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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
"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
Excellent! For those of us who need "layman's" terms to understand the pope's beautifully written encyclical.Published 4 months ago by Margaret Cuff
It is a rare book that I want to read again! While the subject matter was my draw, the author's beautiful writing mesmerized me.Published 7 months ago by Bonnie Finnerty
A down to earth, easy read that provides a clear message about living every day as God intends us to.Published 9 months ago by JoAnne
Excellent read. This book has much food for thought, on living life every day, and the beauty of creation. We need to reflect on this, and then act!Published 12 months ago by Ellen
Great book and could be used especially for our young generation showing the reasons to honor when sexual activity should happen in a good Christian's lifePublished 14 months ago by SuzieQ
For an "up and coming" Catholic writer, Stimpson sadly exhibits a substandard organization of thoughts and lack of creativity. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cris
I found Ms. Stimpson's book a refreshing departure from the usual treatment of Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" taken by most Catholic writers in recent years. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dennis Gerard Embo, author of The God That Prevailed