Winner of a 2014 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues (Third Place).
Pat Gohn draws on decades of women’s ministry experience, her popular Catholic women’s podcast Among Women, and her own story as a wife and mother, proclaiming the Church’s compelling vision of every woman: you have dignity (blessed), you are gifted (beautiful), and you have a mission (bodacious).
The lively and unforgettable Gohn guides readers through moments of her life that have shaped her identity and understanding of womanhood—abiding love and talent for music, breast cancer in her thirties, and coming to understand true feminism in light of Church teaching and Mary’s example. More than a mere memoir, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood offers readers insight into the writings of Blessed John Paul II, which articulate four gifts unique to every woman: generosity, receptivity, sensitivity, and maternity. With humor, faith, and the open-hearted tone of a trusted mentor, Gohn shares how she became empowered to embrace her blessings, beauty, and bodaciousness, and how readers can do the same.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“I cannot help but think the Holy Spirit wants this message out!”
“Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious is such a perfectly-timed (and sanely, gently offered) look at the ‘being’ part of modern womanhood that I cannot help but think the Holy Spirit wants this message out!”
Author of Strange Gods
“A great read.”
“This is a great read for women of all walks of life who desire to live to the full their vocations in modern world.”
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
Director of the Association of Marian Helpers
“A joy and an inspiration.”
“Beautifully written and wonderfully insightful, this book is a joy and an inspiration. Pat Gohn is creative, courageous, and profound in her writing. She skillfully weaves Catholic teaching with genuine human experience. Every Catholic woman (and many men) will benefit from reading this book.”
Rev. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P.
Host of Busted Halo
“Live, love, and laugh with Gohn.”
“Pat Gohn is the ‘bodacious’ gal who will have you laughing out loud and noting the great joy to be found in everyday blessings in life. She’s the profound catechist who will hold your hand and draw you closer to Christ. Live, love, and laugh with Gohn and you’ll soon discover that you too are blessed, beautiful, and yes, even bodacious in your own unique way!”
Lisa M. Hendey
Author of The Grace of Yes
“A great gift.”
“How desperately humanity needs to reclaim the true beauty and dignity of woman, for as woman goes, so goes the human race. Pat Gohn’s book is a great gift in this regard. She demonstrates that the Catholic Church’s true vision of woman is, indeed, bold and audacious—bodacious!”
Cofounder and president of The Theology of the Body Institute