Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood


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ISBN-13: 9781594713705
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 640,721
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pat Gohn is a popular Catholic writer, speaker, and host of the Among Women podcast, affiliated with the Star Quest Production Network (SQPN). At the forefront of Catholic media, Gohn writes regular columns at Patheos,, and Amazing Catechists, and has contributed to Faith & Family Live, Catholic Exchange, and many other sites.

Gohn's areas of expertise are faith formation and women's ministry. She holds a master's degree in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, plus certificates in adult faith formation leadership and theology of the body from the University of Dayton and the Theology of the Body Institute respectively. She has led parish-based ministries for over thirty years, including service in the largest church in the Archdiocese of Boston. Gohn's media company, Behold Communications, produces Catholic content for catechetical publications, commercial and non-profit clients, and voice-overs for radio, Internet, and audio books. Gohn and her husband live in Massachusetts and have three grown children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Terry Polakovic ix

Introduction: You Had Me at Bodacious 1

Part 1 The Blessed Dignity of Women 13

Chapter 1 Living from the Inside Out 15

Chapter 2 God's Good Opinion of You 29

Chapter 3 Your Soul's Tattoo 43

Conclusion to Part One 58

Part 2 The Beautiful Gifts of Women 59

Chapter 4 Saying Yes to Love 63

Chapter 5 Making a Gift of Yourself 77

Chapter 6 Seeing with Your Heart 89

Chapter 7 Entrusting Your Maternity to Eternity 103

Conclusion to Part Two 116

Part 3 The Bodacious Mission of Women 117

Chapter 8 Raising Saints for Heaven 119

Chapter 9 Beyond Fairy Godmothers 133

Chapter 10 Our Bodacious Calling 151

Conclusion to Part Three 164

Epilogue: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Pontiff 165

Acknowledgments 167

Suggested Readings and Resources 169

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Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
susanbailey More than 1 year ago
Pat Gohn, writer, speaker and host of the popular SQPN podcast, "Among Women" presents in her debut book, Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood a new brand of feminism based upon the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and writings by John Paul II where he coined the phrase "feminine genius." In her brand of feminism, there is no holding back: "The most excellent women, the bodacious women, are women who authentically live their dignity and gifts. They don't keep beauty and blessing to themselves. They lovingly lavish it upon others ... their ability to stretch and serve sends positive ripple effects into the world." I kept writing, "That's me!" or "Me too!" in the margins while reading. Pat's candid sharing of her life experience and how she eventually reconciled it through a growing knowledge and devotion to Mary mirrored my own life. Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious affirms the choices I made for my children back when I was a young mother. It affirms the path I take today, growing in faith and learning how to give away all the love I receive from my God within. Pat's journey was my journey and I believe it may be yours, too. It's a journey, and a book, that I can heartily recommend.