Announcing Our "Saints in 16" Book Club for the New Year


CM_Johnson_Book_ad_1115Mark your calendars friends! I’m pleased today to announce our next Book Club. We’ll be ringing in the New Year with a community reading of the awesome new book My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live  by our very own Maria Morera Johnson. Maria’s book provided the inspiration for our Book Club title “Saints in 16”.

We believe this book is the perfect tool to help us begin the New Year as we each strive for sanctity in our own lives. If you’re like me, then some version of “pray more” or “be a better Catholic” are perpetual New Year’s resolutions. I can’t think of a finer book to help us emulate the lives of the saints as we figure out how to maneuver the busyness of everyday life on our own path to sainthood!

Here’s a look at the book:

9781594736324.jpg.232xIn this edgy, honest, and often audacious book of Catholic spirituality, blogger and popular podcaster Maria Morera Johnson explores the qualities of twenty-four holy women who lived lives of virtue in unexpected and often difficult circumstances.

In My Badass Book of Saints, Johnson shares her experience as a first-generation Cuban-American, educator of at-risk college students, and caregiver for a husband with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Through humorous, empowering, and touching portraits of twenty-four spiritual mentors who inspired her, Johnson shows how their bravery, integrity, selflessness, perseverance, and hope helped her and can help others have courage to reach for a closer connection to God.

She presents remarkable holy women and saints–including the gun-toting Servant of God Sr. Blandina Segal who tried to turn the heart of Billy the Kid, and Nazi resister Irena Sendler who helped smuggle children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II–in a way that brings their vivid personalities to life and helps readers live out the challenges of their lives with virtue and conviction.

Maria Morera Johnson

Maria Morera Johnson

Our Book Club experience will launch on January 2nd with my personal interview with Maria. But we wanted to give you a “heads up” now, so that you can add this book to your “wish list” for the holiday season. We’ve recruited an awesome team of writers to walk with us through a six week reflection on this instant classic. The book is bold, beautiful and perfect for a fantastic conversation about what it takes in today’s world to truly connect with God.

Order your copy of My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live from Ave Maria Press

Here’s how it will work:

We’ll post a reflection each week on Saturdays. We have a team of writers who will be reflecting on each chapter and posting discussion questions. We encourage you to read along with us and be part of the larger conversation here and on social media.

To participate:

  1. Read along.
  2. Leave comments on each post with your thoughts and impressions or even take a stab at the discussion questions.
  3. Interact with other commenters.
  4. Share the posts and the discussion in your real-life networks and/or your social networks.

Our reading schedule:

(We’ll link to the posts as they are posted. The links won’t work until that Saturday.)

  • 01/02/16 – Lisa Hendey interviews Maria Johnson
  • 01/09/16 – Chapters 1, 2 with Allison Gingras
  • 01/16/16 – Chapters 3, 4 with Tommy Tighe
  • 01/23/16 – Chapters 5, 6 with Sarah Damm
  • 01/30/16 – Chapters 7, 8 with Sarah Reinhard
  • 02/06/16 – Chapters 9, 10 with Pat Gohn
  • 02/13/16 – Chapters 11, 12 with Lisa Hendey

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Order your copy of My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live from Ave Maria Press


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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