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Extreme Makeover will be one of the most significant books for women in the 21st century. It pulls back the curtain on why every woman feels confused and hurt. ---Meg Meeker, M.D., Author, The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers

Writing with vivid energy and insight, Teresa Tomeo has created the best kind of book about faith: rich in content, engaging to read and thoroughly practical in its implications. Tomeo knows the pressures and dishonesties facing women in modern American culture from firsthand experience, and she leads women to Jesus Christ with compelling personal testimonies and uncommon persuasive skill. For any woman who seeks the true foundation of her dignity, this is the book to read--and to share. ---Most Reverend Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia

Teresa Tomeo is a passionate and persuasive apologist for the Catholic faith. In Extreme Makeover, she offers an earthy, candid, refreshing rejoinder to conventional feminist wisdom and builds a solid case for the liberating power of Catholic orthodoxy. ---Colleen Carroll Campbell, TV and radio host, author, The New Faithful

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586175610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586175610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Her daily morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor, the dynamic "New Feminism" blog and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa and co-hosts the new EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C. Teresa has also been featured on The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture.

As a speaker Teresa travels around the country addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. She also leads several pilgrimages and retreats each year to various holy places around the world. In 2008, she was chosen as only one of 270 delegates from around the world to attend the Vatican Women's Congress held in Rome marking the 20th Anniversary of John Paul the Second's Letter entitled On the Dignity and Vocation of Women.

Teresa has authored six books and her latest best-seller, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture was released in October of 2011 from Ignatius Press and has been named "required reading" by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Her first book, Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families, published by Ascension Press, is in its second print. Teresa's autobiography, Newsflash! My Surprising Journey from Secular Anchor to Media Evangelist was published in September of 2008 and also co-authored a series of best-selling Catholic books for tween girls focusing on modesty and chastity that was also made into a Television Series on EWTN called All Things Girl.

Passionate about sharing her faith and educating others on the truth, Teresa has just been named a Professor for St. Benedict Press' Catholic Courses, teaching on subjects such as Manage Media Wisely and Women in the Church. Teresa's new book for women, Wrapped Up: God's Ten Gifts for Women will be released in August 2012 with Servant Books and she is also currently working on a new book, God's Bucket List for You, which is expected be released by Random House/Image Books next year.


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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Gary E Zimak on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard about Teresa Tomeo's new book from Ignatius Press, Extreme Makeover (Women Transformed By Christ, Not Conformed To The Culture), I assumed that it would be a "woman's book". Accepting that fact, I still wanted to read it in order that I could recommend it to the ladies. After reading this book, however, I was pleased to discover that everyone (including men) can benefit from her powerful message.

One of the main reasons I appreciate Teresa Tomeo's work is that she just flat out "gets" the Catholic Church and the culture in which we live. More importantly, she understands that they are at odds with each other. Society tells us to "do whatever feels good" and the Church tells us to imitate the example of Jesus. The media tells us that the Church is "old fashioned" and that babies are an inconvenience while the Church reminds us that truth doesn't change and that life is a precious gift from God.

I found this book difficult to put down. In the opening chapter (What's a Girl Like Me Doing in a Church Like This?), Teresa gives her personal testimony and offers first hand proof that "the Truth will set you free" (John 8:32). That "Truth", of course, is found in Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. In the pursuit of happiness and freedom, Tomeo bought into the lies put forth by the media: career first, total self centeredness, and the irrelevance of the Church. Now, after finding out for herself that this approach won't bring happiness or even freedom, she can honestly declare that "God and His Church have it right"!

As she presents the various topics such as the "abortion distortion" and the "contraception deception", we learn of the many instances where the media misleads us in order to further their own biased message.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Most of the women behind the sexual revolutions thought they were doing a good thing. They saw how women had little control over when they got pregnant and, because of that, were `tied-down' to the home. So it was of course natural, in their minds, that the arrival of contraception should be hailed as their great liberation.

But what they didn't foresee was that contraception brings all sorts of negative effects. Fundamentally, it encourages men to see women as sexual objects. When procreation is separated from sex, sex becomes primarily about pleasure, which makes women a means to an end, a "thing" to be used. It also advances infidelity, makes abortion much more common, and puts a stronger focus on physical appearance.

Over the last half-century, all of these effects have taken hold. Check out any primetime TV show or open up any popular women's magazine and you'll find strong emphases on youth, looks, and sexuality. Unfortunately, many women--especially young women--have grown up with this distorted femininity and it's all they've ever known.

Well one cultural commentator thinks it's time to unveil the truth. In her new book, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture (Ignatius Press, hardcover, 212 pages), popular radio host Teresa Tomeo takes on this conventional feminism with passionate verve and sharp insight.

Tomeo's book emerged from her own early experiences with liberal feminism. She begins the book explaining how she went from hot-shot media personality to struggling newlywed, wrestling with things like contraception, self-image, and the role of family.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By elena maria vidal on November 20, 2011
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"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." ~John Adams

We are in the middle of a war. It is a war which involves every man, woman and child because it is a war not only for our culture but for our souls. The main battlegrounds of this war appear to be the minds and hearts of women because it is women who make or break family life. Once family life is destroyed or corrupted then the state becomes supreme with each and every one of us as its puppets. When women are degraded then the entire society loses it dignity and heroism. Once a people lose their nobility of soul and sense of honor then there is nothing left to them but enslavement. We now waver at the brink but all is not lost for we have women who see things as they are and are not afraid to talk about it.

Journalist and radio talk show host Teresa Tomeo is one such woman who assesses the facts and tells the truth, as unpleasant as it may be. In her new book "Extreme Makeover" she writes eloquently of her own experience, what she has seen and what she has lived through, while putting it in the larger context of society as a whole. The feminist movement, which promised to liberate women, has only led to lowering the quality of life not only for women but for their children. Everyone suffers because of the breakdown of morality. "There is a natural order in terms of the way our bodies are designed. When we go against that plan, we make a mess of things for ourselves, and the mess spills over into our families--and into society." (p.
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