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Monday, September 28, 2015

My Badass Book of Saints Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live Maria Morera Johnson Ave Maria Press Pub Date: Nov 20 2015 |

This is an inspiring and enjoyable book to read if you are interested in learning about women saints, and women who were 'saintly' in a feisty way.  Maria Johnson includes saints, such as Sr. Blandina who was sent to the Wild West which was full of lynch mobs and St Teresa of Avila who founded seventeen convents and fifteen friaries over the age of fifty. Sr Blandina got rid of one of the lynch mobs by taking an accused man to the bedside of the dying man he had assaulted. The dying man forgave him, so he was tried in a court of law rather than a vigilante mov.

Maria Johnson also has sections on women, such as Nancy Wake and Audrey Hepburn. The Australasian Nancy Wake was known as the 'White Mouse' because of her work for the French Resistance during the war.  Hepburn also helped the resistance in her native Holland, but she is better-known for her acting and her charity work for children. I was glad to see Nancy Wake in the book, although I think that she might be surprised!

I also liked Johnson's relating how learning about these women helped her through very difficult times, such as teaching poor migrants and her parents' sickness and deaths.  They are still assisting her to cope with the hardship of finding out that her husband has Lou Gehrig's disease.

This includes study guides and questions for each chapter.  It would be a great book for teenage girls!

I received this free ebook from Ave Maria Press via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Maria Morera Johnson, My Badass Book of Saints Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live
Ave Maria Press Pub Date: Nov 20 2015  |
paperback $14.95


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