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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937155153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937155155
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a writer, Emily Stimpson always brings to her readers a unique combination of deep wisdom, practical insight and personal experience. In These Beautiful Bones, she uses the sacramental lens of the liturgy to explore a wide range of activities in daily life. Whether it's your eating habits or clothing styles, the dignity of hard work or the pitfalls of pop culture, you will find in this book lots of graceful guidance in living out the physical side of being spiritual. " — Dr. Scott Hahn, Internationally renowned author and biblical theologian

"These Beautiful Bones is the book that lovers of the theology of the body have been long awaiting! It answers questions which have been asked for years now, such as ‘What does the theology of the body mean for how we eat and take care of our bodies?’ or ‘What implications does it have in our technological world? ’ Applying concepts from John Paul II's deep work to the questions and concerns of everyday life, it helps the reader to see life with a ‘sacramental worldview. ’ Simple, funny and easy to read, I recommend Emily Stimpson's book to everyone! Those versed in the theology of the body will appreciate its practical relevance, while those who are not yet familiar with John Paul II's message will learn about it the easy way! " —Anastasia Northrop, President of Theology of the Body International Alliance

"Emily Stimpson is to be commended for taking the theology of the body beyond the bedroom and applying the sacramental worldview to all aspects of life. Whether it's mowing the lawn, doing the laundry, sitting on the porch with friends, or cleaning lice out of her house (one of many humorous stories she tells), Emily shows how the theology of the body is for ‘every body’ in all the circumstances of life. Her writing is sharp, humorous, engaging, personal, and encouraging. Give this a read! " —Christopher West, Author and speaker on the Theology of the Body

"In this book Emily Stimpson makes a real contribution to our reception of the theology of the body. She shows that this original catechesis of John Paul does not just concern sex but concerns everyday life; it concerns living sacramentally, living the truth of our embodiment, living so we remain connected through our bodies with the higher meaning of existence. In an age in which we have become dangerously estranged from our bodies, she offers wise and practical reflections on how to recover a more integrated, sacramental way of living. She helps us to cultivate a Christian lifestyle that reaches into the smallest corners of our lives—how we eat, how we manage our cellphones, how we work with our hands. May many readers be blessed by the down-to-earth wisdom of Emily Stimpson. " —Dr. John Crosby, Director and Professor of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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"In trademark style, Stimpson draws us into a winsome conversation about the profound impact a theology of the body can have in ordinary, everyday life. Deftly moving from the deepest theological truths to their most practical life examples, this is one of those ‘ah-hah’ books that gives non-theologians access to the sublime reality of the sacramental worldview. Among the many noteworthy musings, the sections on spiritual fatherhood and spiritual motherhood are some of the best I have ever read. " —Damon C. Owens, Executive Director, Theology of the Body Institute

"Think you already know about the theology of the body? Think again. Emily Stimpson cracks open John Paul II's revolutionary teachings in a way that few others have done, revealing layers of depth and richness that many of us never knew were there. Whether you've been studying this subject for years or are only beginning to explore it, These Beautiful Bones is a must-read. " —Jennifer Fulwiler, Convert, author and speaker

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About the Author

Emily Stimpson is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio, and the author of "The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years" (Emmaus Road, 2012).

As a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly and a columnist for Lay Witness Magazine, Emily writes regularly on 'all things Catholic'--from politics and catechesis to higher education and the media, with a special focus on the Church's teachings on marriage, sexuality, and femininity. Over the years her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Franciscan Way, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family, and elsewhere. It has been honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and was included in Loyola's Best Catholic Writing series.

Emily holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), where she studied political science, history, and English literature. She also did graduate work in political science at John Hopkins University and theology at Franciscan University. Before moving to Steubenville, Emily worked in Washington, DC, first as a Legislative Assistant to then Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO), then later at The Heritage Foundation, where she served as Special Assistant to former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

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TOB is so much more than a book about sex.
James D Ransom
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a deeper understanding of the Theology of the Body and the Catholic Sacramental World View.
Brandy M. Miller
Emily Stimpson is intelligent, funny, clever, and very, very likeable.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Dickow on October 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
A number of years ago I read von Hildebrand's Privilege of Being a Woman. To say it was life-changing would be an understatement. Of course, there is a saying that "when the student is ready the teacher will appear" and that may have well been the case with Alice's book. As a grown woman I can safely say that I was ready for the truth that was found in her words--hence "life-changing."

