Pat Gohn draws upon on decades of women's ministry experience, her popular Catholic women's podcast Among Women, and her own story as a wife and mother. She boldly proclaims the Church's dynamic vision of every woman: you have dignity, you are gifted, and you have a mission. The lively and unforgettable Gohn leads her readers through her own life's trials and triumphsabiding love and talent for music, breast cancer in her thirties, and coming to understand true feminism in light of Church teaching and Mary's example. With humor, faith, and the inviting tone of a trusted mentor, Gohn shares how she became empowered to embrace her blessings, beauty, and bodaciousness, and how readers can do the same. More than a mere memoir, "Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious" offers readers insight into the writings of Blessed John Paul II, which articulate four gifts unique to every woman: generosity, receptivity, sensitivity, and maternity. Gohn proves that these gifts remain ever pertinent to the concerns of modern women: self-image, friendship, marriage, motherhood, femininity, and relationship with Jesus.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|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, CatholicMom.com, 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
Suggested Readings and Resources 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.