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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082452425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824524258
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Catholic group Opus Dei (Latin for work of God) emerges in this compact collection of essays and interviews as an entity that gives its female members a deep sense of purpose amid ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. Whether they are stay-at-home mothers or professionals in academia and business, these women tell of lives changed by their faith and what they commonly refer to as the Work. Opus Dei members, according to founder St. Josemaría Escrivá, aspire to be contemplative souls in the midst of the world who try to convert their work into prayer. They do this through offering their work to Christ and following a spiritual regimen of daily prayer and regular theological development programs. Excerpts from Escrivá's writings and an explanation of the group's structure help fill out the selected narratives. Readers looking for the kind of intrigue found in The Da Vinci Code's treatment of this group won't find it here, but they will get an honest appraisal from women who know Opus Dei from the inside out. (Apr.)
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"An honest appraisal from women who know Opus Dei from the inside out."  —Publishers Weekly


"I loved these women! From changing diapers, to Harvard medical internships, to the top of a Tibetan mountain, they show all women how to confront the ordinary circumstances of life with extraordinary joy. Whether former atheists or cradle-Catholics, they have discovered a path that will inspire any woman who longs for a deeper way to deal with her days."  —Delia Gallagher, Vatican analyst and former CNN faith and values correspondent


"Perhaps no part of contemporary Roman Catholicism has been more misunderstood and misconstrued than has Opus Dei, especially in the days since the publication of the popular bestseller, The DaVinci Code. This collection of interviews and autobiographical statements, by contrast, offers its readers not only a sympathetic, but also a very informative, presentation of the prelature and is to be highly recommended to those who are interested in this influential organization."  —Phyllis Tickle, author, The Divine Hours

More About the Author

Marie T. Oates is a public relations and strategic communications executive based in New York City.

An avid writer, Marie's writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, the National Review and a number of other publications. In 2004, she published her first novel, Erin's Song. Her second book, Women of Opus Dei: In Their Own Words (Crossroad Publishing, 2009), was published in April 2009 and thousands of copies have been sold. The Spanish translation of the book will be published shortly.

Marie serves and has served on several boards, including the Child Care Careers Institute, The Rosemoor Foundation, Fisherman Foundation, and Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center. She has served as the President of the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and as a member of the AMWA national board of directors. She served on the Organizing Committee and obtained significant funding for "Bold New Era for Cardiovascular Research", a national conference which brought together top researchers and clinicians from around the country to discuss cardiovascular disease, with a special emphasis on how it affects women and minorities. She also is a member of the Council for Women of Boston College.

She holds a BA in English from Boston College and a Master's in Journalism from Boston University.

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St. Josemaria was very supportive of women and encouraged them to be the best they could be in "whatever professional sphere they chose."
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These essays underscore the calm sense of opportunity of service each day brings to these members as they live the love of God.
Soky Gallevo

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By LEE on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I almost didn't finish this book. I had gotten close to the end and then was distracted by another project. Last night I couldn't sleep, so I picked it up as easy reading to try to lull myslef back to sleep, thinking, well, now's a good time to finish this book. My God, I'm glad I did. Kuddos to the editors for including Margaret Kalb's Changing Diapers for God. I was downstairs at 3:30 AM this morning laughing my head off! There are many inspiring stories of diverse and unique women that really make you think, but in my opinion, Margaret's takes the cake. Specifically, I think she best describes the fact that heroism is not found in always being perfect and doing everything perfectly like many moms and wives think. Instead, heroism is found in always "beginning again." Thanks Margaret for sharing your sincerity and charm.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By rtmdc on April 6, 2009
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I read this book over the weekend. It was just too good to put down. As I finished it, I felt a smile on my face and I was heartened by the hopefulness of knowing that somewhere out there these ordinary women are trying to live their faith to the full, with utter naturalness. What a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JM T&T on October 6, 2009
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This book is so good! I read it in almost one sitting, I found it so interesting. Besides telling the stories of many diverse women members of Opus Dei, it also explains many aspects of the Prelature that are not universally known or understood.

The stories are inspirational, but also funny, and strike a chord in so many ways. I also learned, as Jane Reckart did, that it didn't matter that I didn't fit because God made me the way he did for a reason. Jeanne Murray's story also resonated with me - I have always been a bit skeptical, but, like her, have found that these are real people - like you and me. I have both of those stories marked with Post-it notes to easily re-read them when I need a little personal boost.

This book will be very interesting to people who want to know what Opus Dei is all about or what makes the women members of Opus Dei "tick". It is also very good to give a realistic view of the Prelature to those who do not know it, letting them see that the members are truly diverse and as real as you and me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soky Gallevo on January 2, 2010
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The Women of Opus Dei is a collection of essays and interviews by women who are members of the international organization, Opus Dei (Work of God) founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva. Striving to explain their work and how they came to know of Opus Dei, each woman sensitively reflects on her own path to the church and the humble commitment she has made to her world. An abiding love of Jesus Christ and the clarity of understanding the strength of God's will manifested in each life, underscores the commitment these women have made to each other and to their communities.

The Women of Opus Dei reveals to the reader the diversity and wide range of professions and the varying educational backgrounds held by the members. This is a highly qualified, professional and well educated group practicing service to others quietly and with focused determination. The experiences are drawn from women who are wives, mothers, business leaders, caregivers, immigrants, and women who are celibate as well.

If there have ever been misunderstandings about Opus Dei, these clear and extremely sincere essays and interviews reflect the personal spirituality, integrity, and clarity of purpose held by each of these members. These essays underscore the calm sense of opportunity of service each day brings to these members as they live the love of God.

Review by Sally Reynolds
Houston, Texas
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Madonna M. Murphy on July 30, 2009
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This is an extremely well-written book that is an enjoyable and inspiring read. You want to keep on reading it but I limited myself to one chapter a night and I looked forward to meeting another wonderful women each evening. They certainly inspired me regarding the important role women can play in making this world a better place. My brother was in hospice before he died of cancer and I now know I can thank the late Josefina Magno for founding this wonderful organization that supports the dignity of living and dying with one's eyes on God.
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