Extreme Makeoverby Teresa Tomeo
A professional TV and radio journalist, Tomeo pulls together the latest research on
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Popular radio host Teresa Tomeo knows from experience that the self-image of American women is being distorted by pop culture. With its emphasis on youth, physical beauty, and sexuality, the secular media is encouraging women--and girls--to see themselves primarily as sex objects.
A professional TV and radio journalist, Tomeo pulls together the latest research on social behavior and trends in order to demonstrate that women are harming themselves and their chances for true happiness by adopting the thoroughly modern, sexually liberated lifestyle portrayed in magazines and movies. Packed with not only persuasive statistics but also powerful personal testimonies, Extreme Makeover shows that it is not the slogans of the sexual revolution and the women's liberation movement that free and dignify women, but the beautiful teachings of the Catholic Church.
So what are women steeped in the Hollywood and Cosmo girl version of reality to do? Undergo Tomeo's Extreme Makeover. With the help of this book, they can shed the toxic messages that objectify and enslave them and embrace the truth about being a beloved daughter of God.
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Teresa Tomeo presents a fabulous argument for true Christian womanhood in this book. The subtitle ("Women transformed by Christ, not conformed to the culture") says it all. It should be the goal of every Christian to emulate Christ, but our modern-day culture presents an immense challenge when dealing with the compromises we feel we have to make to live both secular and religious lives. Tomeo, who has a background as a secular journalist who "reverted" to the Catholic faith, offers an honest look at the media today and how religious and moral topics are being presented negatively through television and movies. Through chapters on sexual morality, contraception, and self-image, Tomeo illustrates how society is being manipulated away from true Christian values and into unhappiness and sin. Her argument is that, by focusing on Catholic and Christian values, women can deepen their relationship with God and with themselves. Conforming to the culture can never yield the rewards that transformation by Christ can afford Christian believers, Tomeo says. Tomeo's style is bright, vibrant, and enjoyable. The book is a quick read, and is highly recommended for teenage girls and young adults.
This book was gifted to me and I have really enjoyed it. It is a thoughtful and intelligent perspective on how we can be women - Catholic Christian women! - in today's world.