My Badass Book of Saints

Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live
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Publication date: October 30, 2015

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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.

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Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594716324

Imprint: Ave Maria Press


  • “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.”

    Matt Swaim
    Host of The Son Rise Morning Show

  • “Reflective and insightful understanding.”

    “In a world where heroism has become synonymous with superheroes, Maria Morera Johnson argues for a scandalous interpretation. 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

  • “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

  • “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.’”

    Elizabeth Scalia
    Author of Strange Gods

  • “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

  • “Totally engaging!”

    “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

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