The problem with life-changing experiences, per se, is that they sort of leave you wondering "Now what? Where do I go from here?"

In the years since reading Privilege of Being a Woman I have read countless other non-fiction books that have been touted as "must reads" and yet without exception each has left me feeling a bit empty. Not quite doing it for me. They are okay, don't get me wrong; but of the caliber of the von Hildebrand book? Nope. And I know they serve a purpose--but I have yearned for something more than a book that seems to be a mere collection of blog articles (as a dear friend has said about all the recent books hitting the market).

Maybe my quickly advancing age has something to do with it--but then again, I don't feel I have to make excuses for wanting more epiphanies, more substance.

I was again a willing student searching for a teacher and waiting patiently (okay, maybe not always so patiently).

Enter Emily Stimpson.

These Beautiful Bones is an incredible book that truly has it all. Emily Stimpson is intelligent, funny, clever, and very, very likeable.

So it is no surprise that she tackles the topic of theology of the body the same way: with astuteness, humor, wit, and a countenance that sort of gently oozes from the pages.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on October 31, 2013
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The words "Theology of the Body" get tossed around so much these days that there's a danger that some of the meaning and depth of JPII's tremendous work might get lost -- or reduced to just a few ideas. For a few years, I've wanted to hear more about how the Theology of the Body might extend to the lives of those who are not married or not even dating...how might TOB apply to the every day life of the man or woman who gets up on a Tuesday morning to go to work? What does TOB have to say about cultivating friendships or dealing with challenging situations on the job or in the home? What does TOB say about how we should treat strangers -- like the cashier at the post office or the person who collects the recycling? If the work of JPII was so groundbreaking (and I do believe that it was), then it *must* have something to say about all of these things...and more. And Emily Stimpson tells us that the Theology of the Body has plenty to say about daily life, and how it is not separated out from the magnificent principles of anthropology as it is properly understood...that is, that we are made in the image and likeness of our Creator, and that this resounding truth has everything to do with how we should go about our daily living.
This book is a marvelous departure point for what I believe is needed in the ongoing discussion of the Theology of the Body. Emily brings the TOB message "home" to the reader -- and she does this with her customary intelligence, faith, and humor...my only regret is that the book ended where it did. I could have happily kept on reading for much longer...but perhaps Emily leaves that task to us, the readers...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WY Mom on May 5, 2014
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Emily Stimpson gives us all a way to use the teaching of St. John Paul II in his Theology of the Body. It's not just for married couples, but for every person who wants to live life completely. We don't just use our bodies for the marital act, but we move and live, breath and think every day and this is a handbook for just that-everyday life. Married couples can utilize the wonderful info in this book alongside Christopher West's.
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Brace yourself, because I didn't just love this book. I am not about to just expound about one of my favorite author's genius lightly. No, when I call this book a modern masterpiece, I'm not exaggerating. I'm probably understating by a factor of 100.

If you've spent the last ten years watching "theology of the body" become a catchphrase and still not understanding it...

If the phrase "theology of the body" has you (a) rolling your eyes, (b) running in fear, or (c) puking in the toilet...

If you don't even know just what in the world that phrase "theology of the body" means (and don't really want to)...
This is the book for you.

If you love good writing, appreciate practical wisdom, and desire to grow closer to God, this is the book for you.

Stimpson has managed to make theology of the body something everyday, and by doing that, she's made it accessible for even the most mundane and ordinary among us. She has taken the dust of our lives and the reality of our experience and woven a book that applies theology of the body to such as that.

In short, it is a brilliant book. Don't believe me? Get a copy and prove me wrong. :)
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