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Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter Paperback – March 6, 2012
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All in all, a wonderful collection from a group of fine writers.
And yeah, I'm a guy and still enjoyed the book. For the most part, all of the advice in it would apply just as for men if you swap out the word "husband" and replace it with "wife."
And that brings me to my last point. The guys who write books for Catholic men could take a hint or two from these ladies. Don't be afraid to be funny for one. Yeah, it's cool to use the imagery of knighthood and battle, call us to imitation of St. Joseph and all that. Heck I'm a particular sucker for the knighthood imagery but it only goes so far. Make a good joke! About family life and the kids. Yes, you can just wind up complaining and that isn't a good thing but it doesn't mean we need to hide the fact that living out the Church's teaching is a pain in the neck sometimes. And for crying out loud, not every guy on the planet thinks sports is the most important thing in life after God and family. I may rank it in the top ten but it's near the bottom of that list.
In any case, no matter if you are a man or woman you should get this book. Even if you aren't Catholic, but are curious about what real Catholic women think about how real life and faith intertwine, you should get this book.
The first thing it said to me was, "You're not alone!" A message that Catholic, stay-at-home, homeschooling moms desperately need to hear sometimes. I love how the book is organized. If I'm struggling with a particular weakness or frustration, I can easily find the chapter I need to help me refocus on Jesus and the great community of women that I belong to.
There is no doubt that this book will be well-worn by the end of a year living with me! It's now permanently in my devotional basket next to Small Steps for Catholic Moms because it's a simple yet powerful guide that give me the encouraging whispers of 10 new mentors to help get me through the day!
For one thing, I'm a fan of each of the contributors.
For another, what's not to love about a book that covers style, sex, and things of substance from a Catholic woman's perspective?
I had heard that it was a quick read, and I did, in fact, zip through it like my eyes were on fire.
But here's the thing: it was not just good enough to keep me reading quickly; it was good enough to make me want to reread it and to make me write my name in the front.
Each of the contributors brings a unique voice to the table, but they're all united in what's important: their deep faith and their enthusiasm for putting said faith in practice.
Someone had mentioned to me that the book only got better as you read through, and much to my surprise (I love those early chapter contributors!), I found that to be true. I think the reason the book gets better is because, as you read through it, you go deeper and, while you'll still find yourself laughing, you'll also find yourself marking passages and dog-earring pages to reference later.
Highly recommended for everyone in your life.