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Posted April 9, 2014
If you have heard of the “Theology of the Body” from Blessed John Paul II and are looking for a starting point, pick up this book. In 157 pages, Emily Stimpson takes us through the worldview of this theology and into 7 areas of our lives that help us live it.
She starts with the basics in Chapter 1, writing about the context of the Theology of the Body. She explains the sacramental world view and its slow decline into our current post-modern society. In chapter 2, she takes us through an overview of the Theology of the Body. I like that she makes no assumptions for the reader because these two chapters build the foundation for the book.
In each chapter for the rest of the book, Emily writes about practical aspects of the Theology of the Body. I particularly liked Chapter 3, “The Joy of Labor, Laundry, and Lice.” She recounts a lice breakout at her home and although inconvenient and disruptive, she found great joy in the physical labor.
She writes,”In the physical work, so different from my usual fare, I found not only distraction, but consolation. In the long hours of labor, I found joy.”
Although the book is brief, she lists 8 pages of end notes and 8 other pages of works she consulted in researching the book. I think these provide a great jumping-off point for readers to learn more about this important aspect of the Catholic faith.
It is a book for not only faithful Catholics, but those who have fallen away or others who want to learn more about the Theology of the Body.
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