘Yes, this can be you, too, if you want it.’ It’s the wanting, after all—the pursuit of sainthood despite obstacles malicious or well-meant—that brings out the badass fearless trust that hones a saint."
Author of Strange Gods
"Riddled with humor and gripping stories."
"In pages riddled with humor and gripping stories, I was shocked to realize that I shared qualities with great women I always thought were out of my league. In the lives of these ordinary—sometimes feisty—women, I found my story, and as many of them are now saints, I found an incredible conviction to live my ordinary life loving God and allowing him to do extraordinary things through me . . . with a little help from my new friends!"
Founder of Women In the New Evangelization and author of Created to Relate
"Maria Johnson is a badass."
"Maria Johnson is a badass. As she shares herself in these pages, her stories—and those of these courageous women—inspire us to believe that our own sometimes seemingly ordinary lives and what we do with them can be enough. For ourselves and for God."
Shelly Henley Kelly & Lisa Henley Jones
Catholic bloggers and contributors to CatholicMom.com
"Reflective and insightful understanding."
"In a world where heroism has become synonymous with superheroes, Maria Morera Johnson argues for a scandalous interpretation. Real heroism, the kind that adds up to ‘true greatness,’ she says, is about our day by day offering of all that is ‘boring and hard and unpalatable’ in the quotidian moments of our life. To give us courage to become extra-ordinary in this ordinary journey, Johnson provides us as models a notable communion of women—some recognized officially as saints by the Church and others simply holy women—all of whom made a deliberate choice to stand on the strength of their convictions. As a Cuban immigrant and refugee, Johnson knows intimately the cost of this faith quest. With reflective and insightful understanding, she weaves together her own life story and that of women who have enabled her to stand strong and faithful in her Catholic faith. They impacted her life. They will impact yours, too!"
María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda
Catholic blogger and writer
"Brave, boisterous, loving, and real."
"Maria Johnson is brave, boisterous, loving, and real. Having worked firsthand with her on several writing projects, we can honestly say we’ve been excitedly awaiting this inaugural and masterful book for over a decade."
Greg and Jennifer Willits
Hosts of The Catholics Next Door
"More of that, please."
"We often look at the great saints of the Church and know few details about them apart from the way they met their end. To know the passionate commitment to faith that strengthened them to make those final sacrifices? More of that, please."
Host of The Son Rise Morning Show
Live Q&A with Maria Johnson, Author of My Badass Book of Saints
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