Pat Gohn draws on decades of women's ministry experience, her popular Catholic women's podcast Among Women, and her own story as a wife and mother, proclaiming the Church's compelling vision of every woman: you have dignity, you are gifted, and you have a mission.
The lively and unforgettable Gohn guides readers through moments of her life that have shaped her identity and understanding of womanhood--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. 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. With humor, faith, and the open-hearted 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.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
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About the Author
Host of the Among Womenpodcast, she also is a frequent guest on Catholic radio and television. Her writing has appeared in a number of Catholic publications and blogs, including Catholic Digest, Catechist, CatholicMom.com, Patheos, and Amazing Catechists. Gohn also has contributed to eight books in recent years, including Walk in Her Sandals, The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, and Word by Word. She is the editor of Catechist magazine.
Gohn earned a master’s degree in theology and certificates in adult faith leadership, theology of the body, and spiritual direction. She and her husband, Bob, are empty nesters in Massachusetts.
Terry Polakovic is the Co-founder, Executive Director, and Chief Editor of the ENDOW Study Guides.
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.