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

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


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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 triumphs—abiding 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594713705
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Pages: 192
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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