We’re reading My Badass Book of Saints:Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live, by Maria Morera Johnson.
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.)
- January 2, 2016 – Book Club Kickoff – Interview with author Maria Morera Johnson
- January 9 – Chapters 1-2
- January 16 – Chapters 3-4
- January 23 – Chapters 5-6
- January 30 – Chapters 7-8
- February 6 – Chapters 9-10
- February 13 – Chapter 11 & Conclusion
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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