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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.Read more ›
As a young wife, and stay-at-home mom of three kids, I knew I would relate to Hallie Lord's new book, Style, Sex, and Substance. And that was true--it was packed with relevant content. But I was surprised to relate even to the chapter on singleness by Anna Mitchell, which had plenty of its own nuggets. This one especially hit me:
"I won't sugarcoat the frustration that comes from waiting for a vocation to be realized. I am at least consoled in knowing that my ideas for the ideal life are not as good as God's."
Anna was talking specifically about her discernment process, and choosing between marriage, a convent, or the single life. But her words taught me many lessons even as a married woman. They were a good reminder that ultimately God is a capable conductor, even when we want to steal the baton.
This is just one example of how applicable Style, Sex, and Substance would be for all women, whatever her age or state in life. Through the gifted contributors, an 18-year-old high school graduate would get just as much out of this book as a 40-year-old nun who long ago professed her vows.
The consistent theme of the book is how to discern your true vocation, to find that place where God has uniquely called you to be. And that's not a vocation for the future but for the present. As Rebecca Ryskind Teti points out in her chapter on work, "God gives us the grace to do what we must right now."
At times I found myself in tears at the deep emotional truths I was reading, feeling as though that particular author had written the words on the page just for me. But there was also plenty of laughs (you try reading Simcha Fisher without chuckling.Read more ›
Something that I love about this book is how realistic the writers' descriptions of themselves and their faults are. Some bloggers give one the sense that their lives are an endless stream of crafts and novenas, or constant chaos that somehow stays funny. These women have been so open about what really goes on in their lives: the good, the bad, the so-so.
This is a book that can help you if you're looking for some encouragement on your path, want to be more comfortable in your own skin, and want to better understand all that God calls women to do. It doesn't hurt that there are plenty of funny, interesting passages too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic. We just finished reading this in my Catholic women's group. Challenging, thoughtful, hilarious. Highly recommend.Published 9 months ago by Ina May
This book is so relatable no matter where you are in life. I loved all of the essays - there was enough humor to temper the serious topics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tara V Gilbride
Excellent read for the women in your life. I am passing it on to my mom, sisters, girlfriends, etc!Published 17 months ago by Erin E Hazel
Love this book! I would recommend it to any women (married or single) who wants a fresh look at being catholic today!Published 19 months ago by Eric Griggs, D.C.