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Dressing with Dignity: Second Edition Paperback – July 9, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; 2nd edition (July 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895558009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895558008
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colleen Hammond originally lived the American Dream as an actress, model, and network anchor for The Weather Channel before reverting to her Catholic faith and becoming a mother. She is now an award-winning writer, radio and television host, and educator. She currently hosts the "St. Joseph Radio Presents" program on WEWN, and encourages thousands of people to live out their Catholic faith daily. Mrs. Hammond is also a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats, addressing topics such as marriage and Catholic virtue. She resides with her husband and four children in North Texas.

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A former On-Camera-Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, Colleen lived the American Dream and found it to be a nightmare.

While working in television, she reverted to her Faith. The moment their first baby was born, Colleen "saw the light" and abandoned her highly successful career in television to become a stay-at-home-mother.

Currently heard as a host of "St. Joseph Radio Presents", available to 85 million people worldwide on WEWN, Colleen is constantly sought out for radio, television, and print interviews.

Colleen is an award-winning writer, radio and television talk show host, educator, comedienne, and mother: all rolled into one! Acclaimed for her versatility, she delivers an enduring message filled with down-to-earth wisdom, inspiration, and humor. Colleen brings a fresh and creative approach to living joyfully, and has helped thousands of people every year to make positive and virtuous changes in their lives.

A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish events, Colleen addresses such timely issues as marriage, children, family, and values and virtues. Groups appreciate her real-life solutions to tough problems presented with compassion, warmth, and a lively interactive style.

Author of the much acclaimed book, "Dressing with Dignity", Colleen is working on more follow-up books, CDs and DVDs. In addition, she is producing DVDs of her presentations, a new book on gossip, and continues to write articles for various publications.

Colleen, her husband and their four children now live in North Texas.

Customer Reviews

This book is written beautifully and is so easy to understand and relate to.
Rose White
Many of my friends are not Catholic and though I want to share the book with them, I don't think they will get as much benefit out of it as I did.
I can only hope and pray that more of us will take this book to heart and act upon it.

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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Traci Baker on October 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book a couple of months ago and took on some of the advice of the author. I started wearing dress/skirts more often. Especially to work and when out in public. I took on a new identity so to speak. I felt comfortable that I was getting attention because I looked soft and feminine. People I would see all the time, like at the gas station, grocery store and even friends took notice. Although the employees at the gas station, attendrd on a regular basis, though I was going to alot of funerals until they asked me one day if I got a job or what? I have worked for 20 years in an office setting and they had never noticed me before by the way I was dressed.

This book does offer alot of guide lines to proper attire. I didn't feel the desire to never wear pants again but personally, I think we all need to take it to our own personal level, I feel that these changes have made me feel like the woman God intended me to be. The wife and mother that is an inspiration of why women are so precious.

Last but not least if we just take notice of what is proper attire in the house of our Lord that would be a start. I have given this book to a few young girls that don't think about what they wear to church and I have seen a change and have even been thanked.

Read this book and take from it what you feel you need to make even a small change. See what it does for you. See what it can do for society.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Graham on January 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you were raised as a so-called Baby Boomer in the 1950's and 1960's as I was, you will remember rules and regulations in public and private schools about appropriate dressing attire. This was also the case at a job. My point is simply this: from my recollection, people behaved better and I, for one, think it had a great deal to do with taking the time to care about the language communicated to oneself and others by what we choose to wrap our bodies in. Wealthy or poor it doesn't matter. Unlike books that you cannot judge by their cover, most people judge others by theirs. This book, from a Catholic point of view, and is most sympathetic to mothers and fathers who are at wits' end with their youngsters virtual invitation for "trouble." And this author brilliantly provides do-able ways you can assist yourself, and others, to basically hold back the night - that comes with the never-ending attempts to corrupt our youth through incomprehensible surrender to forces that lead them ultimately down the wrong road. Of course, the clothes alone are not the core issue. And there are always exceptions. But it is what the clothes represent for the one wearing them, and others seeing them. Please buy this book, especially if you are a Mom or Dad. You will never regret it.
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82 of 109 people found the following review helpful By E. Jones on December 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a woman, I find this book offensive and I threw it away because I was ashamed of having it on my shelves. Jesus had an important place for women in His ministry and life. I believe this book encourages women to act in ways that go against the ways He would have them act.

As a young Catholic woman I find modesty severely lacking in today's society. There are times that I do raise my eyebrows at what I see people wear to church or the latest fashions. But I also find it improper that this author suggests that by putting on dresses, scorning pants, and embracing an apron we please God. Over and over again we are told to look past earthly things and embrace godly things...whether that be money or expensive clothes or jewels. Why does this author think that an apron or dresses would be any different? Why would she encourage woman to look to material items to guide them in their callings and ministries rather than to God? And Joan of Arc dressed like a man wearing pants and armor, you would be more hard-pressed to find a more holy woman.

She then proceeds to start offering weak relationship advice about acting "dreamy" and "helpless" and being pretty for your husband. One, what about nuns? Can you imagine a nun acting dreamy and helpless and mooning around when there is work to be done? Marriage is a vocation too, but both members of that vocation are dedicating it to God. This book seems to almost put the woman's commitment to the man above her commitment to God and the author would have you believe that the only way that you can attract or keep a man is by acting like a ninny.

I dress modestly and I dress up for Mass. My husband even likes that I dress modestly and has complimented me on it.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Velvet on December 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a mother who has a strong interest in this subject, I have collected various works and quotations about modesty. When I read Mrs. Hammond's book I was shocked to find that it read like a pastiche of many already-published sources, both in print and on the internet. I found entire paragraphs and sentences lifted from a Sports Illustrated article, Mohammed Ali, "Dannah", Ben Wikes (Drawing a Hemline), Fascinating Womanhood , Rita Davidson's "Immodesty: Satan's Virtue", Regina Doman (Modesty and Beauty: the Lost Connection), Alice VonHildebrand (Privilege of Being a Woman) and various copyrighted fashion websites. There are more. Some of these books are referrenced in the bibliography but only as sources of information. Others were not. The end notes have references from books not listed.

Her slight changing of words only hurts the original material of the dozen original writers. If it inspires someone to seek out the original sources then perhaps it has been of some service. Alice Von Hildebrand may have endorsed the book but one must wonder if she knows that she wrote a good part of it! I doubt she would condone such methods if she knew.

It's only a matter of time before Ms Hammond's stolen chickens come home to roost and various authors start to discover their work in someone else's book (entire paragraphs pilfered without quotation marks or credit given).
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