My Badass Book of Saints
Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live
by Maria Morera Johnson
"Catholics—and women everywhere—will find something to love." ~Publishers Weekly
Maria Morera Johnson explores the qualities of 24 holy women who lived lives of virtue in unexpected and often difficult circumstances.
"I have a soft spot in my heart for nuns toting guns ... Sr. Blandina started off with a vocation to serve God, never imagining it would lead her to the Wild West." ~from the book
"This is a book that's not afraid to talk of the beautiful mess where faith meets real life and where saints and mortals coexist." ~Pat Gohn, author of "Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious"
Learn more about author, speaker, catechist, and photographer Maria Morera Johnson, and check out her blog.
Jessica Mesman Griffith
So many of us see the Catholic Church as a monolithic structure topped by an old man, when it's really the rogue gallery doing what they can.
A gentle book that celebrates holy women in a way that busts out of the normal "good girl" stereotype, while remaining anchored in a mainstream conservative Catholic worldview.
Sainthood sometimes seems so far away. Johnson's book makes it not only seem close, but exciting!
Our stereotypes of women saints often resemble the “church lady” from Saturday Night Live or a prim and proper Catholic nun from high school. Maria Johnson shows us that nothing could be further from the truth!
Debra Landwehr Engle
As I read Johnson’s descriptions of the 24 women in her book, I started thinking about the women I know who face life with courage and spiritual insight.