Saints in 16 Book Club

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We’re reading My Badass Book of Saints:Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, by Maria Morera Johnson.

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In 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: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, 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 Segale, 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. The book includes a group discussion guide.

Here’s how it will work:

We’ll post a reflection each week on Saturdays, beginning with an author interview on January 2, 2016. We have a team of writers who will be reflecting on each chapter and posting discussion questions. You’re welcome to read along with us.

You can participate in a few ways:

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.)

Note: don’t leave a comment here, on this page. You need to click through to the actual weekly posts for discussion.

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